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

Alexandria and Arlington Real Estate exchanges with Nesbitt Realty

Properties in Arlington

Nesbitt Realty is a top-ranked brokerage serving buyers, sellers, renters, and Landlords throughout National Capital Region in Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.

Properties in Alexandria

1100 Belle View Blvd #A1

UPDATED & SUN DRENCHED 3 BED/1 BATH UNIT ON 1ST FLOOR IN SOUGHT AFTER BELLEVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD! SPACIOUS BEDROOMS! SEVERAL UPGRADES INC BAMBOO FLOORS,GRANITE COUNTER-TOPS & HVAC DUCT WORK MOVED! CONDO FEE INCLUDE GAS,WATER, POOL,TENNIS, BASKETBALL & TOT LOT. WALK TO SHOPPING CENTER, METRO BUS TO HUNTINGTON YELLOW LINE.POTOMAC RIVER VIEWS ACROSS THE GW PKWY. MINS TO DC, REAGAN NATIONAL & MD! [Belle View - $280,000]

102 Franklin St

Beautiful hardwood floors, handsome formal rooms, a family room adjacent to the kitchen, large bedroom suites, each with its own luxurious bath, abundant closets, 2 fireplaces and 2-car garage are all wonderful components of this picture perfect home. Built-ins in the library, a speaker system, an exercise room and an interior elevator reaching all floors.Walk to restaurants & interesting shops. [Backyard Boats - $1,985,000]

6011 Sumner Rd

LARGE CORNER LOT RAMBLER SINGLE FAMILY HOME. TWO FAMILY ROOMS. WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE AND GAS FIREPLACE. LARGE FENCED IN YARD WITH GAZEBO. 2 CAR GARAGE. FORMAL LIVING ROOM AND FORMAL DINING ROOM. ORIGINAL HARDWOOD FLOORING UNDER CARPETING. [Sumner Park - $579,900]

104 Roberts Ln #301

Amazing opportunity to own 3 bedrooms in Old Town Alexandria. This unit speaks for itself. Completely remodeled kitchen, new flooring, fresh bathrooms. All minutes from the Blue/Yellow Line metro. Short walk into downtown Old Town for shopping, dining, nightlife.Currently tenant occupied until the beginning of November. [Fort Ellsworth - $379,450]

5618 Bloomfield Dr #103

In high demand, one of the largest units in the area. 3 Bed 2 Full Bath, 1320 SF Condo in a superb location. . New Paint through out, New Carpet, New Appliances. Higher level unit with a nice view. One of the larger condo units in the area with large bedrooms. Easy commute to Pentagon. Easy Access to 495 & 395. Community Summing Pool and play area. Close to Bus stops and retails shops. [Valley Park - $280,000]

2911 Holly St

Enjoy your views from these two elevated lots in historic Alexandria. With over .6 combined acres, this is a developer's dream. This 4BD/3.5BTH charmer has exceptional renovation potential or the opportunity to build new construction on each parcel. 2911 & 2915 Holly St., 1 house, 2 build-able lots .34 acre each, Lg family room addition 25x16, Lg shed 18.5x12.5, garage 16.5x10.5, Sun porch 7x13. [Mount Ida - $1,699,000]

3442 Turtle Dove Nook

Beautiful 3 level TH with 3BR, 3.5BA, 1 car garage, new HVAC & newer water heater. KIT features 42~ cabinets, some SS appliances, island, & updated bksplsh. MBR has walk-in & MBA w/dual sink vanity, glass shower & jetted Jacuzzi tub. LL opens to rec rm w/gas fplc, full BA, storage area, & sliding glass door leads to fully-fenced backyard. Close to Rt. 1 w/a short drive to 495 & Huntington Metro. [Grove At Huntley Meadows - $419,900]

4951 Brenman Park Dr #110

Sun filled BROWNING model featuring 10' ceilings, fresh neutral paint, wood floors throughout, kitchen with granite countertops and SS appliances. Spacious master bedroom with walk in closet, den and sunroom off LR. One underground garage parking space. You will love the prime location, walk to Brenman Park, coffeshop, pool and fitness center. [Cameron Station - $319,900]

6467 Woodridge Rd

Gorgeous Rambler on Half Acre Lot! all new windows, gourmet kitchen with cherry cabinets, Granite countertop & stainless steel appliances, charming living room w/fireplace, hardwood floor, marble floor, new paint, 3bedrooms 3full bathrooms with den. [Pinecrest - $689,000]

1300 Belle View Blvd #B1

Upgraded kitchen, remodeled bathroom & rare porch unit! Freshly painted. Walking distance to Belle View Shopping Center, Belle Haven Marina, & the Mount Vernon rec center. Minutes from Old Town. Directly off the George Washington Parkway. Routine shuttle service to Huntington Metro. Laundry & storage space in same building! Condo fee includes access to pool, tennis & basketball courts! [Belle View - $246,999]

Nesbitt Realty is a family-run Real Estate brokerage with a small-town touch.

What Do Property Managers Do?

Property managers can come in the form of a person or a company. Either way, what they do can be simply summarized as: getting paid to oversee a real estate property on behalf of the owner.

The responsibilities of a property manager include (as applicable) dealing with the property’s tenants, facilitating repairs or improvements necessary for homes, assuring overall cleanliness and general maintenance of the property, landscaping, etc. This is, of course, in line with any arrangements the property manager has agreed upon with the owner.

Amin & Will in Lowes

It is possible for a property manager to handle multiple properties and interface with several owners. Services offered may also differ depending on the type of property and what was initially agreed upon with the owner. For example, in the case of vacation homes, which are only periodically occupied, greater security measures may have to be employed by the property manager. The property manager must also be certain that everything is in place and ready whenever the owner comes over for vacation.

There are also cases when the property manager is tasked to handle a commercial property, wherein one of the requirements is to operate the business (if the manager is qualified) as well as managing the property itself.

For a property manager to be effective, he or she must be able to maintain a good relationship not only with the owner of the property but also the tenants. This should be done on top of the core duty of maintaining, beautifying and keeping in order the real estate property.

With the right property manager, owners can rest assured that their properties are in good hands and tenants can enjoy the satisfaction of living in a secure, well-maintained and beautiful home.

Property management is a business in and of itself. If you want to invest in real estate, but you don’t want to be a property manager, the solution is really quite simple: employ the services of Nesbitt Realty.

Our family-run business is experienced with managing the day-to-day operations of properties just like yours. We manage residential properties including homes, condos and townhouses.

[Learn more now]

Thanks for the opportunity to serve your real estate needs. Your business is appreciated.

Properties in Carlyle District

2181 Jamieson Ave #1010

Delightful, pristine 2 BR, 2 BA w/ open floor plan. Upgraded baths w/ quartz vanity tops & lever faucets, new sinks. wood floors. Good counter space in kitchen. Front loading washer and dryer.[$525,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

413 Payne St S

Stunning 3 bed 41/2 bath townhouse.built in 2016! Exquisitely appointed with open floor plan, 9' foot ceilings and drenched in natural light! Home boasts a chef's kitchen w/ SS appliances, marble countertops and eat in counter top. The 2 Ensuite master's have spa like baths and feel like a five star hotel! Combining the open loft area,multiple terraces, wine cooler,this is an entertainers dream![$1,275,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

338 West St S

Open Concept Kitchen w/ Granite, NEW SS Appliances Coming Soon, Mosaic Tile Back-splash, 4" Wide Plank Bamboo Floor (2016), LED Recessed Lights, Updated Bathrooms: 12 X 12 Tile Floor, New Lighting, New Vanities w/ Granite, NEW Carpet, Crown Molding. 2 Gas FP's. RARE! Gas FP in Owners Suite w/ Built-in Bookcases. 2 Car Parking, Gym & Pool. Near King St Metro, Whole Foods & More! Open 10/15 1-4PM[$615,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

2181 Jamieson Ave #1210

STUNNING RENOVATION! Unique quartz counters/bar, custom cabinets, wood floors throughout, both BAs custom tiled w/new vanities & stone counters. French doors to sunroom (not incl in 1165 sqft), amazing sunset views, open floorplan w/2 master suites & separate DR area. Incl 1 garage & storage.. Enjoy Carlyle's pool, 2 gyms, tennis, 24hr security & more. Blocks to Metro, Movies, shops & restaurants[$575,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

1115 Gibbon St

LARGE 5 BR, 2.5 BA END UNIT TOWNHOUSE JUST REFINISHED W/ NEW KITCHEN, NEW WINDOWS, PORTICO, ALL NEW APPLIANCES, W&D, REFINISHED HWD FLOORS, MARBLE BATH, NEW MOLDINGS, NEW PAINT, EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPING, ONE OF THE LARGEST LOTS IN NEIGHBORHOOD W/OFF ST. PARKING. 10 MIN WALK TO METRO, WHOLE FOODS & MANY RESTAURANTS. BEST OF ALL NO CONDO OR HOA FEES. QUIET AREA VERY LOW TRAFFIC ON SURROUNDING STREETS[$689,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

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

Rental Management Services

Here’s an email I recently sent to a landlord who has questions about our property management services.

As promised here is my detailed reply. I’m numbering my answers so you can compare to your questions below.
1. We locate tenants with a multi-pronged approach but we primarily attract tenants through the Multiple Listing Service and one of our many websites.  We do a background check on our applicants to learn credit history, employment history, income and criminal record.  We report the results to you along with a positive or negative recommendation depending on what our investigation uncovers.
Listing a property for rent is a separate service apart from property management.  Some landlords only use us to list property for rent.  Some landlords only use us for property management.  Most landlords do both.  Each time the property is listed for rent there is a fee to the landlord.
Our structure is a little different from most companies in that we explain where the commission goes and then let you set the fee as you wish. We make a recommendation for how much the landlord should pay, but allow the landlord to set the fee at any level. I think this makes more sense than setting an arbitrary number.  I would expect by glancing at your property online you will probably want to pay at least one half of one month’s rent to list the property, but you may wish to pay as much as three-quarters of a month rent. I can explain this at length when you contact us but in short some landlords sometimes pay higher commissions to attract more attention from agents.
In subsequent years, if the tenant stays on we don’t need to market the property and you won’t have to pay a commission.  When the tenant moves on we’ll need to list the property for rent again. Nearly every landlord is looking for a longer term renter for this reason.  The minimum lease we recommend is 12 months.  In the rare event that a lease is less than 12 months, we pad the rent to recoup the additional expense to the landlord.
2. Our brokerage currently manages about 100 properties.  We are a family business, not a large corporation.  Our landlords and tenants know us personally and we know them personally.  We do have a team approach. For example my wife handles the processing or rent checks and the preparation of monthly reports. My son often helps with dispatching handymen and with move-in and move-out inspections.  But no matter who you talk to the buck always stops with me and no matter who you talk to we generally all know what is going on with our properties.
Currently, we only have one member of the foreign service as a client but we have a good number of clients who are overseas. Some of our overseas clients are high-ranking military, intelligence service agents, foreign nationals who have returned to their home countries, diplomatic persons and I can even call to mind a couple of academics who are in the wilds doing field research. We are well-accustomed to the challenges of dealing with landlords who might be 8 to 12 hours different in time zone and who may or may not have regular access to a phone.
3. I do not own any properties in 22206.  We sold most of our own Northern VA rental properties a few years ago. Even then our properties were not in that zip code.  We still have some property that is out of the area and for that we rely on a property manager.  In fact, the only rentals we’ve ever had serious problems with are the properties which we owned and personally managed.
As an aside, without effort, I can call to mind 3 properties which we manage and that are in close proximity to your property.  Two of these are condos and one is a single-family residence.  The SFR is owned by an Indian technology guru who returned to India to raise his kids.  One of the two condos is owned by a recently retired judge who move back to his home state.  The third property is owned by a local attorney who does not want the hassle of managing his property. There may be a few more in your neighborhood, but those are the three that pop in my head.
4. We can inspect as often as you like, but we generally only inspect the property once per quarter.  We do not do the inspection ourselves.  Instead, we send a handyman who will check every system on the property and write up any deficiencies along with any recommendations.  There is a small fee for this inspection ($35 or so) to cover the handyman’s time.  But we do not charge anywhere near 10% of the monthly rent.  Our rates vary depending upon the property, but we will charge 6.5% of the monthly rent for a property such as yours.
5. We use a software called Rent Manager to track our landlord’s expenses and accounts. I will copy this email to my wife Julie who can send you and example report on Monday.
6. We do not charge a fee when the property is vacant.  We are only paid when you are paid.  Money in general does not flow from you to us.  Rather it flows from tenant to our company and then to your pocket.  Rent is due on the first of the month.  Most of the tenants pay sometime between the 29th and 3rd of the month.  There is a grace period until the fifth day of the month.  If rent is not received by the fifth of the month we charge a late fee to the tenant and swiftly ramp up to begin the eviction process. We quickly train any tenants to understand that we do not play around with rent and deadlines.
We pride ourselves on how quickly we get the money to our landlords.  Some companies take 10 to 15 days to process rents.  We usually deposit money into the landlord’s bank account within 24 hours of receiving payment.  Because of the extensive background checks mentioned above, we generally don’t have much problem with unpaid or late rents.
7. Tenants contact us for repairs and we select the most cost-effective and prompt solution available.  If the repairs are less than around $250 we generally do not get bids, we just make the work happen.  We allow landlords freedom to set their own notification level.  For most condos we recommend a $250 threshold.  For most townhouses and single-family homes we recommend $350.  However, yesterday a newly-made landlord asked that we set that number at $1. (Yes.  ONE dollar.) We will abide by her request.  A few of our busiest landlords don’t want to hear about bothered by anything less than $1k.
We do not “mark-up” any maintenance requests.  We do not charge anything extra to manage repairs. Maintenance is not a profit center for us.
8. Property reports are usually delivered just a few days after rents are processed.
Our clients like us because we are very responsive to both tenants and landlords.  We always seek out the most cost-effective solutions for our landlords.  We are not an enormous company.  You can call at any normal hour of the day and most likely reach the principal broker (me).  If you call at a strange hour, you still might reach me.  If you don’t reach me, I’ll call you back promptly. Most of our competitors charge higher fees than we charge. So we believe that our combination of price and service is very tough to beat.
I look forward to meeting you and thank you for the opportunity to be of service.
  • 4 Steps To Real Estate Investing Success!

    Real estate investing is always good and sometimes it’s red hot. When it’s hot dozens of real estate seminars begin rolling across the country and thousands of people spend thousands of dollars for investing education. It’s startling to learn that of all those thousands of eager folks who attend these seminars only about 5% buy…

    Read More

  • Inlet Cove is near Fort Belvoir and Potomac Mills

    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

    Read More

  • Renting Unsold Property May Be a Good Move

    Home owners who can’t or don’t want to sell their homes in today’s market but must move should consider renting out the property. Obtaining a professional property manager is a good first step. Professional property managers charge 7 percent to 10 percent of the monthly rent in many areas. Nesbitt Realty is often cheaper than…

    Read More

  • What Do Property Managers Do?

    Property managers can come in the form of a person or a company. Either way, what they do can be simply summarized as: getting paid to oversee a real estate property on behalf of the owner. The responsibilities of a property manager include (as applicable) dealing with the property’s tenants, facilitating repairs or improvements necessary…

    Read More

  • 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.

    Read More