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)

  • Inlet Cove is near Fort Belvoir and Potomac Mills

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

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  • Pending Home Sales on an Upswing

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

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  • A Good Time to Buy a High-End Home

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

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

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

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  • Learn more about living in Alexandria VA.

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

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Recent Listings

$265,000 at Carolyn Forest
$249,950 at Bentana Park
$275,000 at Villaridge
$589,900 at Bradfield
$499,000 at Annandale
$175,000 at Fairfax Heritage
$369,000 at None
$550,000 at Ellis Mill Esates
$359,999 at Green Trails
$299,900 at Marumsco Hills
$3,800,000 at River Bend Area
$660,000 at Greenway Downs
$424,990 at Midtown North

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!

Recent Listings

Buying your dream home

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Learn more about the buying process and how our agent can help you and save you THOUSANDS on your purchase.




Recent Listings

7148 Strawn Ct

COMING SOON! Great 2 level townhouse in Alexandria. Short Drive to Multiple Metro Stops and Walking Distance to Huntley Meadows. Move-in Ready. Priced to Sell. 3 Bedrooms Upstairs with 2 full Baths and Laundry. Lower Level features Eat in Kitchen and Large Living Room with Fireplace. Fenced backyard with Deck and Storage Shed. Do not miss this opportunity to own a Fee Simple home in Fairfax County for under $350,000! Alarm System Conveys. New HVAC. [Woodstone - $330,000]

1780 Rochelle Ct


3706 Persimmon Cir

Handsome and spacious 3-bedroom brick condo, in the heart of Fairfax City! Fairfax Plaza Townhomes are nestled in a park-like setting, with mature landscaping and flowering trees. This unit looks out to a grassy and lush courtyard. This is the phase 1 Canterbury model, which boasts 1,610 square feet on two levels. It has the attractive, brick arch detail over the covered front porch. This terrific home is totally move-in ready! Freshly painted throughout, with a neutral and modern grey tone. HVAC (Carrier) is only 2 years old. Beautiful, Samsung full-size front-loading washer and dryer set is less than one year old (comes with transferable warranty). Hot water heater is only 3 years old. All windows, including sliders, have been replaced with Earthwise vinyl windows. Windows come with a transferable, limited, lifetime warranty. Spacious foyer has newer Pergo flooring (Hampton Maple), which continues into the family room, and the updated and open-plan kitchen. Gorgeous Silestone (Brazilian Brown) counter tops! KraftMaid custom birch kitchen cabinets have attractive knobs and drawer pulls. Custom pantry/spice closet in the kitchen for extra storage. New, brushed nickel kitchen faucet, with pull-out. Fit a table of any size into your light-filled dining room, which also has modern and lovely sapphire pennant light fixtures. Convenient half bath on the main level has been fully updated. All bedrooms are on the second story. Each bedroom has been fitted with a ceiling fan/light kit. The custom closet in the master bedroom may well be your favorite feature! This closet will do you proud! It measures fully 7ft 4in x 7ft 4in! Master has an en suite full bath, with cherry vanity and marble countertop. Condo has pull-down stairs and ample storage in the attic. Comes with two assigned parking spot and 2 hang tags, for a total of 4 available parking spaces. Plus, there is visitor parking! Low condo fees include pool, basketball courts, walking-jogging paths, and tot lots/playgrounds. Comes with a home warranty! Condo is in the Woodson school pyramid. Only 3 miles to both George Mason University and the Vienna Metro. Metro bus stops at the front of the complex, and goes straight to the Vienna Metro. Easy access to 495, 66, and 50. Walking distance to Fairfax Plaza Shopping Center, and all the surrounding stores and restaurants! You are going to LOVE it here! [Fairfax Plaza Townhomes - $329,000]

1664 Parkcrest Cir #300

INVESTOR'S DREAM! Perfect tenants have lease on condo until 6/30/2020! Start collecting rent from time of closing! Great Neighborhood which will grow in value with the Tall Oaks Redo across the street. Swimming Pool and LANK Preschool next to Parkcrest. Within walking distance to the Wiehle Metro Station. [Bentana Park - $249,950]

11014bb Villaridge Ct #11014b

Lovely Spacious Condo with Lots of Light and Personality. The Deck is off the Dining Area. Walk to South Lakes Center and Wiehle Metro Station., Lake Audubon Pool and Lake, and paths all over Reston! [Villaridge - $275,000]

4926 Bexley Ln

Big price Drop! Gorgeous 3BR, 2.55 BA colonial w/large private yard & deck. Updated KIT w/added bfast bar, granite counter top and stainless steel appliances. Renov. master and hall baths with porcelain tiles, niches, and granite top vanities,, Freshly Painted 2,400 sf of living space . Fully Fin. walkout LL w/rec room. Ample storage! Sought after Bradfield neighborhood/Woodson schools. [Bradfield - $589,900]

11717 Robert E Lee Dr


1418 Northgate Sq #2c

Tenants are in the process of moving, but condo is available to be shown. Lots of room, lots of storage! Great location and schools. [Northgate Condominium / Reston - $250,000]

4007 Gallows Rd

Currently one lot .88 acres with potential to build large home also potential to be subdivided to 2 buildable lots. Builders, Developers, Investors or custom project bring your vision. [Annandale - $499,000]

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

You’ve been prequalified … what now?

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

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

Properties in Alexandria

7148 Strawn Ct

COMING SOON! Great 2 level townhouse in Alexandria. Short Drive to Multiple Metro Stops and Walking Distance to Huntley Meadows. Move-in Ready. Priced to Sell. 3 Bedrooms Upstairs with 2 full Baths and Laundry. Lower Level features Eat in Kitchen and Large Living Room with Fireplace. Fenced backyard with Deck and Storage Shed. Do not miss this opportunity to own a Fee Simple home in Fairfax County for under $350,000! Alarm System Conveys. New HVAC. [Woodstone - $330,000]

3310 S 28th St #201

Bright 1BR/1BA unit located right off of King Street in the heart of Alexandria. Convenient to Shirlington Town Center, Pentagon City, Old Town Alexandria and downtown DC. Includes private storage room in basement . Dog Park on property. Pool in summer [Bolling Brook - $179,000]

7400 Gatewood Ct

Custom all-brick colonial in Villamay. All the Bells and Whistles. Hardwoods throughout. Three Masonry Fireplaces. Remodeled Main Level Powder Room and Upper Level Bathrooms . Custom Chef's Designer Island Kitchen featuring Sub Zero and Wolf and Granite counters. Formal Living Room with Built-ins. Formal Dining Room off Kitchen. Master Bedroom with Full Marble Walk-in Shower. Full Upper Level Hall Shower Bath and adjacent Linen Closet. Numerous recent Upgrades and Improvements including both HVAC units, Water Heater, Roof, Driveway, Steel Chimney liner and Built-ins. Climate-controlled Attic Storage Room on Upper Level and additional Attic Storage with pull-down stairs. Two-car Garage with Custom Storewall System and Epoxy Flooring. Spacious Garden Shed. Extensive Hardscapes in Rear Yard. [Villamay - $1,050,000]

5825 Foley St

3BD/1 Full and 2 Half BA home with three floors & endless possibilities. Hardwood floors and a fireplace inside. Spacious fenced backyard great for entertainment with a separate shed. Great location -1/2 mile to Huntington Metro. [Huntington Mews - $389,900]

8452 Hallie Rose St

Enjoy the most sought after brick front elevation in the neighborhood! Immaculate home with open floor plan, beautiful natural lighting and 2 fireplaces with oversized garage large enough to open car doors with room for additional storage. This is a great home to entertain in with large rooms, open floor plan, huge living room large enough for a sectional. Create instant mood with the flip of a switch and stay warm with 2 gas fireplaces on the main and lower level, huge master suite with vaulted ceiling and fan. Walkout from the lower level to fenced in low maintenance back yard with brick paver patio. This Awesome location is next door to Woodlawn Park with Tennis, basketball, picnic area and walking trails through the woods, perfect for your 4 legged friends or for some exercise. Access couldn~t be any easier to major transportation outlets and Only 10 Miles from the future home of AMAZON HQ in CRYSTAL City, minutes to 2 metros, Virginia Rail, Mt. Vernon, Old Town Alexandria, Pentagon and the Potomac River. Commutes a breeze to DC or the Pentagon. Welcome to your new Home!! [Skyview Park - $420,000]

5818 La Vista Dr

BELOW MARKET SWEAT EQUITY OPPORTUNITY.... Structure is sound and many systems newer, just very dated..... live here while you remodel....estimated $65,000 to $75,000 below after repair value..... BIG TICKET ITEMS COVERED - HVAC approx 2011, Water heater fall 2018, Roof estimated 6 years, driveway resealed this fall....Huge family room addition with a gas stove....skylight in the living room and kitchen...Screened porch off the family room.... Lots of storage - closet in the carport, closet in the screened porch and workshop/shed with electric service in the rear....Carport with direct entry into the kitchen....Ceiling fans in each bedroom...full bath in the master....pull down stairs to the attic in the hall and another in the carport.... Terrific chance to get into a great neighborhood at a bargain price. [Fairfax Homes - $423,000]

1917 N Quaker Ln N

YUM!! WOOF!! 2 level/2 bedroom townhome (no patio) in sweet location. Structurally renovated open kitchen with granite and stainless. COMBO washer/dryer (yep, all in one-low energy usage). Sun- drenched eastern light. Offers due Tuesday, Dec 18th by 12N, if any. [Parkfairfax - $309,999]

2462 Windbreak Dr

Open House Saturday 12/15 2 pm - 4 pm. Sunday 12/16 1 pm - 4 pm! An outstanding find so close to Alexandria. This 3 Bed, 3.5 Bath townhouse at a great price and great location. A townhouse that is close to everything! Updated throughout, Roof in 2011, Windows in 2015, Water Heater in 2017, Front Door, Granite, and Kitchen flooring just recently. The lower level could be used as a suite with it's full bath and Refrigerator. Cherry and Fig tree in the backyard along with a jasmine vine complement the indoor space with a serene outdoor patio. Come see soon! [Mount Vernon Square - $374,900]

4721 Pole Rd

Oversized Split Foyer for Sale 5 Bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms. Master Suite includes bonus room, bedroom, full bath His and Hers closets. Cathedral Ceilings with plenty of light. Updated Kitchen includes custom cabinets, tile floors, granite and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors in Main living room and bedrooms as well as eat in kitchen, Lower level with 2 bedrooms and full bathroom, family room with Wood Burning Fireplace, built in bookcases and so much storage room. Circular Driveway makes for easy access. Fenced back yard with Shed and Deck. Located next to a park. Super Convenient location to new Amazon facility, 495/95/Pentagon/Ft Belvoir and so much more! [Engelside - $565,000]

8510 Hallie Rose Pl

OPEN AND BRIGHT! End unit TH with open floor plan and lots of light. Ready to move in! New carpet. New paint. Large Family Room off Kitchen has gas FP and opens to spacious deck, great for entertaining. MBR with lots of windows for extra light has two walk in closets. MBA with double vanity, large soaking tub and separate shower. Lower level has 4th BR with full bath and laundry room. Great location. Close to shopping, entertainment, restaurants, major highways and Ft Belvoir. [Skyview Park - $430,000]

8902 Beauchamp Dr

OPEN SUNDAY 1-4PM! Expanded and updated contemporary on gorgeous half acre lot near Mt. Vernon Estate. Fabulous features include: bright open floor plan, glass window wall, gorgeous hardwood floors on two levels, and oversize two car garage. Large deck overlooks private grounds. Freshly painted interior makes this one move in ready! [Sulgrave Manor - $550,000]

1400 Oakbrooke Ave

Lovely spacious home in sought after Fort Hunt area. Special features include: 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full Baths, Gourmet Kitchen, Family Room with Fire Place, massive screen porch off family room, and garage parking! [Oakbrooke At Fort Hunt - $645,000]

3009 Kings Village Rd

Spacious and sun-filled 4-level Townhouse in amazing, commuter-friendly location! 1,316 square ft. offering 3 Bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half Bathrooms. Enjoy cooking in the large, eat-in Kitchen that opens to a private deck, perfect for entertaining! An attached 1-car garage makes easy access for parking. Fully finished lower level offers endless options! Located close to the metro, Beltway, shopping, restaurants and recreation areas, you couldn't ask for more! Welcome home! [Village At Gum Springs - $369,900]

5250 Valley Forge Dr #604

Large 3 bedrooms, 2 Full bathrooms. Balcony w/great view. Hardwood floors. Quite secure building. Assigned parking, outdoor pool and party room. Walk to shopping and metro. [Wapleton Condominium - $215,000]

635 First St #203

Lives like detached home - Sunny corner unit (S & E exposures) with extensive designer details and upgrades. Lovely entry foyer, hardwoods throughout, fireplace, huge kitchen with pantry, upgraded lighting and cabinet interiors, plantations, renovated master bath and powder, two master bedroom suites, new dishwasher, HVAC and washer/dryer. French door to treetop terrace overlooking hip Gables Old Town. Two parking spaces. BEST IN CLASS! [Liberty Row - $879,900]

6603e Jupiter Hills Cir #E

Beautiful home offers open concept living with 2 spacious bedrooms and 2 stunning bathrooms. Natural light bathes the main living area thanks to the sliding glass door leading to the outdoor patio. Warm up with the cozy wood burning fireplace with wood mantel and glass folding doors. Elegant features throughout such as crown moldings, 6-panel front door with sidelight windows, and chair railing in the dining area. Your inner chef will rejoice in the updated kitchen featuring granite countertops, 42~ raised panel cabinets, and more. 2017 carpet and heat pump system. Community features tennis, playground, trails, park, and pool. Minutes to restaurants, shopping, Metro Bus stops, golf course, I-395 Capital Beltway, and more [The Pinecrest - $282,888]

1250 Washington St #202

RIVER VIEW! Spacious & elegant 2 bedrooms + Library features open, expansive floor plan with freshly painted neutral decor. Kitchen remodeled in 2017. Hardwood floors. East and West exposure delivers natural light all day. Storage rooms. Double exposure includes views of both river and formal gardens and west views of trees. Two contiguous garage spaces next to elevator. [Porto Vecchio - $725,000]

1111 Villamay Blvd

Elegant Colonial at Villamay's Premier Address! Enjoy grand living spaces, newly-built first floor master suite, spacious yard, and even partial river views! Generous light-filled rooms, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, expansive windows, formal living room and dining room, enormous family room, and main level two car garage! All-new stylish open-concept kitchen with Bosch appliances, Brizo faucet and pot filler, elegant marble accents, quartz counters, and custom Showplace cabinetry! Luxurious master suite features white marble walk-in shower, towel warmer, double vanities, skylight, cathedral ceilings, and walk-in closet, all overlooking serene water feature. Second master upstairs! Outdoor spaces include, gorgeous flagstone front porch, rear patio, and gleaming sunroom overlooking charming fish pond. New windows, new driveway, all systems updated. One of a kind! Don't miss this renovated beauty! Proudly offered by Owner/Agent. [Villamay - $1,225,000]

7214 Rebecca Dr

On the market for the first time since 1964, this one level expanded Goodman contemporary has four to five bedrooms, one and a half baths and is sited on a lovely corner lot. Eason Cross designed addition adds a breezeway entrance and a separate bedroom wing. Flexible living spaces, original parquet wood floors, wood-burning fireplace, two sheds, great curb appeal. This home is being sold "as-is" but has been well-maintained. [Hollin Hills - $599,000]

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.

    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 Alexandria


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 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. 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!

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

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



3 Reasons to Sell Now

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

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

What are buyers seeking?

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


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.

condos in Arlington
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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