Do you need to know how to prepare for real estate hunting in the competitive local real estate market?
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You should understand that there is no “ideal” time to buy.
If you find the ideal home in 22304 now, you don’t want to risk losing it because you think you can predict where the housing market in the City of Alexandria is going. Elements like market price and interest rate usually don’t fluctuate quickly enough to make a meaningful difference in an individual townhouse’s price in Alexandria. Much more important than macro-economic factors, is the actual real estate involved! Each property, each home is unique. So, a home for sale today, might not be available when the market changes.

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Too many opinions is not helpful.
A bit of encouragement is helpful, but too much input can actually confuse you rather than enlighten you. Focus on the wants and needs of the people who will actually be living in the home.

Start with the assumption that no townhouse is ever perfect.
There are many examples of compromises that buyers have to make every day. Consider a few of these possibilities. If it’s in the right location, the yard may be a bit smaller than you had hoped. It’s close to the Beltway, but far from your work. I’ll help you separate what you want from what you need, and focus on properties in Alexandria that fit your goal-oriented criteria.

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You can’t negotiate a super-deal in the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
There are other buyers in Alexandria and they are looking at the same data. If a home is under-priced, expect it to get bid up.Your home is more than a simple investment. It’s your home. It’s more important to get the right home than the right price.

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When you’re buying a townhouse, you’re buying a neighborhood.
Don’t get completely enamored by the physical aspects of a home to the point that you forget about important issues such as:

  • resalability
  • commute and traffic
  • views

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Make preparations before you hunt for homes.
When you find the home you want, you should have already:

  • learn more about home inspections
  • list your priorities
  • select a Realtor
  • figure your budget

I can help with the purchase process. Even if you just need to talk to learn more about how to go forward, please don’t hesitate to call. Reach out to me if you’d like to learn more about 1427 van Dorn St #C.

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1427 van Dorn St #C, Alexandria VA 22304 || $311,500

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1427 van Dorn St #C, Alexandria VA 22304 || $311,500

If you want to work with a local, you should know that I was born in Fairfax. I raised my family in Fairfax County. I live in Alexandria VA and I love working in Northern VA.

Will Nesbitt
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Will is the principal broker of Nesbitt Realty and Condo Alexandria. He is licensed in anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but focuses on those communities found in and around Alexandria, Arlington, Mount Vernon and Springfield/Franconia. Will has been involved in real estate management, sales and investment for more than twenty years. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army, he studied Russian at Monterey's Defense Language Institute. He is also a "veteran of the dotcom wars" and built most of the sites associated with NesbittRealty.com Will currently resides in Belle Haven Estates just outside Old Town, overlooking New Alexandria. He is a former president of the Mount Vernon Youth Athletic Association and founded the Alexandria Fun with Friends Group. Will is the author of BattlestorM, a tabletop fantasy game, which was published by Ral Partha Publishing in the late '90's, and Arthur's Realm, a boardgame available at the Gamecrafter.