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

3303 Old Dominion Blvd

CONTEMPORARY interior combines with CHARMING period details to make this UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND home! You'll love it! You can't beat the curb appeal! A few of the FABULOUS features are a STUNNING TOP OF THE LINE kitchen, BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED baths, HWFs throughout, recessed lighting, marble tile, garage, separate office w/private entrance and a roof top patio that serves as a ROOM WITH A VIEW! [Beverly Hills - $725,000]

7133 Mason Grove Ct #14

This spacious 3 level, garage town home includes large master suite with spa like bathroom, 2 additional large bedrooms w/hall bath. Open & bright living area with fireplace, dining area, and private fenced backyard. Open kitchen meeting all the chef's requirements. Unit backs to trees for tons of privacy! Charming, modern TH convenient to DC, Old Towne, Ft Belvoir, Updated & move in ready! [Groveton Woods - $395,000]

4010 Ivanhoe Ln

Fantastic 4 BR / 2 BA Single Family Home in Ridge View! Floor Plan Features: Separate Living ,Dining & Family Rooms, Upgraded Kitchen and Finished LL. Upgrades Include: HW Floors, Gas Cooking, Granite Counters, Re-Modeled Bathrooms, Updated Windows 2013, H20 Heater / HVAC 2012 &More! Spacious Yard, 2 Sheds & Car Port!~Convenient Location Near Metro, Shopping, Dining & Major Commuter Routes! [Ridge View - $489,900]

8446 Porter Ln


5030 Grimm Dr

Franklin model with upgrades top to bottom! Custom paint, gleaming hardwood floors, 9' ceilings, kitchen with island, granite, ss appliances. Enjoy modern, convenient living - rest well in the master suite, relax in the luxury bath: glass shower, separate tub, dual vanity. Grill out on the deck, entertain in the private fenced in patio. Cameron Station amenities: shuttle, pool, gym & park! [Cameron Station - $627,900]

1906 Duffield Ln

Brick townhouse, large living room, crown molding & chair rail. Renovated kitchen, Shaker cabinets, stainless KitchenAid appliances, gas range, granite. Spacious master w/vaulted ceilings & huge walk-in closet. Master Bath renovated, separate soaker tub & shower. Finished lower level w/half bath & wet bar. NEW Carrier Infinity HVAC w/10 YEAR warranty & touch screen thermostat w/smart features. [Belle Haven On the Green - $615,000]

1225 Martha Custis Dr #108

Cozy one bedroom unit @ Park East condominium, near Shirlington | 395 and minutes to Washington DC. This condominium building offer a great life style with modern finishes recently renovated and fantastic common areas which allow for great entertaining and family gatherings. [Parkeast - $209,900]

2335 Creek Dr

Rare, Reasonably Priced Waterfront Property! 5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths recently updated. Prime Frontage, 165' Dock and Sweeping Waterviews, 13,000 lb Boat Lift - Supports 35-40 ft Boat, 5 ft draft, Spacious 3 Level Colonial, hardwood floorsReplacement Andersen Thermal Windows and Glass Doors. Expanded Gourmet Kitchen with Island/cherry cabinets.Garage Storage System. Spectacular water views [Stratford Landing - $1,145,000]

3901 Courtland Cir

Fantastic 2-car garage TH in sought after Lenox Place! Fully remodeled kitchen (2015) incl: upgraded cabs, quartz counters & SS apps. Family rm off kitchen w/ fp. Spacious BRS have closets w/ organizers. Lower level rec rm w/ fp leads to lovely fenced backyard w/ flagstone patio. Replaced roof 2012. Replaced A/C unit 2015. Easy commutes to DC. Close to Del Ray, Alexandria & Arlington. Open 8/20. [Sunnyside - $590,000]

6573 Medinah Ln

Large end townhome in POPULAR Pinecrest! Upgrades include granite counters, hardwood floors and fireplace! Walkout family room to BEAUTIFULLY landscaped yard with POND! Large deck off kitchen! 2 Master Bedroom suites! [Pinecrest the - $415,000]

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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.

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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.


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Properties in Carlyle District

1315 Wilkes St

Welcome to Majesty West! Stunning community of 22 lux new construction TH's in Old Town Alexandria w/ 2 car gar, HW flrs throughout, white Carrara marble tops w/ waterfall island, GE Monogram SS appliances, 100% Energy Star cert home, soft close maple cabinetry, Kohler sinks, Moen faucets, 9' ceilings & open loft top level w/ 2 expansive rooftop terraces perfect for entertaining![$1,134,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

2121 Jamieson Ave #801

Enjoy the ease of one-level living in this lovely condo home with fantastic vista of G.W. Masonic Memorial in luxury community just blocks to King St. metro, shopping, dining, entertainment. Wood floors throughout, granite and ss appliances in kitchen, updated baths, extra storage in building, bonus space in enclosed sunlit balcony. Amenities galore with 24/7 concierge, gyms, pools, tennis & more.[$549,900 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

415 Payne St S

HUGE price reduction in Majesty West! Stunning community of lux new construction TH's in Old Town Alexandria w/ 2 car garage, HW flrs throughout, white carrera marble tops w/ waterfall island, GE Monogram SS appliances, 100% Energy Star certified home, soft close maple cabinetry, Kohler sinks, Moen faucets, 9' ceilings & open loft top level w/ 2 expansive rooftop terraces perfect for entertaining![$999,990 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

317 Fayette St S

Old Town Village. Stunning end unit townhouse in lovely courtyard. Gorgeous eat-in kitchen with stainless, granite, built-ins, wine frig. Lustrous hardwood floors on 4-levels, 2-car garage, planation shutters, gas fireplace. Cozy study and deck for grilling. Community pool & fitness center. Walk to everything Old Town has to offer...King St Metro, Whole Foods, Shops, Restaurants and Waterfront.[$909,000 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

2121 Jamieson Ave #1406

Move right in! Fresh Paint & brand new carpet! Granite, wood floors, SS appliances. Sep dining room and open kitchen. Best floorplan -BRs are equal size.. Enclosed Balcony w/ceramic tile is perfect for informal dining, den or office not included in 1160 sq ft. 24-hr security,pool,tennis,dog park,& 2gyms. Blocks to King St Metro, movies, dining, shops & waterfront. Walk Score 89 OH SUN 2-4pm[$547,900 - Alexandria, VA 22314]

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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.
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