When it comes to buying a house, you want realtors you can trust. We understand the importance of finding just the right home for establishing your roots. As your trusted neighbors, we’ll walk you through the process.

The Buying Process

Ready to become a homeowner? Here are some key steps to get you started:

  1. Get pre-approved.
    Find a reliable mortgage agent who will help you run the numbers. Speaking with a lender about your financial situation will give you an estimate on what you can afford. Understand the difference between being pre-qualified and pre-approved.
  2. Get familiar with the community.
    Educate yourself about potential residential areas. Knowing the community better will help you make wiser decisions. Our understanding about zoning and development plans will make sure you don’t buy a house that ends up facing new townhouses instead of a field in a few years.
  3. Understand how to search for houses.
    With all the resources available online, how do you know where to start? Some resources are good for certain things but not everything. For example, Zillow can show you photos of houses in a neighborhood but isn’t reliable for price. Learn from our expertise on how to navigate the market. And with our inside knowledge, we can even let you know what’s going to be on the market before it hits the multiple list services.
  4. Analyze the neighborhood.
    Knowing the history of a neighborhood is helpful. We’ll prepare a detailed market analysis to show you the history and value of the neighborhood to assist in your decision.
  5. Get the right inspections.
    Not all property inspections might be necessary, depending on your situation. Our recommendations will help you decide which ones are important for you.

These are important basics to buying a house. For a more comprehensive list, please refer to this step-by-step process to becoming a homeowner.

Why Choose Us?

  • Experienced agents: we average over 20 years of experience per agent
  • Local knowledge of Baltimore Metro area
  • Reputation: well respected in the community
  • Service: commitment to customer service
  • Technology: e-signatures, listings automatically emailed to you, tech savvy team
  • Full-time agents: available when you need us
  • Program subscriptions: access hundreds of websites through our MRIS membership, including Redfin, Trulia, HomesDatabase, HotPads, and Zillow

Testimonials

Just saying ‘Thank you’ doesn’t seem enough. I hope you know how appreciated you really are. We’re so grateful for all you did and your kind help in our purchase of the condo.
—R.T. and P.W., Buyers in Bel Air, MD
We had the opportunity to work with Tim when we were buying rental property. He was terrific to work with as he was incredibly knowledgeable, patient, and willing to spend a great deal of time with us. He was a true partner with us which resulted in our making a great investment decision. We look forward to working with Tim and his team in the future.
—Brenda and Quinn M., Buyers in Bel Air, MD
Chris Streett has been our realtor in three different transactions. Chris is honest, thorough, and relentless. His best demonstration of this was most recently in the sale of our Forrest Hill home. The transaction was not as smooth as we had hoped, and through Chris’s tireless hours and connections it finally came to a close. We are so thankful for all of his assistance and highly recommend him.
—Meghan and Eric Moreau
Chris is a great real estate professional and has helped me buy and sell in both the commercial market and the residential real estate market. He cares about his clients and markets the properties with the highest standard of professionalism.
—Matt Goddard, CEO, R2integrated.com
I bought my first house from Tim’s father, Harry Hopkins, in 1989. It was the first time I ever bought real estate. Harry sat me down and explained to me in very direct terms that you should never sign a contract without having an “out” clause for yourself, because you never know what is going to happen. I’ll never forget that—a realtor that would help you get out of a contract? Unheard of.

It’s been 26 years since I bought my first property, and since then I’ve had multiple deals with Tim Hopkins. We have worked together on many transactions, including commercial and residential properties and rental agreements. Harry unfortunately isn’t here anymore, but his legacy of treating people right by being fair and honest (even when you don’t want to hear it) has shown up in every dimension with Tim. His candor and honesty in dealing with people is rare in the industry—you won’t find any better.

—Jay Van Deusen, Owner at Rainbow International of Northeast Maryland & Van Deusen Construction Company