A walk on the 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 magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

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

2401 Wittington Blvd

Stratford Landing is a charming neighborhood 7.2 miles south of Old Town Alexandria and 3.5 miles north of George Washington's Mt Vernon. Close to the Potomac River, this sought after neighborhood is a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of DC. Remodeled open concept kitchen. New HVAC ! New hot water heater ! Backyard pool w/ sundeck. Updated bathrooms. Two master suites. Don't miss this one. [Stratford Landing - $614,900]

2004 Cool Spring Dr

WONDERFUL Home in SUPER Location * UPGRADES from Top to Bottom * OPEN CUSTOM Design is Great for Entertaining * REMODELED Kitchen has Granite, Stainless & HUGE Island * RENOVATED Baths w/Stone Tile * Gas FPL, Built-ins, Hardwoods & MORE * UPDATED Roof, Windows & Siding * Plenty of Attic Storage * FABULOUS Rear Oasis boasts In-Ground Pool, Hot Tub, Slate Patio & Custom Shed w/Covered Grilling Area [Collingwood Springs - $574,900]

8214 Clifton Farm Ct

Great Rehab Potential. *** Need a CASH or Renovation Loan ** Home has great potential and need total renovation of the Kitchen, baths, carpet, and all flooring, **"Employees and family members residing with employees of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A, its affiliates or subsidiaries are strictly prohibited from directly or indirectly purchasing any property owned by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A." [Huntington At Mt Vernon - $343,200]

2218 Harbor Ter

Beautifully renovated split foyer just steps from little Hunting Creek and the GW Parkway. Stunning open floorplan boasts chefs kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters and stainless appliances. Reconfigured master bathroom has larger master bath with custom tile and vanity. Gleaming hardwoods throughout the main level. Lower level has 2 bedrooms and full bath. So close to the pool/school. [Stratford Landing - $709,900]

1117 Arcturus Ln

1 of 2 Brand New To-Be-Built 5BR 4.5BA Craftsman near the GW Parkway in Waynewood School District. Chefs eat-in kitchen with lg island, butlers pantry, & separate breakfast rm. Master suite with free standing tub, separate shower, & extra lg walk in closet. Full walk out basement with rec room and an additional full bed and bath. 1 car garage and entrance to the mudroom. *SELECT YOUR FINISHES* [Collingwood Manor - $935,000]

1115 Arcturus Ln

1 of 2 Brand New To-Be-Built 5BR 4.5BA Craftsman near the GW Parkway in Waynewood School District. Chefs eat-in kitchen with lg island, butlers pantry, & separate breakfast rm. Master suite with free standing tub, separate shower, & extra lg walk in closet. Full walk out basement with rec room and an additional full bed and bath. 1 car garage and entrance to the mudroom. *SELECT YOUR FINISHES* [Collingwood Manor - $935,000]

7533 Hollindale Ct

Welcome Home! Expanded & renovated 3000 sq/ft split-level on quiet cul-de-sac backing to protected park land. Beautiful addition added 1800 sq/ft of entertaining space, to include a gourmet kitchen w/center island, dining and family room combo, 1/2 bath, lower level guest suite & office. Other features include new baths, a large 2 bay garage, two tiered deck, parkland & stream. [Hollindale - $715,000]

8807 Vernon View Dr

Lovely 4BR, 2BA, 4 level home in Ft. Hunt on beautiful lot w/ large welcoming front porch. Bedroom & full bath on main level as well as Family Rm w/raised hearth & gas fireplace. Freshly painted interior & refinished hardwood floors. Spacious, open Living & Dining Rooms. Large Rec Rm in bsmt. Sizeable backyard, flat & fenced. Fabulous location just blocks to Potomac River & GW Pkwy. [Potomac Valley - $562,000]

1020 Gladstone Pl

Charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath classic Colonial located in Alexandria, VA with beautiful hardwood floors throughout, crown molding, and chair rail. Enjoy the updated kitchen including a SubZero refrigerator. Family room leading to a screened in porch with ample room for entertaining and privacy. Located near the metro and beltway for commuters. Enjoy the GW bike trail only steps away! [Collingwood Manor - $785,000]

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 - $899,900]

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 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:

Budget

How much you can afford is very important to consider when buying a new home.  As a rule of thumb, some experts suggest paying 25% of your salary towards your mortgage. Fortunately, for people living in Northern Virginia, there are several job centers like the Mark Center, Inova Hospitals, USPTO, NOVA Community College, Fort Belvoir and Reston Town Center in the area which offer high paying salaries.

Size

Would you like to have roommates? Do you have a wife and plan to start a family? These are questions to consider before taking the step towards home ownership. Depending on your circumstances you might prefer a 2 bedroom condo in Courthouse, instead of a 1,000,000 home in Mount Vernon.

Location and Atmosphere

Northern Virginia has a vast array of neighborhoods. For example, Arlington has a bustling metropolitan scene that is just a few metro stops away from DC. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Woodbridge, which is a quieter small town type of area, which attracts commuters. Alexandria is a nice middle ground in between the two aforementioned neighborhoods. Alexandria has plenty of nightlife, restaurants, and shopping in a variety of neighborhoods like Old Town, West End, and Fairfax County.

Type

Condo? Townhome? Single family home? Each of these homes has their own advantages and disadvantages. Condos are nice because some include amenities, like a pool, fitness center, or dry cleaner, all conveniently located in the condo community. Some may prefer a home, because there aren’t any condominium fees.

 Commitment

The Consultation Room at Nesbitt Realty

A mortgage is a long term commitment.  It is important to factor in job security when preparing to purchase a home. For those who end up having to leave the area, whether it is temporary or permanent, there is the option of hiring a property manager so that you can rent out your home and collect rent on it while you’re gone.

 Credit Score

To be considered a serious buyer, the first step to buying a home is to get pre approved. Getting pre approved can speed up the home buying process. One way to improve your credit score is to always pay your bills on time. Another way to build your credit is to open a credit card and use it monthly and pay it on time.

 

Northern Virginia is a great place to live and work. Our agents work hard to make sure you get top dollar in the quickest possible time.

Contact us for a no cost and no obligation assessment of your home’s value.

 

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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

7102 Fort Hunt Rd

Open 2-4pm. Motivated seller, willing to consider offers. Updated roof, kit., baths, HVAC plus.. HDWD floors. Spacious rooms! MBR can fit a king bed. Virtually Staged. LL perfect as au-pair/in-law suite. Good storage, screened in porch/ patio/deck. Walk up basement. EZ commute to DC, Ft. Belvoir, Pentagon, National Harbor, OT. Nr river, bike path, shops, lib., rec center w/ice rink. [Bucknell Manor - $534,990]

6501 Bluebill Ln

WOW*JUST OUTSIDE OLD TOWN & STEPS TO GW PKY*RENOVATED* GORGEOUS MBA W/ BARN DOOR*REMODELED KIT W/ GRANITE & NEW APPLIANCES*PLANTATION SHUTTERS*NEW ELECTRICAL PANEL & HOT WATER HEATER*2 FPS*VAULTED CEILINGS*GLEAMING HW FLRS ON ALL 3 LVLS*FABULOUS LL W/ FULL BRICK WALL FP, BR & FULL BA*WALKOUT TO NEW PATIO W/ STONE RETAINING WALL* MINS TO METRO, DC, 495 & MORE! CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS! 1 Hour notice [Belle Haven Terrace - $689,900]

2204 Fordham Dr

Incredible Addition! Floor to Ceiling Windows, Reclaimed Wood used on Exposed Beams, Ceiling & Breakfast Bar. Heated Floors, Built-in Bookcases Throughout, Glass Barn Doors, Skylights, Southern Exposure for Lots of Sunlight, River Stone Floor & Walk-In Shower in Bathroom Addition, Quartz Counters in Open Concept Kitchen, 3 En Suite Baths, Tall Ceilings, Professional Landscape Plan & Heated Pool. [Fordham Village - $895,000]

6329 Quander Rd

Motivated Seller! main lvl br/den & fb, Wonderful home, spacious & upgraded with numerous luxuries. High ceilings, decorative molding, 2-story foyer & family room. Open kitch w/ss apls, granite, island, pant, wine cooler and sep brkfst rm. Impressive Gated Entrance w/Brick & Iron Fencing! Bordering Alex VA's Premier Community of "Belle Haven" This home is a Great Value & 1.2 miles to METRO! [Fordham Village - $799,890]

6420 Cygnet Dr

With a brand new kitchen upstairs, it~s time to take a second look at this Belle Haven Terrace charmer. With a flexible reverse floor plan that features a main floor bedroom, full bath and kitchen, this home offers the best of cul de sac living, just minutes to Old Town Alexandria, close to major commuter routes, Metro, Mt Vernon bike path and the Potomac River. [Belle Haven Terrace - $660,000]

7019 Jube Ct

Sparkling 2012 colonial on large lot on cul-de-sac w/ main lvl hardwoods & open floor plan. Family room w/ gas FP sits off kitchen w/ large island walks out to fenced backyard. 4 BR/3 BA up. Master suite w/ walk-in & sep tub & shower. LL w/ large rec room walks out to yard has space for guest suite & loads of storage. 2-car garage w/ extra fridge. Hardiplank siding. Close to restrnts, shop & Metro [Randall - $865,000]

5903 Mount Eagle Dr #1407

Beautifully appointed A model, granite counters, new bathroom, upscale kitchen, microwave, icemaker, gleaming hardwoodfloors throughout except bedroom with neutral carpeting. Floor to ceiling windows enclose the sunroom overlooking the inner courtyard with outdoor pool and tennis courts. Close in gated community. A must see for a quick settlement and move in condition. [Montebello - $229,900]

2212 Sweetbriar Dr

Largest Bucknell Manor duplex model with rare, three piece master en-suite and WALK-IN closet option! You'll be hard pressed to find another build-out of the top level with so much potential like this. Extremely bright and cheery home, generously sized rooms, newer windows, new HVAC, compressor & electrical panel box. Close to every amenity too, so get into the Fort Hunt area while you still can! [Bucknell Manor - $359,000]

1906 Duffield Ln

QUICK SETTLEMENT AVAIL! RARE GARAGE town home in charming update- located in desirable townhouse community! 3 Bedrms on Upper Level w 2 full Baths; Mstr Ste w walk in closet, mstr bath; lower level family room w wet bar, powder room, sep laundry. 12 miles to rear gate Ft. Belvoir, 1 mile to Old Town and Huntington Metro; granite, stainless kitchen; rear patio! Open Floor Plan on 3 updated levels! [Belle Haven On the Green - $599,000]

6420 Wood Haven Rd

Impeccable style and quality craftsmanship come together in this beautifully renovated home. Showstopper kitchen: dramatic wine room, hi-end appliances, custom cabinetry, built-in espresso, steamer. Living Room, w/ gas FP & 20ft+ ceiling, opens to deck overlooking deep, lush, fenced, landscaped garden. Spa-like MasterBath. Walk-out Lower Level w/ au pair suite, Family Room, storage & 2-car garage. [Alexandria - $1,350,000]

How I met my wife.

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

Lee District Park serves Fairfax County Virginia.

 

 

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What does a rental agent do?

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

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