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.

Properties in Arlington


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What Makes Ballston Great?

Ballston is a bustling metropolitan neighborhood in Arlington County, Virginia. It is home to the Ballston-MU station on the Orange Line and the silver line. There are many shops and restaurants in close proximity to this metro.There is no need for parking at the Ballston Metro Station since it has a busy metropolitan feel within a walk-able community.

The hub of this community is the Ballston Quarter, formerly known as Ballston Common Mall which was originally opened in 1951 and was the first major suburban shopping centers in the entire Washington DC area. The Kettler Capital Iceplex, constructed on top of the Ballston Quarter’s parking garage is home to the Washington Capitals National Hockey League (NHL) office and training facility. The Iceplex also provides public skating, figure skating and hockey programs for youth and adults.

In matters of food and restaurants, Ballston is home to different tasty cuisines. Taste of Arlington food festival is an annual street fair held in Ballston each spring since 1987. The 2009 Taste of Arlington event featured over forty area restaurants offering portions of their cuisine to ticket-holders and drew approximately 15,000 people.

Ballston is also home to several United States government agencies and organizations including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), The Office of Naval Research, and The DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate. There are also a number of non-profit groups, including The Nature Conservancy are located in Ballston.

When it comes to education, Ballston neighborhood is home to Washington-Lee High School. There are also several university facilities in Ballston, including Marymount University (MU) satellite campus,  Virginia Tech research center, and George Washington University graduate education center.

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