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

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

  • Inlet Cove is near Fort Belvoir and Potomac Mills

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

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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

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  • A Good Time to Buy a High-End Home

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

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

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

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  • Learn more about living in Alexandria VA.

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

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New Construction Buying Tip

serving condo owners, sellers and buyers in Northern VA
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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!

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The law requires that Realtors

  • Perform essential and customary acts to help out with the purchase or sale of real estate.
  • Properly account for the money or other property put in his or her attention.
  • Reveal any “adverse material facts” which are, or should be the broker’s knowledge.

Realtors can help buyers pre-qualify for mortgages and keep abreast of the newest house listings. They can assist sellers in screening potential buyers and preparing their homes. They are able to demonstrate investors the properties that fit their risk profiles and long term investment strategies.

Nesbitt Realty can quickly find the best house for you personally. Our agents can efficiently organize and coordinate meetings with sellers and potential buyers.

A Nesbitt Realty Realtor is well acquainted with the affairs you’ll need to know about the neighborhood you might be considering:

  • the security of the community,
  • Cost,
  • Metro availability,
  • Nearby parks and sites,
  • Nearby shopping,
  • School quality.

Our agents have immediate access to homes when they are put in the marketplace. Your agent will help structure the deal to save you money, when you’re prepared to make an offer on a home. She or he will describe the benefits and drawbacks of different types of mortgages and guide you through the mounds of paperwork.

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3446 Valewood Dr

STUNNING WIDE OPEN FLOORPLAN IN THIS ALMOST 7000 SQUARE-FOOT CRAFTSMAN STYLE MASTERPIECE IN THE HEART OF OAKTON. 5 BEDROOMS ON THE UPPER LEVEL, WITH 4 UPPER LEVEL FULL BATHS. DUAL STAIRCASES. TWO ATTACHED GARAGES WITH AMPLE SPACE FOR 5 CARS. TWO POWDER ROOMS ON THE MAIN LEVEL. LARGE FAMILY ROOM SITS OFF CHEF'S KITCHEN. CONVENIENT MUD ROOM TO HOLD YOUR FAMILY'S BOOTS, SPORTS EQUIPMENT, ETC. ~ THIS HOME IS YOUR DREAM, SATISFYING EVERY NEED. MASSIVE SPACE ON TWO LEVELS... AND AN UNFINISHED WALKOUT LOWER LEVEL, BATHED IN LIGHT FROM FULL-SIZE ABOVE-GROUND WINDOWS. LOWER LEVEL HAS BRAND NEW FULL BATH. NO DETAIL HAS BEEN OVERLOOKED INCLUDING CUSTOM LIGHTING WIRING UNDER THE EAVES FOR THE HOLIDAYS. BOTH GARAGES WIRED FOR WORKSHOP. 400 AMP ELECTRICAL SERVICE AND EXTRA INSULATION THROUGHOUT. LARGE DECK AND FENCED REAR YARD. QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD OFFERS MILES OF LOW TRAFFIC STREETS FOR BIKING OR WALKING. 5 MINUTES TO WEGMANS AND FAIRFAX CORNER, 10 MINUTES TO RESTON. OAKTON HS PYRAMID. [Valewood Manor - $1,200,000]

2816 Thaxton Ln

Move In Ready! Stunning Brick Front, 2-car Garage Townhome located in the heart of Oakton has over 2900 Square Feet of updated and stylish space. Updated Kitchen has Granite Countertops, Breakfast Bar, Glass Tile Backsplash, ample Wall Cabinets, and a built-in Pantry. Hardwood Floors on Main Level and Upper Level including Stairs. Two Gas Fireplaces. Large Master Bedroom has two Walk-in Closets. Master Bath has designer Tile and Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure. Lower Level has Wood Plank Ceramic Tile Floor (2016). Roof and Air Conditioner replaced in 2012. Interior Painted in 2016. Rear Deck has new Deck Boards. Fenced in Rear Yard with Brick Patio. Only 2 miles to the Vienna Metro Station. 15 minutes to Tysons. Walk to shopping in historic downtown Oakton. [English Oaks - $748,900]

105 W Linden St

Quintessential Rosemont home located on one of the best streets. 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths. Master bath fully updated with dressing area. Lots of closet space. Main level FULL bath updated. Upper level bath updated. Open renovated eat in kitchen with island, opens up to intimate office and family room with fireplace. French doors open up to patio and landscaped backyard. Finished basement with tons of storage, laundry and full bath. Huge foyer with delightful sun room on side and fireplace. 2 sets of stairs to enter bedrooms. Steps to Metro, Maury School, Old Town and more. All the charm but totally updated. [Rosemont - $1,450,000]

1148 S Lincoln St

Awesome end-unit 3BR/3.5BA TH only 3.5 years new with $90k in upgrades! Designer finishes throughout. Wide-open floor plan, stunning gourmet kitchen with upgraded cabinetry and granite, tile backsplash, huge sink, under-cabinet lighting, and Samsung Smart TV. Fourth floor features a family room with a top-of-the-line wet bar and huge terrace. Other features include a 2-car garage, private courtyard, plantation shutters, designer paint colors, 9' ceilings, hardwoods throughout 3 levels. Too much to list! Three blocks to bus stop. 10-minute drive to Crystal City and the new Amazon headquarters. Don't miss this one! [Pike 3400 - $955,000]

620 McKenzie Ave

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath end unit townhome overlooks the lovely park square of Potomac Yard, blending the charm of a colonial-era village green with the comforts of modern living. The home is set over two levels with eastern, southern, and western exposures, ensuring the interior is bathed with light throughout the day. On the main level a large, gourmet kitchen with breakfast area opens to a cozy family room with fireplace and balcony. With a separate living and dining area, and half bath, entertaining is a breeze! Upstairs, a spacious master suite with walk-in closet and two additional bedrooms with large closets, full bath, and laundry room. The home features an attached garage and is close to transit lines to Old Town, National Landing, and DC with a new metro stop coming soon! [Potomac Yard - $835,000]

205 Adams Ave

This lovely Del Ray duplex is conveniently located just a short stroll to The Avenue, Braddock Metro station, Rosemont and historic Old Town. Offering two car tandem off-street parking, beautiful landscaping and spacious fully fenced backyard. A gorgeous stone patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining is located just off the magnificently expanded kitchen. You will love the original exposed brick, under cabinet lighting, black granite counter top and tile back splash. Separate dining area with large windows adding lots of natural light. The gleaming hardwood floors throughout main and upper level were refinished in 2012. Custom wood blinds and plantation shutters add privacy and beauty throughout. Finished lower level walk-out basement offering a full bath, laundry room, office nook, storage and family room or optional third bedroom with tile flooring. [Del Ray - $664,900]

3401 White Oak Ct

Easy living at its best!!Beautiful 3-BR/2 BA contemporary home. All brick patio home with main level master bedroom suite. Soaring cathedral ceilings and tons of light through windows that look out into the landscaped patio. Spacious main level Master Suite features ensuite bath, separate shower and tub, walk-in closet and sliding glass door to patio. Spacious kitchen opens into private patio, perfect for entertaining.Huge walk-out living room and dining room with a fireplace. Two bedrooms on upper level with full bath and laundry area. Two-car garage. Park-like low maintenance wooded backyard. Located opposite Army-Navy Golf Club, close to Fairfax Circle shopping area, easy bus access to Vienna Metro [Great Oaks - $595,000]

7330 Brunson Cir #3p

Beautiful Ryan Homes' Picasso 2-level end-unit condo townhome with upgrades throughout! Step inside to an open floorplan with hardwood floors, crown molding, 9+ft ceilings, upgraded lighting & ceiling fans along with plentiful natural light. The eat-in kitchen features granite countertops, stainless appliances, island w/ eat-at bar. The kitchen opens up to the family room and balcony. Ensuite Master with huge walk-in shower, double vanities and walk-in closets. Attached garage and driveway. Community amenities include a clubhouse, basketball courts & playground. Located just off of 66, 29 and 15 which makes for an easy commute to DC! Less than 2 miles from all of the shopping and dining of the Virginia Gateway Center. [Somerset Crossing - $345,000]

8026 Trevor Pl

Open house Sunday 2/24/19! Perfect location!! This townhome has been meticulously cared for over the years, and is awaiting your updates to make it really shine. Incredibly convenient commuter's home, minutes from Tyson's and 495. Attached garage and ample parking. [Courthouse Station - $625,000]

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

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1317 Alexandria Ave

Biker/Runners paradise! Just two blocks to the GW bike path and no crossing over GW Parkway! Rare open floorplan one-level rambler with dramatic vaulted ceilings in the great room, and literally surrounded by nature. Enjoy cool nights by the great room fireplace overlooking the wooded 1/2 acre yard. Prepare chef's quality meals in the large open kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances and gas cooking. Luxurious master suite has glass doors to deck, lux master bathroom with double sinks and a large shower, and a walk-in closet too. Remaining 3 bedrooms and full renovated bath are privately located on the opposite side of the house. Outside, you will find a large deck, fully fenced backyard, shed and large driveway with parking for 4-5 cars.~ Located on one of Alexandria's most prestigious streets, this home is steps to the stone bridge and Potomac River. You can be on the Mt. Vernon bike trail in seconds and enjoy it's 40 miles of trails, scenic water views and historic stops. Just a 5 minute drive to Waynewood Elementary and Carl Sandburg, and a 15 minute bike ride to Old Town Alexandria! Only 12 miles to Amazon's new headquarters along the Potomac River and George Washington Parkway and 5 miles from Old Town Alexandria (no stop lights). 5 miles to Huntington Metro station and just 1 block from the 11Y bus service. Tauxemont neighborhood features two community tennis courts, large wooded lots and some of the best community well water in the County. [Tauxemont - $799,900]

7812 W Boulevard Dr

Cal DOM is incorrect! Listing was activated Feb 16, 2019. Error in system, will be corrected next few days. Beautiful single family detached home in desirable Waynewood school district. Completely renovated Spring of 2017. Natural light pours in through the windows on every level. Just off the George Washington Parkway, you will have ease of access into Old Town Alexandria and National Landing (Amazon!). Less than 15 minutes to Ronald Reagan Airport. walking/hiking trails are literally out your front door with beautiful views of the Potomac River and National Harbor just a few minutes away. Don't miss this opportunity to make this your new home! White kitchen cabinets, Granite counter tops & s/s appliances in kitchen. Hardwood floors top two levels & tile on lower level. NO CARPET! The most adorable grey Cape Cod on the parkway! Average homes for sale in Wellington subdivision is $2,842mil. Offers dead line Feb 25. [Wellington - $799,999]

8036 Washington Rd

Pre-Construction Opportunity! ~ END OF 2019 Delivery! Act now to personalize before ground breaking! 4,298 sq. ft. featuring open concept from Kitchen to Great Room with fireplace. Deluxe Kitchen featuring stainless appliances, upgraded cabinets and countertops. Hardwood flooring throughout the Main Level, Mud Rm off garage and so much more! [Hollin Hall - $998,955]

8401 Ashwood Dr

TRULY MOVE-IN CONDITION RIGHT OFF THE PARKWAY!! Cute 3 level split in terrific location with very desirable schools. Main level interior walls removed for open concept living room, dining room combination with cathedral ceiling. Updated kitchen with new stainless steel frig, microwave, & dishwasher, 42" cabinets, ceramic tile backsplash, breakfast bar ...BEAUTIFUL HARDWOOD FLOORS AND RECENT PAINT. Upper level with 4 good size bedrooms, gorgeous hardwoods, updated hall and master baths 2011. Cozy lower level with wood burning fireplace, updated half bath, & walk-up stairs. large laundry/storage room. Sited on quiet street and level lot, easy access to GW Parkway, bike & walking trails. Nearby Waynewood private community pool memberships are available.YOU'LL LOVE LIVING HERE!! [Collingwood On the Potomac - $695,000]

8204 Collingwood Ct

Outstanding open plan home with two story foyer and two story family room, four bedrooms, four and a half baths and gourmet eat in kitchen! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac just minutes from Old Town Alexandria, this beautifully maintained and upgraded home offers country style living close into town! Special features include sumptuous master bedroom suite with private bath with separate tub and shower and walk in closet; loft overlook from upper level to family room below! Exterior features include deck and sprinkler system, landscaped grounds and terrific curb appeal! [Collingwood Springs Khor - $949,000]

8034 Washington Rd

Pre-Construction Opportunity! ~ END OF 2019 Delivery! Act now to personalize before ground breaking! 4,298 sq. ft. featuring open concept from Kitchen to Great Room with fireplace. Deluxe Kitchen featuring stainless appliances, upgraded cabinets and countertops. Hardwood flooring throughout the Main Level, Mud Rm off garage and so much more! [Hollin Hall - $988,640]

2201 Londonderry Rd

This house will take your breath away~ Private & beautifully landscaped .39 acre yard w/large 2 car garage in popular Ft. Hunt community. Stunning hardwood floors on main & upper levels. Solid wood 6-panel doors, lovely painted interior, updated baths, double pane windows. A spectacular & enchanting kitchen w/ beautiful cherry cabinets, SS appliances, granite counter, large SS range hood & lovely center isle. Plus, 3 large pictures windows overlooking a fabulous front yard. The lower level offers a 4th BR, a half bath, Fam room, laundry room, plus a floored crawl space for extra storage. This home is a 10!! [Riverside Park Hessick - $670,000]

1143 Westmoreland Rd

New construction in sought-after Wellington/ Waynewood Elementary. Expected Delivery July 2019. Welcome home to this stunning wrap around porch on beautiful 1/4 acre lot. 5 bedrooms + office and sitting room/room sized walk in closet. Open concept main level, laundry room on bedroom level, mudroom, pantry, kohler fixtures, high-end appliances. Asking price reflects main and upper levels finished+ partially finished basement. Additional~ upgrades and options available (screened in porch instead of deck, wet bar in basement, finished gym) [Wellington Estates - $1,195,000]

2303 Nordok Pl

Beautiful home in Kirkside. Main level has hardwood floors, all baths have floor to ceiling tile. Lots of storage! Freshly painted inside and out. Approx. 2,000 sq ft of finished living space. Beautiful upper back deck on over sized lot with mature trees. New heating-2018. Bosch dishwasher. Across the street from Math & Science Focus School and NO HOA! [Kirkside - $635,000]

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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It’s not hard to find some of our many great reviews, but here are a few awards and accolades for client satisfaction.

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What is a real estate agent?

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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.
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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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