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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    Inlet Cove outside Belvoir
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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

Why buy a home?

According to a new realtor.com® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers, increasing rental costs are pushing more young adults toward homeownership, with 23 percent of buyers between the ages of 18 and 34 reporting rising rents as a trigger for their recent home purchase. “Although record-low inventory and high prices make this housing market unique, some classic features still top most shoppers’ wish lists,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist for realtor.com®. “At the same time, we found some clear differences in priorities. For instance, older buyers are concerned with privacy and being able to age comfortably, while millennials place more emphasis on family needs, stability, and personal expression.”

 

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Recent Listings

Welcome to 5203 Saint Genevieve Place, a charming brick-front Fairfield model townhome located in Tartan Village.

5203 Saint Genevieve Pl

Featuring a delightful open floor plan with lots of natural light, it is complete with dazzling hardwood floors on the main level. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and a private master bath. On the lower level you'll find a rec room, bonus room, half bath, separate laundry/storage and access to the fully-fenced backyard, with a spacious deck that offers outstanding entertaining or hanging out options. This home has great community amenities including basketball and tennis courts, tot lots, and plenty of walking paths. Easily commute to Fort Belvoir, the Pentagon, and downtown D.C., with easy access to Interstates 95/395/495, Fairfax County Parkway, and Metro! [Tartan Village - $454,950]

A well-maintained, comfortable home in a quiet subdivision, with gleaming real hardwood floors, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and a 2-car garage, convenient to McLean shopping, Tysons Corner, and Washington, DC.

6316 Mori St

There are 1,600 square feet on the main level. Total finished square feet are approximately 2,600, and lower-level rooms have large windows. Google says: Less than a half-hour to AMAZON second headquarters in Crystal City. [Potomac Hills - $890,000]

WOW! WOW! WOW! Are you looking for that turn key ready home in Springfield Village? This is it! Gourmet kitchen with stain appliances, track lighting, 32~ cabinets, and updated countertops.

7263 Evanston Rd

Gleaming hardwood floors. Enjoy the cozy family room leading to a fully fenced private backyard with a patio great for entertaining. Luxury owner's suite with spa like master bath and dual walk in closets. Spacious secondary bedrooms with hall bath. Fully finished basement with oversized recreational room, full bath, and utility room. Commuters dream! This is a must see! Open Saturday, 11/23 from 1-3PM. [Springfield Village - $399,999]

Open 11/25 1-4 PM.

2555 Transom Pl

Total finished living area near 6,000 SF. M/I Homes Chesapeake II model, one of largest model. offer 5 bedrooms, 5.5 BA. 2 dens in lower level with second kitchen. $ 78,000 upgrade at time of new home purchase. over $ 60,000 recent improvement, includes: fully finished basement with a second kitchen cabinets and all appliances connection. new upgraded hardwood floor on master bedroom, sitting room and stairway. new A/C 2 units. new carpet in in-law suit, bedroom 2 and bed room 3. refinished first floor hardwood with 3 coating paint. total 10 celling fans, some with lights and remote. new kitten build in microwave, new wall oven, gas cook top and new 36" exhaust hood. new kitchen faucet, drinking water filter and soap dispenser. all new cabinets door knobs. This house all levels has 9' celling. two walking closets in master bed room. large master bath room with comer bath tub and large shower room. upstairs 2nd bed room has private bath,This home is perfectly located close to community pool, Play ground and tennis court,. close to Potomac Mills, I-95 , commuter parking, Quantico and VRE. [Port Potomac - $595,000]

Amazing value.

10689 Alliwells Ct

Move-in condition SFH sited on 1.46 acres! Freshly painted! Beautiful, refinished hardwood floors on main level. Family room with fireplace that is open to kitchen, along with eat-in area. Living room and dedicated office also on main level, along with laundry room & dining room. Gourmet kitchen with new top of the line appliances, under counter lighting, kitchen island and more! Garage access from main level. Dining room with floor to ceiling windows, and open to foyer and main level. Spacious upper level offering 4 BR's and 3 BA's, including the MBR suite with walk-in closets. The lower level offers the 5th bedroom, full bathroom, exercise room, HUGE storage and recreation room with 3rd fireplace. Recessed lighting throughout and high ceilings. Rear deck and 3 car garage. Conveniently located near 66, 495 & 123! Private, yet convenient! [Oakton Woods Ests - $1,285,000]

BREATHTAKING HUGE CORNER 3 BEDROOM UNIT IN HEART OF MCLEAN**2 ENCLOSED GARAGE SPACES WITH EXTRA ROOM NEXT TO ELEVATOR**HW FLOORS, QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS & TOP NOTCH APP.

1450 Emerson Ave #302

IN KITCHEN,SEP. LAUNDRY RM, BALCONY W/2 ENTRANCES TO THE UNIT***BUILDING HAS 6 ELEVATORS, PLENTY OF GUEST PARKING, DEDICATED HANDICAP PARKING SPACE, STATE OF THE ART GYM AND PARTY ROOM, LUXURIOUS BUILDING AND BEAUTIFUL LOBBY DECORE ETC... [Palladium At McLean - $1,449,000]

Recently updated townhome in sought after location in Manassas! Great curb appeal.

7347 Rokeby Dr

Remodeled modern kitchen open with white cabinets, lots of counter space, and black appliances. Bamboo and tile flooring in living areas. Large master with private bathroom. Downstairs level has office and extra bedroom or rec room and full updated bathroom. Freshly painted, new roof 2019. Easy access to Rt 234, Rt 28 and 66. Close to shopping, restaurants, parks and entertainment. Act now! [Stonington - $320,000]

Beautifully custom designed and masterfully built on a premium private 2-acre lot with over 7,200 square feet of luxurious living space.

2091 Hunters Crest Way

The cascading sunlight throughout this art inspired and design dedicated home will take your breath away. Every room, entire house has been completely remodeled in last 7 years - an almost new house! This five-bedroom, six-bathroom stunning property brings the elements of its picturesque surroundings inside through its large windows throughout the house. The sumptuous owner's suite with custom built TV wall, wet/dry bar and expansive separate sitting room with French doors that leads to a large fashion storage space and elegant spa-like bathroom. Exquisite in every way the designer appointments throughout include 10 ft ceilings with arches and moldings, four sets of French doors, and 3 fireplaces. The house offers a great flow for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances opens to the family room with a breakfast area bar and leads to a sun-drenched sunroom for all seasons and an amazing expansive deck with outdoor kitchen/grill overlooking the scenic vistas and rear grounds large enough for a potential pool. The full walkout basement is a dream come true. It features 9~ ceilings, customized ambient lighting. Designed to be the ultimate hangout. The home theater makes going to movies a home experience. Well over $50k invested in the theater. It seats 8 people comfortably with room for more seats to be added. The movie screen measure 138~ and uses a special 5 coat silver screen paint. The walls and ceiling use special sound insulation. Every seat is designed with a special audio system for with stunning sound. Lower level entertainment space includes a full-size bar with a wine-cooler, refrigerator and a microwave with the coolest ambient lighting ever. There is also a separate office with double French doors and custom windows. The lounge area faces a fireplace that is currently modernized with an electric fireplace that can be reversed to wood burning fireplace easily. The full bathroom features a backlit sink and designer tiles. Complete with great storage space and a large well-lit workshop that could be also converted to a home gym. The 3-car garage comes with a 220 volt designated for electric vehicles charging. The third bay has a recently installed 9-thousand-pound Challenger lift that can be used to store a 4th car. The garage door for the third bay comes with a top of the line side mount ultra-quiet garage door opener with wifi so that it can be remotely operated from any location. The lift is not installed into the floor permanently so that it can moved or removed completely. A serene beautiful escape, an enviable entertainment experience and a cozy home that offers warmth, comfort and a place to crave is not to missed. Do not miss interactive video tour. [Hunters Crest - $1,777,770]

PEACE AND TRANQUILITY ON ALMOST 2 ACRES IN COLGAN HS AND BENTON MIDDLE SCHOOL***NEWLY REMODELED KITCHEN - GRANITE, STAINLESS APPLIANCES, NEW PAINT***HUGE MASTER SUITE WITH LARGE MASTER BATH***WONDERFUL SCREENED IN PORCH, FIRE PIT AND WOOD STOVE.

13771 Coronado Ct

YOU WILL LOVE THE PRIVACY [Gaila Woods - $450,000]

Saddle up and bring your horses, it's time for your own farmette.

12821 Brenttown Ct

From gardens to chickens - limitless possibilities. Incredible 10 acres. *** Work in progress: from painting to refinishing hardwoods to a new standup tiled shower in MBA *** Tons of wildlife: deer, turkey, eagles ... so much to enjoy and great for hunting. Huge main level open gourmet kitchen, perfect for any event - a great place to reflect and enjoy the views. { Stove is special high-tech induction/convection system - boils water in seconds. Refrigerator w/ ice maker - Dishwasher (all appliances are fairly new) - Twin tank metered water softener only about 4 years young. New reverse osmosis water filter in kitchen. } Main level full bath. + Huge bedrooms on upper level AND possible 4th bedroom on lower level next to full bath + Formal living room and dining room on main level. It's getting hard to find such a great setup at this price point. Several outbuildings: a large 800 square foot (approx) barn with electric and water -- situated in a 3.5 acre cross-fenced pasture, with a creek running through the back. Behind the pasture are approximately 3 acres of woods with a cleared pathway around the perimeter, perfect for walks or rides with the horses. *Detached garage AND another very large outbuilding with custom built storage shelves * Perfect Nokesville location within approximately 1 mile of K-12 schools, a few minutes to post office, Dollar General, gas station. Ten minutes to Harris Teeter, VRE for commute to DC and more >> NO HOA << [None Available - $649,900]

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

7714 Lookout Ct

YESSS this CONTEMPORARY meets traditional house: 2 story dark vertical ship-lap reaches from the ceiling to the lower level WOOD fireplace. WELCOME HOME to winter cuddles in front of the fire and summer fun with the backyard pool awaits. Sunday morning RELAXATION begins on your bedroom BALCONY then onto the kitchen w SKYLIGHT to prepare brunch. This 2 level SUNLIT house with LARGE rooms, over-sized windows, HARDWOOD FLOORS & storage. Rec Rm w WALL OF WINDOWS, large open space, BUILT-IN WET BAR and wood fireplace. Options! Options for your OFFICE- Would you use the main level office for a home office or include a built-in mudroom or hobby space? 2 masters upstairs, Two more rooms & 3rd full bathroom downstairs perfect for guests, yoga, gym... Minutes to drive up Fort Hunt Road to 495 or 2 lights to GW Parkway. Yes, the pool is heated & there is a rare whole house generator installed - move-in and make this home yours. THIS is the move-in ready home with ease to busy life yet exhale in your quiet sunny house. [Hollindale - $725,000]

9007 Linton Ln

Striking Craftsman Style 4 level home - Hardiplank siding. High End Builder focusing on unique details not found with most builders! 5 Bedroom, 4 1/2 bath. Over 5300 sq ft finished on 4 levels. $30,000 turned staircase! Screened porch PLUS Open Trex deck PLus Super special Owner's covered 17x14 balcony w/$4K water proof flooring!So many custom features - must be seen to believe. Big flat lot in Pretty community. 2 blocks to GW Parkway & Potomac River. Stunning owner's bedroom w/ 2 walk-in closets, Huge Bath - 2 vanities,custom lighting, Amazing 8ft shower - dual shower heads, Marble floor 'rug'! Top floor bonus room great for kids or at home office! Full Finished Lower Level - w/Bdrm & Stunning shower bath - older kids or In-Laws will be so happy here! Concrete driveway, exterior accent lighting, metal porch roof, wired for exterior cameras, interior speaker system throughout home w/surround sound in Fam Rm, Extensive Landscaping plus FULL Yard Sprinkler System! Wide Hardwood floors & High Quality carpet! [Sulgrave Village - $1,395,000]

9005 Linton Ln

Brochure available ! Striking Craftsman Style 4 level home - Hardiplank siding. High End Builder focusing on unique details not found with most builders! 5 Bedroom, 4 1/2 bath. Over 4,300 sq ft finished on 4 levels. Screened porch PLUS Open Trex deck PLus Super special Owner's covered 17x14 balcony w/$4K water proof flooring!So many custom features - must be seen to believe. Big flat lot in Pretty community. 2 blocks to GW Parkway & Potomac River. Stunning owner's bedroom w/ 2 walk-in closets, Huge Bath - 2 vanities,custom lighting, Amazing 8ft shower - dual shower heads, Marble floor 'rug'! Top floor bonus room great for kids or at home office! Full Finished Lower Level - w/Bdrm & Stunning shower bath - older kids or In-Laws will be so happy here! Concrete driveway, exterior accent lighting, metal porch roof, wired for exterior cameras, interior speaker system throughout home w/surround sound in Fam Rm, extensive landscaping with FULL Yard Sprinkler system! Wide Hardwood floors & High Quality carpet! [Sulgrave Village - $1,249,000]

1408 Alexandria Ave

Enjoy the changing seasons from this perfect home for a family who dreams of owning their own private forest. The house is nestled on a corner lot amid 3/4 of an acre of stunning gardens forming a lovely and quiet retreat. The beautiful land- and hard-scaped yard includes over $40k of improvements in 2014, and now features a sophisticated irrigation system with 9 watering zones.The house offers two levels of expansive living space, with hardwood floors and two wood-burning fireplaces. At the end of the day, you~ll particularly look forward to relaxing in the spacious, new sun-room addition. With four bedrooms (two with en-suites), plus an additional full and 2 more half-baths. You~ll love all the storage with built-in closets throughout. Skylights, solar tubes and new windows welcome the sun shining off the freshly painted walls. Other high-end design elements include gorgeous Italian tile, marble flooring and glass block in the recently renovated bathrooms. Three decks connect you to the spectacular woodland scenery (one with Trex decking). The property offers excellent walkability to many stores and community services, while also being conveniently located on the 101 bus line (with service to Huntington Metro). It~s also within close walking distance to Mount Vernon Trail, Potomac River, and Hollin Hall Shopping Center. Close to Old Town, Airport, Amtrak and the future headquarters of Amazon. Zoned for two homes and currently one, 2800 square foot home on .7 acre of a lot. [Tauxemont - $899,000]

8505 Culver Pl

Newly remodeled Alexandria home, situated in the highly sought after Waynewood neighborhood. This beautiful three-bedroom, three-full bath home boasts a new kitchen with brand new appliances & updated baths. You'll love the intimate views from terrace off the master bedroom. A nice four seasons room & patio overlooks the fenced-in backyard, making it great for entertaining guests inside and out! Other updates include fresh paint, hardwood floors throughout, added recessed lighting, and new HVAC. Close proximity to schools, trails and GW parkway. This one is a Must See! [Waynewood - $725,000]

8315 Fort Hunt Rd

Wonderful new price for this lovely, meticulously cared for home! New roof and HVAC completed 2019. Waynewood school and WW pool membership is available! Light filled rooms include 4 spacious upper level bedrooms, inviting living room with gas fireplace, dining room includes antique chandelier and crown moldings, updated kitchen with quartz countertops, custom mosaic backsplash, warm wood cabinetry plus new Anderson sliding glass door that overlooks lovely deck, custom brick patio with landscape lighting, professionally landscaped fenced yard and tidy garden shed! Main level office/guest bedroom with custom built-ins. Walk out lower level includes large family room with party bar/refrigerator, laundry room, utility room and storage closets! Convenient carport and driveway with storage shed. Near parks, pools, and GW bike trail. Convenient to Old Town shops and restaurants, easy commute, near metro, express bus, airport and GW Parkway! Everything is done, just move in and enjoy! Please see floorplans in document section. [Collingwood Estates - $699,000]

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. [Tauxemont - $1,588,888]

7822 Friars Ct

Amazing opportunity to be the 2nd owner of this lovingly maintained, single family home with 5 bedrooms plus office (or possible 6th bedroom), 3 full baths and single-car garage in Ft Hunt. Stately split-level Colonial accented by grand columns and traditional full brick front perfectly situated on a cul-de-sac. Fall in the love with the professionally designed flower beds & manicured lawn with irrigation system. Classic split-level floor plan with over 2500 sqft of living space on two levels. Spacious kitchen with custom-built cabinets, stainless steel appliances including brand new wall oven. Natural flow from kitchen to dining room to family room (or living room) with gas fireplace - ideal for today's living! Dining room leads directly to large cedar deck with walk-down to patio and backyard with mature trees. True master bedroom, with full bath, lots of closet space with built-ins and natural light. Two additional bedrooms, one with custom built-ins + newer full bath complete the main level. Ceiling fans in all bedrooms plus gleaming hardwoods on the main level. Two more bedrooms plus additional flex room, perfect for office, exercise room or 6th bedroom, on lower level. Enjoy game and movie nights in lower level rec room with gas fireplace adorned by a gorgeous, classic brick mantel. 2-stage HVAC replaced in 2019 includes whole house humidifier and electronic air filter. Roof approx 11 yrs young and garage door replaced in in the last 5 yrs. Very short walk to Sherwood Hall Library & McCutcheon/Mt Vernon farmers market and Connector bus stop (with connection to Huntington Metro). Close to lots of shopping, major commuter routes & more. Welcome home & look forward to the sweet smell of wisteria in the spring! [Sherwood Forest - $635,000]

8508 Doter Dr

==> PRICE REDUCED!!! OPEN SATURDAY 12-2p 11/23 !! Not to be missed property on one of the quietest streets in sought after Waynewood. Just a couple blocks from the GW Parkway easy stroll from the bike path, the river, or whatever Sun filled activity you love. Only minutes from Old Town, Mt. Vernon Plantation or historic Fort Hunt Park. This highly desirable home puts you right next to everything while still being secluded in your own lovely neighborhood. Pull into your over-sized brick driveway and enjoy mature trees. Plantings including a beautiful Cherry tree blossoming in your own front yard. 2 tier brick patio and swing in backyard. Inside find great entertaining space. The eat-in kitchen boasts upgraded cabinetry, quartz counters, and a 5 burner Jenn-Air cooktop for the chef in the family. The lower level bath is fully remodeled including custom glass shower door. The family room has built-in cabinetry, brand new hardwood flooring, and custom columns. Just off the living area is a main level bedroom which could also serve as the perfect home office or in-law suite. On the upper levels all of the hardwood flooring has been refinished. The living room offers a fireplace and beautiful french doors. Upstairs 3 bedrooms and your dream bath with over-sized steam shower including custom glass enclosure, two person jetted tub, dual-sinks, marble counter tops and tub surround. This will not last long so please do not miss out on this beautiful home! [Waynewood - $679,000]

1101 Woodcliff Dr

FANTASTIC NEW PRICE! Nestled on a spacious half-acre in sought-after Wellington Heights, this charming home, reminiscent of an English cottage has room for everyone. The main portion of the home features 3 bedrooms/3 full baths, while the large addition offers a luxurious in-law/nanny suite/owner's retreat. Spend relaxing weekends in the private rear yard with in-ground pool. Or enjoy a game of pool (billiards) in the lower level game/rec room. A wood burning fireplace in the living room and wood stove insert in the rec room will take the chill of the crisp fall evenings. Enjoy Waynewood Elementary School district and all that the Fort Hunt Community has to offer. Located close to the George Washington parkway and bike path . . . bike to work at The Pentagon, the District, Old Town, or Fort Belvoir! Check out the floor plans and 3D tour. [Wellington Heights - $999,000]

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!

Listing your home for sale

Listing a home for sale involves a bit more than simply putting a sign out on the lawn and waiting for a buyer. When you decide to list your home, it’s wise to work with a real estate agent who can take you through the process. A Nesbitt Realty agent will take the time to carefully walk through the home with you. Our Realtor will go over what you can do to improve the property for a quicker sale and a better asking price. Our Realtor will go over the comparable sales in your area and suggest the best listing price. Once you’ve agreed on the asking price, we will sign an agreement with Nesbitt Realty that lays out the details, including commissions, duration, and more. Nesbitt Realty will take professional photographs throughout the home, and then list the property on the MLS. Our marketing will drive home buyers to you ensuring a quick sale at the highest possible price.

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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.

Pricing your home for sale

When you put your house on the market, setting the price is one of the most important decisions you make. Many Realtors believe that pricing is can make or break your sale. Under-price your home and you might cost yourself tens of thousands of dollars. Overprice your home and you risk watching it languish on the market. But how can a seller know exactly what the best price is?

Can you rely on Zillow? Not according to Zillow. Even in areas where the software has the highest confidence, Zillow says their pricing varies by 5% to 10%.

You can rely on your Realtor. Nesbitt Realty’s agents have years of experience pricing homes for sale and helping buyers and sellers. They combine this experience with proprietary real estate software to give you a valuation you can trust and to help you make your best decision possible.

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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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Elegant and Luxurious

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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