Do you want to learn how to prepare to buy a home in the competitive Northern Virginia real estate market?
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Be advised that there is no “right” time to buy a home in Burke.
If you find the right 3-bedroom townhouse today, don’t risk losing it because you think you can predict what the future will be in the Burke housing market! Factors like market price and interest rate usually don’t change fast enough to make a difference in an individual home’s price in Burke. Much more important than macro-economic factors, is the actual real estate involved. Every single property in Fairfax County is unique. So, a home for sale today, might not be available when the market changes.

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The important opinion is your opinion.
It’s natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but divergent ideas might not be compatible in an actual home purchase. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in this townhouse.

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Accept that there is no perfect townhouse.
There are many examples of compromises that buyers have to make every day. Consider a few of these possibilities. The commute is perfect, but the nearby shops and restaurants aren’t what you hoped for.If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. I’ll help you to make a list of priorities, and focus on properties in Burke that fit your specified criteria.

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Be prepared to haggle, but don’t expect someone to give away real estate.
We have a very efficient real estate market in Fairfax County and most homes will trade for about what they are worth. There are very few properties that sell for more or less than the appraised value. Burke is filled with sellers who are well-educated, intelligent and they have access to loads of information.

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When you’re buying a townhouse, you’re buying a neighborhood.
Don’t get completely enamored by the physical aspects of a home to the point that you forget about important issues such as:

  • proximity to shopping
  • parks
  • metro accessibility

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Prepare ahead.
Before you looking for homes, you’ll want to:

  • think about title companies
  • select a Realtor
  • investigate insurance
  • consider a moving schedule

I can help with the purchase process. Even if you just need to talk to learn more about how to go forward, please don’t hesitate to call. Contact me if you’d like to learn more about 4947 Tibbitt Ln.

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4947 Tibbitt Ln, Burke 22015

This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom home is a breath-taker! You will be greeted by the light-filled living room complete with a bay window when you walk in. The eat-in kitchen is complete with a breakfast bar and it will make you feel right … [Read more]

Price: $349,888 : 4947 Tibbitt Ln, Burke, VA 22015
|| Beds: 3 || Baths: 2 || Half-Baths: 1 || Living Area: 1,188 || Days On Market: 1 ||
|| Lake Braddock || Buyer’s Rebate From Nesbitt Realty: $1,360 || MLS: FX10109291

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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.