Well now that the dust has settled on the purchase of the condo I thought I would put out some recommendations as far as the people I dealt with. A number of my friends had already gone through this process, and because of this I was fortunate enough to deal with VERY talented people in all aspects of the buying process.
Mortgage Broker: Jerry Sims
Jerry was very quick to respond to all of my questions, and spent a lot of time explaining all of the ins and outs of every aspect of a mortgage. She not only got me a great rate, but also explained how to pay off the mortgage quickly, and left me flexibility at the same time. Best of all, its all free!
Real Estate Agent: Diane Luu
Diane worked her ass off. Every time I thought I had found the "perfect" place on the MLS website she had already called it, found out that it was sold, a leaky condo, or had an appointment set up. She would often send me emails after 10:00pm with new places to consider. She also explained what to look for when you're viewing a property, and went through the contract line by line with us. This is also free!
Home Inspector: Dean Kazoleas
Dean came highly recommended as well. He walked us through all of the ins and outs of the home inspection, and explained his role in the buying process. His prices were quite reasonable, and his recommendations potentially saved us from buying when we shouldn't have.