First Time Home Buyer
Here you can find information on communities and neighborhoods you are searching for, research all available homes for sale and get connected with some of our agents in the Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia area.
1. Get Pre-qualified
Tristar Realty has narrowed the list of mortgage lenders and mortgage bankers in the area to a trusted few who consistently deliver outstanding service to our clients. If you would like to get preapproved by a mortgage lender, please contact us and we will put you in touch with our trusted partners.
2. Research Homes for Sale in the MD, DC & VA Area
Our powerful search engine allows you to search through all available homes the way you want to search: by City, Neighborhood, and Zip Code. Once you choose an area, we make it easy to find foreclosures or short sales, waterfront homes, homes on acreage, homes with pools, homes in gated communities, homes with a view and much more. We link listings to Google Maps where you can see a Satellite Map and Street level view. Plus, we provide high resolution photos, a virtual tour when available, and detailed neighborhood demographics. You can easily save your search, and keep track of your favorite’s homes by just registering an account with us.
4. Get Representation
There is so much more to hiring a buyer's agent than getting access to houses and a chauffeur to show you around. While it is possible to buy a home without an agent, the experience often proves to be more challenging than many expect. We've listed our top 3 reasons below:
1. Representation: Unless you are buying a property that is for sale by owner, the seller has professional representation on their side. By negotiating directly with the sellers agent you are putting yourself at a severe disadvantage since their agent is legally bound to share everything you tell them in order to get the best deal for their client. You wouldn't go into a courtroom without a lawyer, so why risk the biggest purchase in your life in buying a home without representation.
2. Information: The only way to determine the correct price of a home is to analyze the prices at which similar homes recently sold in the same neighborhood. While there are a variety of online resources for finding homes for sale, there are no consumer websites that provide home sales data in the MD, DC & VA Area. This information is only available to REALTORS through their membership with the local Multiple Listing Service. While many consumers look to Zillow for this information in other areas, Zillow does not have the actual prices of homes that are sold in the area you are seeking.
3. Experience: When you have an experienced Buyer's Agent working for you their primary job is to keep you from making a mistake. The knowledge they gain from working with so many clients throughout their career is invaluable when it comes to helping you pick the right house, on the right street, in the right neighborhood. This experience also comes into play when they are negotiating on your behalf as they often have knowledge of the pros and cons of similar homes that recently sold. Once you are under contract to purchase a home, your buyer's agent will help you locate a great inspector, negotiate repairs with the seller, get estimates from licensed contractors and obtain financing from the most trusted lenders.
When you're ready to get professional representation fill out an agent request below or browse through our Agent Directory and choose for yourself.
5. Find your new home
Once you have been pre-qualified by a lender, narrowed down your home search and retained a buyer's agent it’s time to get in the car and go look at some homes. For most people, this is the fun part, and it should be. Buying a home is most important purchase most people make in their lifetime. Having an experienced professional in your corner will save you time, give you peace of mind, save you a great deal of money and hard ache.