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

1011 Arlington Blvd #1044

Nice, sunny, 10th floor, 572 sq.ft., 1 bdr. / 1 bath in ready-to-move-in condition. New carpet, freshly painted, new kitchen tile floor, backsplash, appliances, etc. Low monthly co-op fee includes water, electricity, gas, AC/Heat. Can't beat this location! 2 blocks from the Rosslyn Metro. Easy access to Georgetown, downtown, Pentagon & Crystal City. Financing through pre-approved co-op lenders. [River Place - $188,950]

1509 George Mason Dr S #11

Fantastic updated kitchen! Brand new s/s appliances, granite & floor. Freshly painted and new fixtures in BR! Brand new carpet! Great deck! Nothing to do but unpack! Utilities included in condo fee - recently replaced convector ac/heat.1 reserved spot by door, storage locker & cash operated w/d in LL. Great location by 4 ml run walking trails, baseball field, & gyms. Metro bus, 395, shops & more! [George Mason Village - $189,999]

1300 Army Navy Dr #720

Wonderful and Convenient Condo in the Horizon House with Balcony, Parking and Xtra storage, rooftop deck, pool, tennis, picnic/grilling and much more. Close to PC METRO, shopping, The Pentagon and DC, and Old Town Alexandria. A location not to be missed, this is a move in ready condo , 24hr desk and ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED IN FEE plus a Pet Friendly building. [Horizon House - $227,900]

5725 5th St S

Location! Location! Location! Incredible Cozy and warm 4Bed 4Bath SFH in Glen Carlyn. Oversized addition on home! Huge Master Bedroom w/ MBA sep Tub/Shower Walk in closet. Close to Rt 50, DC, Pentagon an more!! Large Chef's Kitchen w/ Breakfast Bar! 3 Fireplaces, Den, LR, FR, RecRm, Rear Porch 2 Car Driveway! New Paint/ newer Carpet, Minutes to shopping in Arlington/DC. Best Value in Arlington! [Glen Carlin - $849,000]

776 N Vermont St

RARE - COMING SOON! Quiet solitude in the Heart of downtown Ballston w/ off-street courtyard entrance. Literally a 2000 foot walk to the Metro, The new Ballston Quarter Mall, and everything trendy Ballston has to offer. 3 levels above grade, 3BR/2.5BA, like new kitchen cabinets w/ granite counters, patio & more.~ Unique opportunity to own a home in this neighborhood!~ Call to schedule a showing!! [Ballston Mews Ii - $699,900]

1021 Garfield St #446

Wonderful light-filled floor plan & view from this highly sought after Clarendon condo! Open kitchen w/granite counters & stainless steel appliances * Living rm w/wood floors & cozy gas fp * Large windows w/great views! * Spacious master suite w/large closets * Relaxing balcony * Extra storage conveys * Unbeatable location-steps to metro & top restaurants * Great amenities include roof top pool! [Clarendon 1021 - $474,900]

3100 Arlington Blvd

Sizable Sensation! Expanded colonial on large corner lot in Arlington Heights. Main level BR, den, LR & DR + full bath & eat-in kit w breakfast bar. UL master suite has 2 closets, 3 skylights, vaulted ceilings, jetted tub, double sinks & sliding doors that lead to private balcony. Walk-out LL w rec room, bonus/5th BR, full bath & access to 2 car attached garage. Fenced backyard. Minutes to DC. [Arlington Heights - $850,000]

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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.