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

4844 25th Rd N

ALL BRICK COLONIAL HOME IN GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD-BEAUTIFUL, SUNFILLED; UPDATED KITCHEN (NEW CAB/DISHWASHER/FAUCET/COUNTERTOP, AND MORE), SUNRM, FR PORCH REDONE W PILLARS/ROOF, GENERATOR, LANDSCAPED, LOTS OF YARD SPACE, DRIVE WAY, HARDWD FLRS THRUOUT UNDER CARPET/RUGS, UNIQUE-UPSTAIRS DOOR LEADS ONTO DECK, 3RD BEDRM LEADS TO UNFIN RM W POSSIBILITIES (GREAT FOR PLAYROOM OR MORE STORAGE), GREAT SCHOOLS! [Lee Heights - $749,950]

2001 15th St N #401

OPEN HOUSE 4/29 & 4/30 2-4PM. GREAT VALUE! Live in this prestigious building with wonderful amenities & STUNNING rooftop views of DC & monuments. 2 blocks to Courthouse Metro. Junior 1BR with separate room for a bed and closet space. Premium amenities: pool party rooms, large fitness center, 24-hour front desk. Close to restaurants, stores & night life. Freshly painted & Home Warranty included! [Odyssey - $330,000]

2943 Columbus St S #2835

OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, 4/23/17 1pm to 4pm. Charming, highly sought after Dominion II floor plan in Fairlington. Hardwood floors throughout main level. Updated kitchen with granite counters and updated bathrooms. This end unit is adjacent to a large common area. Community amenities include swimming pools and tennis courts. [Fairlington Villages - $524,900]

1111 19th St N #1804

Fabulous, former 1BR/1BA model at Roslyn's premiere condominium, the Waterview- offers mahogany paneling & built-ins, Viking & Sub-0 SS Appl., wide plank, maple flooring, beautifully out-fitted custom closet, & marble bath. Located 1 block to Metro, Georgetown, Entertainment & Shops. Incredible amenities incl. 24 hour concierge, roof top terrace w/spectacular views of DC, fitness center & more. [Waterview - $479,000]

4201 Lee Hwy #507

Sought After Stoneridge Knoll Condominium. Great Location, south facing junior one bedroom with updated kitchen and wood floor throughout. Large balcony Very Bright Unit. Updated Kitchen with granite counter top. Large windows replaced a year ago. Roof deck overlooking City, extra storage, bike storage, plenty of parking, On Bus route or close to Metro. Condo fees INCLUDE utilities. Owner-Agent [Stoneridge Knoll - $215,000]

4024 17th St N

Rare Find! Multi-Family Listing! 2,160 sq. ft. multi-family home that sits on a 5,000 sq. ft. lot, features 6 bdrms and 5 bathrooms. Currently rented as 4 units. The 1st Level is a 2 Bed/1 Bath Unit, the 2nd/3rd Level is a 3 Bed/2 Bath Unit, the basement has two units, a 1 Bdrm and an Efficiency. All units are currently occupied. Total Rent of $6300/mth. This property will make a great investment! [Cherrydale - $995,000]

2701 Arlington Blvd #202

Top Floor unit with soaring cathedral ceilings, floor to ceiling brick veneer walls and wood burning fireplace. 2 bedrooms 1 bathroom minutes away from Clarendon & DC. Rare opportunity to buy a condo at this price that has its own washer/dryer! Extra storage unit. [Cambridge Courts - $325,000]

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 NesbittRealty.com

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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