The most important investment you will ever make is probably the purchase of a home. Finding the right home in Arlington can be challenging but that’s why Nesbitt Realty is here.

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.

Know Your Priorities

One of our jobs as agents it to help the client organize their thoughts.  We like our clients to actually sit down with pen and paper and work through what features are most important.

Equally important, on a new sheet of paper list all the features you absolutely do not want in a house. For example:

  • high-traffic area — Some folks won’t buy a home near the Beltway or along a busy road like Rt. 50 or Glebe Rd.
  • high noise area — Some buyers love the convenience of Crystal City, so people can’t stand the noise of the airplanes.
  • maintenance — Are you willing take a fixer-upper?  Would you buy a home that needed major repairs?

As you look at houses, keep both lists in mind. Your lists may change over time as you do more looking. You’ll want to add or remove features, or perhaps you’ll become willing to make compromises. Realize that you most likely will not find the “perfect” home. Your agent might tell you, perfect homes are not found, they are made perfect through hard work.

Get Your Credit Report In Order

Prior to looking at properties, you must get your finances in order. This is the time to review your credit report and clean it up, if need be, to maximize your credit score. Many people do not realize how important it is to check your credit report periodically to make sure it is accurate. You should pay off any past due amounts, or negotiate a settlement price to close the debt. Get such agreements in writing, before paying any settlement. Keep all receipts for any settled items from your credit report since it may take months to get the debt actually removed.

Get Pre-Approved For A Loan

You’re ready now to find a lender and get yourself pre-approved for the loan. Being pre-approved offers a number of advantages. It will clarify the price range you can afford. Also, once you find the home you want, you can place an immediate offer. If you have to wait for pre-approval, someone could buy the house right out from under you.

Several special programs are often available from lenders, such as the FHA or Ameri-Dream, that can save you money in the closing. Ask the lender about any special programs before you decide on a loan.

Get Good Representation

Broker and Agents in conference room
Broker and Agents in conference room

It is wise for the first time homebuyer to work closely with a real estate agent, no matter what type of property you’re looking for. A Nesbitt Realty agent will make your house-hunting much easier. Our Realtors know Arlington and we’re trained to know how to negotiate the many details of your purchase.

It’s essential that you have a real estate agent working for you as the buyer, rather than relying on the seller’s agent for the house you want to buy. The latter can involve a conflict of interest, which usually works to your disadvantage.

These are just the basics of home buying. Contact us to get more details and to learn more about how we can save you thousands on your purchase.

Newest Listings in Arlington

4928 14th St S

Great opportunity to own a single family home in Arlington under $550K. Cul de sac location minutes from I-395. Step onto extensive decking with privacy in your own enclave, backing to trees. One level living plus a finished basement. Well maintained and excellent potential to add on or build up. This home features [Bancroft Forest - $525,000]

2017 Kenmore St S

Rare opportunity offered right in the middle of Arlington Village! Rehab "as is" property, improve or build on three side-by-side lots ~ Total .20 AC ~ one street from Glebe/Shirlington, only 6 miles from D.C, 3 miles from the Pentagon. Zoning R2 - 7. Offers will be reviewed on April 3 at 5 pm. Taxes only shown for parcel with the existing home. [Kauck - $659,000]

900 Taylor St #1024

55 + Retirement Community. Amenities fee of $2,935/month is not optional and includes 30 fine dining meals, weekly housekeeping, weekly linen service, transportation and more. One block from Ballston Metro. Enjoy vibrant activity filled days and wind down in your private lovely condo complete with full kitchen and washer and dryer. [The Jefferson - $145,000]

1276 Wayne St N #305

Welcome home to the Williamsburg Condominium! Large 1 bedroom with double balconies, H/W floors, gas fireplace, w/d in unit, stainless appliances, gas cooking, new A/C system, storage room, updated bath and kitchen, assigned garage parking, pool, and fitness center. Great location just 2 blocks to Courthouse Metro, Whole Foods, shopping, dining and farmers market! Open House April 2nd 1-4pm. [Williamsburg Condominium - $429,000]

2515 Kenmore Ct

Rarely available largest Brittany model in Shirlington Crest! This luxury end-unit townhome offers wide open layout with walls of windows, gleaming hardwoods, gourmet chef's kitchen with custom cabinets, granite and stainless steel appliances. Master suite offer 2 huge walk-in closets and a luxury master bath.Energy efficient home tucked on a quiet street. Walk to Shirlington and minutes from DC. [Shirlington Crest - $845,900]

3730 25th St N

Beautiful updated 3/3 Center Hall Colonial on large, private, landscaped lot in premier neighborhood. Kitchen~granite counters, Kraft Maid Maple cabinets & light filled. Spacious Bedrooms/3 FULL Baths, including MBA. Impeccable Oak Hardwood floors, fully carpeted finished basement, garage, ceiling fans, FIOS. Minutes to DC/Pentagon/66/395 & Clarendon Market Commons. Contracts reviewed 3/27 @ 5pm. [Crystal Springs - $849,000]

5114 Columbia Pike #2

Open House Apr 4, Sunday 1-4 PM. Bright, spacious, & clean condo located on Columbia Pk near Rt7, shopping centers and public transportation towards Metro stations. Updates include granite countertops, new stainless steel appliances and freshly painted. Condo fee includes all utilities. [Frederick Courts - $199,000]

Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia.

Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey’s Defense Language Institute. He is also a “veteran of the dotcom wars” and built most of the sites associated with

Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late ’90’s, and Arthur’s Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.

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