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:

Julie Nesbitt
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)

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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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

For a first-time home buyer, one of the most difficult things to do is to just start the process? What does one actually do to buy a home? We’ve prepared this short list of links to help you begin your home buying quest

  • Affordability Calculator — How much home can you afford? The affordability will help you determine what your price range.
  • Buyers Tips — Simple and effective tips for shopping homes.
  • Closing Cost Estimator — What are closing costs? How much do you have to pay?
  • Guide to Northern Virginia — All about the neighborhoods and communities of Northern VA
  • Map Search — Our map-based search is one of the best in the business.
  • Mortgage Calculator — Once you’ve identified a property plug the price into the calculator to see how much the purchase will cost on a monthly basis.

Learn more about how a Nesbitt Realty buyer’s agent can help you.

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Recent Listings

This stunning five-bedroom home boasts an exquisite redesign of space with renovations that can rival new construction properties.

12619 Oxon Rd

(link for 3D tour below) A modern foyer leads to soaring vaulted ceilings and skylights in the open concept great room with a fireplace and a true gourmet kitchen with high-end stainless steel appliances, huge center island, quartz countertops, and sleek custom cabinets. The Andersen windows allow for tremendous amounts of natural light. Hardwood floors are found throughout the main level, including three bedrooms with ample closet space and two full luxury baths. The walkout lower level features an inviting family room with a second fireplace, two large additional bedrooms, updated full bath, hobby room plus oversized laundry room/mudroom/pool room. Tucked away on a quiet street, this beautifully landscaped 2+ acre lot has a fence rear yard, spacious Trex deck with a gazebo and hot tub that leads to the recently resurfaced pool, decorative pond, large grassy areas, and an expansive producing garden. Follow the long driveway to the oversized side-loading two-car garage with extra innovative storage and service door. Located in the Oakton HS pyramid/Navy ES with an easy commute. Conveniently near FFX County PKWY, 66, 50, Toll Rd, Dulles Airport, Fair Oaks Mall, Fair Oaks Hospital, Reston Town Center, Silver Line Metro. 3D tour: http://my.matterport.com/show/?m=c7X2iQjoV7V [Navy - $1,050,000]

Nicely updated 3 level home with a stone front, 2 car garage, 16 X 16 rear deck, patio and situated on almost half an acre.

8003 McLean St

The rear yard is fenced and has a 14 X 10 Shed. There is a newer roof with architectural shingles, vinyl siding, double pane windows vinyl windows, gutters, HVAC and HWH. There is a remodeled country kitchen with upgraded cabinets, stainless steel appliances, recessed lights counter tops and flooring. There are 2 barn doors on rails separating the kitchen and living room with recessed lights. The flooring has been upgraded to hardwood floors on the upper 2 levels. The basement has a family room, den and large utility/storage room. There is a stream/creak going through the property but on the outside of the rear fence. [Yorkshire Village - $419,900]

Move in ready, spacious, and light-filled end unit townhouse in sought-after Braemar! Neutral and warm granite counters in kitchen with stainless steel appliances accent maple cabinetry.

12701 Gartney Ln

Ceramic tile on entry level with full bath (3/4 bath with standing shower stall), hardwood floors on entry stairs and main level, and brand new carpet on upper stairs and bedroom level. Dining room and owners suite have large bay window seating - perfect for enjoying morning coffee or reading with daylight. Whole house has been repainted a neutral "greige", perfect for any decor. Ready for new owner to call home! Laundry on bedroom level. Floorplan available in documents section and shown in pictures. [Braemar - $359,500]

Beautifully renovated and freshly painted low maintenance condo.

14415 Turin Ln

Gourmet kitchen is one of the largest in the neighborhood and updated with contemporary white cabinetry, dark granite counters offering plenty of prep space, SS appliances including gas 5 burner stove, and even a no touch faucet above the large and deep sink. Pantry and table space in kitchen area. Open living area with brand new hardwood floors leads to a private brick patio with built in gas grill, perfect for entertaining. Private secure storage in back. Brand new carpet in hallway and all three bedrooms. Both bathrooms have been tastefully updated with floor to ceiling stone tile in and around showers and with stone counters on updated vanity. In unit washer/dryer. Convenient to stores, shopping, and commuting routes like I-66, Rt 29, and Rt 28. Floorplan available in documents section and shown in pictures. With the COVID-19 pandemic, showings will not overlap; please do not touch anything in the property and either wear shoe covers or take shoes off at the door. [The Meadows - $254,900]

LARGEST UNIT AVAILABLE! This beautiful 3 level townhome features brand new carpet, fresh paint throughout, new hot water heater (2020), and 2,383 square feet of fabulous living space.

6272 Woodruff Springs Way #30

There is easy garage parking that a growing family is looking for, with the choice of separate living rooms, featuring a fireplace and dining room. Imagine cooking all your favorite meals in this gourmet kitchen featuring a balcony, with granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances and a morning breakfast bar. Upper level living has washer and dryer units, full bathroom, three spacious bedrooms including the king and queen owner's bedroom with an ensuite bathroom and walk-in closets! Check out the virtual tour link or schedule your in-person tour, today. Your new home awaits you now! [Paradise/The Residences - $315,000]

Completely renovated raised 4 bedroom / 2 bath rambler in Douglas Park.

2127 S Oakland St

The home features refinished hardwood floors throughout the main level. Enjoy a new gourmet chef's kitchen with a large island, quartz countertops and brand new appliances. The lower level offers a spacious living space with a separate work space and walk-in storage closet. The basement also features new carpeting and a large master bedroom, full bath, huge laundry room and private entrance. Enjoy a newly paved driveway with a covered porch and backyard with plenty of space for entertaining. [Douglas Park - $749,000]

HIGHLY DESIRABLE , STILL OAKS, BRICK FRONT COLONIAL ON CUL DE SAC! GREAT LOT! RECENTLY PAINTED, 3 FINISHED LEVEL HOME OFFERS TRADITIONAL FLOOR PLAN WITH LR WITH WALL OF BOOKSHELVES, FORMAL DR WITH BAY WINDOW, OFFICE/DEN, SPACIOUS KITCHEN/BREAKFAST AREA OPENS TO LARGE FAMILY ROOM WITH VAULTED CEILINGS AND FLOOR TO CEILING STONE, GAS FPL! BRIGHT KITCHEN BOASTS 5 WINDOWS AND ISLAND W GAS COOKTOP! FR OFFERS SGD WITH FOUR, 8 FT DOORS THAT WALKS OUT TO DECK! REAR SCREENED PORCH AND DECK! FRONT AND REAR STAIRCASES! LARGE MBR WITH SITTING AREA, VAULTED CEILING AND MBATH WITH HIS AND HERS GRANITE VANITY TOPS AND SOAKING TUB! FINISHED, WALKOUT LOWER LEVEL OFFERS NATURAL LIGHT, LARGE REC ROOM AND 5TH BR AND FULL BATH! 2019 RESHINGLED ROOF! OAKTON HS PYRAMID! FRANKLIN FARM AMENITIES W MILES OF TRAILS, PONDS, PLAYGROUNDS, BBALL AND TENNIS COURTS, POOL AND MORE! SHORT WALK TO FRANKLIN FARM VILLAGE FOR GROCERIES AND MORE! CONVENIENT LOCATION NEAR FFX COUNTY PKWY, 66, 50, TOLL RD, DULLES AIRPORT, RESTON TOWN CENTER, SILVER LINE METRO.

3314 Willow Glen Dr

...! [Still Oaks - $949,900]

Don't miss this inviting and well-maintained 3 bedroom, 3.

6560 Tartan Vista Dr

5 bath townhouse in the desirable Pinecrest subdivision. This home features gleaming hardwood flooring throughout! The kitchen boasts granite countertops, recessed lighting, a newly installed stainless steel microwave, and a large center island that is perfect for entertaining. The spacious dining room located off of the kitchen provides ample space for a formal dining. Off of the dining room you will find the spacious living room with a fireplace, large windows for ample natural lighting, and a sliding glass door for easy access to the deck. Upstairs you will find 2 master bedrooms, both equipped with a full bath. Both of the master bedrooms feature a spacious closet, as well as a master bathroom with a tub & shower. There is a bonus loft located above one of the master bedrooms that is perfect for an additional recreation area or a home office. The backyard features a spacious and recently re-stained deck. This home comes equipped with a one car garage and one additional driveway space. Other recent upgrades and improvements include a newly installed washer & dryer (2019), and recently installed architectural roof shingles (2017). Neighborhood amenities include 2 playgrounds and 2 tennis courts! Conveniently located near I395 and I495, for easy access to Washington D.C. Come tour! [The Pinecrest - $515,000]

A truly unique offering, this expanded colonial home is the envy of the neighborhood and sits on an oversized level landscaped lot with mature plantings and a professionally designed garden.

4941 Little Falls Rd

The home has been extensively renovated and has both traditional and contemporary spaces including an open concept gourmet kitchen and family room with pantry, island/breakfast bar, wood burning fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The separate formal dining room, formal living room and side study bring a sense of traditional elegance to the home. Upstairs is a generous master-bedroom with walk in closet and en-suite spa bathroom. An connected bedroom/study/nursery with double exterior doors leads to the homes southern style front covered balcony. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bath complete this floor. The lower level features a recreation room with built-ins, adjoining mudroom, a charming 5th bedroom with garden views, a home gym, interior bedroom/bonus room, extensive workshop with storage solutions, full bathroom and direct access to the rear garden and garage. [Rock Spring - $1,699,000]

Contractor's dream! 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, spacious two-level home offers 3,858 total sq ft on nearly an acre.

12425 Izaak Walton Dr

No HOA! Detached oversized 2-car garage makes a great workshop and the rear driveway fits extra cars or trucks. Corner lot, country setting in Bristow but still close to amenities. 80 gal water heater new in 2015, HVAC new in 2012 inside and out! Home needs cosmetic refreshing and new appliances, being sold "As Is" and has plenty of upside potential. [None Available - $439,900]

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

8826 Fircrest Pl

Beautiful split foyer on one of Waynewood's hidden jewel streets! This 5 bedroom, 3 full bath house is generous in size with lovely features throughout. Located on a corner lot, this house gets plenty of natural sunlight at all times of the day. Nice hardwoods on upper level, recessed lighting, 3 fireplaces (2 w/ stunning brick walls), bonus room on lower level and a garage ! Mature plantings and trees in front and back and a fully fenced backyard. Easily walkable to Waynewood Park, Fort Hunt Park, and the bike path. A special home through and through ! [Waynewood - $829,000]

8215 Collingwood Ct

Nestled on a wooded cul de sac, this handsomely renovated Colonial invites the beauty of outdoors inside, yet offers privacy. Find Transitional Style throughout the home, blending traditional and contemporary elements that meet the needs of everyday living and entertaining. The front door with custom sidelights welcomes you inside where walnut hardwood floors, elaborate moldings and trim, and plantation shutters add character to the main level. A two-story open foyer, complete with coat closet and powder room, connects the living room, elegant dining room and upstairs landing, then joins the open-concept kitchen and family room creating a thoughtful and functional floor plan perfect for entertaining. This home boasts over three thousand square feet of finished living space, including the walk-out basement. A sizable island with seating and storage is the centerpiece of the kitchen. Easy to open casement windows above the double basin sink provide a breath of fresh air. A double oven, six burner gas range, bar area with glass front cabinets, and a butler~s pantry allow you to entertain with style and ease. Tall windows fill the blended kitchen and family room space with light; a gas fireplace creates cozy ambiance. This inviting space opens to an expansive bluestone patio, landscaped wooded area and fully fenced backyard with storage shed - offering the perfect space for enjoying the outdoors. Access the two-car garage through a renovated transition room with an extra coat closet and storage. Four generously sized bedrooms and two updated full baths, including the master suite with two large closets are on the upper level. Unwind in the serenity of the master bath, where the luxurious soaking and bubbler tub with marble surround and MirrorVue (in-mirror) TV are welcoming luxuries after a long day. Marble flooring, a double vanity with granite countertops, heater fan, brushed nickel fixtures, and a sizable glass enclosed shower complete this oasis. The three additional bedrooms feature ample closet space, in addition to a hall linen closet. Easily access the pull-down attic with new insulation from the upper hallway. The finished walkout basement offers recreation space, a separate room for guests or an office, and a third renovated full bath. The current floor plan offers potential for an au pair-in-law suite. A utility room offers more storage and contains the laundry area, Craftsman shelving units, a woodworking bench, a second refrigerator, and a deep freezer; all items convey. This home has been meticulously maintained, with all major utilities and systems having regular service and updates. Major improvements include a renovated kitchen, HVAC with humidifier and UV light to filter pollutants, re-shingled roof with premium architectural HD shingles, high-efficiency Thompson Creek windows, new front and back doors, a whole-house generator, and the addition of French drains. Collingwood Court is a short distance from the Mount Vernon Farmers Market at Sherwood Hall Library, Collingwood Park, the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River, Old Town, and an easy commute to Fort Belvoir, Crystal City, and DC. | VIDEO TOUR: youtu.be/XSWyDzd3yMc [Collingwood Springs - $998,000]

7911 Fort Hunt

Beautiful newly constructed home just completed! 6,800 Sq Ft+ home features 7 bedrooms and 8 full baths and 1 powder room. Elegant foyer with formal living and separate dining room that boast high ceilings, crown molding and abundant natural light. The kitchen is a chef's dream with generous center island with extra sink, gas cooking, ample counter space, mesmerizing back splash, custom cabinetry, double oven, stainless steel appliances, large refrigerator with water and ice dispenser that opens to a dazzling family room. A butler's pantry with extra storage and beverage refrigerator connect the kitchen to the dining room. In-law type bedroom suite on the main level is complete with its own en suite full bath. Second level has 5 bedrooms ALL with en suite baths. The spacious upstairs landing comes with at wet bar and room for homework-desk area. This home truly separates itself with hardwood throughout the top two levels. The Master Suite is pure luxury with matching his and hers closets and spa like master bath with a jetted soaking tub and separate shower and adjacent double vanities. Lower level is full of light, has large bedroom w/ en suite full bath and walk up stair to spacious flat yard. Enjoy the one of a kind bar to the side of additional family room and gaming area with large space perfect for an in home deluxe movie theater. Two car side loading garage. A Fort Hunt can't miss property. http://homes.btwimages.com/7911forthuntrd/?mls [Tauxemont - $1,499,999]

819 Eden Ct

Exceptional home, beautifully renovated in desirable Waynewood community! Gorgeous .31 acre yard on private cul-de-sac setting along GW bike path and river! Enjoy open flowing light-filled rooms with gleaming hardwood floors, gracious living room has gas fireplace, custom wainscoting plus contemporary chandelier highlight the dining room. French doors lead to inviting sunroom/breakfast room overlooking glorious yard and slate patio. Kitchen sparkles with granite counters, designer cabinetry and stainless appliances. Upper levels include 4 generous sized bedrooms, expanded renovated baths plus huge walk up attic for all your storage needs! Walkout lower level includes family room, half bath, laundry/utility plus one car garage and expanded (2 car) stamped concrete driveway. New architectural shingle roof 2019, furnace, water heater and windows replaced 2013. Coveted location near George Washington trail, scenic river and parks! Waynewood Elementary School and a WW pool membership is available! Huntington Metro and 11Y community bus service offer an easy commute. Convenient to Old Town Alexandria restaurants and shops, downtown DC, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir or Amazon's new headquarters! Don't miss this special home! Please view virtual tour at https://tours.linenandlens.com/1553116?idx=1 [Waynewood - $899,900]

8012 Bainbridge Rd

Over five thousand square feet of finished living space in this lovely brick front home located in sought after Hollin Hall Village. This home boasts cathedral ceilings, open living and dining room for entertaining. Hardwood floors, moulding and lovely finishes and new neutral gray carpet. A large eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances, granite countertops, wood cabinets and two pantries. A bright two story family room with stone fireplace and french doors lead to the fully fenced backyard. The unique plan is ideal for main floor living. Four bedrooms and laundry all on the main floor. The grand master bedroom with lots of light and tray ceiling, has a large walk-in closet and bath with soaking tub and shower. A second large bedroom with its own bath. Two more bedrooms and one bath on the main. Downstairs with it's nine foot ceilings, are two more spacious bedrooms, a huge recreation/game room with door and stairs to yard. Another downstairs room can be an exercise or storage room. Upstairs is an enormous second family/play room, office or movie room. An elevator lets you move to all floors with ease. A two car garage and a fenced back yard with a custom-built storage shed round out an amazing home. [Hollin Hall Village - $989,000]

7820 Accotink Pl

Beautiful single family home offering one level living 9 miles from DC, 8 miles to Crystal City and lies just off the GW Parkway for easy access to either. The half acre lot is wooded and lies in the Tauxemont Community which consists of 100 homes, most a on a half acre or larger. The community was established in 1940 and lies in a mature wooded stand of tall trees. Sidewalks and streetlights are banned which gives the community the feel of a rural village set in a forest which encourages the residents to do a lot of walking. There is a shopping center within a 10 minute walk and in the opposite direction, there is the GW Parkway bike trail which connects to bike trails throughout the DC area. One can even bike to Dulles airport from the front door. The community has its own water system which produces soft water and adds no chemicals to the water. It is fresh, chemical free water delivered to each house via the community water system. The annual payment of $500 includes the unmetered water and the fees to maintain the community.The current owner has completed many upgrades. The master bath is honey onyx, has a heated floor, glass shower with an integral steam shower and all Grohe plumbing. The ceiling has a patterned PVC which will never need painting, and dentil crown molding. The master bedroom has a sun-room with electric shades and a beautiful two panel custom quarry tile floor. Most of the hardwood floors have been recently refinished and much of the interior has been freshly painted. A Nest thermostat was recently installed. Many of the lights in the house are controlled by motion sensors. The living room has a large skylight and has a faux tin ceiling. The wood burning fireplace is original to the living room and is an ingenious design with integral air chambers which greatly enhance the heating efficiency. The kitchen has solid maple fronts, kitchen-aid gas cook-top and dish washer. The refrigerator is a Samsung 3 compartment refrigerator. The ceiling is a genuine tin ceiling from W. F. Norman Company which has been making them since 1898. Off the kitchen is a 16 x 24 deck with a hard top (metal) which is perfect for a quiet breakfast or entertaining friends or family. The deck rests on concrete piers and was designed to be able to support a two story addition should one be needed.The property has two single bay garages--one at the north end and one at the south end. Both have garage door openers. The south garage has the feature to enable the owner to park the car and walk into the house with no steps. This is a unique property. Termite bond till March 2021 [Tauxemont - $699,000]

1608 Lafayette Dr

Lovingly remodeled and expanded Hollin Hall one level home, seated on a flat fenced in lot, just steps from the neighborhood pool and park - Mt Vernon Park Association. This 3 bedroom/2 bath home features a remodeled kitchen, living room, family room with brick fireplace, spacious laundry area, and large attic for extra storage. Walking out to the back yard you will find an expansive ground level deck. The shed offers excess storage while allowing plenty of room for outdoor activities. The current owners have made several improvements since 2014 to include - remodeled bathroom with marble and ceramic tile, new kitchen stainless steel appliances, new water heater, refinished hardwood floors, new carpet in family room, new tile flooring in laundry/mudroom area, upgraded light fixtures throughout with new recessed lights in ceiling, Nest Smart Thermostat and CO detector, new Anderson front storm door and rear sliding door with built in blinds, new shutters, new door hardware, and vent covers. This is the best priced home in Waynewood ES district! [Hollin Hall Village - $574,900]

2016 Hoover Ln

Stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath Colonial home in a quiet cul-de-sac in the much sought-after Fort Hunt/Stratford on the Potomac area! As you drive up, you'll notice the professional landscaping & enlarged driveway for two cars with carport. Upon entering this home, you'll first notice the beautiful hardwood floors & sunlight throughout. A private work from home office or reading room is to your left. An addition added in 2011 provides for an enlarged living room and a sunroom extension - an additional 300 square feet to the original design. The oversized living room has vaulted ceilings, skylights, & a gas fireplace, and is perfect for entertaining year-round. From the main living room, you can also escape to the new glass-enclosed sunroom to watch TV, listen to your favorite music, and/or relax in the hot tub after a long day. The sunroom also has a separate temperature system, open skylights, and beautiful custom tile. It's a true $100K addition and done exceptionally well. The first floor continues to have much to offer and boast an inviting kitchen with bar style sitting area, and a spacious dining room. Upstairs there are 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths. The master bedroom has a sizable walk-in closet, as well as its own private full bath. The other three bedrooms all can be used for a growing household, extra guest rooms, and/or could easily be used as 2nd home office. The downstairs walkout basement is a warm and cozy family game room with new carpet and a bathroom with shower. It is perfect for a media room with pre-wiring for surround sound speakers. Just add your big screen TV & audio receiver! A large storage/laundry area includes a second refrigerator and a high-end energy efficient pedestal washer & dryer that are included. Lastly, you"ll notice the fenced-in backyard with privacy trees and patio. Great to end the day relaxing in the summer and enjoying the breeze and the trees! Recent upgrades include: refinished upstairs floors, new carpet downstairs, fresh paint throughout most of the home, and updated HVAC in 2019. You are just a short distance from both Fort Hunt Elementary School and Carl Sandburg Middle School, and just minutes to the GW Parkway, Old Town, Rt. 1, Mount Vernon and the Potomac River. [Stratford On the Potomac - $785,000]

8614 Cushman Pl

Stunning home in highly sought after Waynewood. Recently renovated, open concept home in the heart of Waynewood with over 3,000ft~ of finished living space. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, glass backsplash, SS french door refrigerator, SS five burner gas range, SS dishwasher, sun-room, wood burning fireplace, spacious yard with picket fence, color-matched shed, New England paver patio, finished basement, and large laundry room. Guest bedroom has attached bathroom. Large master suite with extra-large master bathroom and walk in closets. Split HVAC system for upper living areas. Entire home has LED bulbs and keyless entry with a smart thermostat. Only two blocks from the pool and playground. Less than four blocks from top rated elementary and middle schools. Family-friendly neighborhood on a quiet street. Holiday events in the neighborhood. Many commuting options (GW parkway, route 1, Huntington metro station, 11Y metro bus). [Waynewood - $925,000]

2306 Wittington Blvd

Charming turn key colonial nestled on spacious corner lot in highly sought after Fort Hunt. Meticulously maintained and renovated ready for you to move right in. Exquisite kitchen with high end Smart appliances, quartz countertops and finishes. Spacious open concept floor plan with large great room addition perfect for entertaining. Private fenced in backyard oasis with screened in porch and new composite deck. Refinished hardwood floors flow throughout the main and upstairs levels. Four ample sized bedrooms including large master bedroom. Fully finished basement. Spacious professionally finished two car garage and oversized driveway makes entertaining a breeze. Excellent location just minutes from the Potomac River, Fort Hunt Park, Mount Vernon and the GW Parkway! Minutes from neighborhood community pool* and Little Hunting Creek! *Pool membership not provided. [Stratford Landing - $799,900]

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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  • 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.

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Selling Your Home or Condo in Northern Virgina using the Internet

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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!

What are buyers seeking?

According to a new realtor.com® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers, privacy is driving the purchase decisions of many older buyers, with more than 20 percent of those 55 and older saying that having a space of their own is their main goal, followed by the physical comforts and stability of homeownership. On the other hand, 17 percent of millennial buyers placed the highest weight on family needs when house hunting, followed by stability (14 percent) and personal expression (13 percent). Only 12 percent of buyers younger than 55 cited privacy as their chief priority.

 

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.

Planning on Selling?

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Julie sold another!

If you’re planning to sell your home, Nesbitt Realty can help. Our Realtors are familiar with the real estate market in Northern Virginia. A Realtor can determine the best listing price for your property. We know how to market your home to get the best price as quickly as possibly. Nesbitt Realty knows how the home selling process works, so we are ready to assist you every step of the way. Nesbitt Realty has access to the MRIS (our local multiple listing service). MRIS is the MLS database that agents use to find homes for sale in the area. Our agent will add your property to it. Working with a Realtor will make the home selling process run smoothly and much simpler than if you attempt to do it on your own.

Learn more about selling your home

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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