Everyday we meet people who are PCSing to Northern VA for the first time. We know that the move can be hectic under any circumstances, but we will do our best to help minimize the troubles you'll face. We've prepared these slides to help you learn a little more about us and get you started on learning about Northern Virginia.
Nesbitt Realty is a real estate brokerage licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and State of Maryland. Many of our agents are members of the Nesbitt family, but all of our agents will treat you like family.
Locals trust us because we provide the same services as a national chain realty but with a hometown touch. We're big enough to get the job done, but small enough to appreciate each and every client. Learn more about us.
About Our Military Connections
Nesbitt Realty's past and former clients have ranked from E-4 to O-9 and most every rank in between. Many of our agents have served in or been closely involved in the military lifestyle:
- Will Nesbitt --- Our principal broker was in the US Army as a Russian Linguist/Signal Intelligence Analyst
- Julie Nesbitt --- Julie's father was retired US Army who was involved in combat missions in Vietnam. Julie's grandfather fought in World War II and Korea. Julie and Will's son Aubrey served in the US Army as a signal man
- Ron Ginyard --- Ron is a retired US Marine Corps Master Sergeant. Among other duties, he served as a recruiter.
Our agents are familiar with the benefits and potential pitfalls of VA loans and can plot the best course to achieve your relocation goals.
- Local Experts --- Will Nesbitt was born in Fairfax Virgina and has lived in the area for most of his life. Julie and Will raised their sons in Fairfax County. Today, our business focuses on Northern Virginia.
- Real Estate Experts --- Yes, we know Northern Virginia, but we also know the all-important in's and out's of buying, selling, renting and managing real estate in Northern VA.
- Customer Service --- We almost always answer the phone and we always return calls in a prompt and timely fashion. We appreciate your business and make sure you know it.
- Integrity --- We hold our agents and ourselves to the highest ethical standards. We do not just because we live and work here, but because it's the right thing to do.
- Work Ethic --- Nobody works harder than we do.
Now and at anytime, feel free to pick up the phone and give us a call at 703 765 0300. Try calling and asking for the principal broker a national chain realty and compare that to Will Nesbitt. Our broker is just as likely to answer the phone as one of his agents.
We're always ready to volunteer helpful advice and to interview for the opportunity to work for you. In the meantime, please check out our website.
We've taken the time to compile one of the area's largest and most comprehensive sites dedicated to Northern Virginia real estate. On the next slide, we'll give you just a few neighborhood links to explore in places that we've found are popular with incoming military.
Let's face it. There are more than a million homes in the area. We look at houses every single day for years on end and we still find surprises sometimes. Stuart grew up here and went to school here and he's still learning some back corners of Northern Virginia. It can take decades to get to know a place as large and diverse as Northern VA.
That means that there is no way you're going to really get to know Northern Virginia by sifting through pages of listings and pictures of homes. Listings alone will only tell you so much. But that's where our agents and our Guide to Northern Virginia come in. Both are a great resources for incoming military. The Guide starts you at the satellite level and allow you to work your way down by breaking down the area into manageable communities so that you can drill down into areas of interest. With your feedback, our agents can fill in the details and point you to things you might have overlooked.
Northern Virginia and Washington DC have a reputation for having too much traffic, congested roads and long commutes.
Our retired Marine Ron Ginyard will tell you this reputation is mostly well deserved. However, once we know exactly where you'll be working we can suggest some of the best communities to suit your budget and your tolerance for commuting. What follows are a few communities that come to mind but the list is by no means exhaustive. It's just a launching point for those who want to explore but have no idea where to begin.
High-Ranking Military, CIA, Department of Defense Officials
- Suburban -- Mclean, Mount Vernon, Seminary Hill, Great Falls
- Urban --- Crystal City, Rosslyn, Clarendon, Old Town
- Suburban --- Vienna, Fair Lakes, Fairfax, Fort Hunt,
- Urban --- Shirlington, Carlyle District, Falls Church
- Suburban --- Centreville, Chantilly, Woodbridge, Franconia
- Urban --- Huntington, Dunn Loring, West End Alexandria
Of course, we believe that anyone in America can live anywhere they can want. This list is not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive but this list is reflective of where some of our experience has led us. That's because rank is often linked to buying capacity and the communities at the top of the list will command the larger prices. Once we know your tastes, your budget and where you'll be posted we can make specific suggestions tailored to your interests.
What about a Military Rebate?
Some real estate brokerages promise to pay their buyers a rebate or refund; but one thing we all know is that there is no free money in America. Be warned that some companies will promise you a refund or a rebate if you use their lender. Some lenders will promise you a refund if you use their broker. Let us start by saying that Nesbitt Realty will match or beat any refund or rebate, but you should read more about where this money comes. We are a family-run business and we keep everything above-board and straight-forward and we don't uses gimmicks to pretend to be something we are not just to get your business.
Seeking a rental?
Yes? We help military folks like you find rentals everyday. Read more about our services for renters here.
However, please consider that if you will be in the area for more than 2 years you should definitely consider making a purchase. That's because with a VA loan and today's low rates, it will probably be cheaper for you to buy than to rent. If you've already used your VA eligibility on another purchase we can explain how to buy in Northern Virginia.
Renting is a good way to get some firsthand experience with a neighborhood. Renting can let you sign a 1 year lease, say in a Shirlington 2 bedroom condo for example, with the option to continue, if you like the neighborhood. An advantage of this is you can test the waters, to see if you really love the features of this neighborhood or not. If you don’t like where you’re at, say for example, if the 4 bedroom, 2 story home in Lorton is not your style, you can always relocate to another place.
Pay as You Go
Many Americans live pay check to pay check. Upfront, you will have a security deposit, with a rate that depends on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, your property manager might only charge 1 months’ rent, for a security deposit. On the other hand, if you have a poor credit score, your property manager might charge 2 months’ rent, for a security deposit. After this initial fee (which can be refunded if you meet the requirements like passing the move out inspection), it’s nice to know that after a chunk of your paycheck is put into your monthly rent, there’s a good portion left for bills, necessities, and fun expenditures, like neighborhood nightlife or personal hobbies.
Short Term Commitment & Little Investment
Not sure if you want to stay in Northern Virginia, as a Washington DC commuting, GS-5? Do you have plans of living in California and seeing Napa Valley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco firsthand? Are you Active duty military, with upcoming orders for a new assignment, with no interest in the responsibility of becoming a homeowner? If so, these questions might make you lean towards renting, as opposed to buying. It’s nice to know that as a renter, you won’t have to worry about footing the bill for a repair on a roof that is falling apart, paying a monthly a condo fee (that could range anywhere from $150-$700), or paying the bill for a lawn service to pick up the leaves from your $1,000,000 Mount Vernon home, in fall. Overall, renting can be cheaper up front, but it isn’t for everyone. Also, who says you can’t just buy later?
Build Your Credit While You Sock Away Savings for a Down Payment
Paying your bills on time is an excellent way to build your credit score, and to show lenders that you know how to manage your money. If you are frugal, you can take a chip off each pay check, to build up a savings for buying a home in the future. The return on applying your savings to the purchase of the home of your dreams can be exponential. For those with an eye on the future, being a responsible tenant can prepare you financially and teach you the accountability necessary for home ownership.
Spending time with friends can make for priceless memories. Living together can be fun and slightly cheaper than going solo. The process of getting a group of friends together to rent out a property can be a very rewarding and challenging process. A Nesbitt Realty Realtor, like Stuart Nesbitt, can help make the later stages of finding and renting a property simple. There are many different neighborhoods in Northern Virginia to choose from, that can fit your specific needs (such as being metro accessible, having a main street, Being near a good school, being luxurious, being a certain type of building style [e.g. high-rise or garden style, for example] ,being affordable, or even being off the beaten path).
We will honor the trust you put in us by making sure that you enjoy an easy and fruitful relocation.
- The Pentagon --- http://www.defenselink.mil/
- Military District of Washington --- http://www.mdw.army.mil/
- Fort Belvoir --- http://www.belvoir.army.mil/
- Quantico --- http://www.quantico.usmc.mil/
- Ft. Myer --- http://www.fmmc.army.mil/
- Andrews Joint Service Base --- http://www.andrews.af.mil/
- Bolling Joint Service Base ---
- Armed Forces Benefit Association --- http://www.afba.com/
- National Defense University (Ft. McNair) --- http://www.ndu.edu/
- Naval Research Lab --- http://www.nrl.navy.mil/
- Walter Reed Army Medical Center --- http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil/
- Bethesda National Naval Medical Center --- http://www.bethesda.med.navy.mil/
- Basic Allowance for Housing --- https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/bah.html
- Military OneSource --- http://www.militaryonesource.com/skins/MOS/home.aspx
- Military Compensation --- http://www.dod.mil/militarypay/pay/bp/01_activeduty.html
- Military Homefront --- http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/moving
Which bases and installations do we support?
We are most helpful for military personnel stationed at or in-bound to the following bases, forts and outposts:
- Homes for sale near Mark Center Complex
- Relocating / PCSing to Fort Belvoir
- Relocating / PCSing to Fort Myer
- Relocating / PCSing to Henderson Hall in Arlington VA
- Relocating / PCSing to Joint Base Andrews / Andrews Air Force Base / Naval Air Facility Washington
- Relocating / PCSing to National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
- Relocating / PCSing to Quantico Marine Corps Base
- Relocating / PCSing to Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM)
- Relocating / PCSing to the Pentagon