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

1300 Army Navy Dr #212

2 BR 2 FB condominium [Horizon House - $429,000]

4600 Four Mile Run Dr #810

Beautifully updated, large efficiency in desirable South Arlington. New bathroom, huge walk in closet and tastefully finished kitchen. A must see! [The Carlton - $133,500]

2523 Jefferson St

Absolutely stunning Craftsman home. This house offers 5/6 bedrooms,5 full/bath,2half/bath 2/car garage,expansive and private master suite with a huge master closet.Gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances, home includes a brick and stone exterior. 9"+ceilings & hardwoods floors. Patio with fireplace,great outdoor space. Walk to shopping center,1.5 to EFC Metro. By appt only, 24 hours notice. [Leeway Gardens - $1,895,000]

1244 Taylor St

Great opportunity to purchase a 3 bedroom home close to Metro. Property is in great shape and on a wonderful lot. Purchase is subject to lease that ends on August 31st 2017. Please contact agent for details. [Wavely / Ballston - $665,000]

22 Old Glebe Rd S #4-D

This lovely updated condo is located just minutes from Ballston, Joint Base Myer, DC, airport, shopping, and restaurants. The bright open living room has large windows that let in tons of natural light. Charming arched entryways, plantation shutters and ceramic tile. Freshly painted and ample closets throughout. Gorgeous park-like setting in community courtyard. Pets ok. 1 parking space included! [Arbors of Arlington - $206,000]

3830 9th St N #203e

Fabulous sunny corner unit! Open kitchen with breakfast bar and new granite countertops and fixtures. HWF. Two large BR's w/ two full updated baths with glass shower doors and soaking tub in master bath. Blocks to Ballston and VA Sq. Metros. Underground parking space. Extra storage space and community grills, recently updated pool, exercise room, party room. [Lexington Square - $495,000]

2973 22nd St S

Culdesac of newer homes backing to Army Navy Country Club Golf Course. Front and rear covered porch, stone patio in rear yard, finished rec room with gas fireplace and full bath, two car garage, hardwoods on main level, upgraded cabinets and granite in kitchen. Like new home conveniently located close to major commuter routes. Beautiful private back yard. Open Sunday and Monday 1-4 [Dominion Greens - $949,500]

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