Decorating a Rental House

Those who opt to rent a house as opposed to an apartment may still be held to certain restrictions regarding the type of decorating which can be done on the property. These restrictions may be stricter or more lenient than those typically enforced when a renter is renting an apartment property. This will largely depend on the preferences of the homeowners. Homeowners who do not want to see major modifications done to the property may place strict restrictions while those who want to see the property improved may allow the renter a great deal of freedom in their decorating options.Continue reading

Renting with Dogs

A happy dog enjoying play time
A happy dog enjoying play time

Renters who have a dog or more than one dog may face additional challenges when renting an apartment or a house. One of the primary challenges the renters may face is finding a living situation which is acceptable to them and also willing to accept their pets. This can be difficult as many rental properties do not allow dogs at all. Those who do allow animals on the property may place certain restrictions on they size and breed of dog which may reside on the property.Continue reading

Julie Nesbitt is an ABR who has served buyers in some of Alexandria’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  She is a top producing agent who has listed and sold property in Northern Virginia. In addition to helping folks buy, sell and rent property in Northern Virginia, Julie is the primary administrator of the property management services performed by Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. Call Julie at (703)765-0300.

What Does the Rent Include?

There is no simple answer to the question of what is included in the rent. This is because the answer will likely vary from one apartment complex to the next. Some apartment complexes may include a variety of items within their rent while others may charge renters additional fees as needed and still others may require the renters to register directly with individual public utilities and handle these expenses on their own.

Likewise some apartment complexes may include additional features with the price of the rent while others may charge additional fees for these features. A pool, exercise room, meeting room or theater are just a few examples which may be offered by an apartment complex. In most cases the use of these amenities are included in the price of the rent but there are exceptions where the renter is charged an additional fee for the privilege of using these amenities.

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Stuart Nesbitt is a Realtor® licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

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For many renters in Northern Virginia the subject of the security deposit is somewhat of a touchy subject. Many renters assume they should receive their security deposit back in its entirety as long as there is no significant damage done to the rental property. However, this is rarely true as there are number of factors which contribute to whether or not the security deposit or a portion of the deposit will be returned to the renter when they vacate the premises.

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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.

Breaking a Lease on a Rental Agreement

Most rental agreements in the Commonwealth of Virginia have a section regarding the renter breaking the lease agreement. While there is also likely a section or several sections regarding when the leasing agent can evict the renter, the section on breaking the lease should be of particular interest to those who might be in a position to have to break the lease some day. Renters should understand these contract terms so they can make an informed decision. Additionally the renter should consider all costs associated with breaking the lease. This includes both financial costs as well as emotional costs.

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Understand the Contract Terms

Renters should review their rental agreement carefully before signing the lease. Your lease is a legally binding contract which should be given proper consideration before entering into the agreement. This is important because understanding these terms will be essential if the need to break the lease becomes a reality.

Rental agreements typically do allow the renter to break the lease but not without some form of penalty. This penalty usually comes in the form of requiring the renter to give a specified amount of notice before the contract is up and also requires the renter to pay a sum of money to break the rental agreement. A notice of 30 days and a lease break amount equal to one month’s rent are common penalties associated with breaking a lease, however, individual leasing agents may impose penalties which are either harsher or less severe.

Consider the Costs of Breaking the Lease

As previously mentioned there is typically a fee associated with breaking a lease. This fee is often set equal to one month’s rent. While paying this fee may seem excessive there are some instances in which it is an economically good decision to break the contract even though there is a financial penalty imposed.

Consider the example of a homeowner who is the process or relocating due to a job change. The homeowner may opt to rent an apartment in the new state while the house is put up for sale in the previous state. If the renter enters into a 12 month contract under the supposition that it will take this long to sell the old house and purchase a new house, he may be surprised if his other house sells quickly and he finds a home in his new state rather quickly. This may all occur within a matter of 2-3 months.

The renter has the option to stay in the apartment until the rental agreement nears expiration and then start looking for a home. However, this option runs the risk that the home he previously found will not likely be available. The renters other option is to place a bid on the new house and plan on breaking the lease if he is able to close on the new house. In this case, the renter would be saddled with both a rent and a mortgage for 9-10 months. This will likely be significantly more expensive than the price the renter would pay to break the lease.

Breaking the Lease is Not Always a Financial Decision

The decision to break a lease is not always completely a financial decision. There are sometimes emotional components which factor into the equation. For example a renter may have only 1-2 months remaining on his rental agreement when he is offered a dream job which will require him to relocate immediately. Although breaking the lease that late in the agreement is usually not financially wise, the renter may make this decision to avoid missing out on a dream job.

Recent Listings

1021 Garfield St N #103

1 beds, 1 full baths, 750 sq.ft. living area

Spectacular 1BR/1BA Clarendon 1021 condo just steps to metro, shops + restaurants. Features open-plan LR/DR, kitchen w/granite counters and stainless steel appliances and hardwood flooring throughout main living areas. One garage spot included. Building also offers wealth of amenities: outdoor pool, gym, 24-hr concierge + more.

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35 Underwood Pl

2 beds, 2 full baths, n/a living area

Showings by appointment only. No showings Wednesday March 22-Friday March 24. Call Brian at 703-801-6948 to schedule showings. Applicants must pass credit check, provide proof of income and references. Home available for lease beginning April 1.

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6141 Leesburg Pike #407

1 beds, 1 full baths, 738 sq.ft. living area

Large end unit with 1 BR and 1 BA, very nice & bright, huge balcony, close to public transportation and shopping areas, one of the most sought-after units. A must- see. Please call or email for showing.

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4501 Arlington Blvd #605

2 beds, 2 full baths, 1,089 sq.ft. living area

Location....Location......Location. Ballston in Arlington. Striking kitchen boasts SS appliances, quartz counters & soft-touch cabinets. Darkwood floors & bright whites augment open concept living spaces. Enjoy an oversize balcony above the pool w/sunset views! Pool, Gym, Concierge, Security. Condo fee inc. all utilities - Fully Furnished

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1677 Trap Rd

4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths, n/a living area

Be close to everything! Amazing 3-floor Colonial with 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, & carport. Eat-in kitchen with new SS appliances and huge breakfast room. Brand new carpet, washer/dryer, & paint. Private main floor den/study; Florida sunroom overlooks large backyard w/ deck & shed; Huge unfinished basement perfect for a workshop/storage. Minutes from Tysons, Wolf Trap, Meadowlark, and Town of Vienna.

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309 Yoakum Pkwy #1805

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Spacious 1 BR & Den. Freshly painted and ready to move-in. The community amenities can not be beat! 24 hr sec, in/outdoor pools, in/outdoor tennis, fitness ctr, conv store, cafe, shuttle to metro & much more! Great location inside the beltway, mins from 395 & 495 and metro. Rent incls all utilities exc. cable, internet & ph

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3835 9th St N #903w

2 beds, 2 full baths, 953 sq.ft. living area

Well maintained condo on the 9th floor with tons of natural light! 1 garage parking with water/sewer/trash included in rent. Enjoy the swimming pool, hot tub, party room, patio, grill & gym. Conveniently located by metro station. Walking distance to restaurants and shops. Must see!

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1805 Crystal Dr #713s

3 beds, 2 full baths, 1,523 sq.ft. living area

Bright & Spacious 3 BR, 2BA, Condo in a Great Location! Fully Furnished *Utilities included* 2 Parking Spaces *Wood Flooring* Crown Molding* SS Appliances* Outdoor Pool* Exercise Room* Party Room* Extra Storage* Great Location; Walk to Metro, Shops & Restaurants* Close to Washington D.C. and Pentagon City*

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7706 Norsham Ln

3 beds, 2 full baths, n/a living area

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4 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths, 2,912 sq.ft. living area

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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.

Nesbitt Realty Agent spotlight Andrew Goodman Patton Licensed Realtor

Nesbitt Realty and Andrew Patton can assist in your Real Estate goal, 703-765-0300 extension 1001, [email protected]

Andrew Patton, Licensed Realtor has a technical proficiency working with Nesbitt Realty with Multiple Listing Services and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems usage
Andrew Patton, Licensed Realtor has a technical proficiency working with brokerage Nesbitt Realty through Multiple Listing Services and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems usage, click to see GIF

Properties in New Alexandria

Julie Nesbitt, Manager and Andrew Patton, Real Estate Agent and office pet, at start of the month
Julie Nesbitt, Manager and Andrew Patton, Real Estate Agent and office pet, at start of the month, click to see GIF

Properties in Carlyle District

2121 Jamieson Ave #703

Shows perfectly & completely renovated! Open floorplan w/gorgeous upgrades & great encl balcony-not incl in 1605 sqft. Enjoy granite counters, SS appliances, wood floors throughout, plantation shutters & more! All baths just updated! Scenic Masonic Temple & sunset views. Walk to 2 metros,Whole Foods,shops,restaurants & movies. Enjoy pool,tennis,2 gyms,putting green&24-hr security. 1 garage&storage [Carlyle Towers - $825,000]

309 Holland Ln #218

Luxury and convenience with upgrades throughout. Highlights: Custom tigerwood floors, gourmet kitchen w/ss appliances & granite counters, built-in desk, elfa closet systems, washer/dryer, balcony, and large garage space with tandem parking, extra storage, fitness center, party room, courtyard. Steps to King Street Metro/Train Station, PTO, Whole Foods, Old Town shops & restaurants. [The Royalton - $540,000]

309 Holland Ln #209

Modern & updated 1 BR, 1 BA home at the Royalton. NEW paint & floors! Enjoy granite kitchen&bath counters, SS appliances, Washer/Dryer, etc. 10' ceilings, balcony, large windows & open kitchen/lr/dr create a welcoming home. Price includes 1 PREMIER garage space & RARE Storage unit. Above Whole Foods, blocks to King St metro,shops,restaurants,movies,etc. Enjoy a gym, courtyard & lounge w/free WiFi. [Royalton - $375,000]

1412 Roundhouse Ln #1412

This beautiful condo sparkles! From the light hardwood floors to the shining kitchen, large windows provide tons of light. Two levels separate the living spaces and the two large, carpeted bedroom suites, each with its own bath. Located in the heart of enchanting Alexandria, you are just a 10-minute walk from the King Street Metro, Whole Foods, and exciting restaurants and shops. [Old Town Village - $615,000]

2451 Midtown Ave #501

1BR + DEN! WITH 2 GARAGE SPOTS! Across from Huntington Metro. Amazing view from windows! Same level parking! Beautiful gourmet Kitchen w/ GE Profile Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite & Modern Lighting. Walk-In Closet, Large Soaking Tub,. Pet Friendly Building features amazing amenities: 24-Hr Front Desk w/ Concierge Svcs, Pool/Hot Tub, Fitness Ctr, Party Rm, Cyber Cafe/Library & More! Must See! [Midtown Alexandria Sta - $339,900]

My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andy step aside
My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andrew, licensed Real Estate Agent, step aside

Properties in Seminary Hill

Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring
Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring

Properties in Shirlington

Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

A little feedback from an appreciative client

Wow! I just got this from Jeremy W. This really makes me proud to work with Nesbitt Realty.

Howdy Mr. Nesbitt–

Belle View sign
Entrance to Belle View condominiums

I wanted to take a moment to highlight the exceptional service I received from one of your agents, Ben Fornshell. Within a few hours of emailing Ben, we made an appointment to meet the following day in order to tour Belle Haven. After meeting up at your office, we walked  along the well-kept streets while Ben shared some of his experiences with the community; calmly strolling through a neighborhood on a sunny day while viewing properties is not a typical experience when searching for a new home. After touring several, I stepped into one particular unit and realized I was home. Ben walked me through the particulars before we parted. Later that day, he met with me a second time, well after working hours, to show the unit to my skeptical wife.

She eagerly concurred and five days later, we signed the lease–beating out several other applicants largely because of how well-prepared our package was. Ben’s relaxed and informative approach was a sea-change to the aggressive apartment-pushers usually lurking in real estate and is a great credit to your business and profession.

Further, his stance made it more than clear that he wasn’t merely looking to push someone into a vacant unit: he was assisting a new neighbor.

Please convey my very great appreciation for his hard work and dedication. If you’d like to post this message anywhere online, please feel free; I only ask that you omit my last name for privacy.

Sincerely,

–Jeremy

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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.

What do real estate agents do?

on the lawn of the White House looking toward Washington Monument
Julie is a Realtor serving Northern Virginia

Real estate agents act as go-betweens for buyers and sellers of real estate property. With certain exceptions, anyone who assists with the sale of real estate in the Commonwealth of Virginia is required to be licensed by the state.  Each and every real estate agents must be affiliated with a real estate broker. A broker is a real estate profession who has higher educational requirements and who has a minimum of three years of full-time experience as a real estate agent. A realtor is a real estate agent or broker who is a member of the National Association of Realtors. As a realtor, agents and brokers agree to ascribe to a high standard of ethics and participate in continuing education programs.

In most cases, a real estate agent works for one party, either the buyer or seller, renter or landlord. The agent uses his or her specialized training to best represent the clients’ best interests. In some cases, the agent will work in a dual capacity representing both sides of the transaction.  In all cases, the agent’s first duty is to truth and honesty. But when you choose a real estate agent, don’t be afraid to ask about what obligations state law imposes.

Some agencies have up-front fees or retainers.  It’s okay to shop around and to interview several agents and agencies to find the one that you feel most
comfortable working with, but it’s only fair to the agent and to yourself to settle on one agent to sell or buy a home. Although it is your right and duty as a consumer to shop around, it is unethical and unfair to work with more than one agent at a time. An experienced agent will always ask if you already have representation. This way the agent won’t waste his time or accidentally interfere with the relationship you already have.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Properties in Cameron Station

Julie Nesbitt is an ABR who has served buyers in some of Alexandria’s most exclusive neighborhoods.  She is a top producing agent who has listed and sold property in Northern Virginia. In addition to helping folks buy, sell and rent property in Northern Virginia, Julie is the primary administrator of the property management services performed by Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. Call Julie at (703)765-0300.

Blizzard photos of Real Estate in Bucknell Manor, Belle View, and Belle Haven

The blizzard snow lasted about a week. It hit its climax on about day 3. Many roads built up with caked snow. In Bucknell Manor, nearby stores remained open during the inclement weather. Interested in buying, selling, renting, or property management of Real Estate in Northern Virginia? Call Nesbitt Realty today at (703) 765 0300.

Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

How does a real estate agent become a REALTOR?

RealtorA real estate agent is a professional licensed to buy, sell and manage real estate for a fee on the behalf of others. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS.  A broker is a real estate agent who has reached a higher educational standard and who accepts certain additional responsibilities commensurate with this level of licensing. The term “Realtor” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

A real estate agent or broker who joins the National Association of Realtors is a Realtor.  The National Association of Realtors (NAR) claims to be world’s largest professional association. The single biggest distinction between a real estate agent and a Realtor is that all Realtors agree to abide by a strict Code of Ethics. From their voluntary adherence to a Code of Ethics to their incomparable knowledge of real estate processes, Realtors are the experts of residential and commercial property transactions.

Stuart and Will
A broker has a higher experience level and higher educational requirement than an agent, but both are Realtors.

Founded in 1908, National Association of Realtors has grown from its original nucleus of 120 members to more than 1 million today. National Association of Realtors is composed of Realtors who are involved in residential and commercial real estate as brokers, salespeople, property managers, appraisers, counselors, and others who are engaged in all aspects of the real estate industry.

Realtors belong to one or more of 1,700 local associations/boards and 54 state and territory associations of Realtors and can join one of our many institutes, societies, and councils. Brokers and agents of Condo Alexandria are members of the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors. Additionally, National Association of Realtors offers members the opportunity to be active in our appraisal and international real estate specialty sections. Realtors are pledged to a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Working for America’s property owners, the National Association of Realtors provides a facility for professional development, research, and exchange of information among its members. Condo Alexandria agents and brokers take advantage of educational opportunities with the National Association of Realtors and the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors to continue expanding our knowledge of all aspects of real estate related expertise.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.
Stuart Nesbitt is a Realtor® licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His office is located in Fairfax County near the City of Alexandria in Belle Haven. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax County schools. Call him at any time to discuss your real estate needs.