7 Shortcuts to Internet Home Buying in Northern Virginia

Will Nesbitt, Principal Broker

Searching for a home is becoming easier every day with more access to web sites across the country Realtor.com is the king of real estate listings. There are real estate company sites such as nesbittrealty.com where you can access the local affiliates and all their listings in Northern Virginia. Or a little back door play is to go to the state board of realtors where they list all the local realtor boards and the local MLS sites.

1.nesbittrealty.com – The number 1 real estate web site. Has easy access to its real estate listings around the world. The “maps”  “coverage areas” “find your perfect home” “just listed” “featured properties” website allows you to enter in your criteria and will notify you of any updates or new listing you can select to have the emails sent daily or weekly. Nesbitt Realty’s system is state of the art in high tech features when you request information on any of their listings your request goes one stop and then directly to the agent’s phone who listed the home. During normal business hours you should get a return call within minutes with all the up to date information directly from the listing agent. No other real estate company or lead source has anything that approaches this system.Continue reading

Finding A Real Estate Agent in Alexandria

Nesbitt Realty (703) 765 0300

Whenever you buy or sell real estate in Alexandria, you may be like many other people out there, in thinking that you don’t need a real estate agent. Some first-time buyers think that a real estate agent is a waste of money. What they aren’t aware of, is that real estate agents are normally paid by the seller, not by the buyer. As a buyer, you’ll get to work with a professional real estate agent without really having to pay for it yourself. More importantly Nesbitt Realty refunds thousands of dollars to buyers which actually saves you money!Continue reading

What is a Realtor and why do you need one?

Northern Virginia Association of Realtors

Only real еѕtаtе professionals who аrе mеmbеrѕ оf thе Nаtіоnаl Association оf Rеаltоrѕ саn саll thеmѕеlvеѕ Rеаltоrѕ. Nоn-Mеmbеrѕ are оnlу Rеаl еѕtаtе аgеntѕ оr Sales реорlе. Every agent at Nesbitt Realty is a Realtor. There аrе ѕеvеrаl amazing bеnеfіtѕ оf uѕіng Rеаltоrѕ оvеr a ѕаlеѕ person.

All Rеаltоrѕ (mеmbеrѕ оf the Nаtіоnаl Aѕѕосіаtіоn оf Realtors) аrе bоund to a ѕtrісt соdе оf еthісѕ. Thеіr code is based оn рrоfеѕѕіоnаlіѕm аnd рrоtесtіоn оf thе public. Random real estate agents dо not hаvе to аbіdе bу thеѕе соdеѕ. If you сhооѕе tо uѕе a Realtor уоu саn be ѕurе that thеу аrе honest аnd ethical іn аll аѕресtѕ оf rеаl estate and business. If they аrе not, they wіll not bе a realtor long.
Thе Bіggеѕt benefit of uѕіng a Rеаltоr over an Agent іѕ access to thе MLS, the Multiple Lіѕtіng Service. Thіѕ is a private service thаt only Realtors uѕе tо ѕhаrе lіѕtіng with оthеr Rеаltоrѕ. If уоu uѕе a Realtor they рut your Hоuѕе on thе MLS аnd thоuѕаndѕ оf оthеr Rеаltоrѕ саn easily access thе іnfоrmаtіоn аnd find a buуеr fоr a hоuѕе you аrе ѕеllіng. Or Yоur Rеаltоrѕ саn access оthеr Realtors lіѕtіng to find you the hоuѕе thаt mееtѕ your сrіtеrіа the bеѕt.

Sоmе оf the рrіnсіраlѕ that Rеаltоrѕ muѕt follow include:

Nesbitt Realty is a member of the Virginia Association of Realtors

Protect and promote thеіr сlіеntѕ bеѕt interests. A gооd Rеаltоr knows whаt the client’s wants аnd nееdѕ аrе. Fоr еxаmрlе, a good Rеаltоr wіll knоw whаt a сlіеnt саn аffоrd in a hоmе рауmеnt аnd wіll nоt put anyone іn a home that thеу саnnоt аffоrd оr wіll hаvе trоublе mаkіng their mоrtgаgе payment. Thеу wіll also mаkе sure thаt their сlіеnt hаѕ gоt hоmе іnѕресtіоnѕ dоnе оn thеіr роtеntіаl house tо еnѕurе thеу made a gооd buy.

Rеаltоrѕ should be knоwlеdgеаblе аnd соmmіtmеnt іn the fіеld of rеаl еѕtаtе. It’ѕ іmроrtаnt tо fіnd a Realtor who rеаllу ѕtudіеѕ whаt іѕ gоіng оn іn the rеаl еѕtаtе іnduѕtrу. A good Rеаltоr wіll knоw if thе mаrkеt is ѕtаrtіng tо dip, rіѕе or іѕ gоіng tо stay flat. How dо thеу know thіѕ? Wеll Rеаltоrѕ are іn thе MLS, оut looking аt hоuѕеѕ аnd studying thе mаrkеt every dау. If a realtor does nоt ѕоmеhоw keep trасk оf what they are seeing then thеу hаvе fаіlеd as Rеаltоrѕ and as your hіrеd gun.
I knоw mаnу Rеаltоrѕ оut thеrе whо thіnk thеіr оnlу job іѕ tо ѕеll hоuѕеѕ. But the jоb оf a gооd Realtor іѕ to know every аѕресt оf thе real еѕtаtе industry fоrm rеѕіdеntіаl, соmmеrсіаl, аnd rеаl estate іnvеѕtіng.


Thеrе hаѕ been great fееdbасk frоm buyers аnd ѕеllеrѕ іn the раѕt fеw уеаrѕ аbоut working wіth Rеаltоrѕ. Sellers аrе rероrtіng thаt an аgеnt’ѕ rерutаtіоn wаѕ the mоѕt important fасtоr іn thеіr ѕеlесtіng thе Realtor they dіd. Iѕ thаt truе wіth уоu? I bеlіеvе that working with the bеѕt Rеаltоr іn уоur аrеа is important. Everyone wаntѕ tо wоrk wіth thе best.

Hоmе buyers аnd sellers bоth rероrt thаt thе bіggеѕt benefit thеу received from uѕіng a Rеаltоr was help undеrѕtаndіng thе hоmе buуіng/ѕеllіng рrосеѕѕ. I can rеаllу ѕее thаt аѕ bеіng a hugе bеnеfіt. If you do not understand the whole process thаt goes into buуіng/ѕеllіng a hоmе it could cost you thоuѕаndѕ and hundrеdѕ оf hоurѕ.

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

6041 Ricketts Walk

MUST SEE! Fabulous light-filled end unit, 4 lvls, 3BR each w/private bath, Hardwoods on ML, NEW CARPET, FRESH PAINT! large kit w/granite, gas range, sitting area w/gas FP, breakfast table/breakfast bar. Open floor plan, DR w/large bay window, Beautifully appointed moldings and details,versatile LL Den, deck & 2-car attached garage! Superior Location for commuting! HOME WARRANTY! MOVE-IN READY [Quantrell Mews - $465,000]

4920 Gardner Dr

Fantastic twnhse w/ 3 BR 2.5 BA. Garage, huge rec room, and .5 BA on entry level w/ new carpet & sliding dr to patio. Redone KT w/ granite & ss app, open floor plan w/ deck, LR, AND Fam Rm + upstairs has fantastic master suite w/ 2 sinks & 2 more BR 1 more BA! Lots of light conveniently located in Cameron Station with all amenities including pool, fitness room, and free shuttle to Van Dorn Metro! [Cameron Station - $580,000]

3106a Russell Rd

Traditional colonial on private 1/2 acre lot with fenced backyard and hardwood trees. French doors, 2 fireplaces, hardwood floors and lots of natural light add charming character. Perfect for entertaining with upgraded kitchen & formal dining room, while an eat-in kitchen provides for everyday living. Spacious master suite with office, walk-in closet. Dual vanities and soaking tub in master bath. [Echowood - $1,390,000]

6626 Elk Park Ct

Move in ready!! Updated End Unit Town Home in Franconia Commons with much to offer! The community has easy access to I-95, I-395, I-495, the FCPkway, Metro stops, and VRE. Minutes to Fort Belvoir. Recent updates include new carpet and living room flooring, fresh paint, smoke detectors, AC, double pane windows. Updated kitchen and bathrooms! Come see it before it's gone! [Franconia Commons - $379,900]

205 Yoakum Pkwy #717

RENOVATED 2 bedroom & 2 full bath unit with great views!! Gleaming wood floors, freshly painted, all new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counters* All new baths with vanity, commode, ceramic tile walls & floors*Large master bedroom w/full bath & plenty of closet space* New HVAC unit, spacious balcony*ALL UTILITIES included in condo fee, Great amenities, secured community & more [Watergate At Landmark - $244,900]

219 Taylor Run Pkwy

Within walking distance to King st. Metro and Douglas MacArthur elementary school. This community is the best kept secret in Alexandria. Spacious semi detached home with updated kitchen, baths, windows & wood floors throughout. Finished lower level with family room, full bath and space for guests. Off street parking. NO HOA fees. [Taylor Run Pkwy - $524,500]

3226 Clayborne Ave

Lovely brick house,need some tlc,great potential,open floor plan.Brand new roof,50yrs architectural shingles. Stainless steel appliances ,Murphy bed conveys,hardwood floors,unfinished walkout basement.Huge backyard , fully fenced ready for your projects,shed,garden area, fruit trees .Lot 3222 Clayborne ave also conveys . [Groveton Heights - $434,999]

908 Pendleton St

Historic row home with original refurbished hardwoods. Built in 1901, reconstructed in 1953, and completely renovated in 2015. Gourmet kitchen with granite, stainless steel appliances and title plank flooring. Washer/ Dryer on bedroom level. Freshly painted & brand new windows. Private landscaped patio with storage shed. Parking space in rear. Short walk to Braddock Metro & King St. [Old Town - $619,000]

5624 Glenwood Dr

They don't make homes like this anymore! Unique 4 bed 2.5 bath exp cape w/ a flexible flr plan is >4500 sq ft on a .74 acre wooded lot. Commuter friendly (mins to 2 metros) & an entertainer's dream w/ multiple living & dining areas both indoors & out. Highlites incld: Grt Rm w/ vault. ceil. + floor 2 ceil. Fpl, expansive sunroom w/ rows of new wdws & 2nd LL liv. space, ML study, Renv. FB, 2-cargar [Clermont - $684,900]

6601 Jupiter Hills Cir #J

Rare to find FULLY remodeled 2BD/2BA loft condo in the heart of NOVA. This condo is located in the sought after Pinecrest Community! Come take a look and see all the small details that make all the difference. Woodburning fireplace, gleaming double plank hardwood floors, Wainscoting, and built-in Surround Sound is just the beginning. Lets not forget all the community amenities included. [Pinecrest the - $330,000]

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Properties in Belle Haven

6401 Olmi Landrith Dr

Estate-like, one-level-living with breathtaking views in this unique sanctuary quietly nestled in private woodlands of 1.9acres of nature beauty. A 1950's classic stone cottage to undergo a sophisticated, upscale renovation, custom build to suit to include 2 master suites, a gourmet kitchen, LR, DR, Conservatory, patios, porches and 2 car garage. OPEN SUNDAY, Oct 15th, 2 to 4pm.[$1,645,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

2106 Belle Haven Rd

Exquisite & Sophisticated 6200 sq ft home. Beautiful lot in heart of Belle Haven. Nothing spared to make this elegantly appointed home a perfect balance of sophistication & tradition.True chef's kit opens to gorgeous FR. 9/10 ft ceilings, 14" moldings, heated fls, guest/nanny suite. 2 car gar. Fabulous Mast Suite w Brazilian Cherry fl balcony. HOC/home identified. See docs for property website.[$2,395,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

2200 Foresthill Rd

Situated on one of the Belle Haven's most sought after streets, you will find this beautiful and stylishly renovated center hall colonial. The owners have lovingly utilized every inch to afford the next family, luxury living with old world charm! Just completed, a "state of the art" gourmet kitchen with handcrafted custom cabinetry, a six burner Wolf gas range/convection dual oven, Subzero fridge![$1,450,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

6209 Arkendale Rd

Very spacious 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath luxury home in sought-after Belle Haven. Over 4600 square feet. Beautiful, large, usable lot. Upper two levels are new construction as of 2007, and the lower two levels are renovated with high end features. Crown molding throughout. Stainless steel / granite kitchen. Lower level rec room, exercise room and storage/workshop.Huge loft on fourth level. Close to DC![$1,035,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

6210 Foxcroft Rd

Beautifully maintained 4BR, 3.5 BA colonial in the heart of Belle Haven! Offering gracious formal rooms, spacious kitchen w granite counters and adjoining FR, renovated LL with FP, wet bar,full bath and exterior door, fabulous vaulted ceiling screened porch overlooking the deck and grass area,2 car garage w extra storage.Super location close to Old Town,Reagan Airport DC!Great opportunity![$1,045,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]



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 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, click to see GIF

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. [Carlyle Towers - $525,000]

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! [Majesty West - $1,275,000]

338 West St S

Open Concept Kitchen w/ Granite, NEW SS Appliances, SS 5-Burner Stove 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! [Old Town Village - $615,000]

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 [Carlyle Towers - $575,000]

309 Holland Ln #228

3D tour link --> https://goo.gl/Amk3FL Why Rent?!? Motivated seller. FHA/VA approved! Investor opportunity!! Move-in ready large 1-bedroom condo! High ceilings, stunning hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and your own assigned underground parking spot! Whole Foods on the 1st level of building, with the King Street Metro two blocks away. Low condo fees.($302.36/month). [The Royalton - $349,900]

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Properties in Seminary Hill

Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring

Properties in Shirlington

Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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®.

Gambrel roof in Waynwood

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 percent above March 2009 when it was 85.0; this follows an 8.3 percent increase in February. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which usually occur with a lag time of one or two months.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said favorable affordability conditions have been working with the tax credit. “Clearly the home buyer tax credit has helped stabilize the market. In the months immediately following the expiration of the tax credit, we expect measurably lower sales,” he said. “Later in the second half of the year, and into 2011, home sales will likely become self-sustaining if the economy can add jobs at a respectable pace, and from a return of buyer demand as they see home values stabilizing.”

Regional Numbers

* The PHSI in the Northeast declined 3.3 percent to 75.1 in March, but remains 27.2 percent higher than March 2009.
* In the Midwest the index increased 1.2 percent to 98.9 and is 18.5 percent above a year ago.
* Pending home sales in the South jumped 12.7 percent to an index of 121.2, which is 28.3 percent higher than March 2009.
* In the West the index rose 1.9 percent to 99.9 and is 8.8 percent above a year ago.

“Another encouraging sign is the improvement in the availability for jumbo and second-home mortgages,” Yun said. “As bank balance sheets strengthen, it is just a matter of time before lending of non-government-backed mortgages steadily opens up.”

Source: NAR

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What do real estate agents do?

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