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Meet Your Agent

Bettina Stern


I’m a city girl. I grew up in Manhattan but I’ve lived in DC for longer than anywhere. Since moving here in 1994, I’ve watched Washington grow into an exciting and vibrant place to live. My husband, who grew up here, told me while he was convincing me of a move here from New York City that he loved DC because it was a “small town in a big city”. I’ve learned that he was spot on. I love living in Cleveland Park with our three sons (who walk to school), I have a website devoted to local, seasonal and sustainable food called, I run almost every day with my dog and my girlfriends, and I am growing an edible backyard.


"The skilled staff at Buyer’s Edge greatly facilitated my housing search. Throughout the search process my buyer’s agent, Bettina Stern, paid personalized attention to my search and demonstrated a commitment to find a range of housing options satisfying my desired criteria and preferences. Bettina was from beginning to end always accessible and responsive to my questions via e-mail, text and phone. Her use of a comprehensive property listing database for the greater DC metro area allowed me to cast the net wide, consider several widely differing options and refine my ideas along the way. I’ll never forget Bettina’s dedication to drive us around in the midst of a torrential downpour on the first day we began touring properties. I felt sorry for not checking the weather forecast and calling our appointment off, but Bettina maintained her cheerful and enthusiastic attitude and made clear to me that tornadoes notwithstanding, she wanted me to succeed in finding the right home. At that point I was convinced that I was lucky to have Bettina as my agent and in general, to have chosen Buyer’s Edge. As we toured each property, I greatly valued Bettina’s insights and willingness to point out negative as well as positive attributes (as defined by my own needs, as well as generally) to aid in my overall decisionmaking. As a time-conscious house hunter, I also appreciated that Bettina carefully planned our tours, made arrangements with sellers, and mapped out driving directions in advance to efficiently optimize the number of properties viewed in a specific locale. As an added bonus, Bettina provided many useful insights into the character and features of, and other offerings in, each neighborhood and its surroundings that I may otherwise not have discovered on my own. Thanks so much Bettina for making this big step in my life a lot easier than I expected! " -- Kenneth


"Bettina Stern of Buyer's Edge recently helped us to find and purchase an investment property in southern Maryland. We were (and are) convinced that real estate in the Washington DC area is the best investment that we could make, and started looking on our own for a property that we could buy and rent out, generating current income and long term capital gains. The Washington DC market has changed dramatically and we wanted to work with a broker in order to find the best possible property for our money. We looked at a number of brokers and then signed up with Bettina, as we were impressed both by her detailed knowledge of the DC market, as well as by her energy and flexibility in working with our crazy schedules. Over the past 6 months we have looked at many neighborhoods and compared many properties with Bettina. She has been amazing in researching the strengths and weaknesses of the neighborhoods, preparing detailed information on each property, researching the rental markets in each area, and helping us derive costs to buy, renovate and rent and using her creative eye to help us visualize the potential of each property.

With Bettina’s help we have purchased a property in a great neighborhood. Bettina negotiated a price that was below current market, and we were able to get the property at the same price as we would have expected to pay 4 years and will generate returns of 11-12% on the rental of the property. We like the neighborhood very much, and expect that its value will rise now that the short sales and foreclosures have worked their way through the market.

Bettina and the Buyer's Edge team were with us every step of the way, and helped us work out where we should be looking for property, which of the properties for sale met our needs, negotiated a great deal, and then helped us make the purchase – including working through a difficult closing. I have no hesitation in recommending Bettina for anyone looking for property in the DC area." -- Peter


"We can't recommend Bettina and Buyer's Edge enough. As first-time home buyers, we had put off buying a house for over a year as we felt intimidated and vulnerable in the current volatile real estate market. Buyer's Edge cam highly recommended to us by friends, and they were the perfect panacea to our real estate anxieties. Drawing on the deep knowledge of Washington DC area real estate, Bettina very patiently and thoroughly assessed what we wanted and needed from a home. Bettina was with us when we found our perfect house - on our first day of looking! The support from Buyer's Edge through the sale and closing was similarly remarkable." - Emily & Chad