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

3718 Kemper Rd

Totally Remodeled Duplex, 3 Bedrooms And 2 Full Remodeled Bath, Kitchen Has Been Upgraded to Include New Cabinets, New Granite And New Stainless Steel Applicances, Basment has a Seperate Entrance, In the hear of Shirlington, Do Not Miss This Opportunity, Vacant [Fort Barnard Heights - $399,900]

1021 Arlington Blvd #706

Bright luxury 716sf 1BR with large balcony. Totally updated, wood fl throughout. Granite/Cherry kitchen, tiled floor; spacious bright LR w large window facIng west. Elfa closet system in south facing BR. New windows and blinds. Tastefully renovated bath w bronze fixtures, ceramic tile and tub. Pool/gym/onsite cleaner/convenient store/barber. 2 blocks to Rosslyn metro. ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED. [Rosslyn/River Place - $265,000]

1020 Highland St #223

Convenient updated condo in excellent condition minutes from Clarendon Metro,restaurants and shopping. Secure front desk, pool,gym, theater,library and party rm.Junior bed with bath, kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, conveenient balcony and covered assigned parking. Washer dryer in unit. Text showing contact for showing. Key at front desk [Phoenix Condominium - $364,500]

6805 19th Rd N

Great value in Tuckahoe Elementary district. 3BR 2 Bath Cape Cod good flow, true foyer entrance, both living and family rooms feature fireplaces. Separate dining opens to great kitchen w/ new appliance installed October. Spacious master, wood floors, replacement windows, deep driveway, cute backyard, access to bike path, blocks to East Falls Church metro. Convenient living walk, cycle, metro, 66 [Falls Church Park - $650,000]

4647 38th Pl N

Property is being sold "as is". Prime lot (10,000 sq ft) and location on quiet cul de sac.Super large split foyer ready for renovation, popping up or tearing down to build your dream home. Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown HIgh School pyramid. Minutes from D.C. [Foster's Adddition To Cc Hills - $850,000]

1600 Clarendon Blvd #W312

2 BRs & 2 full BAs, expansive windows admit ample natural sunlight. Enter & you are greeted by HW floors that that continue throughout, & industrial lifestyle additions such as exposed brick & ductwork. Granite counters,center island top-of-the-line SS appliances.LR offers fantastic views & a floating staircase leads up to the loft & 2nd BR. 1 Garage Space Included #G3-92 [The Wooster and Mercer Lofts - $1,055,000]

3092 Glebe Rd S

BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED TH * 2 CAR GAR * NEW HVAC & 60 gal H2O htr. NEW Kit cabinets, granite, SS appl, sink, faucet & even disposal. NEW BA vanities, tile flrs, lights, faucets, hdwr. MBA redesigned w/tile shower & soaking tub. NEW Interior doors, recessed lighting, 2-tone paint, carpet, crown mold. Oak flrs on main lvl. Each BR w/pvt BA. Lower lvl Fam Rm & 2 car Gar. Close to Pentagon & more! [Arlington Ridge - $575,000]

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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.