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

2218 William and Mary Dr

Fall in love w/this luxurious home on rare ~ acre private lot. THERMADOR stainless steel appliances, 6 burner gas range, dbl oven, 42~W fridge w/custom fronts. MARBLE COUNTERS w/stunning 9~ island. Professionally landscaped yd, stone FPL, pergola. Hardwood floors, gas FPL, double CRWN MLDG, skylights, plantation shutters, lG laundry room, tankless water heater, Rainmaker sprinkler. MOVE-IN READY! [Williamsburg Manor - $715,000]

8813 Fort Hunt Rd

Spacious five bedroom, 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 -- large two car detached garage. Fenced yard, deck, rec room with FP, updated kitchen w/ stainless appliances & granite. Refinished hardwood floors on main level. OPEN Sunday 4/23 1:30-3:30 pm [Plymouth Haven - $669,000]

7812 Boulevard Dr W

1st Open Sun 23 Apr 1-4 Beautifully Remodeled 3 Level Cape on 1/2 acre lot 4 miles South of Old Town Alexandria on Mt Vernon Pkwy. Enjoy Mt Vernon bike/jogging path & easy commute to DC, Belvoir & National Harbor .Lower levl great sep living space w/outside entrance,fireplace,full bath & family Rm. Wood flrs on main & upper levs. Stone walk, Side Porch, Back Patio. Lge off street parking area. [Wellington - $775,000]

7929 Wellington Rd

Late 2016 renovation! Well distributed floor plan with 3 bedrooms, 3 full/ 1 half baths, gorgeous high end stainless steel appliances, all new cabinets, outstanding granite counter tops, farm-style large kitchen sink and wine chiller. Master suite with cedar closet, master with w/shower and tub & vanity. 2 car garage with full bath in it! One level living at its best! [Hollin Hall Village - $650,000]

8637 Winthrop Dr

Impeccably renovated home in Plymouth Haven w/ incredible detailing - oak hardwoods, new windows, granite counters, porcelain tile, crown molding! Kitchen w/ island breakfast bar, table space, & SS appliances. Master w/ en-suite, all bedrooms w/ large closets. LL rec room w/ fireplace & exposed beams, mudroom w/ custom built-ins & walkup to fully fenced yard w/large back deck. Easy Access GW Pkwy [Plymouth Haven - $879,900]

8206 Collingwood Ct

Love where you live & don't spend the entire weekend maintaining it! Located in the heart of Fort Hunt you are steps from 4 pools, ball fields and historic destinations. Rare cul de sac location gives way to stunning home. Chefs kitchen, renovated bathrooms and large formal/informal entertaining spaces define this home. Private backyard oasis awaits but only minutes to GW Parkway, Old Town and DC [Collingwood Springs Khor - $965,000]

8278 Clifton Farm Ct

Fantastic townhouse with OPEN floor plan, features TOP to BOTTOM renovation. LR / DR floors and stairs (HW), updated kitchen, baths, windows, finished LL, HVAC, deck off LR and roof replaced. Popular tucked away enclave adjoins parkland and offers swimming pool, tennis courts, tot lots , and nature trail. Walk to public transit, regional library, farmer's market; commute along GW Pkwy. [Huntington At Mt Vernon - $439,850]

8735 Fort Hunt Rd

Sunny & spacious split level in Waynewood school district! 4 BR, updated baths, new Andersen wood windows, upgraded kitchen w/ SS appliances & stone backsplash, sep. dining. Finished full daylight basement w/ wood-burning fp. Fresh neutral paint & lovely hardwood floors. Lg, flat front yard set back from rd, private fenced backyard w/ brick patio & beautiful landscaping, oversized 1-car garage. [Plymouth Haven - $624,000]

8230 Stacey Rd

Renovated & gorgeous 3000 sq ft Colonial on friendly cul de sac minutes to GW Parkway & Old Town.4/5 spacious bedrooms, stunning renovated master BA, white kitchen w/ granite SS appliances, finished lower lvl w/ great storage, private, landscaped backyard with deck, hardwood floors, 2-car garage. Classic entry w/ open-concept kitchen, breakfast & family, sep. dining & living. Many recent updates. [North Branch Estates - $749,900]

8507 Doter Dr

BELOVED WAYNEWOOD!!! Expanded Gourmet Kitchen - great for entertaining. Huge Deck - feels like you are up in the trees. Five Bedrooms, including Master with 11x15 BATHROOM. RecRoom is on Walk-out level - rare for WW - and walks out to patio & very private yard. Lots of stonework. Finished Attic plus Cave below DR. ALL wiring, plumbing, insulation, Anderson windows & doors REPLACED! [Waynewood - $789,900]

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


Stuart Nesbitt is a Realtor® licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.