Advice for First-Time Home Buyers

Getting Started: Choose the Right Agent

Ready to get into the real estate market, and build wealth through homeownership? Choosing the right buyer agent is critical to minimizing anxiety in what can be a stressful process, and in ultimately finding and WINNING the right home for you.

What does Buyer Agent representation mean? If you ask our expert KW Buyer Agents here at Joel Nelson Group, you just might get a different answer!

We take our buyer agent pledge very seriously and take particular pride in helping first-time home buyers navigate a competitive DC-Area market. Expect more from a professional buyer agent than just opening the door to a listing. We find that first-time home buyers benefit from a guided process, with our Buyer Agents educating and giving honest advice along the way. This includes tapping into our extensive network of industry professionals, including mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and contractors to help at each stage in the process, even after the purchase! 

For an overview of the high-level steps to buying, start here. For more about DC Property Taxes, check out this primer, including an overview of tax deductions and DC Homestead Exemption.

What Our First-Time Buyer Clients Say

Alan is absolutely wonderful. He guided us through every step of the process of finding our first home. He offered thoughtful advice, was honest with his opinions, thorough in his research, and a pleasure to spend time with. He never made us feel pressured. We trust him absolutely. Our closing ran into more than a few bumps in the road (none of them his fault) and Alan went above and beyond to make the closing happen on time. We are very grateful to him for getting us our home, and I recommend him as an agent without reservation.

— Elsa & Sam H., First-Time Home Buyer


I absolutely loved working with Paul. As a first time home buyer, the process of house hunting was extremely daunting – Paul was incredibly calming, and impressed me with both his knowledge of Capitol Hill and the nuances of checking out potential homes.

Paul went above and beyond the call of duty to find me my perfect little condo, and I could not be more grateful. If you’re looking for a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and overall lovely realtor, look no further!

— Nicole D., Capitol Hill Home Buyer


GUIDED Through the Process: Represented First-Time Buyers Win Bigger!

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Have questions? Contact our Agents! Trust our Buyer Agents to guide you every step of the way! From securing smart financing, to when to say ‘NO’ or ‘GO’ to a property, we keep your best interests at heart in helping you achieve your goals, drawing upon our vast experience and deep connections in the marketplace. 


Put the power of a whole team behind the purchase of your first home –