Home Buyer’s AdvantEdge is the Metro-East’s
sole “Buyer’s Only” agency


Focusing completely on the buyer and their needs, and representing them on all facets of their most important purchase. From the search, to negotiating the best price, and assisting in the financing and inspections, Home Buyer Advantage will stay by our side until you move into your perfect home.

When you choose Home Buyers Advantedge you never have to worry about whose interests are paramount.  We only represent buyers; we let someone else worry about the sellers.   We are fully committed to getting our customers the perfect home at the best price and within their time frame.

Over twenty years ago Merrill and Paul Ottwein (managing broker) introduced a new kind of company to the Metro East real estate market hoping to challenge that conventional wisdom.  Instead of dividing their loyalties between sellers and buyers the Ottwein’s would put all of their energy and experience into just one area…Assisting Buyers.  The result was Home Buyers AdvantEdge Realty one of the most unique and respected real estate agencies in the metro east and today with over two decades of experience. 


Since its founding in 1991 Home Buyers AdvantEdge Realty has helped over 3000 clients purchase homes in the most desirable locations in Southwestern Illinois.  Their team has extensive experience assisting families moving to the  Metro East area, including Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, St. Louis employees living on the east side of the river,  and particular experience helping military families relocating to Scott Air Force Base. We take service to the men and women who serve in our military very seriously and pledge to make relocating their families to a new base as stress free as possible. 

“Hands down, this was the best consumer experience of our lifetime!” - unsolicited, USAF family
"Wow! What a pleasure it was working with these folks!" - Company Report by Boeing transferee

Home Buyers Advantedge pledges its extensive experience in the Southern Illinois housing market on finding the best homes for their valued clients. When a home buyer comes to Home Buyers AdvantEdge Realty they are met with an agent who will work with them to make the hunt for a new home not only a success but a thoroughly hassle free experience.  While your Realtor will give you their personal attention, the agency will be hard at work finding you the best home at the best price.  Our Managing Broker, Paul Ottwein, is specialized in a variety of areas to ensure that every buyer receives expert service. 

We are ready to put our experience to work for first time home buyers, families relocating across town or across the country, homeowners wanting to downsize for retirement or simplicity and families looking to upgrade to something bigger and better.  In all of these cases we only ever serve the buyer.  We are the only “Exclusive Buyers Agency” in Southwestern Illinois.


How It Works

Home Buyers AdvantEdge Realty has extensive experience helping corporate, personal and military home buyers navigate the often tricky process of relocating.    Like any consultation we begin the process by partnering with you and your family in order to find out what you envision for your new home.  Not just what type of house, but the ideal school district, neighborhood, atmosphere and environment Home Buyers AdvantEdge Realty takes every aspect of a family’s interests and needs into consideration when helping them to find a new home.  Families  who are relocating should expect that their Realtor not only knows the area but also the strict timetables that exist when relocating.  We understand these and how best to benefits our buyer clients.