A walk on the waterfront

Fortune Teller at waterfront
Fortune Teller in Old Town

I took a walk on waterfront in Old Town Alexandria VA last night. The temperature was absolutely perfect as was the humidity. There were crowds, but it wasn’t too much. I saw folks rushing to the Nina Dandy and other boats for an evening of cruising. There were several street musicians playing King St. At the pass-thru under the Torpedo Factory, a gentleman was playing the saxophone. And down along the water a street magician was showing his stuff. The balloon men were there creating animals and entertaining the children. A fortune teller was portending the future. A parrot rescue group had a flock of parrots and similar birds which were available for photos.

But then a light misting rain started to fall and the crowds scattered. At first they hid in the Food Court and on the trolley. The musicians were the first to pack, and they packed quickly to ensure their instruments weren’t damaged. The mule drawn carriage pulled off and soon the streets were quiet. We walked around a bit, enjoying the peace and quiet. And then we were gone as well.

Street Magician
Street magic at the water front in Old Town Alexandria VA

Will Nesbitt About the AuthorWill Nesbitt is the principal broker of Condo Alexandria and Nesbitt Realty. Will specializes in condos, townhouses and single family residences in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, Crystal City, and Kingstowne. Will resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Alexandria VA in Fairfax County.
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Real Estate Contracts With Contingencies

Real estate contracts sometimes come with contingencies. This is a part of the contract that states certain conditions or timelines are met or the seller or buyer can void the contract. The conditions or timelines can be any that both parties agree on and are put within the contract.

Contingencies usually last for a specified period. Once the contingency ends the contract could end or the contract is valid without the contingencies agreed upon.

Usually the buyer is more eager to have a contingency plan but in today’s economy and market they are more widely accepted by both sellers and buyers. Nesbitt Realty can help you with your contingencies in your contract.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Julie at (703)765-0300.
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You’ve been prequalified … what now?

I met with a first-time buyer over the weekend. She was prequalified by her lender. Prequalifying helped frame her choices. It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. Here are the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.3D Realty Handshake

  1. Tour properties — We took a top level tour of some of the properties that are in her
    budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that she can decide whether this home ownership thing is for her or not. In addition to the units we saw, I can think of a number of places that would also fall within this client’s budget and still offer a very reasonable commute to Ft. Belvoir. But I wanted to get her impressions of these places before going on a bit deeper.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.  (So far we just did a top level search.)
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, I’ll write up an offer. At that time I’ll collect “earnest money”.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Julie at Condominium Mortgage will then collect documentation from the client. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. Julie will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Properties in Fort Hunt

8911 Fort Hunt Rd

Luxury living on a huge 1/2 acre lot in Alexandria~s premier 22308 zip code! Pre-Construction Opportunity ~ Nov/Dec 2019 Delivery. Visit our decorated Chapman model in Fairfax. Craftsman inspired, open concept kitchen to huge great room with coffered ceiling and fireplace. 3 way staircase is a unique custom design. The Gourmet Kitchen features stainless appliances and granite countertops. Formal Living, Dining, Study and large Mud Rm on Main level. Incredible Owner~s Suite with spacious Owner~s Bath. In Law Suite available on main level and 5th Bedroom w/ bathroom available for upper level. Personalize this Chapman model to fit your desired flow and lifestyle with a contract by May 31st. Waynewood Elementary! [Plymouth Haven - $1,424,900]

7710 Ridgecrest Dr

This elegant home is truly an entertainer's paradise. Cul-de-sac location, features a gorgeous in-ground pool on almost .6 acres of pristine, landscaped and fenced privacy.Almost 7,000 square feet of fine finishes welcome you to this warm and upscale residence. Marvel at dramatic entry way with walls of windows and full home-length flagstone front porch. As you enter the residence, note the dramatic two-story foyer highlighted with beautiful lighting. Three beautifully finished levels, with an elevator, features a first-class wine cellar and three grand fireplaces. Enjoy (7) bedrooms and 7.5 beautifully renovated baths highlighted by an open concept eat-in chef~s kitchen boasting high-end appliances and gorgeous custom cabinetry.The main level has a main level bedroom which is fully wired to work as an in-home office, a formal living room, formal dining room, a great room that open to the eat-in chef~s kitchen and a sunroom, two gorgeous stone fireplaces, a butler~s pantry, and screened-in-porch. The bedroom level features an owner~s suite with gorgeous built-ins, walk-in closet with a custom system and a luxurious en-suite master bath. Enjoy access to the upper level deck and the separate guest suite over the garage. You will find a total of four bedrooms and 3 full baths on the bedroom level, joined together by an attractive open walkway. The private guest-suite over the garage also has a separate entrance from the ground level. The suite features a family room, efficiency kitchen, bedroom and 2 full baths.The lower level features a family room, a wine cellar, another guest suite, a laundry room, storage room, a full bathroom and a stone fireplace. The lush grounds stun with striking landscaping, a full-length pool with a hot tub and multiple decks. There is a two-car garage and tons of parking space.Enjoy Waynewood Elementary School district and all that the Fort Hunt Community has to offer. Steps to the George Washington Bike Path with great commuting options. [Wellington - $1,550,000]

1802 Jamestown Rd

RED ALERT! Hollin Hall home in need of your customization. Expanded model to include sunroom addition off the kitchen and large master including double closets and bump out to backyard views. Flat backyard on a quiet street just around the corner from Mount Vernon Park. Livable but in need of TLC. [Hollin Hall Village - $399,900]

8218 Riverside Rd

Beautiful center hall Colonial with almost 3,500 sf of living space. Au pair/in law suite with kitchen, rec room and sauna on lower level. Renovated kitchen opens to family room with fireplace. Master bedroom with large walk in closet and newer master bath. New second bath on upper level, new carpeting and freshly painted. Private fenced in back yard with deck off family room. Walk to schools, close to shopping, bike path and parks. [Riverside - $759,495]

1224 Morningside Ln

Great home located in the Waynewood School District, south of Old Town, east of the Potomac River and the Mount Vernon Trail. Just a short commute to DC, Pentagon, and Ft Belvior. Exterior features a huge spacious front lawn with a long driveway leading up to the house where you can comfortably park 3 cars. Spacious fenced in backyard, new vinyl fence, and brick patio. Main level is light-filled and spacious. It features large open living/dining area, kitchen has been updated with granite countertop and stainless steel appliances, three generously sized bedroom, and updated bathroom. Step down to the middle level which features a large open family room with exit to the front driveway, back patio, or garge. This is a multi-purpose room that can be used for many things. Let your imagination run wild! Lower level has the laundry area, a full bath, and a recreation room with charming original hardwood floors. Other features include gas fireplace, built-in bookcases, recessed lighting, tiered backyard, and more. Come and check it out today! [Wellington Heights - $650,000]

8801 Camden St

Fantastic one level contemporary with open floor plan on large corner lot. Newer kitchen opens to dining room and den/play room. Hardwood floors throughout. Rear deck to large fenced yard is great for entertaining. Carport attached to home. Close proximity to GW bike trails and newly renovated community pool across the street. Pool membership can be purchased with home. [Stratford Landing - $625,000]

2208 Basset St

Bring your kayak and canoe! Truly special property overlooking and backing to tidal creek on quiet cul-de-sac in premiere Stratford location. This solid brick 6 bedroom, 3 bath home with bright open floor plan and gorgeous refinished hardwood floors has been freshly painted inside and out and is in turn key condition. Features include: Large room sizes, updated kitchen and baths, two story entry foyer, finished lower level with direct outside entrance and garage parking. Spacious patio off lower level plus elevated deck provides sweeping views of fabulous fenced back yard and creek. Uniquely attractive property! [Stratford Landing - $725,000]

8203 Mack St

This stately brick front Colonial has been thoughtfully maintained and features many attractive renovations. Recent updates were carefully completed with premium materials by experienced professionals. A cedar-edged brick walkway leads to the columned front porch with new portico and railings. Both formal and casual spaces for entertaining are found on the main level where an open concept kitchen, family room and adjacent sunroom are the heart of this home - each space contributing a particular ambiance. The completely renovated kitchen is complemented by a breakfast room beaming with light from the bay window. Highlights of the refreshed kitchen include granite counters, Travertine backsplash, pendant and chandelier lighting fixtures, premium porcelain floors, and a granite bar with glass-front cabinets. The kitchen steps down into the cozy family room with a wood-burning fireplace and leads to the adjacent sunroom. Vaulted ceilings and a Palladian window create an airy, serene space that overlooks the landscaped backyard with a perfect view of the sunset from the large deck. On the upper level, double doors lead to a spacious master suite with vaulted ceilings where light pours in from double skylights. A charming sitting area, two large walk-in closets, double vanities with new lighting fixtures, a jacuzzi tub, and an expanded tile shower complete this suite. There is no shortage of storage space at 8203 Mack St. The home offers many large closets, a finished basement with two large rooms for stowing items, and a sizable two car garage. [Collingwood Manor - $1,150,000]

2412 Childs Ln

Move-in ready home in great neighborhood with vast potential! Functional floor plan with large living & dining rooms featuring beautiful hardwoods & large, newer, energy efficient windows. The eat-in kitchen has been updated w/new cabinets & granite. Lovely master w/walk-in closet & en-suite bath. Finished LL w/rec room, built-ins, bar & wood burning fireplace. Beautiful backyard landscaping, deck, screened porch, and two large sheds. Roof is only 2.5 years old, and house comes with a piped-in natural gas generator capable of carrying the house. Garage. [Stratford On the Potomac - $624,000]

8702 Camden St

Open, natural-light filled floor plan highlighted by wonderful kitchen with desirable central island including wine cabby & cooler for entertaining & gathering; striking quartz counter-tops; brand new appliances; enviable pantry with pull out drawers; adjoining deck for grilling; elegant lighting throughout; lovely red oak wood floors on main; tasteful ship-lap accents in kitchen and recreation room; the three full bathrooms include Carrera marble vanity tops (double in master); stylish tiling, frameless glass shower doors; Master BR has walk-in closet (shoe lover~s dream); lower recreation room opens to bonus sun-room overlooking massive flat backyard; tons of storage inside & out; 2 car garage; 4 car carport. [Riverside Park - $774,900]

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

 

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What are the steps of buying a home?

It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. If you choose to work with Nesbitt Realty here are many of the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.

Julie Nesbitt
Julie Nesbitt is an Accredited Buyer’s Agent and Top Producing agent.  Put her experience to work for you.
  1. Tour properties — We’ll take a top level tour of some of the properties that are in your budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that you can decide whether this home ownership thing is for you or not. It also gives us a chance to see which properties most interest you so that we can rely upon our experience to identify communities and properties you may have overlooked.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, your agent will prepare an offer. At that time we’ll collect earnest money.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Your loan officer will then collect additional documentation from the you and from your agent. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. The loan office and agent will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Real Estate for:

“Using a real estate agent is a very good idea,” says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “All the details involved in home buying [and selling], particularly the financial ones, can be mind-boggling. A good professional can guide you through the entire process and make the experience much easier.”

Selecting the right professional is the key to a successful real estate transaction. Better than working with a simple real estate agent, you’ll want the services of a Realtor®.

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent and a Realtor?

More than two million people have earned real estate licenses but only a small percentage of these are Realtors. Realtors are members in good standing of the National Association of Realtors, their state association of Realtors and a local real estate board. Realtors are held to high standards of ethical behavior and must undergo continuing education annually to remain accredited.

All agents of Nesbitt Realty are Realtors!

Team Nesbitt, Will Nesbitt, Nora Yelland, Julie Nesbitt, Alain Clerinx, Andrew Patton, Ronald Ginyard Sr., Stuart Nesbitt
Team Nesbitt is here when you need us.

 

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Marketing a Home for Sale

Marketing real estate involves several important steps. First, Nesbitt Realty orders professional quality photos of the property from both the exterior and the interior. We also take 3-D imagery and prepare a floor-plan. Nesbitt Realty will create a virtual tour online. The photos and flooplan are used in online and print advertising to make home buyers aware that the property is on the market. Nesbitt Realty handles all the details of arranging showings. Nesbitt Realty also holds open house events to allow potential buyers to view the property without scheduling an appointment. We utilize both print and online advertising, and have one of the largest Internet footprints in the area. Finally, we of course don’t forget to place a sign out front to let passersby know that the property is for sale.

[Read more about selling your home]

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Regardless of the situation, we all start out here.

If you have never had a property manager before, you are probably curious and would like to learn about the roles and functions of property managers and what type of impact having one designated to you will have on you business affairs. The scope of a property manager is wide, and a property manager strives to:

  1. Collect rental fees. Each sum of money received is placed in an escrow account. Funds are disbursed for the payment of bills, income to the landlord, and the property management company fees.
  2. Maintain accurate records of funds, receipts, and expenditures; and regularly furnish these records to respective landlords.
  3. Handle all matters with HOA/COA.
  4. Manage all tenant relations which include maintenance requests and late fee notices. Deal with a laundry list of tenant problems such as unauthorized guests, unauthorized pets, parking issues, tenant cleanliness, noise violations, neighbor complaints, and the list goes on. We also manage the process of prosecuting actions to evict tenants on an as-needed basis.
  5. Ensure compliance with state laws, local ordinances, licensing requirements, association rules, Fair Housing laws, insurance requirements, and IRS requirements.
  6. Manage and dispatch handymen when necessary.
  7. Inspect the property periodically: at the time of move-in, move-out, and frequently during tenancy.

Generally, money does not flow from the landlord to the property manager or from the tenant to the landlord; but it flows from the tenant to the property manager to the landlord. Fees and commissions are withheld upon collection of rental fees.

Our agreements are standardized and its duration is a one-year period; however, either party may terminate the agreement at the end of a 30-day notice.

If you are interested in learning more, you may want to find out what differentiates Nesbitt Realty from other property managers.

[Learn more about our property management services now.]

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We Serve Renters With Immediate and Specific Rental Needs.

Our Renters’ Resource Page will answer common questions like:

  • Who is a Rental Agent?
  • What is the cost of hiring a Rental Agent?
  • Which areas do you serve?
  • Where may I search for homes?

 

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The Heart and History Of Groveton Alexandria

Groveton address’s are Alexandria although it is located in Fairfax County. Groveton encompasses many neighborhoods such as Bucknell Manor, Jefferson Manor, Virginia Hills and Stoneybrooke.

Huntley Meadows the county’s largest park is located south. Mount Vernon Recreation Center borders the eastern edge and Lee District Recreation Center is located on the west. Five other parks surround Groveton providing outdoor activities in a non rural community.

Cape-cod style single family homes and duplex town homes in Bucknell manor date back to the late 40’s and early 50’s. Jefferson manor homes also date back to the late 40’s also and are primarily brick. Virginia Hills are also primarily brick constructed but were built in the late 60’s and 70’s. Hardwood floors, additions and finished basements are common in Virginia Hills.

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Belle Haven Marina

Belle Haven Marina has access to the Potomac River. The Belle Haven Marina is located off the George Washington Parkway.

Properties in New Alexandria

7004 Quander Rd

Beautiful home in Amazing Location! Come see this beautifully updated Bucknell Manor home with high quality finishes that are right out of a magazine! Stylish updated kitchen, stainless appliances, stunning baths with jetted Jacuzzi brand tubs and Hampton Carrera marble, refinished floors, modern high efficiency windows and so much more! Fresh Roof, Hardie Plank siding, HVAC, water heater, and washer/dryer in 2014...the list goes on and on! Very close to Old Town Alexandria, GW Parkway, and 495 with great local shopping options! Home warranty included! [Bucknell Manor - $490,000]

6608 Boulevard Vw #B1

OPEN SATURDAY 1-4 PM Four unit building with laundry in the basement - remodeled kitchen with Bosch dishwasher and microwave, under counter lights, granite countertop, updated dual fuel stove. Remodeled bath, updated double hung windows, this Belle View has it all. Plenty of parking out front. Get in before pool season to enjoy Belle View's great pools. Close to River and Bike Path, walk to shopping and the Fairfax County rec center. Wonderful place to live. Freshly landscaped front area. [Belle View - $269,000]

6621 Wakefield Dr #713

Lovely, sun-filled 2 Bedroom / 1 Bath condo located just south of Old Town Alexandria. This unit features many updates and upgrades, including: renovated kitchen with granite counters, abundant cabinetry with soft-close doors / drawers, glide-out shelving in side cabinets, built-in microwave, updated stainless-steel appliances, newer convectors in each room, updated bathroom with newer vanity, mirror, and lighting! Fresh, neutral palette throughout. The unit (#713) faces the sunny-side of the building and overlooks Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve, the 7th floor location provides spectacular views. This amenity rich community is nestled within 26 acres of park-like setting and offers: roof-top deck, tennis courts, basketball court, swimming pool, garden plots (additional fee), picnic/grilling areas, walking path & more! River Towers is located just south of Old Town Alexandria with convenient access to: 95/495 & 295, the GW Parkway, the Mount Vernon Trail, Belle View Shopping Center, Mt Vernon Rec Center (indoor pool, gym & ice rink), Huntington Metro, Belle Haven Marina, Belle Haven Country Club, Fort Belvoir, National Harbor, MGM, the new Amazon HQ and so much more! Utilities included in condo fee (electricity, gas, water, heat, air-conditioning). [River Towers - $214,000]

6317 Fort Hunt Rd

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Gorgeous home - just beautiful throughout! End unit with hardwoods on two levels, freshly painted, new cabinets with stunning granite, new ceramic kitchen floor, new lighting, new appliances, updated master bath, 2 fireplaces, replacement windows, huge back yard, rare 3 season room underneath deck adding to finished space, huge family room, etc. Parking in front of unit. This home is part of a civic association, not a homeowner's association. [Olde Belhaven Towne - $625,000]

1224 Morningside Ln

Great home located in the Waynewood School District, south of Old Town, east of the Potomac River and the Mount Vernon Trail. Just a short commute to DC, Pentagon, and Ft Belvior. Exterior features a huge spacious front lawn with a long driveway leading up to the house where you can comfortably park 3 cars. Spacious fenced in backyard, new vinyl fence, and brick patio. Main level is light-filled and spacious. It features large open living/dining area, kitchen has been updated with granite countertop and stainless steel appliances, three generously sized bedroom, and updated bathroom. Step down to the middle level which features a large open family room with exit to the front driveway, back patio, or garge. This is a multi-purpose room that can be used for many things. Let your imagination run wild! Lower level has the laundry area, a full bath, and a recreation room with charming original hardwood floors. Other features include gas fireplace, built-in bookcases, recessed lighting, tiered backyard, and more. Come and check it out today! [Wellington Heights - $650,000]

6417 10th St

10th Street is the place to be - the magical wide street, lined with glimpses into Alexandria living in the 1930's, nestled steps from Belle Haven Country Club, the Potomac River, and the quaint shops and essentials at Belle View. Grab a lunch from Bread & Water Company, and bike or walk down to the river for a picnic. Unless you are feeling more ambitious on an early summer morning and want to take the path all the way to historic Mount Vernon or the Pentagon. Speaking of the Pentagon, this area is sought after for one of the best and most scenic commutes into DC along the GW Parkway. Gives you more time to spend "home" sipping your morning coffee or evening beverage from the deck, overlooking the flowering gardens below and ospreys flying high above. Renovations just completed to make this a modern home with all the classic character and finishes like crystal door knobs and wooden spiral banisters worn from days of sliding down them when dinner is ready. Main Level offers not only elegance, but convenience of two sunny bedrooms and a full bathroom on one side. While all the rooms you need for lounging by the fireplace, working, studying, dining, and watching movie night are on the other side of the grand center hallway. With the stunning kitchen at the heart of the home just waiting to come to life with the sounds and smells of home. Upper level offers an expanded Master Suite, with a bonus walk in closet and stylish bathroom, while two other bedrooms have their own elegant hallway bath. There is even a little knook on the upper landing where you can work or dream by the window. You can use every inch of space for living, when the unfinished basement is clean and bright for your storage and laundry. As if there weren't enough closets sprinkled throughout the home. It's everything you need and want, just waiting for you to move right in. *OPEN SUNDAY 1-4* [Belle Haven - $734,900]

6238 Quander Rd

Property with connected additional building lot sold for land value. Two by-right building lots, the larger lot includes single family home currently occupied. Survey and public records of lots are available for review. The home is functional but ready for updates. Allow 2hrs notice before touring the home. This historic property is the last parcel owned by the Quander family dating back 350 yrs in America. The original 80 acre estate was owned by family since the end of the Civil War. [None Available - $689,900]

6903 Columbia Dr

Gorgeous & Cozy Cape Cod Home in Huge Corner Lot 0.32acres. 5min to Huntington Metro Station. Nearby Mount Vernon District Park. Walking Distance to Beacon Hill Shopping Center. Large front yard, large driveway (3cars) + detached garage, 3bed 2full bath, kitchen&dinning area full of natural light, living room w/bay window, windows everywhere, plenty of closet space. Hardwood floors in the main level and hallway. Shed and additional storage area. [Bucknell Manor - $549,900]

7121 Marine Dr

Minutes to GW Parkway and Old Town Alexandria, Captivating, All-Brick and Custom-built for former Secretary of the Commonwealth of Virginia and 8th District U.S. Congressman Stan Parris*Designed for entertaining*Volume Ceilings, Skylights and Decorative Mouldings*Sparkling Hardwoods*Expansive Formal Rooms*Breezy and Bright Sunroom*A very cozy Den with raised-hearth fireplace*Kitchen can easily accommodate an Island*A Bedroom on the Main Level is perfectly located for Guests*Decking at Rear spans the length of the home*Circular Stairs with Silk Panel accents and tiered chandelier ascend to a Master Suite like none other featuring gas fireplace, walk-in closets, sitting and dressing areas and its own private balcony overlooking the rear elevation. Vibrant colors and rich finishes throughout. Make this Masterpiece yours and go visit today! [Marlan Heights - $1,125,000]

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How I met my wife.

Julie Nesbitt
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One of my friends when I was a Defense Language Institute in Monterey California was a fellow soldier named Jay Cook.  Jay Cook always reminded me of Clark Kent. He had broad shoulders and brown hair. Jay was a big strong guy and was the type of guy that I thought should have no problem with the ladies.  But for the glasses and perhaps the self-confidence Jay was Superman.

One Saturday afternoon in Monterey, Jay and I were walking down Alvarado Street and Jay was asking me, “How do you do it? How do you meet all these girls?”

I’ve always had a great affection for Jay, mainly because Jay always seemed to assume that I was Superman, even though I thought he was the real Superman.  Jay has a way of complimenting a guy’s ego that is so sincere, one can’t help but drink it in. I mean seriously—coming to me for advice about women is like coming to Willie Nelson for tax advice or fashion advice from Dennis Rodman.  Willie Nelson can tell you how to avoid paying taxes, but not how to do it without going to jail. Dennis Rodman can tell you how to dress, but can’t really tell you how to look good.

At any rate, far be it from me to tell Jay that I’m not expert on women. Instead, I just replied with confidence, “You just have to talk to the women, Jay. ” As we entered into Baskin-Robbins to get an ice cream cone, I told Jay, “Just be yourself. Watch this …”

Normally I wouldn’t have had the confidence to talk to a stranger, but Jay had pumped me up and I wasn’t going to disappoint. There was a gorgeous oriental girl (back then nobody said “Asian” but that’s another story) behind the counter.  I started joking around with her about flavors as we picked our selections.  When she looked away, I winked at Jay and said, “Watch and learn, young Jedi.”

I asked the girl who would one day be my bride, “Will you go out with me?”

Julie replied, “Maybe.”

We exchanged phone numbers … which is to say. I took her phone number. I lived in a barracks and didn’t have a phone in my room. Mobile phones were only for the rich so I didn’t have a number to give her.  I came to memorize that number more than 25 years later I still remember those 10 digits. As I left Baskin-Robbins, I told Jay, “That’s how you do it.”

It was probably the first time I’d ever done such a thing. And it was probably the last time. I definitely owe Jay Cook a debt of gratitude, because my wife and kids are the best things in my life.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
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    Recently my blog has focused on personal memories and family stories. Most likely I’ll soon return to real estate tidbits or arguing politics, but I wanted to tell a quick Royal Village story. Royal Village is a subdivision of Front Royal Virginia that was built in the shadow of the sulfur-spewing smokestack that supported the…

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    The blizzard was in effect and my parents took me to Costco and Walmart for groceries and other products. It is so very nice having everything I needed provided for me. I remember purchasing a vast array of essentials. Will and Julie Nesbitt, get me to the stores and make it so easy, to sit at home…

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    The pictures were taken outside the church just before a friend’s wedding. It was a lovely ceremony, beautiful church and we had a great time at the reception.

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Lee District Park

Lee District Park serves Fairfax County Virginia.

 

 

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What does a rental agent do?

Stuart Nesbitt
Stuart Nesbitt is a real estate agent serving Northern Virginia.

A rental agent’s job is to listen to your needs and then help you identify rentals that meet your needs. Rental agents typically have in-depth knowledge of the community, and they are often aware of market rates. It’s not uncommon for a “connected” rental agent to know of rental opportunities that are quietly listed and generally unknown to the public.

A rental agent’s fees are paid by the landlord, so there is no expense to the renter. It really is in the renter’s best interests to employ the services of a trustworthy rental agent.

Finding the perfect fit

Rental hunting can be a frustrating and daunting task. Finding the perfect property that suits both your lifestyle needs and budget can be difficult. The sheer number and variety of choices can be overwhelming, especially for first time renters. There are, however, three simple steps to narrowing down your choices.

Step One: Set a realistic budget and stick to it.

Step Two: Discuss your needs and requirements with an agent who will then be able to locate and research suitable properties. Be clear about what you are looking for. Does the property need to be near a metro, do you have pets, do you want to be in a particular neighborhood? These are all things your agent needs to know is they are going to find the perfect property for you.

Step Three: Allow your agent to help you make comparisons and advise you on which properties best suit your needs.

A rental agent costs the renter nothing but their guidance can be invaluable when it comes to finding a property that works for you.   Learn more about Rental Agents.

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