7 Shortcuts to Internet Home Buying in Northern Virginia

Will Nesbitt, Principal Broker
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

You got time to buy, sell, rent or have your property managed? Nesbitt Realty (703) 765 0300
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
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:

VA Association of Realtors
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.

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Realtor

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

4862 Eisenhower Ave #369

WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO OWN THIS ONE BEDROOM, ONE BATH UNIT OVERLOOKING THE COURTYARD AT THE EXCHANGE. OPEN KITCHEN WITH BLACK APPLIANCES. NEUTRAL CARPET THROUGH OUT. PRIVATE BALCONY with COURTYARD VIEW. GREAT LOCATION MINUTES FROM THE EISENHOWER & VAN DORN METROS. CLUBHOUSE, POOL, TENNIS COURTS, FITNESS CENTER AND SHUTTLE TO THE METRO. EASY ACCESS TO MAJOR ROUTES. A MUST SEE [Exchange At van Dorn - $220,000]

6252 Harbin Dr

Beautiful 3 lvl brick town home w/2 car garage & 3BRs,3.5BAs.Updated kitchen w/new cabinets, granite, stainless appliances, tile backsplash, recessed lighting & built in breakfast bar. New hardwood floors on main lvl & new carpet on lower & upper lvl. BRs have vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans/lights & closet shelving.Large deck off kitchen & RR walks out to lovely fenced patio. New roof & much more. [Potters Glen - $575,000]

3816 Woodlawn Ct

Great for commuters - close to Metro, Pentagon and Old Town! Luxury four-level garage townhouse. Soaring 20' ceiling in step down living room from separate dining room. Open floor plan. Gourmet kitchen with plenty of room to relax. Large deck for grilling and summer entertainment! Den can be used as fourth bedroom. [Early St Village - $559,500]

5034 Gardner Dr

Stunning light filled end unit ROBERT CARTER model with windows galore. Impressive brick exterior, open and spacious floor plan, hardwoods and upgraded carpeting, designer paint, crown moldings, plantation shutters and wood blinds, kitchen with SS appliances, upgraded light fixtures, central vacuum, lots of storage. Landscaped back yard and deck.Perfect for casual living and gracious entertaining! [Cameron Station - $735,000]

60 van Dorn St #314

You will enjoy this newly renovated 1 bedroom and 1 bath condo with patio. Wide open floor space for you to design a personal, but functional layout that you are proud to call home. This home's kitchen comes equipped with a gas range, builtin microwave, refrigerator, and ample cabinet space. New carpet adorns all rooms except the tiled kitchen and bathroom. You will want to make an offer quickly. [Twenty-One - $149,900]

2702 Sherwood Hall Ln

Spacious townhouse in the quiet Mount Woodley Manor community. Main level is perfect for entertaining, open kitchen with separate dining area and large living room. Family room on the lower level adjacent to separate room & laundry room. Nice size patio in the rear. Easy to show. [Mt Woodley Manor - $399,900]

5904 Mount Eagle Dr #604

Rarely-available (& only) condo w/ 1525 SF of luxury living in the treetops of park-like Montebello. Additional 200 SF w/ enclosed balcony w/ tranquil treed & winter river views. Renovated kitchen, wood floors, open floor plan & den w/ built-ins. Garage parking + additional storage. Vacation at home w/ indoor/outdoor pools, cafe, new fitness center, tennis, bowling & much more. OPEN SUN 8/20 1-4. [Montebello - $525,000]

9100 Grist Mill Rd

Price improvement $60k - Motivated Seller Beautiful all brick home w/4 bedrooms & 2 baths on .5 acre is nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac a deck & patio overlooking in-ground pool Oasis backyard Family room with fireplace and wet bar. New water heater, A/C unit & pool tiling Mins to Wegmans, Old Town Alexandria, Historic Mt.Vernon with walking distance to bus stop & easy access to 395, Rt 1 & GW Pkwy [Mt Vernon Terrace - $565,000]

1100 Quaker Hill Dr #401

Beautiful top-level private corner unit with balcony views of pool,clubhouse and pond. Large open floor plan offering two master suites with two full baths.Updated chef's kitchen with SS appliances, hardwoods throughout, 42" Maple cabinets & granite countertops.Light-filled LR with cathedral ceiling & gas fireplace.Minutes to Old Town, Metro and Shopping. Best unit in whole complex,wont last long! [Quaker Hill - $303,000]

7411 Convair Dr

Completely Updated. Modern Open floor Plan. Over 3300 Fin. Sqft. Solid 5" Brazilian Cherry Wood floors on entire Main Lvl. Luxury New kitchen w/SS Appl, Wall oven, Custom Cabs, Granite C-tops, Glass BK Splash** Huge Master Suit with walk in closet and Full BA** Updated 4 Full BA**Crown Mold & Custom paint** Breath taking Huge wrap around Covered Deck** Close to shops,Schools, parks,Metro & MORE! [Hybla Valley - $574,900]

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Properties in Belle Haven

6210 Arkendale Rd

Over 3,100 sqft! This home is bigger than it looks. Come see this exceptional renovation in the sought-after Belle Haven community, w/ focus on craftsmanship, design, and functionality. This home is different than anything in Belle Haven. All work done by experienced team w/ a great local reputation. Massive garage can fit 2+ cars. Tier backyard to create additional garden or functional space.[$1,100,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

6127 Vernon Ter

With one of the most spectacular views of the Potomac River, this important home in Belle Haven seamlessly blends a grand 1928 manor with a major 2004 contemporary addition. Sure to please the most discriminating buyer, the home offers a meticulous renovation. Nearly 6,000 sq. ft. & a commanding position overlooking the prestigious Belle Haven Country Club underscores this singular opportunity.[$1,995,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

6207 Arkendale Rd

Understated Exterior leads to Beautifully Updated/Expanded & Spacious Interior w/Flexible Floor Plan. Lower lvl In-Law Suite w/2nd Kitchen 2br/1ba & Large Family Room w/Fpl. (Great for Extended Family/Guests) Upper lvl 3br/2ba w/2 Master Suites, Open Floor Plan, Entertainer's Kitchen, Elegant Living/Dining Rooms, WB Fireplace leading to Great Deck & Patio. Too Many Upgrades to List (Ask Agent).[$850,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

1900 Belle Haven Rd

Location! This 4 BR/3BA home is in the beautiful Belle Haven community and sits across from the golf course. Note tax assessment of $884k. Great opportunity to get a good home at a great price! See virtual tour![$675,000 - Alexandria, VA 22307]

6210 Randall Ct

Classic Belle Haven- just 1 mile South of Old Town Alexandria! Stunning brick Georgian w copper portico & slate roof. 4 finished levels of updates! Fabulous Viking kitchen; gracious over-sized dining & living rooms; screened porch; formal & casual gathering spaces; walk-out lower level to covered stone porch & further to private and lush landscaping. 5+ Bedrooms; gym; 5.5 updated baths.[$1,399,000 - 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 Nesbitt Realty with Multiple Listing Services and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems usage
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
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

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. [Carlyle Towers - $549,900]

2121 Jamieson Ave #1406

Move right in! Fresh Paint and brand new carpet! Granite counters, wood floors, SS appliances. Separate 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 [Carlyle Towers - $547,900]

2050 Jamieson Ave #1306

Luxe 13th flr condo. Concierge bldg. West-facing floor to ceiling windows.Stunning finishes. Open kitchen w breakfast bar, granite counters, stainless appl, gas cooking. Hardwood flrs. Amazing closets. Spa-like bathrms. Garage spot w electric car charger. Westin amenities (fee). Carlyle District near Old Town. Near 2 metros. Close to shops, restaurants, Whole Foods. Roof terrace. Pets OK. [The Jamieson - $490,000]

309 Holland Ln #332

Conveniently located couple blocks to King St. Metro Subway Station & US Patent Office!!! Free King St. Trolley to Potomac River. Enjoy Old Town Alexandria living with many restaurants within few blocks. Wholefood Grocery accessible from the condo above or under ground. Sunny & Quiet top Floor unit facing Courtyard w. garden equipped with outdoor tables & chairs. Xtra Storage bin #65 conveys. [Royalton - $505,000]

2121 Jamieson Ave #1509

Fantastic 2 BR & Den (den wall has been removed for XL LR) is elegant, bright & open. Wood floors throughout. Tiled, encl balcony not incl in unit's 1415 sqft. Mbr features massive walk-in closet and sep tub/shower Mba. Enjoy pool, tennis, 2 gyms, putting green & 24-hr security. Price includes 1 garage & storage. GREAT Masonic Temple VIEW! Walk to metro, shops, Whole Foods, movies & restaurants. [Carlyle Towers - $675,000]

My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andy step aside
My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andrew, licensed Real Estate Agent, step aside

Properties in Seminary Hill

Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring
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®.

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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

Properties in Fort Hunt

What do real estate agents do?

on the lawn of the White House looking toward Washington Monument
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