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

1000 Randolph St N #507


5266 19th Rd N

Good home in great location [Halls Hill - $710,000]

1530 Key Blvd #526

Two bedroom, two bath, two level, spacious, upgraded, duplex in the heart of Rosslyn at the luxury Atrium condominiums. "Views toward Georgetown, floor to ceiling windows throughout, hardwood and tiled flooring, updated kitchen, granite counter tops, updated baths, abundance of natural light, spacious balcony for entertaining. Concierge, pool, tennis courts, gym much more. Easy access to metro! [The Atrium Condominium - $675,000]

5917 9th St N

Wonderfully maintained Dominion Hills rambler. Gorgeous, refinished original hardwood floors, and fresh paint throughout. Immaculate shape. Large addition, currently used as den, provides opportunity for master suite on main level. Mature landscaping, large trees, private backyard with views of Bluemont Park. [Dominion Hills - $759,000]

3721 Vermont St N

Incredible Country Club Hills 5BR/4.5BA French provincial residence with custom finishes and superb selections! Meticulously maintained throughout with separate office space. Main level master suite w/ updated spa bath. Fantastic gourmet kitchen plus a temperature controlled wine cellar. Extensive hardscaping enhances the spacious yard + is ideal for outdoor dining and play. This home has it all! [Country Club Hills - $1,995,000]

1122 Kensington St N

NVHomes Newest Community Arlington Row. Largest Homes at Arlington Row featuring 2565 square footage with a fourth level rooftop terrace. Only 3 homes available.Experience city-style energy and sophistication in an urban village setting, close to shopping, dining and public transportation. New garage townhomes in North Arlington, VA, neighborhood of Westover. [Arlington Row - $949,990]

1045 Utah St #703

Top floor 1BR/1BA condo with a sunroom, just steps away from Ballston Metro (Orange Line) stop. This sun filled condo comes with all new stainless steel appliances (2017) and fresh paint throughout. It also comes with one garaged parking space, which is a short distance to the condo elevators. This condo is secured by using key fobs. Don't miss this rare opportunity!!! [Windsor Plaza - $380,000]

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

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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