Buying A Home

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    Buyer Info

    • Our Approach to Working with Buyers

      Our goal is to make buyers feel welcome and valued, no matter what you may know about the home buying process, where you are buying or how much you are spending. We are dedicated to providing buyers with information that is easy to understand, without all of the industry jargon, so you can be informed… Read the full article…

    • DC Open Doors: A New Homebuyer Program

      We’re excited to announce that DC has launched a new program to help buyers in the District reach their goals of homeownership. On May 15, 2013, the DC Housing Finance Agency announced the creation of DC Open Doors. DC Open Doors offers various loan products (both FHA and Conventional) and down payment assistance in the… Read the full article…

    "I was new to DC and so Alex took the time to explain the neighborhoods and how best to tailor the selection process to my needs." - Garry
    "They are willing to help, regardless the market segment you are looking in and I don't think I could have found my home without them!" - Lacey
    "Alex was extremely flexible and always made herself available when we had time. With Alex's knowledge of the city and patience, we were able to find the perfect place for us." - Katie and David
    "I never doubted that Laura had my best interests in mind. And she's an incredibly supportive partner in the process. Working with Laura made the home buying experience something that I look back on with a lot of happiness." - John
    "Laura's expertise helped me understand the home buying process and she was able to explain things I did not understand." - Elmer

    Success Stories

    • A Journey of Ups and Downs for First Time Buyers

      The journey of buying one’s first place sometimes requires equal measures of patience and flexibility. Meet Tania, a young professional who wisely decided that getting into the DC real estate market made great financial sense for her future. But Tania found out that it can be hard to find an affordable home in DC, even for… Read the full article…

    • The Good Bones Home

      When Meg and Serge came to us, the kind of home they described wanting was what we like to call the “good bones” home. The kind of home with great historical details – original wood trim, doors and bannisters, transom windows, pocket doors, original hardwood floors, chicken wire tile in the bathroom, French doors –… Read the full article…

    Helpful Programs

    There are always new initiatives that become available for first time buyers in our area. In order to best help you decide which programs you may be able to take advantage of, feel free to schedule a time to meet with us and discuss.

    Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP)
    The Home Purchase Assistance Program (HPAP) enables lower-and moderate-income individuals and families to purchase affordable housing in Washington, D.C. Qualified HPAP applicants can receive up to $44,000 in financial assistance to purchase single-family houses, condominiums and cooperative apartments. HPAP funds can be used for down payment and/or closing costs. The HPAP Purchase Assistance is in the form of low interest 5 year deferred loan.

    Click here or contact us for more information about whether you may be eligible and how to apply.

    DC Housing Finance Agency’s DC Open Doors Program 
    The DC Open Doors Program was launched in May 2013 to replace the DC Bond Program. DC Open Doors offers down payment assistance for both FHA and Conventional loans in the form of a second trust that is entirely forgiveable after 5 years. Applicants must meet the income guideline and may purchase any single-family home or condo as long as it is within the District of Columbia. You can find more information at the DC Housing Finance Agency, including contact information for participating lenders.

    City First Homes
    City First Homes is a nonprofit organization that offers $75,000 in down payment assistance funds. City First is a shared appreciation program and is committed to providing affordable housing opportunities in the District. For more information and to sign up for an informational session, visit www.cfhomes.org.

    Maryland Mortgage Program
    Maryland Mortgage Program provides a competitive 30 year, fixed rate CDA mortgage and in conjunction offers their DSELP program which includes $5,000 in downpayment and closing cost assistance for first time buyer in Maryland, both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. For more information, including a list of participating lenders, visit www.mmprogram.org.

    Prince George’s County HOME Program
    The HOME Program specifically offers down payment and closing cost assistance to buyers in Prince George’s County, MD. To find out more and whether you may be eligible, click here. The first step to applying for this program is to contact a participating lender. We’re happy to recommend a participating lender who we work with regularly.