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

8239 Cedar Landing Ct

Ready to move-in. Great space. High ceilings on main level. Open floor plan. Hardwoods. 1/2 BA main level. 3 BRs UL w/en-suite Master + 2nd BA. Eat-in Kitch/sitting area. Granite, SS appl & plenty of 42" cabinetry. Gas GE profile stove. LL Fam rm w/FPL & wet bar. LL 4th BR & BA. W/O to fenced patio. Close to comm amenities. 2 Assigned parking outside your door. Home Warr. [Huntington At Mt Vernon - $460,000]

1501 Shenandoah Rd

This home is being sold as-is & just needs to be made your own. Priced aggressively to give you room for renovations. Most Windows have been replaced, Recent replacements include Furnace, Hot water heater & roofing. Pretty Hardwood floors under carpet in original house not in addition. Basement can easily be finished. Bring an eye for renovation & a desire to be just minutes to Old town, GW Pkwy! [Hollin Hall Village - $449,900]

2312 William and Mary Dr

A great place and setting to call home. The views from the back of this house are simply magnificent.. Restful and relaxing-.Hardwood floor on main level. Fresh Paint-redone bathrooms and kitchen..screened in porch off the dining room. Driveway parking-non through street. Enjoy the restful but convenient location-Secluded but convenient.Shopping close by. Library and Hospital nearby. [Kirk - $587,500]

2763 Carter Farm Ct

Townhouse nestled in River Farms- nice peaceful community. Home has 4bd & 4ba on 3 finished levels. Kit w/Granite counters, Gas Range w/Center burner. Breakfast area has built-in shelves & leads to shaded deck w/flower beds. Lg Mst Bd has ensuite bath & Lg closets. Family Room is 21x12 w/Wet Bar, FP & adjacent bath. Community Pool,Tennis, Playgrounds. Nice commute to DC or Ft Belvoir via GW Pkwy. [Huntington At Mt Vernon - $434,900]

1111 Cameron Rd

Charming split lvl in prime location bet. Ft. Hunt Rd & GW Pkwy just south of Old Town. 2 blocks to GW Pkwy & trail. Kitchen updated w granite, recessed lighting, flooring. Kitchen table overlooks treed yard.Gas cooktop & wall oven. Floors just refinished! Longtime owners have updated over the years.1st floor fam rm.Gutter guards.Thermal windows. Waynewood Elem. No HOA! More $$$ homes all around! [Wellington Estates - $649,500]

1123 Alden Rd

New Construction! Evergreene Homes offers the best convince of an Alexandria address in the community Plymouth Haven. Positioned near many popular Alexandria attractions including the Nation's Capital. County schools located in a wonderful neighborhood! Close access to GW Parkway which provides quick access to downtown Washington D.C. and all parts of the Alexandria area! [Plymouth Haven - $1,239,900]

2621 Childs Ln

Opened, upgraded, updated and expanded. Brand new floor tiles in the foyer lead you into this lovely home which backs to trees and creek beyond. Baths have been renovated, updated. Open floor plan! Windows replaced, hardwoods refinished. Fabulous, all-season sunroom with lots of windows leads to deck and overlooks treed backyard. Very close to Stratford Elem & middle school. [Stratford - $609,000]

8202 Oxbow Ct

The Largest lot in the Neighborhood! Remodeled Cul-de-Sac Home! A Large Tile Entrance Welcomes you into this Freshly Painted Home. Gleaming Expresso Hardwood Floors in Living, Dining, & Upper Level! The Gourmet Kitchen Offers Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite, White Cabinets, 12x12 Tile Floors & Large Eat in Breakfast Area! Don't Miss out on this Move in Ready Gem in Williamsburg Manor North [Williamsburg Manor North - $569,900]

2412 Culpeper Rd

Turnkey as it gets! Picture perfect house shows like model home. 2-block walk to elem school. Stunning refinished hardwoods. New kitchen, solid cherry cabinets, granite, new stainless appliances, all baths renovated & beautiful. New pristine paint throughout. Fantastic deck to patio & landscaped fenced back yard. It's just right. Hurry before Goldilocks beats you to it! (Open Sun Jun 18, 2-4pm) [Stratford On the Potomac - $575,000]

8813 Fort Hunt Rd

Spacious 5 BR, 2.5 bath split level on over 1/2 acre in neighborhood of many $1-$2 million homes. Just off the GW Parkway, near Fort Hunt Park, in the popular Waynewood school district.. Bonus -- only area house on market w/ two-car garage under $700k. Fenced yard, deck, RR with FP, updated kitchen w/ stainless appliances, hardwood floors. Open 6/25, 1 to 4 PM [Plymouth Haven - $649,000]

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.

Real Estate for:

Choose Wisely

Realtor Ron Ginyard
Ronald R Ginyard Sr. is a Realtor and a retired US Marine.

For most people in Northern Virginia, the most important investment you will ever make is probably the purchase of a home. Knowing the basics about home-buying will give you a head start and save you time and money in your search.  Additionally Nesbitt Realty can rebate THOUSANDS of dollars to clients who want to use our Realtor services.

[Read more about buying a home]

Nesbitt Realty Sells Real Estate Quickly

Julie sold another!
Julie can sell your home quickly and for the best price possible.

Selling a property quickly and at the best price can seem daunting in Northern Virginia. In order to ensure a fast sale, Nesbitt Realty prices our homes competitively. If you overprice, you run the risk of losing out on potential buyers. Your Realtor can help you to make sure that your home is clean, inviting, and in great shape. Our agent can point out where you should spend money and where you can save your money. Of course, a seller wants the home to show in the best possible light, so we recommend deep-cleaning, decluttering, and we’ll suggest that you make any necessary repairs. It’s best to stage the home with attractive furnishings and décor that complement the space.

[Learn more about selling]

Whаt Dо Prореrtу Mаnаgеrѕ Do?

Ron, Julie and Stuart
Our agents can get the job done!

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  • contract for mаіntеnаnсе and rераіrѕ,
  • keep an accounting of all money,
  • kеер records оf legal dосumеntѕ,
  • identify and screen tenants,
  • ѕеnd nоtісеѕ tо property owners and tenants,

Choosing the right property manager tо hаndlе your рrореrty allows the owner to rеlаx knоwіng that thе property is in thе hаndѕ оf a reliable tеаm оf рrоfеѕѕіоnаlѕ.

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We’re here when you need us. Our real estate agents love to help clients achieve their real estate goals!

Finding a rental is not always easy. Depending on occupancy rates in a particular area, it actually might be quite difficult to find available rentals that are also within your price range and meet all of your pre-determined requirements. However, even in areas where there is not a great deal of competition for the available rentals, renters may still have some difficulty finding the perfect home.

Figure Out Your Needs

The first step of any rental search should begin with the potential renter carefully identifying all of their needs in a home. This list of needs will be different for every renter. While some renters are simply looking for a place to eat, bathe and sleep other renters may be looking for a living space which will serve a number of purposes including working, entertaining and participating in leisure activities or hobbies. Do you need to be close to the Metro? Do you want granite counters? Do you need a washer and dryer in the unit? What’s your budget?

It is important to prioritize your needs and distinguish between needs and wants because you’ll probably have to compromise.

Use Our Website

Once a renter has a good idea of the basic features he or she needs in a rental, it’s time to use our website to identify neighborhoods, condos and properties.  This research will give the renter an idea of the types of properties available for rent in Northern Virginia. Many people are shocked by the prices and what’s actually available.

Get Our Recommendations

Renters can also help themselves in their search for a rental by seeking recommendations from a rental agent. Our agents know the area and know the market. Once you’ve identified your needs and wants, we can probably take you directly to the best option for you. [Read more about rental agents]

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

2215 Sweetbriar Dr

Rarely available 4-lvl updated duplex conveniently located just south of Old Town! Renovated kitchen w/stainless steel, granite, tile flrs & backsplash~beautiful wood flrs on main & upper levels~private owner's retreat with skylights and luxury bath on top flr~two bdrms & updated bath on third flr~finished LL w/tile floor, full bath, walkout stairs to fenced back yard~driveway parking for 2 cars. [Bucknell Manor - $379,900]

6505 Potomac Ave #A1

Tucked away in serene setting in amenity rich Belle View. 2br/1ba, 1st Floor above grade, Hardwood floors, Updated Bathroom, Extra Storage. 5 minutes South of Old Town, bike trails, swimming pool, tennis, gas cooking, steps to shopping/grocery/restaurants. Great starter home or investment property. [Belle View - $225,000]

6512 Potomac Ave #A2

Belle View Perfection! 1st Fl, w/prvt Porch, Laundry & Storage Inside Building, Refinished Gleaming Parquet Hardwood Floors & Fresh Paint throughout,, New Ceiling Fans & Light Fixtures. Extra Large Storage Cage, Front Security Door.Low CC Includes Water, Gas, Pool, Tennis, BB, Trash & Parking Plus.Steps to Grocery, Shop, Walking & Green Space, Dog Friendly, Low Noise Location, Turn Key AWESOME!!! [Belle View - $237,900]

6641 Wakefield Dr #905

MUST SEE! Beautiful 1 Bedroom/1 Bath Condo in River Towers! Brand new Kitchen to include new cabinets, new appliances, granite countertops, flooring and paint. Brand new wall to wall carpeting in Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom. Brand new bathroom tile, vanity and lighting fixtures. Brand new lighting fixtures throughout condo as well as freshly painted. ALL UTILITES INCLUDED IN CONDO FEES [River Towers - $175,900]

6617 Princeton Dr

BEAUTIFUL ONE OF A KIND, ONE OF THE LARGEST COLONIALS IN BUCKNELL MANOR HANDS DOWN! INCLUDES TWO MASTER BEDROOMS, ONE ON EACH LEVEL. HUGE BEDROOMS, OPEN CONCEPT KITCHEN, WITH GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, 42" CHERRY OAK CABINETS WITH A CENTER ISLAND. SHOWS WELL. GREAT CURB APPEAL. FOR THE SIZE YOU CAN'T BEAT THE PRICE! [Bucknell Manor - $675,000]

6621 Wakefield Dr #509

Quiet, End Unit. Kitchen Updated in 2012 with Granite, S/S Appliances, 5-Burner Gas Stove. Double Insulated Bamboo Floors Throughout with Ceramic Tile in Kitchen and Baths. Stunning Views from Balcony and Rooftop Terrace. Tons of Closet Space, 1-Yr of Storage Unit and Separate Bike Storage Incl! Lots of Amenities & Ample Parking. CONDO FEE INCLUDES ALL UTILS! Close to Old Town, 495, GW Pkwy/Trail. [River Towers - $244,999]

6617 Cavalier Dr

Bucknell Beauty! Expanded Cape with Soaring Great Room and Dreamy Master Suite! Stunning design, open concept, and impeccable detail! Reclaimed barn wood mantel, gas fireplace, quartz counters, solid wood floors, stainless steel appliances, Grohe fixtures, Hardiplank siding, skylights, architectural shingles and more! Easy access to Huntington Metro or 495, and just steps to million-dollar homes! [Bucknell Manor - $667,500]

1804 Duffield Ln

Ideally located minutes from Old Town, the revitalized Route 1 corridor, & National Harbor with world class dining, shopping & the MGM Resort & Casino. This Bristol model has been renovated from top to bottom. 2017 Refinished Hardwoods, interior paint & renovated luxury master bath with barn door feature. Eat-in kitchen, main level office & finished basement w/rec room, bedroom & full bath. [Belle Haven On the Green - $635,000]

6715 W Wakefield Dr W #C1

REDUCED! Belle View is a remarkably serene place! This top floor unit adds extra tranquility with views into the trees & no one to disturb you in any direction. Modern touches include refrigerator, stove, faucet lighting and disposal. The bathroom faucet, vanity & tub were also updated. Condo fees include water, trash and gas, building & grounds maintenance & amenities. Amazing! [Belle View - $229,000]

2200 Windsor Rd

Remarkable high end renovation- sophisticated updates with numerous custom built-in's; 4,000+ sq ft above grade of premium wall coverings, needlepoint wool carpeting; main level master suite; saltwater heated pool; chef's kitchen with Viking stove, dual full size refrigerators and walk-in food pantry; separate butler's pantry/ wet bar with easy access to pool. Comfortable & luxurious living. [Belle Haven - $1,850,000]

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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    Will Nesbitt
    Recently my blog has focused on personal memories and family stories. Most likely I’ll soon return to real estate tidbits or arguing politics, but I wanted to tell a quick Royal Village story. Royal Village is a subdivision of Front Royal Virginia that was built in the shadow of the sulfur-spewing smokestack that supported the…

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    Julie Nesbitt checks out at Costco
    The blizzard was in effect and my parents took me to Costco and Walmart for groceries and other products. It is so very nice having everything I needed provided for me. I remember purchasing a vast array of essentials. Will and Julie Nesbitt, get me to the stores and make it so easy, to sit at home…

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    Will and Julie Nesbitt
    The pictures were taken outside the church just before a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely ceremony, beautiful church and we had a great time at the reception.

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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.

We serve renters with immediate and specific rental needs.

Our renter’s resource page will answer common questions like:Nesbitt Realty

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  • What areas do you serve?
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