Why Rent?


Renting is a good way to get some firsthand experience with a neighborhood. Renting can let you sign a 1 year lease, say in a Shirlington 2 bedroom condo for example, with the option to continue, if you like the neighborhood. An advantage of this is you can test the waters, to see if you really love the features of this neighborhood or not. If you don’t like where you’re at, say for example, if the 4 bedroom, 2 story home in Lorton is not your style, you can always relocate to another place.

Pay as You Go

Many Americans live pay check to pay check. Upfront, you will have a security deposit, with a rate that depends on your credit score. If you have a good credit score, your property manager might only charge 1 months’ rent, for a security deposit. On the other hand, if you have a poor credit score, your property manager might charge 2 months’ rent, for a security deposit. After this initial fee (which can be refunded if you meet the requirements like passing the move out inspection), it’s nice to know that after a chunk of your paycheck is put into your monthly rent, there’s a good portion left for bills, necessities, and fun expenditures, like neighborhood nightlife or personal hobbies.

Short Term Commitment & Little Investment

Not sure if you want to stay in Northern Virginia, as a Washington DC commuting, GS-5? Do you have plans of living in California and seeing Napa Valley, Los Angeles, and San Francisco firsthand? Are you Active duty military, with upcoming orders for a new assignment, with no interest in the responsibility of becoming a homeowner? If so, these questions might make you lean towards renting, as opposed to buying. It’s nice to know that as a renter, you won’t have to worry about footing the bill for a repair on a roof that is falling apart, paying a monthly a condo fee (that could range anywhere from $150-$700), or paying the bill for a lawn service to pick up the leaves from your $1,000,000 Mount Vernon home, in fall. Overall, renting can be cheaper up front, but it isn’t for everyone. Also, who says you can’t just buy later?

Build Your Credit While You Sock Away Savings for a Down Payment

Paying your bills on time is an excellent way to build your credit score, and to show lenders that you know how to manage your money. If you are frugal, you can take a chip off each pay check, to build up a savings for buying a home in the future. The return on applying your savings to the purchase of the home of your dreams can be exponential. For those with an eye on the future, being a responsible tenant can prepare you financially and teach you the accountability necessary for home ownership.


Spending time with friends can make for priceless memories. Living together can be fun and slightly cheaper than going solo. The process of getting a group of friends together to rent out a property can be a very rewarding and challenging process. A Nesbitt Realty Realtor, like Stuart Nesbitt, can help make the later stages of finding and renting a property simple. There are many different neighborhoods in Northern Virginia to choose from, that can fit your specific needs (such as being metro accessible, having a main street, Being near a good school, being luxurious, being a certain type of building style [e.g. high-rise or garden style, for example] ,being affordable, or even being off the beaten path).


Keene Mill Heights is near Greentree Village Park.

Keene Mill Heights is a community of single family homes in Fairfax County at Springfield. Keene Mill Heights is close to Greentree Village Park and not far from Old Keene Mill Road and Lee Chapel Road.

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Properties in 22152 $410,000 to $490,000

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Where is Rolling Forest?

Rolling Forest is a community of townhouses in Fairfax County at Springfield. Rolling Forest is served by Rolling Valley Elementary School, Key Middle School and Lee High School.

Rolling Forest is served by West Springfield Village Park, Pohick Creek Stream Valley Park and is close to Rolling Road and Viola Street .

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Properties in 22152 $310,000 to $390,000

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Things you might surprised to learn about Cardinal Square in Springfield.

Cardinal Square is a community of condos in Fairfax County at Springfield. Cardinal Square is served by West Springfield Elementary SchoolIrving Middle School and St. Bernadette School.

Cardinal Square is close to  Hunter Village Park, Byron Avenue Park and not far from Old Keene Mill Road and Farley Street.

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Properties in 22152 $310,000 to $390,000

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Why choose Columbia Knoll?

Condos at Columbia Knoll in Arlington VA offer generous amenities, all included in condo fee. Plus, they are only blocks to new Arlington Mill Community Center, shopping and public transportation.

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Columbia Knoll is in Arlington 22204

Homes near Holmes Run Trail

Holmes Run Trail is a trail that runs along Holmes Run from Columbia Pike near Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County, Virginia south to Cameron Run in Alexandria, Virginia. The trails follow closely along the sides of the stream, with multiple bridges that are only about a foot higher than the water.

Holmes Run Trail consists of two sections that are not connected. The northern section is 1.25 miles in length and runs from Columbia Pike to Glen Hills Park. The southern section is 3 miles in length and runs from the end of North Chambliss Street to Eisenhower Avenue at Cameron Run, next to Cameron Run Regional Park.



Should I consider the Gates of Ballston?

Condos at the Gates of Ballston in Arlington VA are located close to Ballston Metro, Harris Teeter, shops and restaurants. Additionally, they offer easy access to Route 50, I-66 and downtown DC.

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Gates Of Ballston in Arlington

Southern Grove is near Royal Ridge Park.

Southern Grove is a community of single family homes in Springfield. Southern Grove is walking distance to West Springfield High School, Cardinal Forest Elementary School and Irving Middle School.

Southern Grove is close to Royal Ridge Park, Lake Accotink Park and not far from Rolling Road and Hall Street.

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Properties in 22152 $510,000 to $590,000

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My Visit to Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton Virginia

This past weekend I visited Paradise Springs for the first time. Paradise Springs is a homegrown winery, located at 13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124. To get there, I took the Yellow line to the Vienna Metro Station. From there, I carpooled with friends the rest of the way, which took a brisk 25 minutes.

From what I saw, Clifton is a small town surrounded by forest. After breezing through the city, we parked on a gravel lot. From there we walked past heated outdoor seating and entered a large, wooden, barn style building. Most of the tables were full. In the background there was a live musician cranking out both original and cover songs, to the back drop of many loud conversations.

Next my friends and I, tried a variety of white and red wines that were a part of a $10 sampler. The diversity of flavor was eye opening, from the mouth watering, sour apple 2012 Chardonnay, to the complex, headache-free red, sweet cherry 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, to the other unique flavors in between. The menu was very complimentary of the wines. The menu featured top quality cigars, meats, cheeses, crackers, and more.

Outside there was plenty of room to hang out at the tables, which were next to heaters. Many people brought their own snacks from home, to enjoy with their Paradise Springs wine. The atmosphere at Paradise Springs was much different than that of a Northern Virginia bar, in that it was more lounge bound and less sports driven. As part of Virginia’s economy, Paradise Springs is making a positive impact on the wine industry.

Japonica: a townhouse community near the Beltway

Japonica was developed around 1995 in Fairfax County near the intersection of Buelah and Franconia Rd. Japonica is served by Forestdale Elementary School, Key Middle School, and Lee High School. Japonica is not far from Franconia Forest Park.

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