Buying a new home checklist

Are you thinking of buying a new home?

There are several key steps that your Virginia Licensed Real Estate Agent will help you through. Knowing what these are in advance can help you not be surprised later on:

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  • Know your budget, consult with a financial institution about what you can be pre-approved for.
  • Know your needs, including:
    • Number of bedrooms
    • Location
    • Walking distance to a bus stop
    • Walking distance to a metro stop
    • Price
    • Property condition
    • Age of the property
    • Garage Parking
    • Schools
  • Amenities (for condos)
    • Indoor/Outdoor pool
    • Putting Greens
    • Tennis courts
    • In unit washer/dryer
    • Utilities included in condo fees
    • Basketball courts
    • Bowling
    • Concierge service
    • Controlled access
  • Realize that something will have to give to get what you want, prioritize your needs so that you can get the most important features.
  • Budget time and money:
    • Finding any home is easy. Finding the right home requires time invested in looking at properties.
    • Money for down-payments and closing costs can vary from a couple percentage points to a cash purchase where you provide the entire amount up front.

For a first-time home buyer, one of the most difficult things to do is to just start the process? What does one actually do to buy a home? We’ve prepared this short list of links to help you begin your home buying quest

  • Affordability Calculator — How much home can you afford? The affordability will help you determine what your price range.
  • Buyers Tips — Simple and effective tips for shopping homes.
  • Closing Cost Estimator — What are closing costs? How much do you have to pay?
  • Guide to Northern Virginia — All about the neighborhoods and communities of Northern VA
  • Map Search — Our map-based search is one of the best in the business.
  • Mortgage Calculator — Once you’ve identified a property plug the price into the calculator to see how much the purchase will cost on a monthly basis.

Learn more about how a Nesbitt Realty buyer’s agent can help you.

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For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.
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Are you dreaming about pools yet?

Condo Pool

I know that summer isn’t here yet.  But as the temperature climbs, I can’t help but think about pools around the area.

11 Reasons to Love Lexington Square

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in 22203.

Lexington Square comprising of 4 towers with 367 units having 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans is located on the 9th Street N. parallel to Wilson Blvd and Fairfax Drive, between Pollard and Oakland Street. The location of Lexington Square is convenient to VA Square and Ballston Metro Stop including an array of shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities on the heart of Ballston corridor.

Built in 2000-2002, Lexington Square is a medium sized complex and pet friendly community that offers convenient amenities for its residents without having to step further away from home.

Amenities of Lexington Square:

  1. Garage Parking
  2. Fitness Room
  3. Party Room
  4. 2 Tiered Swimming Pool
  5. Outdoor Grill
  6. Spa
  7. Hot Tub
  8. Courtyard
  9. Marble Lobbies
  10. On Site Manager and Building Engineer
  11. Electronic Entry Access
  12. Lexington Square is in Arlington 22203

Lexington Square’s units are designed for optimal light and spacious floorplans while some have gas fireplaces. Parking is available along 9th Street and Fairfax Drive.

Properties in Lexington Square

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Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Ballston.

What’s so special about the condos at The Jamieson?

Located in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, condos at The Jamieson are the only development to offer amenity services by the Westin Hotel. Residents have access to the following services:

  • Valet parking
  • Room service
  • Maid service
  • A la carte catering


What is the reason for success?

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan

An outdoor basketball court

How do I accomplish a goal?

First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle

Underground bowling alley


The Jamieson condominiums at the top of Westin Alexandria Hotel

High-rise condominium at 2050 Jamieson Ave Alexandria VA

The Jamieson is situated near the heart of Carlyle District of Alexandria VA at 2050 Jamieson Ave in Alexandria VA 22314. Just around the corner, The United States Patent and Trademark Office can be found, as well as Albert V. Bryan U.S Courthouse. The Jamieson blends well in the Carlyle District. The Jamieson is within walking distance to a Jerry’s, and a 711. Jamieson condos are near Carlyle Towers and the Royalton condos. There is a Wholefoods grocery within walking distance of the Jamieson.

Though it isn’t out of place among the condos and homes in the Carlyle District surrounding it, there is something quite unique about the Jamieson that sets it apart from nearby condos. It is, after all, the only condo in the 22314 zip code that you can find located on top of a hotel. Yes. If you’re looking for the Jamieson, you can find it atop the Westin Alexandria Hotel. Hotel patrons do not have access to any parts of the Jamieson condos, but condo residents do have access to all the Jamieson amenities, including fitness, food and even cleaning services. Residents can even get discounted rooms for their guests.

Enjoy the sights at Jamieson comfortably in peace

Amenities of the building:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Reserved and Valet Parking
  • Maid Service
  • Catering
  • Rooftop Terrace

The units are designed with utmost quality to meet expectations within the Carlyle District. Rich, hardwood flooring in living and dining rooms, elegant and exquisite tile flooring in bathrooms and kitchens, granite countertops and vanities, stainless steel appliances along with expansive windows with breathtaking views can be enjoyed in units of Jamieson condominiums.
The building is unique, but the units themselves have the quality and details that shoppers in the Carlyle District have come to expect in most homes in this neighborhood:

  • Rich, hardwood floors in living/dining rooms
  • Elegant tile floors in bathrooms and kitchen
  • Granite countertops and vanities
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Reserved parking
  • Expansive windows many with beautiful views
Quality designs to fit the Carlyle District expectations


  • The Jamieson is a luxury condominium with a remarkable location in Carlyle District
  • Nearby is the King Street metro, just a short walk away
  • The United State Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) is close to the Jamieson

Condos for sale at the Jamieson

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

What is the condominium community on top of the Hotel Palomar in Arlington?

Nesbitt Realty can help you buy and sell real estate in Waterview.

Located at 1111 North 19th Street in Arlington, Virginia, the Waterview Condominiums are among the area’s most desirable and luxurious residential condo communities. Last year, the Waterview Condominiums were rated one of Arlington County’s top 12 condominium facilities; and with the Hotel Palomar located directly below the condo units, Waterview residents can enjoy all of the perks that this particularly convenient locale has to offer. Residents have access to the Hotel Palomar’s conference rooms and business centers, as well as the hotel bar and restaurant.

The Waterview condos feature a 24-hour concierge, a private residents-only lounge, a rooftop observation deck with some of the most breathtaking and panoramic views in the area, an outdoor terrace located 100 feet from the Potomac River, a spa and fitness facility, and a reserved parking garage. Individual condo units feature hardwood and parquet floors, floor to ceiling glass windows, and imported granite countertops.

Apart from the obvious luxury of the Hotel and the condominium building, the location of the Waterview is superbly positioned for the Washington Metro commuter. Located in the epicenter of Rosslyn and less than five minutes away from greater Washington D.C., the Waterview offers easy access to Reagan National and Dulles airport as well as downtown Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia.


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

What do association fees cover at the Watergate of Alexandria?

The Watergate of Alexandria offers townhouse living in the North End of Alexandria’s Old Town. Watergate residences are two and three-story luxury residences which fit well with the character of Old Town.

colonial elegance at the Watergate of Alexandria

Association fees cover include the cost of:


  • Clean-Up
  • Pest Control
  • Snow Removal
  • Supplies
  • Trash & Recycling

Repairs and Maintenance

  • Brick & Masonry
  • Driveways
  • Exterior Painting
  • Fences & Gates
  • Fire Suppression Systems
  • Fish Pond
  • Garages
  • Garden Benches
  • Gutters
  • Lighting
  • Machinery
  • Plumbing
  • Pumps
  • Roofs
  • Shutters
  • Storage Rooms
  • Stucco


  • Common Area Electricity
  • Sewer
  • Water


  • Design
  • Fertilizing
  • Mowing
  • Mulching
  • Planting
  • Pruning & Trimming
  • Raking
  • Watering


  • Auditors
  • Banking
  • Collections
  • Engineering Studies
  • Fidelity Bond
  • Property & Liability Insurance
  • Legal Counsel
  • Property Management
  • Meeting Space & Services
  • Reserve Studies
  • Website

Featured condo for sale at Watergate of Alexandria

Properties in Watergate of Alexandria

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