8 Ways to Prepare to Buy a Home in Arlington

Will Nesbitt, and Andrew Patton
Will Nesbitt, and Andrew Patton

Talk to mortgage brokers.

Before embarking on this life-changing journey of buying a home in Arlington, spare a little time to get prequalified. Many first-time home buyers tend to ignore this process. They also don’t take the time to shop around for the best mortgage that suits their particular situation. It is really important to ask a lot of questions and make sure that you completely understand how the home loan process works.

Prepare for your big move in Arlington.

In places like Arlington where homes for sale are really in demand, you should be ready to act quickly.  It is very common for home buyers to miss out on the first home they wish to buy because they don’t act fast enough. If you delay making the decision, you may find that someone else has already bought your dream home.

Find a trusted partner.

Buying a home in Arlington is a life-changing decision. You need to make sure that you get the right home that will suit you and your family. Getting a real estate professional who really understands your needs and goals of finding a home in Arlington, is extremely important. Make sure that he is ready and able to guide you through the home buying process. At Nesbitt Realty & Property Management, we have real professionals who will be more than happy to walk with you in this life-changing journey.

Make an offer that is hard to resist.

When you finally find the house you like in Arlington, remember that you may not be the only interested party. Therefore, make sure that your offer stands out from the others. Do your best to ensure that it’s appealing to the seller.

Factor maintenance and repair costs into your buying budget.

Remember that even a brand-new home in Arlington will still require some work. Don’t leave yourself short and let your home in Arlington that you worked so hard to acquire, deteriorate.

Think about the future.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in your present needs and forget about the future. Your needs will soon change with time and you will have to resell your home in Arlington.  Therefore, before you buy your Arlington home, think about reselling it. According to the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2013 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average first-time buyer expects to stay in a home for around 10 years.

Develop your home/neighborhood wish list.

Think about how you want your Arlington home/neighborhood to look like. Prioritize these items from the most important to least.

Select where you want to live in Arlington.

Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods in Arlington that you’d like to live in.  Take into account the nearby schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.

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4 Main Reasons To Live In Arlington Ridge

Arlington Ridge is a tranquil and isolated neighborhood in Arlington County. Arlington Ridge is bordered on the north by the Pentagon, on the west by the Army Navy Country Club, and on the south by the City of Alexandria. The main thoroughfare is the eponymous Arlington Ridge Road. There are many benefits of living in Arlington Ridge.

  1. Great view -Arlington Ridge Road is lined with manors and fine homes, many of which offer a picturesque view of the Potomac Valley and Washington DC. Arlington Ridge has two main historical points of interest: the Hume School (currently the site of the Arlington Country Historical Society and Museum) and Fort Scott (the site of Fort Scott Park).
  2. Great neighborhood- The Arlington Ridge neighborhood has a great sense of community. Arlington Ridge Neighborhood Civic Association ensures that everything in the neighborhood is running smoothly and that the interests of the residents are addressed.
  3. Best neighborhood schools- Arlington Ridge offers a wide choice of great neighborhood schools including elementary, middle schools and high schools. Some of the schools in Arlington Ridge include Oakridge Elementary, Gunston Middle School, and Wakefield High School.
  4. Commuting from Arlington Ridge – Commuting options are endless at Arlington RidgeWith easy access to I-395, RT 50, Washington Boulevard, Pentagon City Metro stop, and the high-speed bus, you will be able to get Washington DC, the Pentagon wherever you want easily. For those who love walking, Arlington Ridge is a walking distance to everything including schools, parks, restaurants, shopping centers, and even the airport.

Properties in Arlington Ridge

1607 22nd St S

Mid-Century Modern remodeled 4 level detached walk to Crystal City Metro / Underground Mall & Pentagon City Metro & Mall & walk to Pentagon & Army Navy Country Club. Great opportunity potential for two Master Bed rooms plus large unfinished bonus space. Over a 10,000 sq ft lot 21' Barrier "Jersy Wall being build (fall finish) New Windows, 5 yr old roof, remodeled home. Beautiful refinished HW floors. New large brick patio. Carport for your car. NEW custom Windows with Energy Star & special sound barrier glass. 10 minutes or less to D.C. and 5 to Regan National Airport. & minutes to trendy Del Ray, Alexandria Virginia [Devon Crest - $939,700]

2631 S Arlington Ridge Rd

If you love view properties, this is the home for you. Balconies overlooking Hailey Park and Skyline are top of Arlington Ridge. Fantastic design with a contemporary feel. Entry to the property on 26th Road. You can have your own California Style New Construction home in just a few short months. Floor plan has elevator shaft. Elevator can be added as upgrade option. Ask for details. This home is similar to the one built by this developer at 1800 Lynn Street S. Do a drive by. Plans and specs available through listing agent. Live in the 22202 in one of the most private sections of the Neighborhood. [Oakcrest - $1,599,000]

1101 S Arlington Ridge Rd #706

TheProspect Hill location of The Representative provides a panoramic view of Crystal City.Just minutes away from our Nation's capital, Georgetown & Reagan Airport, The Representative location is just The Best! Unit 706 1606SF with 2 garage spaces is designer renovated with high end finishes, contemporary lighting and spacious living area. The gourmet kitchen makes entertaining a delight. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters and contemporary maple cabinetry.Spacious living room opens to balcony overlooking Pentagon Row.Master suite offers a separate office/den, full En-Suite bath and 2 walk-in closets. Second bedroom has a den/guest En-Suite with bath. Many architectural details have been added to this unit.One enters a gracious foyer inviting you into a serene urban home! [None Available - $695,000]

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7 Reasons You Should Own A Home in Arlington

Tax benefits.

By owning a home in Arlington, you will be able to enjoy the U.S. Tax Code that lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage. You will also get a reduction on your property taxes and some of the costs involved in buying a home Arlington.

Appreciation of home value in Arlington.

It is a historically proven fact that real estate in Arlinton, has had a long-term, stable growth in value. In fact, the National Association of REALTORS® has established that the sales value of  median single-family existing-homes has increased on an average of 5.2 percent each year from 1972 through 2014 .  Even with the recent housing crisis, the value of homes in Arlington has still increased in value of up to 7.0 percent on a cumulative basis in the recent 10 years. Also, with the rising number of households in the U.S, the demand for housing in Arlington is expected to rise to about 10 to 15 percent over the next decade.

Equity for a home in Arlington.

By owning a home, you will no longer have to give away your hard earned money through rent payment. Instead, you will be able to build your equity ownership interest in your Arlington home through mortgage payments.

It allows you to Save

Building equity in your Arlington home is a ready-made savings plan. If for some reason you decide to sell your Arlington home, you can generally take up to $250,000 ($500,000 for a married couple) as profit without owing any federal income tax.

Payments are Predictable

Your landlord can wake up one day and decide to increase your rent. But, your Arlington home fixed-rate mortgage payments don’t rise over the years. This means that your housing costs in Arlinton may actually decline as you own the home longer. However, remember that property taxes and insurance costs will likely increase.

Freedom to Decorate and Upgrade your home in Arlington.

The home is yours. You are free to decorate any way you like and instal the latest types of upgrades and amenities that suit your lifestyle.

Stability for your Family

Staying in the same neighborhood for several years allows you and your family time to build long-lasting relationships within the community. You children are also able to benefit from educational and social continuity.

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Why Arlington County is the Best Place to Reside.

Arlington County is a vibrant, small self-governing county in the Commonwealth of Virginia,  United States. Arlington has a land area of approximately 26 square miles with a population of around 234,965(2017). Arlington is located in Northern Virginia on the southwestern bank of the Potomac River, directly across the District of Columbia.

The close proximity of Arlington to downtown Washington D.C makes it home to many important government institutions such as the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has the lowest unemployment rates of any place in Virginia. Major employers at Arlington include the federal, state or local government, and various companies such as Accenture and Deloitte. Getting around in Arlington is quite easy and effective. The Arlington Transit is a bus transit system which operates within the Arlington County and connects to Metrobus, and nearby  Metrorail stations and local bus systems.

Arlington is also a very good place to raise a family. In fact, the 2007 issue of Forbes magazine named Arlington as one of the best places in the nation to educate one’s child. Arlington’s public school systems operate through the county’s K-12 education system with 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 public schools. Arlington received the 2002 EPA National Award for Overall Excellence in Smart Growth.  Arlington has great residential neighborhoods with affordable housing units and large golden-style apartments complexes that are listed as historic places by the National Register.

Properties in Arlington

3441 N Glebe Rd

Beautiful home in Country Club Hills. Superb location - close to Chain Bridge, Georgetown & Washington DC. Lower level Windows replaced in Feb 2019, resealed & repainted deck in 2017, replaced gutters in 2016, water heater and furnace/AC replaced in 2014. Large living room with fireplace, & den. Lovely updated kitchen with granite counters & dining area with access to wonderful patio & totally private backyard! Upper level feats a master suite with spacious master bath & walk-in closet, plus 3 bedrooms. Fully finished lower level with rec room with half bath! [Country Club Hills - $999,500]

1907 N Roosevelt St

Wonderful home in a prime location. Remodel, build up or start over the choice is yours, so many options. Hardwood floors throughout, large kitchen area can be update to suit your needs. Deck on rear. unfinishe [Pinehurst - $750,000]

4141 Henderson Rd #815

Large studio in Hyde Park with completely updated kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances! Hardwood floors, updated bath. Large closets. Balcony w/ great views! Plenty of room for separate bedroom and living room furniture! All of Ballston's amenities at your fingertips - Metro, mall, restaurants, shopping! 24 hr concierge, pool, serene park-like terrace. Condo fee of $385/month includes all utilities, free laundry on every floor. Garage parking available for $225 a year. Don't miss it! [Ballston - $299,900]

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Why Arlington County is the Best Place to Reside.

Arlington County is a vibrant, small self-governing county in the Commonwealth of Virginia,  United States. Arlington has a land area of approximately 26 square miles with a population of around 234,965(2017). Arlington is located in Northern Virginia on the southwestern bank of the Potomac River, directly across the District of Columbia.

The close proximity of Arlington to downtown Washington D.C makes it home to many important government institutions such as the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington has the lowest unemployment rates of any place in Virginia. Major employers at Arlington include the federal, state or local government, and various companies such as Accenture and Deloitte. Getting around in Arlington is quite easy and effective. The Arlington Transit is a bus transit system which operates within the Arlington County and connects to Metrobus, and nearby  Metrorail stations and local bus systems.

Arlington is also a very good place to raise a family. In fact, the 2007 issue of Forbes magazine named Arlington as one of the best places in the nation to educate one’s child. Arlington’s public school systems operate through the county’s K-12 education system with 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 3 public schools. Arlington received the 2002 EPA National Award for Overall Excellence in Smart Growth.  Arlington has great residential neighborhoods with affordable housing units and large golden-style apartments complexes that are listed as historic places by the National Register.

Properties in Arlington

3441 N Glebe Rd

Beautiful home in Country Club Hills. Superb location - close to Chain Bridge, Georgetown & Washington DC. Lower level Windows replaced in Feb 2019, resealed & repainted deck in 2017, replaced gutters in 2016, water heater and furnace/AC replaced in 2014. Large living room with fireplace, & den. Lovely updated kitchen with granite counters & dining area with access to wonderful patio & totally private backyard! Upper level feats a master suite with spacious master bath & walk-in closet, plus 3 bedrooms. Fully finished lower level with rec room with half bath! [Country Club Hills - $999,500]

1907 N Roosevelt St

Wonderful home in a prime location. Remodel, build up or start over the choice is yours, so many options. Hardwood floors throughout, large kitchen area can be update to suit your needs. Deck on rear. unfinishe [Pinehurst - $750,000]

4141 Henderson Rd #815

Large studio in Hyde Park with completely updated kitchen with granite counters & stainless appliances! Hardwood floors, updated bath. Large closets. Balcony w/ great views! Plenty of room for separate bedroom and living room furniture! All of Ballston's amenities at your fingertips - Metro, mall, restaurants, shopping! 24 hr concierge, pool, serene park-like terrace. Condo fee of $385/month includes all utilities, free laundry on every floor. Garage parking available for $225 a year. Don't miss it! [Ballston - $299,900]

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condo in Arlington VA

 

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