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

1111 Arlington Blvd #1003

OPEN SUN 2-5! Enjoy amazing city views from this top floor, corner unit PENTHOUSE w/private wrap-around terrace! Open & bright floor plan w/hardwoods & oversized windows. Updated kitchen w/granite countertops & stainless steel appl. 2 garage spaces. COOP FEE INCL ALL UTILITIES! Amenities incl pool, gym, conv store & salon. 2 blocks to Rosslyn METRO! Close to major routes, Pentagon, D.C. & airport. [River Place - $437,000]

1801 Bryan St N

Open Sat(4/21)12-4 pm to "Meet Builder" open Sun (4/22) 1-4 pm Fantastic new 4 level Spring Street Lyon Village home w/desirable, rentable Accessory Dwelling Unit in LL. Flexible, creative, well appointed space w/4 BRs & 4 baths up; top floor office/bonus space; mudroom entry from 1 car garage. Wood floors wainscoting cook's kitchen mud room Walk to Clarendon Metro & all. Key Swanson W-L. [Lyon Village - $1,995,000]

1021 Garfield St N #636

Washington Monument View! Penthouse Feel w/ no one above you*Sun-Filled 2 BR 1 BA Condo in most sought after bldg in Clarendon*New paint/Carpet/Kitchen Cabs/BR Vanity/Recessed Lights in kitchen*Floor2Ceiling windows in Master w/Private balcony*Nest Therm*Garage Space*Storage Unit*1 block to Metro*Surrounded by restaurants, shopping & night life*Rooftop Pool, Gym, Party Room*24 Hour Front Desk/Sec [Clarendon 1021 - $619,900]

1139 Utah St #1139

Spacious two-level, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom condo located on a beautiful tree-lined street in the buzzing Ballston Metro, just three blocks from the Orange/Silver Line metro. Newly renovated kitchen with granite counter tops, stone back splash, and large island with breakfast bar. Freshly painted throughout with private balcony, hardwood floors on first floor. One assigned parking spot. [Ballston Court - $624,900]

1045 Utah St #2-111

In the middle of Ballston! Metro is .4 miles. Restaurants, shopping, 5 minutes to DC, close to Reagan Airport. 1 BR 1BA condo with a huge patio that overlooks the pool. Near the new BALLSTON QUARTER! Unit also has a storage unit in the garage. [Windsor Plaza - $329,900]

1801 Hartford St N

If you~ve ever dreamed of living in a home built w/ historical artifacts & renovated by a renowned architect, not to mention a spectacular space w/ amazing modern features, then this property at 1801 N. Hartford Street in Arlington is for you. ~The Grand Dame of Lyon Village~ This home truly has it all, large comfortable rooms, expansive entertaining spaces inside & out. Contact LA for floor plans [Lyon Village - $2,595,000]

2025 N Madison St

Beautiful top to bottom reno of this expanded cape = a home you'll love! Big rooms, terrific closets, awesome lvl yard w/great deck & flagstone patio backs to Parkhust Park. Delightful front porch, light-filled rooms, fresh paint, refin wood flrs, updated kitch & BAs + recent windows. Sunny main lvl family rm & full BA gives space for everyone! Best location, walk to shops of Westover, super nice! [Parkhurst - $895,000]

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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.