Types of Condos

Many people picture a high-rise building filled with apartments when they think of a condominium. But, not all condos are high-rises.  In fact, not all condos are buildings, much less hi-rises! For example, a bare land condo  is a condominium in which the owner owns land only.

Even horses are getting into the act! Some stables have gone condo. In a stable condo, the owner purchases a single stall for his horse in a stable, but shares the stable and grounds with other horses and owners. At a marina, it is possible to condo a single slip from a dock. In both cases, the owners pay a fee to the association for maintenance, but in both cases, the owner is solely responsible for his interest in the condo.

A more common type of condominium is the garden-style condo. Garden-style condos are one to five floors of condominiums and usually don’t have an elevator. From the exterior, townhouse condos look exactly like regular condominiums.

It is even possible to have a single family residence titled as a condo. This can happen in a vacation community where the association maintains the exterior and grounds of the house, while the owners have possession of the interior of the house.

This article was reprinted by permission from CondoBenefits.com. If you are a condo expert or if you would like a link from CondoBenefits.com just drop me a line. I’m building a directory of condo experts from around the country at that site and would love your input!

 

Save Thousands On Your Purchase At Midtown Alexandria Station

Featured From Midtown Alexandria Station

$449,900 : 2451 Midtown Ave #1523, Alexandria 22303

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2 beds, 2 full baths

Living area: 1,355 sq. ft.

Lot size: n/a

Year built: 2007

Days on Market: 3

Nesbitt Realty rebates a portion of our commission to buyers at Midtown Alexandria Sta. Ask us how you can save thousands on your purchase.

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Why does Yelp hate us?

Last time we checked, Nesbitt Realty had some poor reviews on Yelp. This is despite the fact that we have received numerous awards for customer service and client satisfaction. How do those two square with one another?

We resolve disputes.

About half of our revenue, and 80% of our interaction with the public is a result of our property management business. Most of the time, most of the people and most of the leases unfold without a hitch. But the reason that people pay property managers is because sometimes there is a problem. Where there are problems there are sometimes disputes.

Usually disputes occur because one side or the other doesn’t understand the lease or the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). Some people don’t honor their obligations. For example, a dispute can occur because when a tenant leaves a mess after moving out. Some tenants damage their rental. One landlord wanted us to withhold more money than the landlord was owed. That landlord was angry left us a bad review after we refused to give them the tenant’s money.

We don’t like turmoil, or disputes or problems. The truth is we love returning deposit money to tenants. We hate charging late fees. We wish we could accept every applicant on every property. But if it was that easy, no one would ever pay a property manager. We are paid because we manage problems, risks, turmoils and disputes.

When there is a dispute, we have to use our experience and knowledge of the lease and Virginia Landlord Tenant Act to resolve the dispute. We don’t benefit from resolving disputes, and we try to avoid disputes. But when we have to resolve a dispute someone almost always walks away unhappy.

Unhappy people who are wrong can’t seek redress in the court (because they are wrong).  Unhappy people who are wrong can’t appeal the decision (because they are wrong).  But what they can do when they are wrong is post an anonymous disparaging review on Yelp . . . and in our experience they always do.

On the other hand, when a lease ends and a tenant pays his rent on time, gets his deposit returned in full, that tenant almost never takes a moment to leave a positive review.

Most of the bad reviews we’ve ever gotten were because one-party was angry with us about how a dispute was resolved.

We reject applications.

It’s not uncommon for Nesbitt Realty to receive multiple applications for a rental property. No matter how many applications we receive the landlord can only choose one applicant. The applicants that don’t get selected sometimes get angry. They think that we somehow benefit from just picking one tenant.

Sometimes they get angry because they want their (non-refundable) fee for the background check returned to them. They don’t understand that we don’t profit from doing background checks.

Some applicants don’t understand that we do a verification of rental history.  (That means we check with previous landlords.) If the previous landlord can’t (or won’t) respond in a timely fashion, then we cannot finish the background check in a timely fashion.

The truth is that we would love to rent to everyone, but that’s not how things work in the real world. Some applications, even some good applications, get rejected. A few of our bad reviews were by folks whose applications were rejected. 

When we reject an application or choose a better applicant, we get a bad review on Yelp.

The numbers work against us.

Half of Nesbitt Realty’s revenue comes from sales and half of our money comes from property management/rentals. Although we work with buyers, sellers, renters and landlords, the overwhelming majority of our interactions with the public are with renters. Renters are least likely to “understand the rules of the road” and most likely to want to use Yelp to vent when they don’t get their way.

When we sell someone’s home, the sellers are happy and we are finished. When we help someone buy a home, they are happy and we are finished. But a rental is an on-going problem to manage. At the very least, we interact with every single landlord and tenant 12 times per year to collect and disburse rent. In addition we have to manage inspections, maintenance, repairs and rental marketing.

As mentioned above, landlords and tenants have conflicts about repairs, maintenance, property condition, access (for showing the property). Nesbitt Realty has ten times as many tenants as buyers and we have five times as many landlords as seller.

We interact with hundreds and hundreds of renters every single month. Few renters post a review that says, “I paid my rent on time and got my deposit back.”  But almost every renter that thinks he or she was wronged will post a Yelp review.

Yelp is a bully.

Why do renters post on Yelp? Because Yelp provides the perfect forum to anonymously defame a business.

Yelp is free and it protects the identity of the person that is complaining.

Furthermore, Yelp doesn’t verify that Yelper actually did any business with the target of the complaint. In other words (and it has happened), someone can submit a rental application through another brokerage to a property we manage and then after the application has been rejected, they can post several disparaging or defamatory reviews from several anonymous accounts.

Yelp hurts small businesses that don't pay up.
Yelp is a billion dollar bully.

“Anti-Yelp sentiment is rampant on the Internet and social media. Sites like YelpFiction.com, Yelp-Sucks.com and YelpLawsuit.com offer Yelp critics both legal advice and a place to vent their frustrations. The “Tell Your Story” page on Yelp-Sucks.com features hundreds of comments from entrepreneurs who say Yelp has negatively affected their businesses. On Facebook, pages like Yelp Extortion and others feature similar stories. Last year, a Freedom of Information Act request filed with the FTC revealed nearly 700 complaints against Yelp over the last four years, with some business owners comparing the website to the Mafia.” writes Christopher Zara of the International Business Times.

Many small-business owners complain that Yelp is an extortion or protection-racket. There is even a Facebook page dedicated to Yelp Extortion. If you’re interested, do your own research but I can tell you what happened to our business.

Yelp sold Nesbitt Realty an advertising package that cost us around $1000 per month and locked us in for a year. That was a lot of money for our little business, but Yelp promised to bring us lots of business, so we took a chance. The results were much less than expected and financially didn’t make any sense for us. We couldn’t cancel so we paid out the entire year of advertising and did not renew our advertising.

Then when we stopped paying, Yelp removed all of our good reviews from it’s calculation. Yelp hid those reviews as “not recommended”. I altered our profile to point out some of the problems described above and Yelp reverted our profile against our wishes.

At that point, I removed all links to Yelp from our site. Although the crappy reviews from disgruntled and/or unreasonable people stacked up, we didn’t respond on Yelp. We just ignored them.

Now, we’ve decided to just take it head-on. If you want to use Yelp as your sole source for reviews, I doubt you’ll like us. But if you are so inclined you might want to compare our Yelp reviews to numerous other sites including Zillow, Thumbtack, Trulia, Angie’s List, Merchant Circle, Google and more.

Yes, we have a few bad reviews on all of those platforms, but by-and-large we have outstanding reviews from most people most of the time. Are we perfect? No. We are human. But when we make a mistake, we apologize and pay for and clean up our messes. That’s the best we can do.

On the other, hand we don’t back down to Internet bullies or unreasonable people who attempt to take advantage of our our clients or our duty to the public. Here’s what some people are saying about Yelp.

Many small businesses like ours have considered suing Yelp, but Yelp has a legal team paid for by a billion-dollar company. Every penny we spend on this and every second we spend worrying about it is one less second that we have to spend on our business taking care care of customers.

We can burn up a lot of money and time fighting the world, or we can just keep doing good work and let it sort itself out on its own.

If you’ve had a positive experience with us, we’d very much appreciate you letting others know.

 

 

Don’t be surprised if Yelp hides your review after a day or two. It’s what they do to businesses like ours that stand up against them.

Getting into Alexandria already?

Before user scroll down, stop and see spouse, Mister and Mrs. Will and Julie Nesbitt a telephone away, (703) 765 0300 (extension 1004 Julie extension 1005 Will) to get started on Real Estate purchase. Broker Will Nesbitt and Management Julie Nesbitt, aware to Northern VA Real Estate listings Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Great Falls, Lorton, Mclean, Springfield, Vienna. Nesbitt Realty Agent, their son Stuart William Nesbitt III, and others (Ron Ginyard, Nora Yelland, Andrew Goodman Patton), can guide through Real Estate transaction Belle View, Bucknell, Cameron Station, Carlyle District, Carlyle Towers, Crystal City, Fort Hunt, Huntington, Kingstowne, Montebello, Mount Vernon, New Alexandria, Old Town, Rosslyn, West End.

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Properties in Groveton

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Inlet Cove is near Fort Belvoir and Potomac Mills

Properties in Inlet Cove

  1. Inlet Cove is alongside Route 1
  2. This neighborhood of townhouses is near grocers and eateries
  3. Inlet Cove is close to Fort Belvoir, Alexandria, and Potomac Mills shops, in the city of Woodbridge
  4. Interior to these properties are multilevel
  5. Inlet Cove is serene

Properties in Woodbridge

12707 Gordon Blvd #46

Renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with designer paint and brand new SS appliances. NEW carpet, Condo pays water and sewer, owner just pays gas and electric for utilities. Extra storage room in the basement. One assigned parking spot and one shared parking space. Located in a waterfront community on the Occoquan, close to commuter lot, VRE, 95, Rt-1, Old Town Occoquan. Enjoy all of the community amenities, pool, tennis, tot-lots and near-by park for hiking and Lorton Workhouse Theater for lively arts. Location, location, location! VA & FHA APRPOVED....WASHER/DRYER IN UNIT. [Moorings of Occoquan Con - $189,900]

6111 Ozack Ct

Renovated single family home offering 4 BR 2 Full & 2 Half baths. The largest Colonial SFH in the neighborhood, with a huge back yard that sits on over an .30 acre. lot, of new upgrades,huge owners suite 2 walk in closets, spacious secondary bedrooms and a spacious cozy recreation/basement space. Property located in a cal de sac, and backs to trees No HOA fees. Close to commuter lots, VRE within 7 miles, schools and shops. Stop by this beautiful home today, trust me you won't be disappointed! Stop searching and start living!! Now accepting offers Open House on February 23 from 2pm to 5pm! [Dale City - $485,000]

2833 Cambridge Dr

This end unit townhouse in the Lake Ridge area is a true gem waiting for a family. It has hardwood floors through the entire house with many updates, including accessible stairs to the attic for increased storage. A surround sound system in the basement recreation area and in one of the basement rooms conveys with the property. The kitchen was updated to include granite countertops. The house also includes updates to the bathrooms, energy efficient windows throughout the home, and a new HVAC unit. The back yard deck, with an outdoor canopy, creates an excellent extension of living space for enjoying wonderful days outside. Next to the deck is a patio with a build in fire pit for evening entertaining under the starts. The back yard includes a good sized, leveled green area for play. The back yard has what you need for relaxing and entertaining guests. The Lake Ridge community has multiple pools to choose from with recreations courts, community centers, tot lots, and much more. This home is close to downtown D.C, Alexandria, Manassas, and Potomac Mills Outlets. In addition, it is close Route 123, Route 1, and I-95. This home will not last! [Woodmark of Lake Ridge - $335,000]

2922 Wetherburn Ct

Three level townhome with 3 bdrms with full bath on 3rd fl and 1bdrm with full bath on lst fl. Kitchen, dining and living room are on the second floor along with half bath. Second floor is the walkout to the rear yard. Stove and microwave are new. All appliances including AC warranted by seller for one full year. All thermal windows and patio door recently updated. Roof estimated to be about twelve years old. Attic well insulated. Fenced backyard. Painted and carpeted. Shows well. [Georgetown Village - $259,999]

15191 Valley Stream Dr

Open House Saturday 1-3 pm. Beautiful 3 Level Townhome. All the rooms with natural light. 2 master bedroom on the upper level with walkout Basement. (Option for 3d BR) New Carpet, Freshly Painted throughout, Fireplace in Living Room with Laminate Floor, Large Kitchen/Dining Granite kitchen countertop with slicing glass door walk to Large Deck Fully Fenced Back Yard, back to the wood. stainless steel kitchen appliances. New Front door, window 2018, HVAC , Hot water heater 2017. Conveniently located near 95, RT1, 2 Parking Spaces. Seller finance available [Rippon Landing - $275,000]

13320 Baxter St

///// DRASTIC PRICE ADJUSTMENT //// THIS SPECTACULAR HOME IS LOOKING FOR A NEW FAMILY! BRICK AND SIDING EXTERIOR. FULLY FENCED AND LEVEL REAR YARD BACKS TO WOODS. LARGE STORAGE SHED WITH STORAGE LOFT. NEW ROOF TWO YEARS AGO. WINDOWS REPLACED 10 YEARS AGO. EXTRA LARGE DECK OVERLOOKING LAWN AND WOODS. STONE PATIO AND CONCRETE TABLES AND BENCHES. THE INTERIOR HAS BEEN FRESHLY PAINTED NEUTRAL COLORS. UPGRADED KITCHEN WITH NEW REFRIGERATOR. LIVING ROOM HAS BRICK FIREPLACE. TWO BEDROOMS ON MAIN LEVEL WITH FULL BATHROOM. LOWER LEVEL HAS THIRD BEDROOM . THE EXTRA LARGE RECREATION ROOM HAS A WOOD BURNING STOVE SITTING ON A BRICK FOUNDATION. THE HUGE LAUNDRY ROOM CAN DOUBLE AS A WORKROOM. HIGHLY MOTIVATED SELLER CAN CLOSE IMMEDIATELY. [Marumsco Village - $323,000]

2456 Port Potomac Ave

Port potomac 4 bed 3 full baths on top level, half bathroom on main level, and 2 NTC room with full bath in the basement. 2 car garage. SHORT SALE Third party approval. Property need work. [Port Potomac - $544,900]

13524 Litza Way

Amazing fully appointed Colonial Home with 7 Bedrooms and 5 Full Baths, 3-Car garage; Main Level: features a grand entrance with a two-story foyer and premium hardwood flooring on the main level; Gourmet Kitchen featuring a gathering island, morning room, beautiful 42 inch cabinetry, and upgraded stainless steel appliances; formal dining room, formal living room and library with a full bathroom; a Two-Story family room with a cozy gas fireplace, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a peaceful and private backyard that backs to the woods; backyard features a screened room and small patio area for a BBQ grill. Upper Level: features a huge master suite with a large sitting room, huge his & hers walk-in closets with extra storage, large master bathroom featuring separate his & hers vanity sinks, soaking tub, huge walk-in shower and enclosed toilet; full walk-in laundry room; Bedroom 2 has its own private full bath, and 2 large closets with extra storage; this home also boasts a unique Jack-n-Jill bathroom split between bedrooms 3 and 4 with no access to or from the hallway; Walk-out Basement leads to the screen room and rear yard, Lower-Level: consists of a fully finished in-law suite with a full gourmet kitchen, Large master bedroom (or use it as a large recreation room) with wall-to-wall closets. It has 2 additional guest bedrooms, a pre-wired media room, plus one full bath with laundry hookup. This house is located in a highly sought-after small quiet custom-built luxury home community within walking distance of shopping centers, commuter lots, dining, parks, and recreational facilities. Plenty of curb appeal and street parking for guests. Don't miss it, this one will go fast! [Quaker Homes Fowke Lane - $750,000]

5268 Sudberry Ln

Looking for a Low Interest Rate? Then check out this ASSUMABLE 3 bedroom, 1 full and 2 half baths split foyer home . Hardwood floors on both levels> Gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, granite counters stainless steel appliances and custom island> Huge fenced back yard and patio. ****Updates include Gutter guard, New Compressor, and New Sliding Glass Door. Located in a NO HOA area, Close to Shops , Transportation, Restaurants and Schools! [Dale City - $320,000]

13609 Kingsman Rd

CHECK OUT THIS 5 BEDROOM RAISED RAMBLER, NICELY UPDATED WITH BRAND NEW ROOF, DOUBLE PANE VINYL WINDOWS, TRANE HEAT PUMP, KITCHEN CABINETS, GRANITE COUNTER TOPS, STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, PAINT AND CARPET! BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS IN THE LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM & KITCHEN! TWO AND ONE HALF BATHS ARE ALSO COMPLETELY UPDATED! CONVENIENT WET BAR IN THE IN THE SUNLIGHT FILLED WALK OUT BASEMENT! OVERSIZED CONCRETE DRIVEWAY WITH LOADS OF OFF STREET PARKING! OVERSIZED ONE CAR DETACHED GARAGE WITH ITS OWN ELECTRIC SERVICE! NICE DECK AND PATIO, BACKS TO WOODS AND A CREEK! OPEN HOUSE THIS SUNDAY, COME AND CHECK IT OUT! [Dale City - $385,000]

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Nesbitt Realty Agent spotlight Andrew Goodman Patton Licensed Realtor

Nesbitt Realty and Andrew Patton can assist in your Real Estate goal, 703-765-0300 extension 1001, [email protected]

Andrew Patton, Licensed Realtor has a technical proficiency working with Nesbitt Realty with Multiple Listing Services and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems usage
Andrew Patton, Licensed Realtor has a technical proficiency working with brokerage Nesbitt Realty through Multiple Listing Services and Metropolitan Regional Information Systems usage, click to see GIF

Properties in New Alexandria

Julie Nesbitt, Manager and Andrew Patton, Real Estate Agent and office pet, at start of the month
Julie Nesbitt, Manager and Andrew Patton, Real Estate Agent and office pet, at start of the month, click to see GIF

Properties in Carlyle District

520 John Carlyle St #337

Enjoy this rare gem of contemporary architecture in Old Town Alexandria featuring stylish open concept living in a generously sized loft studio with abundant natural light, picturesque courtyard view, window wall, high ceiling, wood floor, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer in unit, convenient elevator access and garage parking. Attractive high walk score location just 0.4 mile to the King St. metro in a vibrant neighborhood with Whole Foods, movies, parks, shops and restaurants all within easy reach. Use of gym and outdoor pool at apartment building across the courtyard available for an annual amenity fee of $400. Listing photos show previously staged interior to illustrate layout and use of space but home is currently vacant and ready for your personal styling. Open house from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 9. To attend, please press call button with phone icon on the call box by the building entrance at 520 John Carlyle St. and then enter 0179 to request access. When you see "Access Granted" on the call box, please open the building door, enter the elevator in the lobby and push the floor number 3 within 20 seconds before access expires. [Carlyle Square - $325,000]

My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andy step aside
My mom Julie Nesbitt, Realtor and Andrew, licensed Real Estate Agent, step aside

Properties in Seminary Hill

201 N Quaker Ln

$1,800,000

132 N Donelson St

$699,900

1027 N Quaker Ln

$1,097,500

113 N Gordon St

$795,000

4135 Seminary Rd

$1,699,000

400 Princeton Blvd

$1,725,000

1102 Trinity Dr

$825,000

817 Vicar Ln

$2,195,000

1203 Dartmouth Rd

$1,075,000

Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring
Andrew Patton, Realtor, with puppy offspring

Properties in Shirlington

Buying a new home checklist

Are you thinking of buying a new home?

There are several key steps that your Virginia Licensed Real Estate Agent will help you through. Knowing what these are in advance can help you not be surprised later on:

your lender
Nesbitt Realty never makes any money from your loan. This frees us to make the most objective recommendation possible.
  • Know your budget, consult with a financial institution about what you can be pre-approved for.
  • Know your needs, including:
    • Number of bedrooms
    • Location
    • Walking distance to a bus stop
    • Walking distance to a metro stop
    • Price
    • Property condition
    • Age of the property
    • Garage Parking
    • Schools
  • Amenities (for condos)homes with a garage
    • Indoor/Outdoor pool
    • Putting Greens
    • Tennis courts
    • In unit washer/dryer
    • Utilities included in condo fees
    • Basketball courts
    • Bowling
    • Concierge service
    • Controlled access
  • Realize that something will have to give to get what you want, prioritize your needs so that you can get the most important features. Use our school search to find homes for sale in a particular school district
  • Budget time and money:
    • Finding any home is easy. Finding the right home requires time invested in looking at properties.
    • Money for down-payments and closing costs can vary from a couple percentage points to a cash purchase where you provide the entire amount up front.

I will be with you throughout the home buying process, from the moment you start your search until the moment you close, and for any assistance thereafter.

 

Recent Listings

For more information or to set up an appointment call Stuart at (703)765-0300.
Call Nesbitt Realty if you need help buying a home in Northern VA.
Call Nesbitt Realty if you need help buying a home in Northern VA.

Renting Unsold Property May Be a Good Move

Home owners who can’t or don’t want to sell their homes in today’s market but must move should consider renting out the property.

Chооѕіng the right company tо аѕѕіѕt уоu wіth its knоwlеdgе оf рrоfеѕѕіоnаl рrореrtу mаnаgеmеnt ѕеrvісеѕ will mаkе thе dіffеrеnсе between hаvіng рrореrtу thаt is successfully mаnаgеd and hаvіng a disaster оn уоur hands. Picking аn еxреrіеnсеd аnd rеlіаblе соmраnу tо dеаl wіth уоur рrореrtу management is essential fоr business. A company that’s bееn іn ореrаtіоn for years and hаѕ a ѕоlіd rеlіаblе ѕtаndіng wіll lеаd уоu іn the right dіrесtіоn. Chооѕіng the right соmраnу to hаndlе your рrореrtу wіth thе utmоѕt professionalism and responsibility mау nоt аlwауѕ bе easy ѕо be ѕurе tо choose a соmраnу with bоth еxреrіеnсе аnd a thorough undеrѕtаndіng of уоur nееdѕ.

Thіѕ is a ѕеrіоuѕ buѕіnеѕѕ ѕо bе ѕurе tо pick thе property management соmраnу wіth thе best еxреrіеnсе thаt can fully undеrѕtаnd every оnе оf your nееdѕ and tаkе care of уоur рrореrtу.

Learn more about our property management services

Why don’t you find real estate using a local, small business that cares about your requirements?

Obtaining a professional property manager is a good first step. Professional property managers charge 7 percent to 10 percent of the monthly rent in many areas. Nesbitt Realty is often cheaper than our competitors.

Current rents may not be high enough to cover carrying charges, including mortgage, taxes, and insurance. Nevertheless, renting out the property may still make sense if property values rise in the next few years.

Offering a 12-month lease that converts to month-to-month is a good idea, if the owners are considering selling eventually. Include language in the lease that allows a real estate professional to show the home to potential buyers with 24 hours’ notice to tenants.

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

 

New Construction Buying Tip

serving condo owners, sellers and buyers in Northern VA
Nothern Virginia Condo Experts

If you’re thinking of buying a newly-built condo or new house, you probably already know that every new development will have its own sales staff. These people are often friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the new development. However, these folks work to sell this property only, because the sale staff works for the builder. The on-site staff of a new condominium knows the property as-well-as or better than anyone around and they are there to assist you but they work for the builder. The staff at a new home development probably knows the property very well, but they will tell you want the builder wants you to know.

When in the market for a new construction, it’s a good idea to work with a Realtor who is there to protect your interests. A Nesbitt Realty agent knows the entire area, not just one development. If you have your own Realtor you can trust that you’ll understand the pitfalls and benefits of buying new. Best of all it doesn’t cost you one dime more than if you use the onsite staff. You have a right to representation: exercise that right today!

Properties in Jamieson

Budget

A house on moneyHow much you can afford is very important to consider when buying a new home.  As a rule of thumb, some experts suggest paying 25% of your salary towards your mortgage. Fortunately, for people living in Northern Virginia, there are several job centers like the Mark Center, Inova Hospitals, USPTO, NOVA Community College, Fort Belvoir and Reston Town Center in the area which offer high paying salaries.

Size

Would you like to have roommates? Do you have a wife and plan to start a family? These are questions to consider before taking the step towards home ownership. Depending on your circumstances you might prefer a 2 bedroom condo in Courthouse, instead of a 1,000,000 home in Mount Vernon.

Location and Atmosphere

Northern Virginia has a vast array of neighborhoods. For example, Arlington has a bustling metropolitan scene that is just a few metro stops away from DC. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there is Woodbridge, which is a quieter small town type of area, which attracts commuters. Alexandria is a nice middle ground in between the two aforementioned neighborhoods. Alexandria has plenty of nightlife, restaurants, and shopping in a variety of neighborhoods like Old Town, West End, and Fairfax County.

Type

Condo? Townhome? Single family home? Each of these homes has their own advantages and disadvantages. Condos are nice because some include amenities, like a pool, fitness center, or dry cleaner, all conveniently located in the condo community. Some may prefer a home, because there aren’t any condominium fees.

 Commitment

Nesbitt Realty office
The Consultation Room at Nesbitt Realty

A mortgage is a long term commitment.  It is important to factor in job security when preparing to purchase a home. For those who end up having to leave the area, whether it is temporary or permanent, there is the option of hiring a property manager so that you can rent out your home and collect rent on it while you’re gone.

 Credit Score

To be considered a serious buyer, the first step to buying a home is to get pre approved. Getting pre approved can speed up the home buying process. One way to improve your credit score is to always pay your bills on time. Another way to build your credit is to open a credit card and use it monthly and pay it on time.

 

condominium

 

Recent Listings

Renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo with designer paint and brand new SS appliances.

12707 Gordon Blvd #46

NEW carpet, Condo pays water and sewer, owner just pays gas and electric for utilities. Extra storage room in the basement. One assigned parking spot and one shared parking space. Located in a waterfront community on the Occoquan, close to commuter lot, VRE, 95, Rt-1, Old Town Occoquan. Enjoy all of the community amenities, pool, tennis, tot-lots and near-by park for hiking and Lorton Workhouse Theater for lively arts. Location, location, location! VA & FHA APRPOVED....WASHER/DRYER IN UNIT. [Moorings of Occoquan Con - $189,900]

Located in the established Millwood neighborhood this elegant Eugene Cullinane Colonial is enhanced by its well-designed floor plan that is bright, versatile, and sundrenched throughout, creating an inviting space ideal for formal entertaining and everyday living.

7709 Carlton Pl

From the gorgeous hardwood floors, crown molding, high ceilings, and unique architectural elements, no detail has been compromised. The main level features a number of spacious rooms many of which provide access to the exterior space, including a charming living room, a formal dining room, and a relaxing family room - all with fireplaces. Enjoy cooking for family and guests in the open two story gourmet kitchen featuring high-end appliances, an island with a gas cooktop, and prep area/butler's pantry. The luxurious master suite is the ideal retreat with cathedral ceilings, plantation shutters, and a wood-burning fireplace. The ensuite spa-bath with marble floors, skylights, and a soaking tub offers his and her walk-in closets, and private washrooms that lead to a dual shower. The walk-out lower level highlights a second family room with a fireplace and wet bar, a home gym with sauna and shower, and a kitchenette. The beautifully landscaped and hardscaped exterior space is an extension of the home featuring an expansive terrace, perfect for dining al-fresco, a pool, loggia, and three-car garage. This home is convenient to Scotts Run Nature Preserve, McLean, Tysons, and several commuter routes to DC and MD including 495, 123 and 66. [Millwood - $3,000,000]

Welcome to 2100 Main Line Blvd - the largest and most impressive home available in Potomac Yards.

2100 Main Line Blvd

This end unit townhouse has over 4,100 sq. ft. of living space complete with gourmet kitchen, master bedroom suite, 3 additional bedrooms, family/game room, loft with huge rooftop terrace and double sided fireplace, two-car garage, and a carriage house with a guest suite. Future Metro blocks away. Current metro stop within 2 miles. Six grocery stores within 1.5 miles. Ask agent for full list of upgrades and finishes. A selection of upgrades includes double-sized kitchen center island with contemporary pendant lighting, KitchenAid Commercial-style stainless steel appliances, upgraded 65-gallon tank water heater for main house and separate water heater for the guest suite for maximum hot water availability, hickory hardwood floors on main floor and second floor, wine refrigerators in the kitchen, guest suite, and top floor party loft. [Potomac Yard - $1,469,000]

Great home located in the iconic Reston landmark of Heron House.

11400 Washington Plz W #1103

Extra large 2 bedroom and 2 bath home with towering and panoramic views overlooking Lake Anne and the surrounding area. Large living room with corner windows, separate dining room, parquet flooring, and balcony. Come see what all the fuss is about. Live waterfront at Lake Anne and enjoy this lifestyle as it was intended to be. Boating, kayaking, hiking/biking trails, farmers market, restaurants, brew house, coffee shop, etc... at your doorstep. Condo fee includes all utilities and basic cable. Once in, you will not forget the views. Just announced, Seller is offering to prepay ONE FULL YEAR of CONDO FEES for any Buyer who submits an accepted sales contract. This amount may also be reflected in a reduction of the sales price OR a combination of both. Total value of offer is $16,896.00. Hurry, this is a tremendous opportunity to own here. [Lake Anne of Reston - $299,900]

Spacious Mobile 3 Bedrooms & 2 full baths.

7800 Tayloe Dr #65

, Master Bedroom with a walk-in Master Bath, Washer and Dryer in unit, parking in front of the unit and up for up to 4 vehicles. Enter the unit into the living room, next to the kitchen which has an eat-in area and space for dining table. Master Bedroom is on the left side of the home with a walk-in bath and spacious closet. Utility room with the washer and the dryer. To the right of home are 2 bedrooms & sharing 1 full bath. Purchase can only be with an owner who is to live in the unit. [None Available - $42,700]

Look no further than this condo in sought after Heritage Hunt, Secure building with elevator access.

13890 Chelmsford Dr #305

Open floor plan offers family room with gas burning fireplace, spacious kitchen and two bedrooms with two full baths, private balcony overlooking trees, move-in ready [Heritage Hunt - $310,000]

A complete make-over and must-see 2-level home in the heart of Vienna.

1740 Proffit Rd

Situated on almost 2 acres with amazing privacy. Enjoy the modern kitchen opens to the family room with a wood-burning fireplace. relax in your on-suite main level master bedroom plus 3 additional bedrooms + full bath up the upper level with an oversized media/multi-use space. Plenty of storage off the kitchen/laundry room with office/homework room potential. Have a green thumb? Plenty of space to add gardens, flowers and an entertaining area just out your front door. Move-In Ready! Fantastic location; off of Old Court House Road and minutes to major commuter routes to DC, Tysons Silver Line Metro, and Wolf Trap. [None Available - $780,000]

**Price Reduced***Welcoming Home! The lot sells itself-.

1817 Olney Rd

33acres, private backyard to view of trees! LARGE -family room Bump Out that has a cozy GAS fireplace, Open view to backyard, 2 separate decks on both sides of the property, lovely patio space for entertaining/cookouts, and privacy. Wonderful Flat/Fenced backyard that has an over sized shed with electricity. WALK UP basement with full bathroom and 2 extra rooms/office/den suites, many windows w/great natural light and loads of storage. **No HOA**. Location, Location, Location.....Minutes from Rte 495, Rte 7, Rte 123, Rte 66, -the Metro, Tysons Mall and entertainment/shopping/restaurants, and walking distance to Olney Park. *** Marshall High School *** [Olney Park - $635,000]

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1335 14th St N

Showing contact must accompany all showings. Please provide if possible a few windows of opportunities for preview to allow to accommodate the best timing for you. This home has it ALL! Everything you need to Enjoy Life. Location, Luxury , Comfort, Convenience. 10-minutes Uber drive to National Airport & Kennedy Center, 30-min drive to Dulles. Short stroll to Rosslyn Metro and George Town via Key Bridge. You are literally close to everything you can think about and have 3,600 SF indoor, 1000 SF double roof terrace outdoor space with stunning views of Washington Monuments (watch 4th of July Fireworks right from your rooftop). Garage truly fits 2 full size cars with room left for storage that can be customized to accommodate individual "storage" needs with the flexible "garage tech" designed wall shelving system . Your own private elevator serves all floors including low roof deck . Low HOA $375/month includes all grounds and exterior building maintenance. Gourmet Kitchen meticulously ergonomically designed for those who love to cook and entertain both casually and formally. Spacious Formal Dinning Room sits 8+. No need for Starbucks, built-in Miele coffee machine will satisfy all your coffee needs. Thoughtfully designed mini gym space will save you on the days when you do not feel like being outside to bike or go along the near by trails. Lots of storage throughout the house, including cedar (for furs and cashmere) and travel luggage storage. 3 gas fire places, two 60+ gallons water heaters, dual zoned HVAC (updated 2016, 2017) , private elevator, Miele W/D , two DW and 2 wine coolers in addition to Subzero refrigerator will complement your lifestyle. [Bromptons At Monument Place - $1,998,888]

This stunning Alexandria City townhouse, with one owner for more than 25 years, has been fastidiously maintained, with renovations, updates and upgrades throughout! The curved staircase and hardwood floors will take your breath away.

2333 Sibley St

The open, fully renovated, gourmet kitchen with peninsula is a wonderful gathering place for all your foodie friends and family members, and a perfect spot to cook together. The light-filled dining room is large enough for your entire dining set, including china cabinet. The living room is warm and friendly, with glass doors that lead to your private outdoor patio. Three large bedrooms upstairs, including a spacious Master Suite with private bath, and two bedrooms that share a full bathroom. The basement is finished, with comfortable, flexible space that can be used for a family room, office, or bonus room. Ample closet space and storage areas throughout the townhouse, including the basement mud room. Upgrades galore and high-end finishes throughout. Custom Built-ins. High end lighting. Upgraded HVAC. Extensive hardscaping on the patio. Hardwoods on main and upper levels. High end laminate flooring on lower level. Drainage system installed throughout the yard. New roof ... already approved for solar panels! Upgraded windows and appliances. Three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and two half baths. Must be seen! Convenient location! Steps to Mark Center, shopping, grocery, restaurants, more. Easy commute to Pentagon, DC, 395, Tysons Corner, Reagan Airport, etc. Express bus to Pentagon steps from your door. Close to Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, Dog Parks, Bike Trails, world-class shopping, everywhere you want to be! Tennis courts and bike and exercise trail right outside your patio door, leading to Nature Center. Easy parking. No HOA! Offers will be reviewed as received. [Westridge of Alexandria - $535,000]

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