Five Reasons to Hold an Open House

Not all real estate practitioners are enthusiastic about the effectiveness of open houses, but here are five good reasons to consider holding one:

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Julie sold another!
  1. The odds are low but sometimes open houses lead to a sale.
  2. Home sellers like them. They like seeing their real estate professional working hard for them.
  3. Visitor feedback is good for sellers.
  4. Other real estate practitioners tour open houses and they sometimes produce sales.
  5. Open houses engage people, including friends and neighbors who might bring in a buyer.

Source: Inman News, Mary Umberger (02/17/2010)

  • Inlet Cove is near Fort Belvoir and Potomac Mills

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

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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    Pending home sales increased again in March, affirming that a surge of home sales is unfolding for the spring home buying season, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in March, rose 5.3 percent to 102.9 from 97.7 in February, and is 21.1…

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  • A Good Time to Buy a High-End Home

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    Some of the best housing deals are on high-end homes, many over $1 million. Some of them need TLC or they aren’t in the most-coveted locations. But there are plenty of desirable properties and lots of sellers who are getting impatient. Buyers with cash have the best opportunities. Buyers who need a mortgage should move…

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  • Who is today’s homebuyer and why are they buying?

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    The National Association of Realtors recently did a study about the characteristics of home buyers. Some of the findings might surprise you. Thirteen percent of buyers purchased a home with one or more parents and grandparents together with adult children. There were several reasons given for purchasing a multi-generational home. Cost savings; Children over the…

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  • Learn more about living in Alexandria VA.

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    If you are considering buying or selling property, planning to relocate, looking for Alexandria homes for sale, Alexandria condos for sale or looking for any other information about real estate in Alexandria, or the surrounding areas, you have come to the right place.This complete Alexandria real estate resource for offers everything you will need: access…

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Properties in Shirlington

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

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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.

 

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Recent Listings

$1,000 TO SELLING AGENT.

12386 Manchester Way

$3,000 TO BUYER AS CREDIT TOWARDS GRANITE COUNTER TOP REPLACEMENT. BEAUTIFUL REMODELED TOWNHOUSE, OPEN CONCEPT FLOOR PLAN, NEW APPLIANCES IN KITCHEN, NEWLY PAINTED. FINISHED BASEMENT WITH 1 ADDITIONAL ROOM AND REC ROOM WITH GAS FIREPLACE. [Westridge - $345,000]

This Old Town Alexandria colonial is a modern twist on a historic home.

523 Duke St

Open flow for comfortable family living & entertaining in spacious rooms with 11 ft. ceilings on main level. Library has built-ins that adjoins the sleek renovated chef's kitchen with Subzero refrigerator, Viking microwave and stove/oven & Bosch dishwasher. Exposed brick in kitchen & dining room, lending an architectural touch. Recently renovated bath with large shower & seamless glass shower door. An abundance of natural light flows throughout. Lovely private court yard & patio for outdoor living enjoyment. The fireplace in the kitchen is a telltale sign of its historic past. Basement accessed from street level with stairs, concrete flooring and recessed lighting. Ideally located near King Street and the waterfront to partake in local events and fine dining. [Old Town - $1,499,000]

Totally remodeled, sought after Canterbury model, two level townhome in lovely Georgian Hamlet in City of Manassas.

8521 Braxted Ln

Back patio faces common green space. Beautiful and charming home. Move in ready. Upgrades include: *New Windows upper level with low e-glass, double hung tilt installed August 2019 *Interior painted August 2019. Exterior power washed and painted August 2019 *New plank waterproof vinyl Foyer, kitchen and bath August 2019. Light cherry. *New bath tub, plumbing, tub surround, toilet and fixtures, lovely mirror, light and new fan (ordered) renovated bath August 2019 *Upper level laundry with washer and dryer. *New wall to wall carpet Living room, Dining room, stairs, hall and bedrooms September 2019 *Kitchen remodeled September 2019 with updated counter, renewed cabinets, new hardware, new sink, plumbing, faucets, new dishwasher, new disposal, new tile backsplash September 2019. *Smooth surface stove with self clean oven and built in microwave new January 2019. *Lovely bay window in front kitchen new 4 yrs ago. Space for table in kitchen. *All plumbing throughout the home was replaced and upgraded to copper approximately 5 yrs ago. *Newer Heat pump 4 yrs old.* New expansion tank on hot water heater August 2019. *Replaced front faucet September 2019. *All insulation in attic removed and replaced 4 yrs ago. Pull down stairs to attic. Dues $95 month covers lawn maintenance, common areas, master policy and community pool. Great location. 4 miles to I66. Located near two VRE commuter train stations. 1.5 miles to Old Town Manassas Station, 3.7 to Broad Run Airport Station. Commuter buses on Sudley Rd across from Novant Hospital which is approximately one half mile. Lots of shopping nearby with Mall 1.7 miles away. Convenient to Rt 28 and Prince William Parkway. Ready for your move. Can settle quickly.~ [Georgian Hamlet - $217,500]

MOTIVATED SELLER BRING ME AN OFFER---ALSO $ 1,000.

1308 Columbia Rd

BONUS TO SELLING AGENT WITH ACCEPTABLE OFFER--- WONDERFUL HOME WITH HARDWOOD FLOORS NEW WINDOWS NEW AC REDONE KITCHEN CEDAR CLOSET FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT WITH NEW CARPET FORMAL DINING ROOM ALSO WITH HARDWOOD COVERED DECK OFF KITCHEN LOWER LEVEL WALKOUT OUT TO COVERED PATIO PLUS XTRA PATIO WITH BUILT IN BRICK BARBECUE AND SO MUCH MORE MUST SEE. ALSO 100 FOOT DOUBLE WIDE DRIVEWAY (OWNER AGENT [Marumsco Acres - $329,900]

COMPLETELY RENOVATED AND EXPANDED GEM IN THE WOODS! Come home to your private oasis with no detail spared.

11719 Blue Smoke Trl

Featuring top of the line everything, this home features a gourmet kitchen, main level master suite and an expansive outdoor cooking and and entertaining area. The flooring on the main level is either wide plank cherry or travertine marble. The gourmet kitchen boasts GE Monogram, Bosch and Dacor appliances, cooking and prep island and an open and accessible work flow for the gourmet chef! MAIN LEVEL MASTER SUITE provides a private noise buffering space apart from the other family bedrooms. Don't miss the 4x5 walk in shower, 2 person jacuzzi tub, walk in closet, travertine flooring and top of the line Kohler fixtures. The outdoor entertaining area was added in 2008. It includes an expanded deck, a cooking area with gas grill and exhaust vent, ceiling fans and skylights, all covered by a standing seam roof. Other notable features include Andersen vinyl clad casement windows, 400 amp electrical service, copper plumbing, 2 Zone HVAC system and extensive lush landscaping with uplighting. This is by no means the extent of upgrades in this phenomenal home. Compete list available in brochure pack, so hurry to this one - it wont last. OPEN SUNDAY SEPT 15, 1-4PM [Reston - $849,900]

Amazing & Spectacular Country Estate On Evergreen County Club's 18th Fairway nestled at the base of Bull Run Mountain*Vacation at Home, bring your horses*This special & unique home is a true sanctuary both inside & out*Inside, the bright & spacious home features a stunning 1st floor master suite & completely remodeled master bath, a cozy library with winding staircase to upper level loft space office, a 2 story entry foyer with custom curved staircase, & an additional main level bedroom & full bath*The home's gracious living spaces include a spacious family room overlooking the patio with in-ground swimming pool, formal living and dining rooms, and the heart of the home, a completely remodeled chef's kitchen - to include center island, top-of-the line appliances, 2 dishwashers, dual fuel gas range with steam oven, custom cabinetry & upgraded lighting*The lower level is complete with a large recreation room, work-out room, & charming sunroom with walls of windows & skylights*The upper level is stunning with 3 large bedrooms, golf course views, & 3 remodeled baths*Additional features include 3 fireplaces, one with gas burning logs, one with a high efficiency wood burning insert, & one wood burning, gleaming hardwood floors,plantation shutters & custom blinds, new carpeting, fresh paint, new sprinkler system, new outdoor lighting, backup generator & more! PLUS 6+SUBDIVIDABLE ACRES ADJOINING! You do not want to miss this one-of-a kind home!Be sure & check out the virtual tour! SOCAL, SWIM, & TENNIS MEMBERSHIP TO EVERGREEN CC CONVEY!.

3251 Mountain Rd

**Open House this weekend! Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th from 1pm to 3pm!** Welcome to this former model home with over 2,300 square feet of living space in the sought after Fair Woods Community! This sun-filled home features many recent upgrades: Fully renovated kitchen with white Shaker cabinets, Stainless Steel appliances, granite counter tops, recessed lighting, high-end laminate flooring on the main level, Agreeable Gray (everyone's favorite!) paint throughout the home, updated bathrooms, new light fixtures and brand new carpet! This lovely home offers 3 spacious bedrooms, and 3.

3949 Burning Bush Ct

5 bathrooms, walk-in closets, a beautiful skylight in the master suite, 2 fireplaces, a grand living room filled with windows, a separate dining area with a box window AND a bay window, a large family room in the basement, a BONUS room that can be used a 4th bedroom, an office or gym. This amazing lower level also has its own private full bathroom and a laundry room. You will love the fenced in back yard a the deck that you can step out from the kitchen! This home has it all and is located minutes from the Fx Co Pkwy, Rt 50, I-66, Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Lakes, and all the dining options you can imagine! Assigned to 8+ rated schools! [Fair Woods - $525,000]

**OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, 9/15 from 2pm to 4pm** Wow! Commuter's Dream at Belmont Bay* 5 Minute Walk to VRE* Stunning Luxury Home with Over 4200 Finished Sq Ft* Beautiful Oak Wood Floors* Formal Living/ Dining Room* Gourmet Kitchen* Granite Counters, Stainless Steel Appliances* Study/ Den in Main Level* Palladian Windows* Grand Master Suite with Sitting Room & Bathroom* Walk-in Closet* Upper Level Laundry* Fully Finished Walk-Out Basement* Basement Level Bedroom NTC* Basement Level Full Bathroom* Premium Lot that Backs to Trees* Large Double Deck* Roof Replaced* Dual Zoned HVAC Replaced* Walk to the Marina, Pool, and all the Wonderful Amenities this Community Offers! Minutes to I-95, Shopping and Dining!.

905 Herons Run Ln

**Open House Saturday, September 14 from 1pm to 3pm** Lovely 2 bedroom 1 bathroom duplex that shows a lot of charm.

2409 Riverview Ter

NO HOA! Home features hardwood floor through main living area and upper level, ceramic tile in basement. Featuring a newer: Roof with 40 year warranty, HVAC unit, water heater, sump pump with mechanical pump installed, all new double paned windows. One bedroom features a deck overlooking the backyard. Huge fenced in yard, great for entertainment! Conveniently located less than a mile to Huntington Station Metro, minutes away from the Eisenhower and King Street metro stations. Minutes away from Old Town Alexandria, National Harbor, and Washington DC! Shopping and dining areas are right around the corner off of Richmond Highway and in Old Town! [Huntington - $405,000]

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

You’ve been prequalified … what now?

I met with a first-time buyer over the weekend. She was prequalified by her lender. Prequalifying helped frame her choices. It’s a waste of time and energy to look at homes that are outside of the budget, so prequalification is the first step for any home buyer. Here are the steps that we’ll be taking on the road to home ownership.3D Realty Handshake

  1. Tour properties — We took a top level tour of some of the properties that are in her
    budget. This gives the client something concrete and real to think about so that she can decide whether this home ownership thing is for her or not. In addition to the units we saw, I can think of a number of places that would also fall within this client’s budget and still offer a very reasonable commute to Ft. Belvoir. But I wanted to get her impressions of these places before going on a bit deeper.
  2. Revisiting — We’ll revisit those communities that hold the greatest interest and look at everything available in those communities.  (So far we just did a top level search.)
    • A few more choices — If none of these really feel right, we’ll find a few more to consider and continue with the search.
  3. Make an offer — When we’ve found the property that stirs the soul, fits the budget and feels right, I’ll write up an offer. At that time I’ll collect “earnest money”.
    • The earnest money is evidence that the seller is serious about the purchase and is held in escrow until the sale is completed. We’ll submit a preapproval letter, a copy of the earnest money deposit and the signed offer for the seller to consider.
  4. Negotiations — Sometimes there is a difference between the asking price and the selling price. The selling price is determined by negotiation. We’ll pass drafts of the contract back and forth until the buyer and seller have agreed on all terms.
  5. Loan processing — Julie at Condominium Mortgage will then collect documentation from the client. This documentation will serve the purpose of proving the representations made in the loan application process. The buyer will produce pay stubs, bank statements etc. Julie will also order an appraisal as required by all lenders.
  6. Settlement — Settlement is the word used to describe the actual transfer of ownership. We’ll settle on the property in a timely fashion on an agreed upon date. Settlement will occur at a title company’s office and a settlement agent will ensure that funds are present as is marketable title.
  7. Ownership — Here’s where the fun begins … as does the responsibility of home ownership.

Properties in Fort Hunt

2218 Traies Ct

Six bedroom (To include two, Master Bedrooms), four full bathroom home on a cul-de-sac with a private pool and extensive landscaping. Hardwoods throughout. In-law/Au pair suite. Two car, attached garage. Walking distance to bus line, public library, farmers market and elementary school. New electrical panel box and hot water heater, new window panes/springs and locks. Sprinkler system. [Kirkside - $664,850]

1139 Cedar Dale Ln

Gracious, charming and expansive Cape Cod on one of the most beautiful streets in Fort Hunt! Curb appeal for days; this is truly a gardeners and entertainers dream. This three level, three-bedroom, three full bath residence is nestled on a stunning .6-acre lot showcasing stunning floral gardens and professional landscaping. Exterior highlights of this magnificent home include a sparkling in-ground pool, a screened-in gazebo and a screened-in porch right off the kitchen. Walk up the brick path noting the incredible gardens and enter a lovely foyer. Relish the living room, wood-burning fireplace, and intimate dining area; all with gleaming hardwoods and charming architectural features. The main living level provides one level living if desired. Enjoy a sun-drenched massive owner~s suite with an updated master bath, floor to ceiling windows, and a laundry nook. Additional main level notable features include a handsomely laid-out kitchen, a beautiful breakfast nook with built-in cabinetry and an updated full bath with soaking tub. Exposed brick, a wood burning fireplace and soaring ceilings await your gatherings and are a few steps down from the main living level. Relish this spectacular Great room; striking in size and personality. French doors lead to the incredible grounds and patios galore! Note the incredible amount of storage on the upper level featuring an updated full bath and two amply sized bedrooms with built in dressers and a nook for an office, homework area or library. The lower level is highlighted by new luxury vinyl flooring and features a huge open space which is perfection for entertaining people of all ages! There is ample storage and a work area in the lower level as well. This is an exceptional and distinct offering which boasts truly outstanding entertaining and gathering places both inside and out. There is a carport, an oversized flagstone patio, a screened-in porch, and stone and brick patios all around the fully fenced yard!Fort Hunt is a hidden jewel of a community vibing like a small town, but so close to Old Town and Washington D.C. Steps to the George Washington Parkway and Bike Path, Fort Hunt Park and the Potomac River. Enjoy scenic commutes along the River to Old Town, Fort Belvoir, the District, the Pentagon and beyond. Many Fort Hunt residents bike commute to work, and many enjoy the 11Y commuter bus stopping in Old Town and Downtown D.C. Coveted Waynewood Elementary School District! [Wellington - $849,000]

7808 Frances Dr

One level living at its finest in Hybla Valley Farms! This single-family home sitting on a 1/2+ acre lot has 3 bedrooms and 1 full bath. The updated kitchen has granite and stainless appliances, a convenient breakfast bar and large breakfast area that opens to an inviting dining room. Gleaming hardwood floors throughout the home. Large living room and dining area. Spacious bedrooms and good sized closets. Updated bathroom. Utility room off kitchen, with brand new washer/dryer. Partially fenced backyard area, perfect for pets! Huge over-sized storage shed for convenience. This extremely large lot with mature trees is perfect for expansion. Tucked in between George Washington Parkway and Route 1, away from the hustle and bustle. The neighborhood is located~with close proximity to parks, nature trails, recreation center,~~shops, restaurants, Mt. Vernon Swim and Tennis Club, Mt. Vernon Bike Trail,~Inova~Mount Vernon Hospital, Sherwood Hall Library and much, much more.~~Favorite hot spots include an Italian restaurant, bistro,~Hollin~Hall Pastry Shop, and Village Hardware. Plus, the convenient Child Care Center and Senior Center make~life easier for parents and grandparents.~Commuters will enjoy easy access to the Huntington Metro,~GW~Parkway and I-95. Just minutes to Old Town Alexandria, Fort~Belvoir, Crystal City, Pentagon, Amazon's HQ2, Washington DC, MGM/National Harbor and National Airport. [Hybla Valley Farms - $419,900]

8201 Collingwood Ct

Beautiful 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath all-brick Colonial in an unbeatable location! Incredible craftsmanship with refinished hardwood floors, freshly painted walls, crown molding and built-ins. Enjoy a sunlit great room with vaulted ceilings and fireplace. The eat-in kitchen was remodeled in 2011 and all stainless appliances. The master bedroom has two large walk-in closets and a master bath with two vanities, shower enclosure with Moen shower system and jacuzzi tub. The beautiful back deck is the perfect place to enjoy the rest of the summer and early fall. A must see! [Collingwood Springs - $889,000]

7813 Oaklawn Dr

Welcome to this Sherwood Hall charmer, this home lives beautifully inside and out!Nestled on a large fourteen-thousand sq. ft. quiet corner lot, this spacious split level home offers four bedrooms, with two-and-a-half bathrooms.Updated throughout with an open floor plan and a lush backyard, you can just move right in and hang the pictures and enjoy!Step through the front door into the bright and open living room, dining room combination. Enjoy sunlight pouring through a large living room picture window, with gleaming hardwood floors and freshly painted throughout.The recently remodeled kitchen, features granite countertops, 42-inch cabinets, a deep farmhouse sink, white appliances, a tiled backsplash, and ceramic tile flooring overlooking the backyard.The large day-lit lower level family room with all new flooring has a delightful fireplace perfect for the upcoming cool fall and winter evenings, the fourth bedroom is also located on the lower level, and a half-bath, with access to the back yard.Relax, barbecue, garden and rejuvenate in the back yard! A nice long driveway leads to a convenient carport with access to the back yard and two sheds. The neighborhood is located with close proximity to parks, nature trails, recreation center, shops, restaurants, Mt. Vernon Swim and Tennis Club, Mt. Vernon Bike Trail, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, Sherwood Hall Library and much, much more.Favorite hot spots include an Italian restaurant, bistro, Hollin Hall Pastry Shop, and Village Hardware. Plus, the convenient Child Care Center and Senior Center make life easier for parents and grandparents.Commuters will enjoy easy access to the Huntington Metro, GW Parkway and I-95. Just minutes to Old Town Alexandria, Fort Belvoir, DC, and Maryland. [Sherwood Hall - $549,000]

7612 Woodridge Cir

Lux elegance through out this home. All custom built by the areas best craftsman. Each cabinet and builtin was designed and installed by master carpenters. Attention to detail throughout. Unparalled quality in each room. 2 master suites one on main level. All BR's have insuite baths. Two Laundry room on main and upper level, High ceilings on main and upper level. Inviting back porch overlooking professionally landscaped grounds with something for all seasons. Viking and Meile appliances with 2 dishwashers, Marble baths, sprinkler system, generator. 3 zone HVAC. Nothing like this perfection! [Wellington Heights - $1,599,000]

2211 Wittington Blvd

Price Adjustment! Welcome home to this charming Raised Rambler in the Mt. Vernon Area. Close to the Potomac River, this 5 bedroom house features a Large Bonus room in basement, beautiful hardwood floors, fireplace, and Large Kitchen/Dining combination that flows into Living Room. Near GW Pkwy, biking/jogging trails and Fort Hunt Park. Convenient to DC, Old Town Alexandria, Belvoir, and DCA. [Stratford Landing - $534,900]

8923 Battery Rd

Pristine and move-in-ready, this captivating home is a must have for every family to experience here in Alexandria, VA. Featuring 4 Beds, 2.5 baths and an adorable and comfortable living space that never fell short of style an elegance, capturing the very essence of the phrase "Home Sweet Home". Hardwood floors stretching from the living area to the kitchen, complemented with elegant furnitures, breathes life into this lovely home.The kitchen with granite top counters, stainless steel appliances, accented by wooden cabinets is certainly is to die for!Sitting on 0.31 Acres of land, the home offers a backyard paradise. Perfect for all outdoor activities with friends and family for all occassions.Set in a very strategic location as it is close to almost everything. Excellent access to schools, parks, groceries, you name it! And also close to public transportation. (For SA: Bus and Huntington metro as well as GW parkway)Let us help you experience this magnificent home! [Potomac Valley - $599,900]

8012 Candlewood Dr

Traditional colonial offering updates and 3 finished levels! Updated kitchen, with eat-in kitchen area on main level, along with formal dining and living rooms. The upper level boasts 4 bedrooms and 2 updated bathrooms. The walk-out lower level offers a recreation room with fireplace, office, bedroom and full bathroom. The rear yard is perfect for kicking a soccer ball, or enjoying family BBQ's. A screened in porch and patio also make up the backyard. Convenient to Route 1, D.C, shopping, dining and more! [Kirk - $675,000]

8000 Scott Pl

Darling Hollin Hall rambler has been completely updated since 2010 including the roof, windows, floors, driveway, mechanical systems and more. Spacious kitchen has granite countertops, ample cabinet space, stainless steel appliances and access to a 150 SF deck overlooking a large fully fenced, flat backyard with mature shade trees. Originally three bedrooms, the floor plan has been altered to allow for a dining room, which can easily be converted back as desired. Lots of storage including an attached shed and pull down attic space. This house is ideally located on a quiet cul de sac just three blocks from Hollin Hall shopping center and minutes from Old Town, DC and metro. [Hollin Hall Village - $459,000]

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

 

First impressions are huge! Staging Tips

Maximize your condo’s appeal by putting your home in order. Your property should be ready for the market before you begin showing it. If necessary and possible, put some of your items in storage.

A furnished classic bedroom format
A tastefully staged bedroom

It’s important to be flexible about showings. Home selling is often disruptive to daily life and it’s no different with a condominium. Of course, it’s a lot of work to have your house ready to show on the spur of the moment. But prospects that can’t see your house won’t buy your house. The more often your home is shown the greater your chances of selling the property.

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

Properties in Fairfax

Selling Your Condo: Helpful Tips

Realtor LogoWhen you begin thinking about selling your condo, it is a good idea to begin by enlisting the help of a licensed Realtor. Unless you are otherwise experienced in the business of buying and selling condominiums, hiring the help of a qualified professional will enable you to reach a large market of potential buyers, and a good agent will work overtime to help you sell your home. In addition, hiring a Realtor will help ensure that all of the paperwork pertinent to the transaction is executed properly. Once you decide to sell your condo, begin by following the helpful tips listed below to prepare you for the process of selling your condo and enable your Realtor to do their job most effectively.

  • Begin by making a list that summarizes all of the information regarding your specific condo unit as well as the building and area it is located in. This list should emphasize all of the features that your condo has to offer. What makes your condo unique compared to others in the nearby area? What elements of the condo have you found to be most convenient and important to you? What are the amenities that your condominium building offers to residents who live there? For example, location is a major selling factor. If the unit is located near mass transit or other commuter-friendly areas, you should use that as a selling feature. This list should include everything that the specific condo unit and the condominium building feature. Finally, be sure to include any other information that you believe is relevant or applicable to the property. Once your list is completed, give it to your Realtor. This list will aid both you and your Realtor in advertising, marketing, and ultimately selling the property.

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    For condo buying or condo selling in Northern VA call Nesbitt Realty
  • Next, head out and go to see the competition firsthand or, at the very least, do some internet research to locate other condos for sale in your neighborhood. It is important to know the general price point that other people are asking. In today’s market, it is critical that you price your condo competitively if you want it to sell. Becoming knowledgeable about the market you are selling in is crucial. Ask your Realtor what they know about the area surrounding you condo and be sure to keep the lines of communication open if you discover any new or interesting information.
  • Let your neighbors know you want to sell your condo. Many times, your neighbors may have friends, family or co-workers who could be potential buyers. You can then post flyers or create postcards to place in the lobby of your building to let neighbors and others in your community know that your condo is for sale. Never underestimate that word of mouth is often an incredibly effective marketing tool particularly because people often like to live in a building where they know someone.

Finally, remember that selling your condo is more than selling a piece of real estate. Selling your condo is about selling a place to live that supports a particular lifestyle. Therefore, you want to target those that would be most interested in owning property. Through the process of maintaining effective lists that highlight the features of the property, understanding the nearby and local market, and informing neighbors of your desire to sell, you and our Realtor can both knowledgeably and efficiently sell your condo even in a buyer friendly market.

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

Properties in Rose Hill

Selling Your Home or Condo in Northern Virgina using the Internet

Stuart Nesbitt with Spring attire
Stuart Nesbitt with Spring attire

According to National Association of Realtors’ 2008 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, now over 80% of people use the Internet as a primary tool in their search for a new home. Sites like NesbittRealty.com are used by more and more people every day. Some claim that, “Internet condo buyers devote more time to research before working with a real estate agent. But after that, they move quickly, spending just two weeks looking for a new condo, new home, pre-construction condo, townhome, or loft with an agent.”

Although some of our clients know exactly what they want and view only a few homes or condos, many of our clients relentlessly research and analyze neighborhoods and homes before taking time to tour properties listed for sale. We find that our site and our Guide have complemented–not diminished–the role played by our real estate agents and realtors. Most Internet condo, townhome, loft, or single family home buyers use an agent in the home buying process.

Our site provides a convenient method to do research about Northern Virginia home listings. NesbittRealty.com provides resources for home buyers and investors looking for new real estate opportunities. If you’re reading this now then you have a clue just how big our Internet presence is.  Contact us to sell your home on Condos and Homes today!

Nesbitt Realty appreciates every client and we’d love to help you achieve your real estate goals. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you or to get a free assessment of your property’s value. Nesbitt Realty has received numerous awards and recognitions for client satisfaction because we get results that make our clients happy.

We’d love the opportunity to show you about why our clients rave about our service.

 

3 Reasons to Sell Now

Selling a property in this tough market can seem like a challenge. Here are rhee factors that actually make this a good time to post a For-Sale sign.

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Home on the hill at Belle Haven
  • Sell low and buy low. Because all property values are down, the loss on the property a home owner sells is really only a paper loss because the next property he buys also will be a bargain. If he buys smartly, when prices come back up in a few years, he’ll be in better shape.
  • Good help is available. Really talented real estate practitioners, contractors, and designers are available and eager for business.
  • The best time to sell is when you need to sell. The worst time to sell is when you’re trying to guess a market.

Are you considering putting your house up for sale, but not sure where to start? Afraid it will take too long to sell, or that you won’t get the price you want? Here are 4 tips to get you started:

1. De-clutter. This is one of the most important things you can do. It might be easier to think of de-cluttering like this – you’re moving anyway, so why not start packing now?

Pack up everything you don’t need and store the boxes out of sight in the garage (or consider temporarily renting a small storage locker).

2. Organize your closets – put similar colors together, pants together, skirts together, shirts together etc. Why? Because it will make the closets look bigger. (Really.) An organized closet appears bigger, and you want your closets to look as spacious as possible.

3. Make your home look like a model. You want to de-personalize as much as possible so potential buyers can imagine themselves and their own belongings occupying the space in your house. That means minimizing – putting away everything you don’t need or use. Clear off kitchen counters as much as possible – stash all those appliances you don’t use, and put miscellaneous small clutter in a few attractive baskets or boxes.

4. Call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.  We can give you objective tips on what you can do to move your property.  We even have options for professionally staging your home if you’re interested. [learn more]

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


What is a real estate agent?

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Julie Nesbitt

One of the most complex and significant financial events in peoples’ lives is the purchase or sale of real estate, be it a house, condo, townhouse or some other investment property. Because of this complexity and significance, people typically seek the help of real estate brokers and sales agents when buying or selling real estate.

Nesbitt Realty brokers and sales agents have a thorough knowledge of the real estate market in Northern Virginia communities. Our brokers and agents know which neighborhoods will best fit our clients’ needs and budgets. Nesbitt Realty real estate agents are familiar with local zoning and tax laws and know where to obtain financing. Agents and brokers also act as intermediaries in price negotiations between buyers and sellers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Real estate brokers and sales agents often work evenings and weekends and usually are on call to suit the needs of clients.
  • A license to practice real estate is required in every State and the District of Columbia.
  • Although gaining a job may be relatively easy, beginning workers face competition from well-established, more experienced agents and brokers.
  • Employment is sensitive to swings in the economy, especially interest rates; during periods of declining economic activity and rising interest rates, the volume of sales and the resulting demand for sales workers fall.

You don’t need to know everything about buying and selling real estate if you hire a real estate professional who understand real estate. Paraphrasing Henry Ford, when you hire people who are smarter than you are, it proves you are smarter than they are. A real estate broker or agent acts as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real estate (or real property as it is known elsewhere) and attempts to find sellers who wish to sell and buyers who wish to buy real estate.

When buying real estate, you may have several choices as to how you want a real estate firm and its agents to work with you. For example, you may want them to represent only you (as a buyer’s agent). You may be willing for them to represent both you and the seller at the same time (as a dual agent). Or you may agree to let them represent only the seller (seller’s agent or subagent). Some agents will offer you a choice of these services. Others may not. Realtor Logo

If you are selling real estate, you may want to “list” your property for sale with a real estate firm. If so, you will sign a “listing agreement” authorizing the firm and its agents to represent you in your dealings with buyers as your seller’s agent. You may also be asked to allow agents from other firms to help find a buyer for your property.

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

To Condo or Not to Condo?

Why choose to buy a condominium?

Condo life is a simplified way of living for those with active and busy lifestyles.

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There are a lot of reasons that people prefer to live in condos than in houses. Some condos do cost less than a traditional single family house, while offering many of the amenities/facilities that a person may not be able to afford on his own. And there are single family houses that cost the same as a condo, but of course do not have the amenities that the same costing condo can offer.

A simple condo would offer its residents a pool, a gym and a party room, but a similar priced house would not have these benefits. Condo owners share the cost of maintenance. Exterior maintenance and even lawn care is handled by the condo association, while the expenses to provide that care is already a part every condo unit owner’s monthly fee. There are certain condos that include the utilities included in the condo fee and other condos that share the cost of water but pay their own utilities. Basically, a condo owner can just step out of his room and enjoy a dip in the pool or a good workout at the gym, while the latter would be on the roof cleaning out gutters or frowning down on his bills and writing checks for pay all his utilities.

Therefore the question still remains to be “To Condo or Not to Condo?”

Condominiums are found in all shapes, sizes, prices and types. Are you looking for a high-rise condo, a mid-rise or a garden-style condo? Maybe you'd prefer a townhouse?

The term "garden-style" condo usually refers to a condominium residence in a building that has less than three stories. Most garden-style condos have balconies or patios for each residence. Many garden-style condos have a main entrance that opens to a common-area hallway. Additional common areas include the green space and "gardens" surrounding the structures. If you're interested in garden-style condos you'll have a lot of options in Northern Virginia.

From the suburban feel of Kingstowne to the central location of Bolling Brook from the vintage charm of Belle View to the chic feel of Carlyle Square, are just some of the many Northern Virginia condominium communities we feature.


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