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

1313 Columbia Rd

Beautiful single level Home now on sale! This house has been completely renovated with new flooring, kitchen, bathrooms, and HVAC system. Kitchen has new granite counter tops with backsplash and new Stainless Steel Appliances. Both bathrooms are completely new as well. Flooring throughout the house is new with high quality wood floor. There's a detached 2 car garage with more space for parking on the driveway. This house is located at a very nice corner lot and nice Geographical location with minutes from I-95 and local mall. Professional pictures will be in soon. [Marumsco Acres - $359,900]

3517 Legere Ct

Looking for a well maintained home in the heart of Woodbridge? Look no further, this house has everything to offer! 2 levels, 3 beds 2.5 baths and immaculate condition. Want to skip the repairs and move in? Roof (<6 years), HVAC (<5 years), Water Heater (2019!), Windows (2018), Patio Door (2018). Bathrooms were recently remodeled as well!! All major ticket items have been done, so skip the other houses, schedule a showing today and fall in love! There's one item checked off your holiday shopping list! [Beau Ridge Estates - $274,900]

14614 Earlham Ct

Renovated 3-level townhouse in Dale City. 3 bedrooms 2 full baths upstairs. Fully finished, walkout basement with recreation room, fireplace, and den. Fenced back yard. New roof. New kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops. New wood floor in dining room and kitchen. New paint. Upgraded lighting through-out. Easy to show and sell. [Dale City - $249,000]

12181 Greatbridge Rd

INCREDIBLE PRICE!!!***LARGE BEDROOM ON MAIN LEVEL WITH FULL BATH***OVER 5000 FINISHED SQ. FEET IN RIVER FALLS (COLGAN H.S.* BEAUTIFUL 2 STORY FOYER AND FAMILY ROOM*** FANTASTIC KITCHEN W/CHERRY CABINETS, SS APPLIANCES, UPGRADED CERAMIC TILE & CORIAN*** BEAUTIFUL LR & DR W/ HWD FLOORS & CROWN MOLDING***RECESSED LIGHTING THROUGHOUT ***FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT WITH MEDIA ROOM***TREX DECK WITH 6'PRIVACY FENCE**OLD HICKORY GOLF COURSE!!! A MUST SEE!!!***6TH POTENTIAL BEDROOM (NTC) I [River Falls - $648,900]

3842 Koval Ln

BRAND NEW GOODMAN HVAC SYSTEM (14 SEER EFFICIENCY RATING) IS BEING INSTALLED**WONDERFUL SEASONAL VIEW OF OCCOQUAN***3 LEVEL EXTENSIONS WITH DECK***SPACIOUS BEDROOMS, LARGE OPEN FLOOR PLAN WITH KITCHEN***SPACIOUS WALK-OUT BASEMENT WITH TONS OF STORAGE***GREAT LOCATION, GREAT SCHOOLS & AMENITIES, JUST MINUTES FROM I-95, NEW GRANITE, PAINT AND CARPET INSTALLED!! [Ridgeleigh - $375,000]

1411 Devils Reach Rd

WOW! A little modern, a little retro all in this large renovated rambler! Almost 1/2 acre with separate Mother-in Law quarters out back. The main level of the house has been recently renovated to include a wonderful gourmet kitchen with all of the bells and whistles, stainless steel appliances, KitchenAid cooktop with gorgeous range hood and pot filler, double ovens, French door refrigerator with ice maker, loads of bright white cabinets, and YES those are awesome countertops! Breakfast bar to enjoy your mornings, and if its chilly out, you've got heating at your feet. The kitchen and the big living room share a dbl sided fireplace in the breakfast area of the kitchen. Main level laundry! There is a 4 season sunroom off of the kitchen. There are 2 big bedrooms on the main level with 2 renovated bathrooms. The basement apartment has its own entrance and you will find another renovated kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a renovated bathroom, living room, and another laundry area. The Guest House out back (which is listed as the 2nd lower level because we don't have a space to describe a guest house) is completely separate from the main house, it boasts approximately 1000 sqft. and includes 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. The back yard has a stone patio, a water feature, a tiki bar, gazebo, and deck. The roof is also new in 2018. So much to see in this great property. Just a minute to I-95, Rt. 123, and Rt. 1 for easy commuting. NO HOA! [Hornbaker - $549,950]

15524 John Diskin Cir

Pending release. ** Beautiful Townhouse style Condo with Garage. ** Gorgeous ! ** 3 Bedrooms and 2 Full Bathrooms and 1 Half Bath. **Two Story Foyer. ** Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counter-tops, Back Splash,Stainless Steel Appliances and Large Island. ** Open Floors with Crown Molding and Chair Rail. Large Living Room with three Windows. ** Large Master Bedroom has Vaulted Ceilings and Two Walk-in Closets and Private Balcony. ** Luxury Bath with Soaking Tub, Separate Shower and Double Vanity. ** One Car Garage and Extra Parking Lot in front of the Home. ** Laundry Room in Bedroom Level. ** New Painting. ** You will Love it ! * Before writing a contract,contact listing agent. [Powells Run Village - $319,900]

1904 Old Post Ter

Immaculate and newly renovated 4 bedroom 3 level townhouse, with bright and open concept, recessed lighting throughout the house, with completely renovated bathrooms in highly desirable Rippon Landing community. A fully renovated kitchen with brand new Stainless Steel Appliances, deck overlooking trees and new exterior with curb appeal. The basement level has a den/bonus room, one full bathroom, spacious laundry room. Brand new roof in 2019, New HVAC system 2019, New Windows 2019. Great location, only minutes from Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center. Lots of shopping , dining areas nearby with access to the community pool . DEADLINE TO SUBMIT OFFERS DECEMBER 20TH. Merry Christmas and make this home yours for a great New Year to come. [Rippon Landing - $319,500]

1914 Old Post Ter

Best starter home ever! Totally renovated Town home for a Condo price! Open floor plan with a large Kitchen that boasts maple cabinets, granite counters, stainless-steel appliances and pantry. Foyer opens to a spacious Dining Room and Living Room with recessed lighting and access to the Deck for relaxing and barbeques. All 3 full bathrooms and powder room have been updated. Step upstairs to the Master Bedroom featuring a walk-in closet and Master Bathroom and 2 other bedrooms and full bathroom. Check out the Lower Level with a walk-out Recreation Room to the backyard, a Bonus Room that can be an office or guest space and a full bathroom. The big ticket items have been done for you ~ newer roof, range, dishwasher, washer, dryer, windows, sliding glass doors, deck and HVAC. Plus you get a wonderful community with pool, tennis/basketball courts, walking trails, tot lots with trash and snow removal. All situated less than 2.5 miles from VRE, shopping, restaurants and I-95. [Rippon Landing - $259,900]

5274 Flatback Ln

Perfect location, beautiful move in ready/turn key, freshly painted, new flooring end unit town home backing to woods in Lake Terrapin with preferred schools. Gourmet kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances (gas burner stove), granite counter-tops, hardwood floors, and fresh cabinets. Large master bedroom with walk in closet and updated master bathroom. Second level bathroom updated and painted. Bedroom two and three freshly painted with plenty of natural light. Perfect family room or man cave on lower level with freshly updated bathroom. Large one car garage to keep you dry and warm. Huge deck perfect for entertaining. Quiet street, large yard, walking distance to tot lot and pool. Lake Terrapin has community swimming pool, tot lots, hiking trails around lake, and much more! [Lake Terrapin - $324,900]

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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

1316 Roundhouse Ln

BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED TOWNHOUSE/CONDO IN OLD TOWN VILLAGE! Truly gorgeous from top to bottom! Hardwoods, gas fireplace, granite counters, marble filled spa-style master bathroom, crown moldings, wainscoting, designer lighting, custom paint...this home has it all! Eat-in kitchen, large dining and living room, walk-in closet, balcony off the master, private patio and assigned parking right outside your front door. Wonderful location within the community and in Old Town. Walk to Whole Foods, King Street Metro, The Patent & Trade Office and King Street's shops and restaurants. Community salt-water pool, fitness center, picnic area, tot-lot. Pet friendly - one dog or two cats. Old Town Village...not just a development...a real community with events and activities for everyone! [Old Town Village - $645,000]

2181 Jamieson Ave #1609

Built in 2001, the living is easy in this impressive, generously proportioned condo home in Jamieson Avenue with a great view. Two master bedrooms with en suite bathroom and walk in closest- what more could you wish for?The floor plan encompasses wood floors throughout the main open area, sleek and stylish open concept kitchen completely renovated and updated, new appliances including a full size washer and dryer.Pet-friendly community. Enjoy many amenities at Carlyle Towers Condominiums including exercise facilities complete with multiple treadmills, free weights, nautilus system, A hot tub, swim in place, and Jacuzzi pools are also available, as well as a his and hers sauna room. Tennis courts, two outdoor pools on the terrace deck, a relaxing deck overlooking the Masonic Temple, a shuffleboard court.The spacious enclosed balcony is perfect for the family or for a holiday retreat with plenty of natural light throughout with 4 large windows in main open area, this house is an ideal home. Positioned with 2 side by side parking space. Enjoy the proximity to cafes and restaurants, selection of premier schools, shopping centre and soon to rise Wegmans. Just three blocks to King Street Metro with easy access to Old Town Alexandria (Walk Score 83 and Transit Score 73). [Carlyle Towers - $769,000]

2050 Jamieson Ave #1002

Sophistication is the theme. Welcome home to the Jamieson and this one bedroom with a den condo with views of DC and so very close to King Street Metro and Historic Old Town Alexandria. Community rooftop deck awaits your desire to entertain in the shadow of the Washington Masonic Temple. This pet friendly building has a fantastic concierge /front desk staff. The unit itself has a gourmet kitchen, in unit washer/dryers, lovely hardwood floors and plenty of roomy closet space. The additional den can serve as an office, walk in closet or a guest bedroom. There is one garage space very near elevator. The fitness center is available through the Westin Hotel ($35 additional fee). This building is perfectly located in the bustling Carlyle neighborhood with restaurants, convenience stores, dry cleaners, an AMC Movie Theater, and Whole Foods. A Wegman's is slated to open in 2022 at nearby Hoffman Town Center. The Carlyle Council sponsors numerous neighborhood events throughout the year that includes movies in the park, happy hours, a holiday market and more! This is one fantastic vibrant community waiting for you to be a part of. [The Jamieson - $450,000]

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

903 N Howard St

$900,000

3023 Bryan St

$800,000

504 Fort Williams Pkwy

$999,900

1106 W Taylor Run Pkwy

$974,900

1203 Dartmouth Rd

$1,099,000

518 Canterbury Ln

$1,649,000

110 N French St

$509,000

4135 Seminary Rd

$1,699,000

201 N Quaker Ln

$1,800,000

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

Properties in Shirlington

$419,000 at Courtbridge
$375,000 at The Arlington

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.

When the time comes to purchase a home, there are five basic ground rules for smart shopping:

#1 – Get your financing before you get your home

Even though you may be eager to find your new home, receiving financing beforehand is important so that you do not become disappointed down the road, such as if you were to find the perfect home only to find out that you can’t receive financing for the price of the home.

Receiving financing ahead of time will allow you to know your price range and will give you credibility among listing agents because they will know you are serious about the home buying process. Knowing how much you can afford will save you from wasting time with unaffordable properties, and the listing agent will know what properties to show you within your price range.

Looking at the various types of mortgages offered is an important step in the home buying process because today’s mortgage options offer more than just simple 15 or 30 year financing. Home buyers need to talk with financing specialists to find the mortgage that will best fit their needs.

 

#2 – Look at the community, not just the home

Everyone knows that location is important, but this is especially important when looking for a new home. Even though you may find your perfect home, you need to look at the community as well. Being familiar with the area in which your home is situated is important for you and your family because you will want to make sure that your new community has access to things that are important to you. Things that may be important are traffic, commute time, proximity of places to shop, and access to public transportation. If you have children, you’ll want to consider the school districts, recreational activities, and general community atmosphere. If you believe you have found your perfect home, consider driving around town and through the various neighbors or talk to other residents in order to get a feel for the community.

 

 

#3 – Be fair with your first offer

Before making either a lowball offer or an offer that is over-the-top, research the local market and compare the asking prices of various homes nearby as well as homes that have sold recently to get a general idea of a fair offer. This process of comparing similar homes in the area is known in the real estate industry as “comps” and is one of the best ways to determine the fairness of an offer.

 

 

#4 – Always get a home inspection

Home inspections are a must when considering making an offer on a home. A home inspection will find possible defects before you purchase the home. You may not want to put up the money to have a home inspection, but the cost of this is negligible in comparison to the price of a home and the cost of potentially having to fix something major down the road.

As far as finding the best home inspector, ask around in the community to find someone that others speak highly of since many of the best home inspectors rely on word of mouth for advertising.

 

 

#5 – Do not alienate the sellers of the home

Personal animosity between buyer and seller has caused many real estate deals to fall apart. Examples of this would be if the seller feels alienated or if the buyer nitpicks over every detail.

A smooth real estate transaction is more likely to occur if goodwill between buyer and seller is maintained.

[learn more about the home buying process]

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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.

We are appreciative of the opportunity to serve your needs

Nesbitt Realty recognizes the seriousness of property management. That is why our agents and full-time staff are in the property management business. We meet weekly to be abreast of significant changes in the industry, and we focus on best property management practices.

Nesbitt Realty is a family business that constantly strives for excellence in the real estate sector. We work hard and smart in analyzing conceivable solutions to maximize our landlord’s return on investment. We make every effort to meet the requirements of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act, the demands of the tenant, and the needs of the landlord. Call us now to learn more about what distinguishes us from other property managers.

We presently serve Northern Virginia, and we currently have offices across the area. We manage single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums.

Our real estate agents are professionals dedicated to excellence in real estate.

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

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Recent Listings

Rarely available contemporary split level with 4brs ,3 full baths & an oversized 2 car garage.

2527 Brofferton Ct

Well sited on a large fenced cul de sac lot. Lovely landscaping creates privacy and lush surroundings and a level back yard. There is an abundance of large windows on all 3 levels which adds to the enjoyment of nature. Entering the large foyer you see the wall of windows across the back of the living room as well as the cathedral ceiling in the Living rm/Dining rm/Kitchen= open and inviting. Separate DR has SGD to deck & rear yard. Cherry floors in LR/DR. Upper level MBR has hardwood floors. All bedrooms have large closets. Lower level has Br4, full BA and Family Rm with wood floors & SGD to side yard. Lots of storage space. Freshly painted! Updated kitchen & baths. Granite counters, recessed lights & a large pantry in the table spaced kitchen. Solar panels provide hot water! Well maintained and comes with home warranty. 2100 sq ft . of easy living on 1/3 acre lot. Located on a cul-de-sac off a cul-de-sac for minimal traffic! Wonderful community close to Reston & future metro stop. Hurry to see this special listing [Fox Mill Estates - $568,000]

3-bedroom, 2.

9203 Hood Rd

5 bath, 2-level interior townhome with fenced front and back yards. Walk to Wellington shopping center, or Old Towne Manassas. Community has active HOA with library, club house, swimming pool, picnic areas, tot lots and basketball hoops. Tenant ready unit includes washer and dryer. Contractor delay will force TEMPOFF until 12/23. [Georgetown South - $219,900]

Coming Soon! BEAUTIFUL 3 Level Garage Townhome Backing to Treed Parkland in Sought-After Pembrooke of Victory Lakes*.

11976 Lake Baldwin Dr

Motivated Sellers! Charming Ascot Model Single Family Home in Sought After Burke Centre.

10919 Carters Oak Way

This home offers 4 Spacious Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Large 2-Car Garage, Spacious Kitchen with Under Cabinet Lighting and Newer Appliances, Cozy Wood Burning Fireplace and Hardwood Floors on Main Level, Amazing Lower Level with Rec Room, Tons of Custom Built Ins, Previous Music Studio with Special Insulation with Walk Out to Backyard, Large Laundry Room and Plenty of Storage, Huge Cedar Walk In Closet, Roof and Heat Pump Replaced, Entire Interior Freshly Painted, Large Deck with Stairs to Fenced Backyard Overlooking Trees, Master Bathroom Remodeled 2018, Additional Bathrooms Also Improved and Home Accessible to Many Stores, Shopping, Restaurants, Schools including George Mason University, Parks, Community Centers and Public Transportation Nearby such as VRE (Virginia Railway Express), Amtrak, Fairfax Connector and Metro. Welcome Home! [Burke Centre - $680,000]

Beautiful single level Home now on sale! This house has been completely renovated with new flooring, kitchen, bathrooms, and HVAC system.

1313 Columbia Rd

Kitchen has new granite counter tops with backsplash and new Stainless Steel Appliances. Both bathrooms are completely new as well. Flooring throughout the house is new with high quality wood floor. There's a detached 2 car garage with more space for parking on the driveway. This house is located at a very nice corner lot and nice Geographical location with minutes from I-95 and local mall. Professional pictures will be in soon. [Marumsco Acres - $359,900]

These views are worth removing the wallpaper and updating the kitchen! Rare bargain opportunity for buyer who wants waterfront home with a dock or investor with a sharp eye.

15346 Edgehill Dr

3-level 2240 sq foot colonial home backing directly to Lake Montclair with fabulous views all three levels, walkout to decks on main or lower levels. Deck and interior needs refresh so sold AS IS, but great bones and unbeatable views! Updated HVAC, thermostat and hot water heater. Open House moved to 12/15 from 12/14 for better weather. [Country Club - $445,000]

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.

3648 Morgan Ct

Coming soon. The seller needs to find HOC [Williamstown - $255,000]

Open House Sunday Dec.

3804 Whispering Ln

15th 1pm-4pm. Three level Brick Colonial in Barcroft Hills on almost 1/3 of an Acre! 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Bathrooms. This home has a ton of potential and is centrally located near DC, shopping, grocery stores, restuarants.... The home features Hardwood Floors on the main and upper level. Wood burning fireplace in spacious Living Room. Separate Dining Room. Partially Finished Basement with Walkout Stairs. Private Screen Porch. The 2 car Garage is rare feature in to have in this neighborhood. Great Location for Commuters with easy access to Columbia Pike, Rt. 7, Rt. 50, I-395 and I-66. Convenient to Bailey's Crossroads Shopping Center, Ballston Commons Mall, Pentagon City Mall, Shirlington, and more! National Airport less than 10 miles! [Barcroft Hills - $605,000]

You'll love this updated 3 bedroom, 3.

7804 Lambkin Ct

5 bathroom townhome in Shepherd hills. Updated kitchen with island. Extra space next to kitchen with rear bump out. New hardwood floors, new back door. Great front yard, patio and fenced yard backing to woods area. Walk-in closet in master bedroom. Newer carpet in finished basement with full bathroom, built-ins, and wood burning fireplace. Brand New HVAC (6 month old). Ideal location close to i-95, Fort Belvoir, Fairfax County Pkwy, Lorton VRE, bus stops, grocery stores, gym, dining, and library. [Shepherd Hills - $409,900]

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