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

5004 11th St S

* Remodeled 2 level single family home with a 3rd (lower level) unfinished crawl space (ceiling height about 6.5 ft.). Crawl space perfect for storage of off-season clothes, bikes, lawn tools/equipment. * Fenced in back yard perfect for the pet owners* Great brick patio for entertaining* Sun room allows tons of natural light* Entryway mudroom perfect for kicking off shoes / shoe storage [Columbia Forest - $465,000]

1530 Key Blvd #722

Views, views, views! Two bedroom, two bath, two level, spacious, upgraded, duplex in the heart of Rosslyn at the luxury Atrium condominiums. Floor to ceiling windows throughout,open concept living area, hardwood floors/tile, updated kitchen, updated baths, abundance of natural light, spacious balcony for entertaining. Concierge, pool, tennis courts, gym much more. Easy access to metro! [The Atrium Condominium - $725,000]

1300 Army Navy Dr #Ph-2

Luxury Penthouse w/ Incredible Views! 2BR/2.5BA + Den. Hi-end features incl marble & cherrywood flrs, moulding, 10ft ceilings! Gourmet Kit w/ 42in cabs, solid-surface countertops, SS applncs, peninsula/bar. Great indoor/outdoor entertaining. 740sq ft+ terrace w/ fountain, mature plantings, commanding views of Washington Monument, AF Memorial, & downtown DC! W/D in unit. 24hr desk,tennis, pool! [Horizon House - $929,900]

5582 Lee Hwy #C-31

Beautiful & spacious Arts & Craft style 3 level condo w/ attached oversized garage in North Arlington. Updated throughout. Charming front patio perfect for entertaining & cook outs. Rear deck accessed by master & 2nd bedroom. Lots of storage w/ 2 walk in closets. Complete exterior building renovation & common grounds in past year. Walk to 2 Metros , restaurants, shops & bus. No. Arlington Schools [Fountain Court - $449,000]

1401n Oak St #308

BIG BRIGHT 3 BEDROOM 2 LEVEL CONDO ABOVE MARINE CORPS MEMORIAL IN ROSLYN. 12 FOOT CEILING GREAT ROOM CEILING WITH FULL BALCONY AMONG TREE TOPS WITH POTOMAC GLIMPSE AND ROOF TOP VIEW FOR FIREWORKS. VERY SECURE YET WALK TO GEORGETOWN,METRO,SHOPS. PRICED FOR UPGRADING YOUR WAY. [Weslie - $850,000]

1001 Randolph St N #606

The unit has just been completely renovated and remodeled and is available. Situated on the 6th floor, the huge balcony provides a great view. Laminate flooring besides the bedroom,New carpet in the bedroom,Spacious walk-in closet with the bedroom,New stainless steel appliances in the kitchen,New Maple wood cabinets, Brand new Yellow river Granite counter-tops and sink. Coming to Auction via Xome. [Eastview At Ballston Metro - $379,700]

1314 Frederick St

Spacious Cape Code within Walking Distance to Ballston Metro&Steps to Bus and Bike Trail;4BR3BA; Plus Den and bonus Room in Lower Level; Country Kitchen opens to Deck and Large Yard;Fireplace; Covered Front Porch; Room for four cars in Driveway;Walk to Neighborhood Parks; Open 1-4 Sunday 6/25 [Larchmont/Waycroft - $869,000]

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Will Nesbitt

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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.