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

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

900 Taylor St #826

55 + Retirement Community. Amenities fee of $3,249/month 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 - $139,500]

2343 Meade St S

Thoroughly upgraded & expanded Colonial in sought-after Arlington Ridge neighborhood. Best buy in the area, for the square footage, location & quality. Priced $107K below tax assessment. 7,795 sq. ft. of luxury living on 4 levels. Too much to list: gourmet chefs kitchen, 3 master suites, indoor endless pool, outdoor heated pool, 4 zone HVAC, screened-in porch, 4 gas fireplaces, auto sprinklers. [Arlington Ridge - $1,490,000]

5300 Columbia Pike #901

Rare find 2 level end unit condo, 3B, 2.5Ba, 2 parking spots, 6 miles to DC and many more locations. remodeled kitchen New Granite, tiles, steel appliances,breakfast nook, fresh paint, updated vanities, bathrooms, lights, mirrors, wardrobe, new carpet, hardwood on main level. 200sft ,Rap around balconies, Lots of light, top 2 floors, Also available for rent [The Carlyle House - $399,000]

3127 18th St N

RENOVATORS DREAM**CLASSIC 5 BR BRICK HOME ON THE PRETTIEST STREET IN SOUGHT AFTER LYON VILLAGE**JUST MINS INTO DC*GREAT LOT*ROOMS LARGER THAN YOU WOULD THINK LOOKING FROM OUTSIDE**3 FIREPLACES**HARDWOODS THRU-OUT MAIN/UPPER LEVELS OF HOME*HUGE GARAGE FOR 3 CARS**UNDERGROUND SPRINKLERS**HOME BEGGING FOR EXPANSION IN REAR**BY APPOINTMENT ONLY**EASIEST ACCESS WILL BE AT OPEN HOUSE SUNDAY 12/10 1-4 PM [Lyon Village - $1,499,900]

1021 Garfield St N #328

Opportunity Knocks! Unit features: Stainless Steel Appliances, Gas Cooking, Granite Counter Tops, Hardwood Floors, Cozy Gas Fireplace, Spacious Walk-In Closet, Balcony, Pretty Courtyard Views, & MORE! Building features: Roof Top Pool & Grills, Gym, Business Center, Party Room. 1 Underground Garage Parking Space conveys w/ Rental. Building is located only 1 block to the Clarendon Metro Station. [1021 Clarendon - $485,000]

604 Garfield St N

GOLDEN 2-LOT GEM / ENDLESS POTENTIAl: 2310 SqFt 4 BR, 3 Full bath; 2 FP/2 chimneys; hwd flrs; main lvl laundry, new furnace; eat-in kit., sep.dining; family rm w/FP; spacious rms; walk-in/cedar closets; rear exit/concrete patio; pond; extended dr.way/park 4-5 cars; ICING ON CAKE: in heart of Clarendon; walk to metro, parks & amenities galore; numerous commuting options; Sold "as is" lot 6395 SqFt [Claredon - $1,395,000]

3327 S Stafford St

Delightful Clarendon l in the Meadows! The main living level pops with sunlit windows, accented with plantation shutters, gleaming hardwood floors and fresh paint! The kitchen, with modern white cabinetry, overlooks the fully fenced-in patio. Modernly updated lower level & partially floored attic! Great Fairlington location, walk to the community center & the farmer's market. Newer windows! [Fairlington - $449,900]

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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.