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

5113 8th Rd N

Don't miss this beautiful light-filled home in the heart of North Arlington! Enjoy over 2,000 square feet of finished living space plus a huge finished basement with workroom and storage. Gorgeous kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, large high-ceiling family room/study with bay window looking onto ample verdant garden. Stroll to Ballston Metro and shopping, [Bluemont - $888,000]

1410 Pollard St S

Coming Soon! [Douglas Park - $949,900]

2016 Westmoreland St

Gorgeous contemporary home on premiere lot offering walls of windows, loads of sunlight & breathtaking views of surrounding conservation area! This hidden gem is tucked away & just steps to EFC metro, shops & restaurants. Featured are 2-sided frpl & 12 ft ceilings, open floor plan w/3rd floor master suite,refinished wood floors on 3 levels, new carpet on upper floor & fresh paint throughout! [18 West - $1,025,000]

3835 9th St N #203e

Rarely available, sunny corner unit w/2 beds & 2 baths separated by living area. Kitchen opens to the spacious dining & living rooms. Master suite offers large walk-in closet, jetted soaking tub & separate shower. Community pool, hot tub, exercise room, party room & extra storage. Parking spot right by door & storage facility. All this just blocks to TWO metros, shopping & restaurants! [Lexington Square - $519,900]

820 Arlington Mill Dr #3-104

Charming 2bed 1bath in Arlington! Park Glen Condominiums is fantastic Arlington location, in a Peaceful setting, adjacent to trees, parkland, dog park, creek, trails. Bright Living Rm w/ Bay Window, Lovely Flooring, Laundry in unit, New AC! Steps to Bus Stop, Shops, Restaurants, Columbia Pike, Community Center, Mins to Shirlington Metro, DC & Pentagon. Extra storage unit, Pool, ample parking. [Park Glen Condominium - $214,988]

4837 26th Rd N

Welcome to this beautiful 5BR, 4.5BA home with wonderful indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces. Expansive main level with formal dining room and living room plus eat-in kitchen. Beautifully landscaped outdoor space with patio and storage shed. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms plus master with private balcony, cozy fireplace, and walk-in closet. Enjoy fully finished basement w/pool table that conveys. [Arlington - $1,499,000]

1610 Queen St N #247

Open House Sat. & Sun. 1-4pm. MODERN PENTHOUSE Perfectly situated in Rosslyn steps to Metro, Gaslight Square is an innovative development that brings together the best of Abdo's award winning residences. Direct access elevator entry, 9' + ceilings, rooftop terrace, updated baths, gourmet kitchen, large store room & private 2 car garage parking to name a few of the luxury features. In Building D. [Gaslight Square - $1,550,000]

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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 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.