A walk on the waterfront

Fortune Teller at waterfront
Fortune Teller in Old Town

I took a walk on waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA last night. The temperature was absolutely perfect as was the humidity. There were crowds, but it wasn’t too much. I saw folks rushing to the Nina Dandy and other boats for an evening of cruising. There were several street musicians playing King St. At the pass-thru under the Torpedo Factory, a gentleman was playing the saxophone. And down along the water a street magician was showing his stuff. The balloon men were there creating animals and entertaining the children. A fortune teller was portending the future. A parrot rescue group had a flock of parrots and similar birds which were available for photos.

But then a light misting rain started to fall and the crowds scattered. At first they hid in the Food Court and on the trolley. The musicians were the first to pack, and they packed quickly to ensure their instruments weren’t damaged. The mule drawn carriage pulled off and soon the streets were quiet. We walked around a bit, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then we were gone as well.

Street Magician
Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.

Real Estate Contracts With Contingencies

Real estate contracts sometimes come with contingencies. This is a part of the contract that states certain conditions or timelines are met or the seller or buyer can void the contract. The conditions or timelines can be any that both parties agree on and are put within the contract.

Contingencies usually last for a specified period. Once the contingency ends the contract could end or the contract is valid without the contingencies agreed upon.

Usually the buyer is more eager to have a contingency plan but in today’s economy and market they are more widely accepted by both sellers and buyers. Nesbitt Realty can help you with your contingencies in your contract.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Have a Nice Walk in the Park at Mount Eagle

 

Properties in 22303

You’ve been prequalified … what now?

I met with a first-time buyer over the weekend. She was prequalified by her lender. Prequalifying helped frame her choices. It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. Here are the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.3D Realty Handshake

  1. Tour properties — We took a top level tour of some of the properties that are in her
    budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that she can decide whether this home ownership thing is for her or not. In addition to the units we saw, I can think of a number of places that would also fall within this client’s budget and still offer a very reasonable commute to Ft. Belvoir. But I wanted to get her impressions of these places before going on a bit deeper.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.  (So far we just did a top level search.)
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, I’ll write up an offer. At that time I’ll collect “earnest money”.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Julie at Condominium Mortgage will then collect documentation from the client. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. Julie will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Properties in Fort Hunt

8446 Porter Ln

TREED LOT WITH CUSTOM FLAGSTONE WALKWAY ,REMODELED DECK DOWN TO LARGE PATIO--REMODELED BATHROOMS,REMODELED KITCHEN WITH CERAMIC FLOOR, CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTERS AND SS APPLIANCES--REFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORS IN LIVING RM AND DINING RM--NEW CARPETS IN BR AND LOWER LEVEL--FRESH PAINT IN AND OUT---OPEN AND BRIGHT HOME WITH CATHEDRAL CEILING IN LIVING ROOM AND MANY LARGE WINDOWS [Stratford On the Potomac - $599,950]

2335 Creek Dr

Rare, Reasonably Priced Waterfront Property! 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths recently updated. Prime Frontage, 165' Dock and Sweeping Waterviews, 13,000 lb Boat Lift - Supports 35-40 ft Boat, 5 ft draft, Spacious 3 Level Colonial, hardwood floorsReplacement Andersen Thermal Windows and Glass Doors. Expanded Gourmet Kitchen with Island/cherry cabinets.Garage Storage System. Spectacular water views [Stratford Landing - $1,145,000]

2702 Sherwood Hall Ln

Spacious townhouse in the quiet Mount Woodley Manor community. Main level is perfect for entertaining, open kitchen with separate dining area and large living room. New carpet. Family room on the lower level adjacent to separate room & laundry room. Nice size patio in the rear. Easy to show. Two assigned parking spaces right in front. [Mt Woodley Manor - $399,900]

2002 Prices Ln

Beautiful Cape Cod located in Stratford Landing with glass enclosed porch, situated on level lot. New Master-bath with walk-in shower, stunning new powder room. Updated kitchen, One year new 8-foot privacy fence with two gates enclose the rear yard. 2016 new storage shed, 4 Bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. Freshly painted, new roof 2012, New Hot water heater 2016, Full basement. [Stratford Landing - $645,000]

7900 Kent Rd

Gorgeous NEW CONSTRUCTION! All brick col w/6100+sqft built by NVP. 1 block from River Farm, a 25AC George Washington Farm great for walking & jogging. Sumptuous accents, trim work, coffered ceil, wood & more! Massive twin staircase, 2-story great rm w/frpl & wind wall, bright sun rm off chef's kit w/large isl & SS appls, authors lib, formal LR & DR. Luxurious master ste on UL & full fin walk-up LL [Wellington - $1,535,000]

8804 Camden St

Move in ready, immaculate home in coveted Stratford Landing! Dutch colonial floor plan offers 4 upstairs bdrms & formal living & dining rms. Large, bright kitchen opens to cozy family rm, screened porch & newly stained deck in generous backyard. Partially finished, walk-out bsmt w/ full bath. Freshly painted, with hard wood floors and plantation shutters throughout. 2-car garage! Close to water. [Stratford Landing - $639,000]

1705 Courtland Rd

Beautifully located Colonial on quiet street. Large open kitchen with fireplace overlooks deck & spacious park-like yard. Updated stainless appliances & granite counters. Inviting living room with fireplace & built-ins. New vanities with granite in baths. Large bedrooms upstairs with ample closets. Lower level bright bedroom, family room & large workspace/utility. New furnace, HVAC & sump pump. [Hollindale - $725,000]

2410 Sherwood Hall Ln

Beautiful,huge and elegant home.Close to everything...G.W. Pkwy and Mt.Vernon Hospital.Crown molding,hardwood floors and ceramic tile. Huge kitchen and breakfast area. Family room with fireplace. Formal living room. Luxurious master suite w/ sitting-room and elegant bath and huge walk-in closet.Walk-out finished basement. Oversize side loaded garage. [Sherwood Hall Estates - $999,000]

8317 Fort Hunt Rd

There is so much to love about this spacious split foyer, which offers wood floors throughout the main level, fresh paint and new carpet on the lower level, plus a sun room overlooking the large level backyard. Just blocks from Waynewood Elementary School, close to the Mt Vernon Bike/Jogging Trail along the Potomac, minutes to shopping and Old Town Alexandria - you won't find a better location. [Collingwood Estates - $600,000]

1600 Shenandoah Rd

Incredible 3 bed, 1 bath home located in the heart of Hollin Hall.! Home has been recently remodeled w/ SS kitchen appliances, gleaming hardwood! Large windows provide tons of natural sunlight. The rear patio is perfect for summertime grillings & large fenced backyard allows for ample privacy! Close to Huntington Metro, shopping & dining near by. Fort Hunt Park, bike trail just a short distance [Hollin Hall Village - $499,000]

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.

 

What are the steps of buying a home?

It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. If you choose to work with Nesbitt Realty here are many of the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt is an Accredited Buyer’s Agent and Top Producing agent.  Put her experience to work for you.
  1. Tour properties — We’ll take a top level tour of some of the properties that are in your budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that you can decide whether this home ownership thing is for you or not. It also gives us a chance to see which properties most interest you so that we can rely upon our experience to identify communities and properties you may have overlooked.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, your agent will prepare an offer. At that time we’ll collect earnest money.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Your loan officer will then collect additional documentation from the you and from your agent. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. The loan office and agent will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

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Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate

Julie Nesbitt
Your Realtor for results is Julie Nesbitt

Northern Virginia is a part of the National Capital Region it is home to some of the most educated, affluent and particular buyers in the nation. Everyday we help folks relocate in and out of Northern Virginia as well as help locals advance their real estate goals. If you’re shopping for a home in Northern Virginia, you will find our Buyer’s Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate is a great resource for understanding the area and for seeking out the perfect real estate match for your tastes and budget.

If you need any help with a specific search please don’t hesitate to call us at (703)765-0300.

[Learn more about how we help buyers in Northern VA]

 

Hi-Tech Hometown Home Sales!™

We sell homes, townhouses and condos in Northern Virginia. Our home seller’s resource page will answer common questions like:

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  • Why Nesbitt Realty?
  • What is a listing agent?
  • How much is my home worth?
  • Can I trust Zillow and Trulia to value my home?
  • How will you market my home?
  • What’s involved in selling a home?
  • How much are closing costs?

Read answers, home selling tips & more

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Setting a rental budget

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Stuart Nesbitt

For many renters the most important consideration is how much they are willing to spend on a rental per month. For this reason it should come as no surprise that the first step in the rental process should include establishing a budget. Renters should consider their monthly income and subtract out all of their monthly expenses from this amount. Monthly expenses should include all bills which are paid regularly as well as money spent on food, entertainment and miscellaneous items each month. The renter may also wish to subtract out an additional amount to allow for some savings each month as well as emergencies. The total left after these subtractions is the amount the renter is able to spend on an rental per month. Once this amount is established the renter will have a better understanding of the type of rental they are able to afford.

When you know you budget and you’re ready to shop for a new home, contact an agent.  Rental agents cost the renter nothing and they don’t work for one specific building. A rental agent can see all the rentals that are available to make sure that you get the best value for your money. [Learn more]

703 765 0300

 

The Heart and History Of Groveton Alexandria

Groveton address’s are Alexandria although it is located in Fairfax County. Groveton encompasses many neighborhoods such as Bucknell Manor, Jefferson Manor, Virginia Hills and Stoneybrooke.

Huntley Meadows the county’s largest park is located south. Mount Vernon Recreation Center borders the eastern edge and Lee District Recreation Center is located on the west. Five other parks surround Groveton providing outdoor activities in a non rural community.

Cape-cod style single family homes and duplex town homes in Bucknell manor date back to the late 40’s and early 50’s. Jefferson manor homes also date back to the late 40’s also and are primarily brick. Virginia Hills are also primarily brick constructed but were built in the late 60’s and 70’s. Hardwood floors, additions and finished basements are common in Virginia Hills.

Properties in Groveton

Belle Haven Marina

Belle Haven Marina has access to the Potomac River. The Belle Haven Marina is located off the George Washington Parkway.

Properties in New Alexandria

6408 Boulevard Vw

Beautiful home in friendly neighborhood across from Mount Vernon Trail and Potomac River. Gorgeous, refinished hard wood floors greet you! Enjoy a river view from the formal living room. Completely updated, the kitchen is stylish and modern. A formal dining room sits 8 comfortably. With a cozy fireplace, the inviting den walks out to a private deck. Easy commute to DC, Pentagon and Airport. [New Alexandria - $849,000]

1906 Duffield Ln

Brick townhouse, large living room, crown molding & chair rail. Renovated kitchen, Shaker cabinets, stainless KitchenAid appliances, gas range, granite. Spacious master w/vaulted ceilings & huge walk-in closet. Master Bath renovated, separate soaker tub & shower. Finished lower level w/half bath & wet bar. NEW Carrier Infinity HVAC w/10 YEAR warranty & touch screen thermostat w/smart features. [Belle Haven On the Green - $615,000]

6621 Wakefield Dr #302

Backs Dyke Marsh. Blks2 24 hr Safeway&24 hr CVS Pharm w/1min clinic, cnty rec cntr, library.10 min bus ride to metro. Kayak, bike, RV, boat-trailer storage.1/2 mi:marina. Walk GW Pkwy bike path. Garden plot 4u. Outdr pool,Tennis cts, bsktbll ct, vlleybll area, treadmill/weights rm, Rftop views!:Nat.Harbor/M.D./D.C. 2 mi to Old Town..Condo fee incl util. FIOS avail. First Del Ray- Now Belle View! [River Towers - $214,900]

6722 Williams Dr

Absolutely Adorable 3 bed 2 bath cottage in Bucknell Manor. FULL WATERPROOFED BASEMENT!!! Beautifully renovated kitchen, newer appliances. Updated Baths. Gleaming hardwood floors. Fully fenced yard. Nestled on a quieter side street. Professionally landscaped.Tons of storage. Minutes to everything: Schools, shopping, transportation. [Bucknell Manor - $535,000]

6702 Cavalier Dr

Open Saturday 2pm-4pm & Sunday 12pm-4pm ! Cute as a button ! 3bd/2ba/New kitchen,ss appliances,w/new elect&plumb,quartz countertops.New washer/dryer/water heater.Crawl space fully encapsulated,two full baths fully renovated.Large lot,new privacy fence ,fresh paint,clean,well maintained home.HVAC serviced in June,ceiling fans in all bedrooms.Clean ,spacious attic space for extra storage. [Bucknell Manor - $499,000]

1406 Belle View Blvd #A1

Window planters, courtyard setting, refinished, warm stained hardwoods, updated windows. Bright kitchen w/updated subway tile backslash & gas range. Built-in shelving. Large bedroom w/EXTRA closet! Pools, tennis courts & playgrounds. Next to Belle View shopping center w/Safeway, bakery, restaurants & shopping. Close to Old Town Alexandria, DC, Pentagon, Airport, Bell Haven Marina & GW trails. [Belle View - $249,000]

6617 East Wakefield Dr #B1

Charming 2 BR unit in delightful Belle View w/beautiful renovated BA & Kit w/ss appl & granite counters. Stickers for 2 parking spaces. 1 storage area conveys. Pet-friendly. Community amenities include a pool, tennis courts, on-site laundry, tot lot. Close to shops, restaurants, nature trails & commuter routes. [Belle View - $245,000]

7402 Park Terrace Dr

FABULOUS CENTER HALL COLONIAL, FEATURES LARGE LIVING WITH BRICK FIREPLACE, SEPARATE DINING ROOM, FAMILY ROOM WITH FIREPLACE OFF GOURMET KITCHEN WITH DOORS TO ENTER REAR YARD AND PATIO AREA. FOUR BEDROOMS WITH NEWLY REMODELED BATHROOMS.MASTER BEDROOM SUITE HAS A FIREPLACE AND RIVER VIEWS OF THE POTOMAC RIVER. AND A BREATHTAKING RIVER VIEWS FROM THE SECOND LEVEL TERRACE. LARGE TWO CAR GARAGE [Villamay - $889,000]

1102 Belle Vista Dr

Terrific Curb Appeal in Villamay*Loads of upgrades in last two years to include Roof, Baths, Kitchen Appliances, Windows, Irrigation System, HVAC, Water Heater, Washer, Dryer, Exterior Storage and MORE. *Sunny, spacious Sun Room at Rear*Four Generous Bedrooms, Private Bedroom/Bath on Entry Level great for AuPair/In-Law/Guest*Whole House Generator. Large 2-Car Garage*Great Buy!! [Villamay - $795,000]

6625 Cavalier Dr

Totally transformed. If you saw it before, you must come back. Expanded Bucknell Manor Cape w/garage. Kitchen w/granite & ceramic floor opens to fam rm addition. 2 full baths. New HVAC system just installed! Hardwood floors on mn floor - under carpet upstairs. 2BR's & office w/ full bath highlight upper level. Fully fenced. Short to West Potomac HS, shopping and restaurants. Terrific buy! [Bucknell Manor - $520,000]

How I met my wife.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt 2010

One of my friends when I was a Defense Language Institute in Monterey California was a fellow soldier named Jay Cook.  Jay Cook always reminded me of Clark Kent. He had broad shoulders and brown hair. Jay was a big strong guy and was the type of guy that I thought should have no problem with the ladies.  But for the glasses and perhaps the self-confidence Jay was Superman.

One Saturday afternoon in Monterey, Jay and I were walking down Alvarado Street and Jay was asking me, “How do you do it? How do you meet all these girls?”

I’ve always had a great affection for Jay, mainly because Jay always seemed to assume that I was Superman, even though I thought he was the real Superman.  Jay has a way of complimenting a guy’s ego that is so sincere, one can’t help but drink it in. I mean seriously—coming to me for advice about women is like coming to Willie Nelson for tax advice or fashion advice from Dennis Rodman.  Willie Nelson can tell you how to avoid paying taxes, but not how to do it without going to jail. Dennis Rodman can tell you how to dress, but can’t really tell you how to look good.

At any rate, far be it from me to tell Jay that I’m not expert on women. Instead, I just replied with confidence, “You just have to talk to the women, Jay. ” As we entered into Baskin-Robbins to get an ice cream cone, I told Jay, “Just be yourself. Watch this …”

Normally I wouldn’t have had the confidence to talk to a stranger, but Jay had pumped me up and I wasn’t going to disappoint. There was a gorgeous oriental girl (back then nobody said “Asian” but that’s another story) behind the counter.  I started joking around with her about flavors as we picked our selections.  When she looked away, I winked at Jay and said, “Watch and learn, young Jedi.”

I asked the girl who would one day be my bride, “Will you go out with me?”

Julie replied, “Maybe.”

We exchanged phone numbers … which is to say. I took her phone number. I lived in a barracks and didn’t have a phone in my room. Mobile phones were only for the rich so I didn’t have a number to give her.  I came to memorize that number more than 25 years later I still remember those 10 digits. As I left Baskin-Robbins, I told Jay, “That’s how you do it.”

It was probably the first time I’d ever done such a thing. And it was probably the last time. I definitely owe Jay Cook a debt of gratitude, because my wife and kids are the best things in my life.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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Lee District Park

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What does a rental agent do?

Stuart Nesbitt
Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.

A rental agent’s job is to listen to your needs and then help you identify rentals that meet your needs. Rental agents typically have in-depth knowledge of the community, and they are often aware of market rates. It’s not uncommon for a “connected” rental agent to know of rental opportunities that are quietly listed and generally unknown to the public.

A rental agent’s fees are paid by the landlord, so there is no expense to the renter. It really is in the renter’s best interests to employ the services of a trustworthy rental agent.

Benefits of Renting

Andrew Patton
Andrew Patton

While there are some obvious benefits to buying over renting, there are also many benefits to be gained from renting a property as opposed to purchasing a property.

Some of the benefits of renting include the ability to save money while renting for the purpose of purchasing a home, and the inclusion of amenities which the renter would not likely be able to afford if they were to purchase a home instead of renting. Renters are also free from most maintenance concerns. This is especially true in a condominium. The renter may be responsible for small items such as changing light bulbs but more extensive repairs are typically covered by the landlord.

If you’re looking for a rental unit, contact us to learn more about how a rental agent can help you find the best deal possible.

Properties in Braddock District