I enthusiastically recommend Edward Halterman, my Zip Real Estate professional (and I am already passing along his name to colleagues and friends)! As a first-time buyer, I needed a realtor not only with experience and knowledge but also honest and respectful communication abilities, patience and follow-through for my million questions and excellent negotiation skills on my behalf. Unlike some agents, who are pushy and patronizing, Edward listens to what his client wants and needs BEFORE making suggestions or expressing opinions, based on his experience. Then, he listens, again. He takes time to research questions and to contact necessary parties if he does not have an immediate answer, and he responds in a very timely manner, always keeping his client "in the loop." As a lady, I very much appreciate Edward's construction background and forthright comments on what he observes on-site. I watched my own knowledge base grow and my attention to detail expand from our interactions. I have an intense schedule involving family, work, performance and volunteer activities; Edward always managed to arrange property visits and paperwork sessions, including inspections, appraisals, escrow and key exchange, so that it was convenient for me, his client. (He willingly came to my worksite and other locations to facilitate processing various submissions.) In this particular financial climate, obtaining a satisfactory loan can be challenging--a headache to say the least. My experience was a major migraine that traversed through five different institutions! Thanks to Edward's experience and determination, he was able to make suggestions that helped me screen lenders and that even assisted my funding lender in resolving issues to secure my loan. Edward is a realtor that walks with his client from start to finish, an agent who helps his client achieve the goal--home ownership! I am very, very pleased with his service.