10 Ideas For a Quicker and Easier Sale When Selling Your House

1. NO CLUTTER. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.

2. Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn off.

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Options for Home Sellers in Del Ray

Del Ray
Del Ray

No matter how much you look forward to moving to a new home, relocating is chore, and selling your current home in Del Ray will only add to the stress of the move. The goal is to quickly a buyer because an unoccupied home is not only a worry, but a financial burden, especially if the selling process drags on for a long period of time. Selling your home in Del Ray before you begin paying for another somewhere else is the best alternative for your bank account.

There are many tips that experts offer to increase your chances of unloading your home quickly. But few compare the pros and cons of different ways to sell your home.Continue reading

10 Steps to Getting Top Dollar for Your Home in Arlington

5500 HOLMES RUN PKWY, Unit 1517, Alexandria VA, 22304
Condo with nice kitchen

When you decide to sell your home in Arlington you should immediately begin referring to it as a house. You’ve become emotionally attached to this place and it’s now time to say goodbye. Your home is where the heart is. Your house is a product for sale, so start detaching yourself by making some changes that will help you with the sale of the house.Continue reading

Five Reasons to Hold an Open House

Not all real estate practitioners are enthusiastic about the effectiveness of open houses, but here are five good reasons to consider holding one:

Julie Nesbitt
Julie sold another!
  1. The odds are low but sometimes open houses lead to a sale.
  2. Home sellers like them. They like seeing their real estate professional working hard for them.
  3. Visitor feedback is good for sellers.
  4. Other real estate practitioners tour open houses and they sometimes produce sales.
  5. Open houses engage people, including friends and neighbors who might bring in a buyer.

Source: Inman News, Mary Umberger (02/17/2010)

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    Inlet Cove outside Belvoir
    Inlet Cove is alongside Route 1 This neighborhood of townhouses is near grocers and eateries Inlet Cove is close to Fort Belvoir, Alexandria, and Potomac Mills shops, in the city of Woodbridge Interior to these properties are multilevel Inlet Cove is serene

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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    Pending home sales increased again in March, affirming that a surge of home sales is unfolding for the spring home buying season, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in March, rose 5.3 percent to 102.9 from 97.7 in February, and is 21.1…

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  • A Good Time to Buy a High-End Home

    Station Square
    Some of the best housing deals are on high-end homes, many over $1 million. Some of them need TLC or they aren’t in the most-coveted locations. But there are plenty of desirable properties and lots of sellers who are getting impatient. Buyers with cash have the best opportunities. Buyers who need a mortgage should move…

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  • Looking for the big price drop?

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    If you love price drops we have good news. NesbittRealty.com now features the biggest and most recent price drops on area real estate. We have condos, townhouses and houses all with big price reductions. These HOT properties will attract a lot of attention so contact us to take a closer look. In general we look…

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  • Who is today’s homebuyer and why are they buying?

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    The National Association of Realtors recently did a study about the characteristics of home buyers. Some of the findings might surprise you. Thirteen percent of buyers purchased a home with one or more parents and grandparents together with adult children. There were several reasons given for purchasing a multi-generational home. Cost savings; Children over the…

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Properties in Shirlington

What is a “Regency”?

Regency
Regency

Although they borrow from the Georgian’s classic lines, Regency homes eschew ornamentation. They’re symmetrical, two or three stories, and usually built in brick. Typically, they feature an octagonal window over the front door, one chimney at the side of the house, double-hung windows, and a hip roof.

They’ve been built in the United States since the early 1800s and you can find a number of examples of the Regency in Northern VA.

typical Regency
Typical Regency
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    Open House, Sunday, 1-4 BIG PRICE DROP! 7202 CHURCHILL ROAD McLean, VA 22101 6 Bedrooms 5.5 Bathrooms 6,752 SF $1,695,000

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    We played a game at the office this Sunday. Lots of fun. Sincerely, Will Nesbitt Principal Broker   Nesbitt RealtyAlexandria VA licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland 703 765 0300 (main) 571 237 7902 (direct)888 783 6391 (fax) ——– Original Message ——– Subject: The Empire Strikes Back Pictures From: [email protected]

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  • Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services

    Fairfax County
    Established in 1974 with a mission to reduce homelessness, increase community support and promote self sufficiency, the Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is operated by a multi-denominational board of directors and staff managing over 70 housing units. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is located in the Mount Zephyr Business Center at 8305 Richmond…

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  • Mistake 4: Acting too picky.

    We help buyers and sellers.
    While you should narrow down what you want and you list features most important to you, don’t be so inflexible that you make it impossible to find a home. If you’re too picky, you may have to continue renting when you could own a home. Be willing to compromise on some of the less important…

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What is a “Stick” home?

stick home
illustration of a Stick

A member of the Victorian family, the Stick house boasts a lot of detailing. However, few Stick homes incorporate all the possible features. Typical characteristics include gabled, steeply pitched roofs with overhangs; wooden shingles covering the exterior walls and roof; horizontal, vertical, or diagonal boards–the “sticks” from which it takes its name–that decorate the cladding; and porches.

Photo of a Stick
typical Stick

You’ll find traditional sticks in the Northeast and their sister, the Western Stick, in California. The Western Stick is rectangular with sliding glass doors, a small chimney, and large panes of glass.

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    Featured From Riverside Gardens $699,900 at Riverside Gardens See more Featured From Riverside Gardens Check out Riverside Gardens to see everything for sale at Riverside Gardens.

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    Just Listed at 20171 houses at Fox Mill Acres Wellborns is in Herndon 20171 Sweet Dog may be in Garage. Updates include; Culligan Whole House Filter/Neutralizer, Newer Roof & Gutters, Major Remodeling of Kitchen & FR with a mud rm and laundry rm ADDITION & pantry and second prep sink in Kitchen. NEWER MARVIN Solid…

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  • Victorian architecture

    typical Victorian home
    Victorian architecture dates from the second half of the 19th century, when America was exploring new approaches to building and design. Advancements in machine technology meant that Victorian-era builders could easily incorporate mass-produced ornamentation such as brackets, spindles, and patterned shingles. The last true Victorians were constructed in the early 1900s, but contemporary builders often…

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  • What is a “Regency”?

    Regency
    Although they borrow from the Georgian’s classic lines, Regency homes eschew ornamentation. They’re symmetrical, two or three stories, and usually built in brick. Typically, they feature an octagonal window over the front door, one chimney at the side of the house, double-hung windows, and a hip roof. They’ve been built in the United States since the…

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

    Belle Haven in the distance of Bucknell Manor in a blizzard
    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.

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How to Get a Home Ready for an Open House

Are you a home seller considering an open house? This checklist might be helpful.

Prescott condominium interiors
Inside a condo at Prescott in Old Town Alexandria VA
  • Remove heavy curtains that block light.
  • Remove excess furniture to make the rooms seem more spacious.
  • Thoroughly clean carpets, windows, closets, and ovens.
  • Paint the front door and buy a new welcome mat.
  • Assess needed household repairs and make them.
  • Clear debris from sidewalks, decks, and driveways.
  • Get a qualified heating specialist to certify that the furnace is in good condition.
  • Replace dated kitchen and bathroom hardware and fixtures.
  • Repaint rooms that look dull using a neutral color such as cream or tan.
  • Refinish worn hardwood floors.
  • Box up knick-knacks, family mementos, and books to create a neutral environment.
For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.

What is a Dutch Colonial style home?

This American style originated in homes built by German, or “Deutsch” settlers in Pennsylvania as early as the 1600s. A hallmark of the style is a broad gambrel roof with flaring eaves that extend over the porches, creating a barn-like effect. Early homes were a single room, and additions were added to each end, creating a distinctive linear floor plan.

End walls are generally of stone, and the chimney is usually located on one or both ends.

Double-hung sash windows with outward swinging wood casements, dormers with shed-like overhangs, and a central Dutch double doorway are also common. The double door, which is divided horizontally, was once used to keep livestock out of the home while allowing light and air to filter through the open top.

The style enjoyed a revival during the first three decades of the 20th century as the country looked back with nostalgia to its colonial past. This style is imitated in some of the townhouses in and around Franconia and Kingstowne.  Throughout the seventies and eighties, Dutch Colonials were built throughout Fairfax County.

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Are you buying a house or a home?

Oakton condos interior
Inside the Oakton condos in Fairfax County VA

When I’m talking to clients about real estate, I find that the biggest difference between a house and a home—or a condo and a home—is that a home is where you live or where you will live.

A house (or condo) is where the other guy lives. When a potential client refers to a property as a home, there is a good chance that the client is considering buying the property. When a client refers to his own home as a home, he indicates an emotional attachment to the property that may make it hard to think rationally when considering all factors regarding the sale of this marketable commodity. If you think of your home as a house or just a condo, then you’re already emotionally ready to move on to the next place.

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