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)

  • Home Prices In Arlington Continue To Hike

    Glendale
    The housing market in Arlington County is getting more and more expensive as potential buyers continue to have fewer homes and condos to choose from.

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  • 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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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

Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate

Northern Virginia is a part of the National Capital Region it is home to some of the most educated, affluent and particular buyers in the nation. Everyday we help people relocate in and out of Northern Virginia as well as help locals advance their real estate goals. If you’re shopping for a home in Northern Virginia, you will find our Buyer’s Guide to Northern Virginia Real Estate is a great resource for understanding the area and for seeking out the perfect real estate match for your tastes and budget.

If you need any help with a specific search please don’t hesitate to call us at (703)765-0300.

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Recent Listings

Open house Sunday 1-4 pm.

15191 Valley Stream Dr

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

MULTIPLE OFFERS RECEIVED.

1655 N van Dorn St #B

HIGHEST AND BEST DUE BY 3PM TOMORROW 01/15/2020Luxurious home conveniently located near public transportation, recreational and shopping but yet very secludedLocated just minutes to Marc Center, Pentagon, DC, National Landing (home of new Amazon headquarters) and Reagan Airport. Fabulous updated kitchen with breakfast island and gleaming hardwood floors plus additional built in cabinets* Grand living/dining room combo with large windows * First Floor powder room* Great pantry space under stairs and your own washer/dryer in unit* Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms with ample closet space complete with closet organizers*Upstairs Full Bath*Enjoy summer cookouts and entertaining on your own private patio * . This community offers an outdoor swimming pool, party room and exercise room. Metro bus stops at the community entrance for easy commute to The Pentagon & metro access.Property to be sold "AS IS - WHERE IS". Owner makes no warranties or exceptions to property condition. See attachment for PAS requirements and WFHM offer submittal information in MLS document section. Please submit all offers to the listing broker/agent. To report any concerns with a listing broker/agent, or to report any property condition or other concern needing escalation (including concerns related to a previously submitted offer), please call: 1-877-617-5274 [Parkside At Alexandria - $395,000]

This Fabulous condo is conveniently located near public transportation, recreational and shopping centers but yet vey secluded.

3041 Patrick Henry Dr #202

Oversize unit shows fairly well with 2 large bedrooms and expanded kitchen and full bath.Priced for a quick sale .Great opportunity to steal a deal in a most sought after area [Hollybrooke - $200,000]

OPEN SUN 2-5! Bright & spacious end-unit, brick front townhome w/ private patio.

1313 Vintage Pl

Open floor plan w/hardwood flooring, oversized windows & high ceilings. Light filled living room w/crown molding, recessed lighting & access to patio. Dining area w/ modern chandelier. Gourmet eat-in kitchen with stainless steel appliances, pantry & pass through to dining area. Vaulted master suite soaring ceiling, ceiling fan and unique LOFT with luxurious full bath! Finished lower level w/rec room, gas fireplace, bonus room, full bath & laundry/storage room. NEW ROOF & windows. Newer HVAC. Fantastic location near Reston town center, future Metro, North Point Village Center, pools, parks, and major routes including Rt. 267 & Rt. 7. [Reston - $477,000]

Charming brick colonial on picturesque street.

640 N Illinois St

Fresh paint and newly refinished floors through out this lovely, sun filled home. Three levels of living with fabulous exterior space. .Kitchen w nice counter space and large pantry. Screened in porch and electric shed. (perfect for work space or extra storage) Conveniently located to bike-jogging path, shopping...everything! OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 [Brandon Village - $849,000]

LIVE LARGE & CLOSE TO IT ALL! Imagine calling this updated 2 bedroom, 2.

12733 Fair Crest Ct #44

5 bath condo located in Fair Lakes home. Feels like a townhouse with 2 levels and lots of natural light! Thousands of dollars in recent updates including a gorgeous kitchen remodel featuring upgraded cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. New wide plank flooring throughout the main and bedroom levels. Huge open concept dining and family room with updated gas fireplace! Don't miss the updated master bath with separate shower and soaking tub plus large closets for storage. Easy access to Fair Lakes, Fair Oaks Mall, Rt. 50, 66 & Fairfax Co Parkway. DON'T WAIT, UNITS THIS NICE DON'T LAST LONG! [Fair Lakes Condo - $345,000]

Gorgeous Miller & Smith 2 Car Garage End Unit Luxury Townhome! Open Concept Floor plan.

9159 Balaton Lake Ln

Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, back-splash, granite counters and large central island! Hardwood floors on main level. Carpet on the bedroom level. Fenced backyard with Composite deck. A commuter's dream: close to VRE station, commuter buses, and I-66. Easy commute to both Fairfax and DC as well as West to the Shenandoah. Close to shopping, movie theaters and restaurants. [Pembrooke - $439,900]

Beautiful Dutchess Model with over 4200 SQ FT of finished living space and a THREE CAR GARAGE! Most of the home has been freshly painted inside and out and shows beautifully.

13510 Marr Lodge Ln

Nothing to do, but move right in! The main level welcomes you with hardwood floors and the private office has custom built-in bookcases, glass french doors and a bay window that makes it oh so welcoming. The cozy family room is large and inviting with a stone surround gas fireplace, a beautiful boxed coffered ceiling and new carpet . The gourmet kitchen with huge island has maple cabinets, designer tile backsplash, full size double ovens, built-in microwave and corian counters. The Sun Room extension with it's wall of windows, lets in loads of natural light and the sliding glass door leads you to the outside. Upstairs boasts the Master suite with it's high tray ceiling, is perfect in size and has a huge his and her shared walk in closet. The luxury bath is quite nice as well. Three additional bedrooms and another full bath complete this upper level space. Lower Level offers huge recreational room and a built-in wet bar that is perfect entertaining. Full size refrigerator with an ice maker conveys! A full bathroom completes it. Walk up to the exterior, where you will find a nice level spacious fenced in backyard with a brand new deck for outdoor living. Roof replaced in 2019. [Braemar - $550,000]

***COMING SOON*** Professional photos will be added Friday! You won't want to miss this gorgeous 5 bedroom 3.

15222 Bowmans Folly Dr

5 bathroom home in the sought after Ashland Community! Pride of ownership shows throughout this meticulously maintained, freshly painted, natural light filled home. New wide plank hardwood floors greet you at entrance and continue through the living and dining room area. A separate office is tucked away to give you the privacy needed to work from home. The gorgeous renovated kitchen is sure to please with white quartz counter tops, modern subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, gas cook top, stainless steel oven hood, and the elegant solid cherry wood cabinets. The large family room features a gorgeous slate stoned fireplace with the added bonus of the large mounted flat screen TV conveying! The huge master suite upstairs does not disappoint with his and her walk-in closets, sitting area, large newly renovated master bathroom, dual sinks, soaking tub, and separate shower. The other three bedrooms on this floor are generous, and the hall bathroom is newly renovated too, featuring a double sink vanity, and beautiful finishing touches. The lower level provides space to entertain, new carpets, and a large bedroom. If that isn't enough, enjoy the privacy of being at the end of a cul-de-sac and backing to the conservancy on your screened in porch, or perhaps BBQ on your patio. Conveniently located within walking distance from the award winning Ashland Elementary School, shopping, restaurants, and close to 95, commuter buses, and slug lots. This home has it all and is ready for you! [Ashland - $565,000]

Welcome to your new home in the lovely community of Ridgeleigh.

3955 Brickert Pl

Move in ready, and freshly painted 3 level townhouse with 1 car garage. New carpet throughout. Bright gourmet kitchen with eating area, and sliding door to deck. Granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Open Floor plan living and dining rooms, and an updated powder room. Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. Two other bedrooms share the hallway bath. Newly stained deck overlooking greenery, and a walkout family room and patio. Roof ~ 2012, Water Heater ~ 2011 [Ridgeleigh - $369,950]

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

1603 Revere Dr

New construction in the coveted Waynewood elementary school district. Purchase now and make your interior selections for the finished home. Enjoy living in the quaint village of Hollin Hall...walk to shops and restaurants, minutes from GW Parkway & Old Town! [Hollin Hall Village - $879,000]

03 Zoe Pl

SAMPLE LISTING AT LOWEST BASE PRICE - Potomac Trace is a vibrant new townhome community located in sought-after Alexandria, VA and the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The enviable location offers homeowners close proximity to downtown Washington DC, legendary attractions, dining, shopping, major employment centers, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Amazon HQ2, and Reagan airport. This Sweet Briar floorplan offers 1st floor bedroom option and optional elevator. PHOTOS Representative only - may show options. [None Available - $694,990]

02 Zoe Pl

SAMPLE LISTING AT LOWEST BASE PRICE - Potomac Trace is a vibrant new townhome community located in sought-after Alexandria, VA and the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The enviable location offers homeowners close proximity to downtown Washington DC, legendary attractions, dining, shopping, major employment centers, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Amazon HQ2, and Reagan airport. PHOTOS REPRESENTATIVE ONLY - may show options [None Available - $689,990]

01 Zoe Pl

SAMPLE LISTING AT LOWEST BASE PRICE - Potomac Trace is a vibrant new townhome community located in sought-after Alexandria, VA and the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. The enviable location offers homeowners close proximity to downtown Washington DC, legendary attractions, dining, shopping, major employment centers, Mt. Vernon Hospital, Amazon HQ2, and Reagan airport. PHOTOS REPRESENTATIVE ONLY - may show options [None Available - $649,990]

8957 Fort Hunt Rd

LOOK OUTSIDE THE BOX! This home is not your square box. Thoughtfully planned Modern Farmhouse Estate with 3 car garage accessory structure. Detached garage with optional finished 912 SF which connect (or not) to main house - bedroom, office, rec-room, in-law suite are all possible. One of a kind, custom-built home by premier local builder. Every inch of this home is beautifully thought out; absolutely stunning. Get in early to further customize your dream home! .72 acre flat lot overlooking Fort Hunt Park. A bikers and exercisers paradise. This home is unlike any other; 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms upstairs. Optional main level master with full bath, deck and screened porch. Estimated completion is August 2020. [Plymouth Haven - $1,695,000]

2504 Childs Ln

This Just Renovated 4 bedroom, 3 full bathroom home is absolutely stunning. It has an open concept with abundant natural light, amazing light-filled entryway, brand new gourmet kitchen, fully renovated baths, fresh paint, flooring, new fixtures, recessed lighting and more!! Lower level walk-out basement is complete with rec room, 2 bedrooms, full bath and utility room. Large flat backyard where you'll enjoy an expansive patio, tons of privacy, and a fenced in back yard. This location cannot be beat. Move-in ready with easy access to major commuter routes. This is a must see! For more information call listing agent Tom Billard 202-880-9371. [Stratford On the Potomac - $719,000]

7925 Fairfax Rd

Brick front home with a large lot and driveway. The home has a carport and tons of mature trees. Living room with hardwood floors, beams, lighted ceiling fan, and a fireplace. Dining room with chair rails and a lighted chandelier. Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white cabinets and tons of counter space. Family room with neutral carpet, and tons of natural light. Master bedroom with neutral carpet and lighted ceiling fan and good closet space. There are 2 additional bedrooms with neutral carpet and lighted ceiling fans. Hall bath with a tub and shower with ceramic tile backsplash. The outside is very private on your brick patio great for entertaining and relaxing on those beautiful days. Large lot .28 acres, of land that is flat and very open with mature trees. Truly a great home!!! [Hollin Hall Village - $599,900]

1804 Whiteoaks Dr

Classic exterior with truly stunning open interior combined with gorgeous elevated 3/4 acre wooded setting just minutes from Old Town. One of the most unique and exciting opportunities in recent years! Special features include: Chef's kitchen with custom cabinetry and top of the line appliances including "Viking" cook top, gorgeous refinished hardwoods, expanded family room and main level Master suite lead to truly spectacular solarium with custom endless lap pool. Expansive glass doors from family room and pool area open to massive stone patio creating exceptional flow for indoor/outdoor entertaining. 3 Main level bedrooms and upper level private suite, basement with gas fireplace and bar. 2 car garage & gravel circle drive provides ample parking. This special property with its spa like private environment is more than just a residence. This home provides a complete lifestyle experience! [Hollindale - $949,900]

7812 Friars Ct

Lovely, spacious brick home with attached garage on a quiet, friendly cul-de-sac. This wonderful location is convenient to shopping, restaurants, schools, library and Mt. Vernon Hospital. Open floor plan features wood floors and loads of natural light on the main level. The charming kitchen features granite counters and a breakfast bar that is open to the dining room. The main level also has the master suite as well as a second bedroom and hall full bath with tub. The finished lower level has an inviting family room with a wood-burning fireplace, two bedrooms, a full bath, also with tub. The lower level also has a large laundry room with plenty of space for storage and walks out to the large fenced back yard. Double-pane windows help with energy efficiency. The home is in a great location for those commuting to DC, the Pentagon, Old Town, Ft Belvoir, Amazon's new HQ and so much more. The scenic GW Parkway and bike trail are close by whether you choose to go for a run, a ride or a scenic drive. [Sherwood Forest - $599,000]

1400 Alexandria Ave

Stately and southern colonial with welcoming front porch and vaulted ceiling screened in porch located on quiet cul-de-sac! Built in 2001 the current owners have spared no expense updating this home putting in nearly $400,000 in recent improvements! 5 bedrooms on the upper level + main level library/office! Open concept kitchen/family room (with gas fireplace), breakfast room opening up to incredible screened in porch. Oversized 2 car garage walks into mud and laundry room. Hardwoods throughout the main and upper level. Aupair/ inlaw suite in the walkout basement with kitchenette, built ins, full bath, and gas fireplace. Fully fenced in back yard featuring landscape lighting and in-ground sprinkler system. Open Sunday 1/19 from 2-4 PM. [Wellington Heights - $1,399,000]

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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  • 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!

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.

What are buyers seeking?

A new Realtor.com® survey of more than 1,000 home shoppers revealed that privacy is no longer at the top of everyone’s list. More than 20 percent of home shoppers aged 55 and older cite having their own space as the driving factor of purchasing a home, followed by physical comfort and the stability of owning a home. Conversely, only 12 percent of buyers under the age of 55 cited privacy as their chief priority. 17 percent of millennial buyers placed family needs as their top priority when looking for a home, followed by stability (14 percent) and personal expression (13 percent).

 

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


What is a real estate agent?

Julie Nesbitt
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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