A little feedback from an appreciative client

Wow! I just got this from Jeremy W. This really makes me proud to work with Nesbitt Realty.

Howdy Mr. Nesbitt–

Belle View sign
Entrance to Belle View condominiums

I wanted to take a moment to highlight the exceptional service I received from one of your agents, Ben Fornshell. Within a few hours of emailing Ben, we made an appointment to meet the following day in order to tour Belle Haven. After meeting up at your office, we walked  along the well-kept streets while Ben shared some of his experiences with the community; calmly strolling through a neighborhood on a sunny day while viewing properties is not a typical experience when searching for a new home. After touring several, I stepped into one particular unit and realized I was home. Ben walked me through the particulars before we parted. Later that day, he met with me a second time, well after working hours, to show the unit to my skeptical wife.

She eagerly concurred and five days later, we signed the lease–beating out several other applicants largely because of how well-prepared our package was. Ben’s relaxed and informative approach was a sea-change to the aggressive apartment-pushers usually lurking in real estate and is a great credit to your business and profession.

Further, his stance made it more than clear that he wasn’t merely looking to push someone into a vacant unit: he was assisting a new neighbor.

Please convey my very great appreciation for his hard work and dedication. If you’d like to post this message anywhere online, please feel free; I only ask that you omit my last name for privacy.



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

What type of dwelling do I want to buy?

Single-family house at 5610 Justis Pl, Alexandria, VA 22310
Single-family house at Glenwood Park is in Alexandria 22310

To start a home search, beginning with a certain type can narrow results. For example, selecting  a townhome moves towards different features than a garden style condominium, such as a townhomes potential for cozy levels and easier to maintain grounds than that of a Belle Haven property. On a different end of the spectrum is a luxury high rise which can boast scenic views of the surrounding landscapes.

Preferences can play a big role in finding a home that correctly aligns with the occupants lifestyle, such as that of a metro commuting corporate employee seeking a moderate Montebello dwelling versus that of a distant Springfield contracting handyman whom might prefer something with access to materials such as Lowe’s, and Home Depot and a quieter location like that of Newington.

Additionally, a type selection can make it easier to determine a neighborhood location. Some might prefer a townhome near a shopping center while others may weigh water accessibility as more desirable, such as a Potowmac Crossing condominium. Furthermore, I have seen that once the move has occurred, getting acquainted can be an endearing process of increasing familiarity with a region.

Some might love to settle into a Bucknell Cape-Cod, due to the detached ruggedness and the suburban appeal, while others might prefer the shopper friendly location of a Kingstowne townhome with easy entrance to 495.

Properties in Bucknell Manor

6903 Columbia Dr

Charming three bedroom, two bath Cape Cod on beautiful lot. Beautifully maintained by owner, highlights include recently updated kitchen with new granite counters, fresh paint throughout, open living and dining room combo, and main level master bedroom with full bath. The upper level boasts two additional bedrooms and full bath. Large lush front/side yards. One-car detached garage plus driveway. [Bucknell Manor - $499,900]

2214 Rollins Dr

Located in the southern section of Fairfax County, just five miles from historic Mount Vernon, an outstanding starter home that is move in ready. A newly renovated kitchen, NEW H/C system, NEW water heater,spacious bedrooms (with a potential living space in the basement), a nicely manicured backyard with a new front gate, and a pleasant view of the street and surrounding neighborhood. [Bucknell Manor - $345,000]

6803 Swarthmore Dr

Renovated Home Backing to Wooded Parkland* New Kitchen: Cabinets, Granite Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, Driftwood Style Porcelain Tile Flr, Lighting* All New UL Bath* Freshly Painted Throughout*Refinished Flrs on Main Lvl* New Carpet on Stairs & in Extended Upper BRs* Flex Flr Plan: Front Rm Can Be LR or DR* Addition Can be Used As LR, Dining and/or FR* List Of Improvements At The Home [Bucknell Manor - $565,000]

2220 Dartmouth Dr


Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

Why Alexandria?

Across the Potomac River from Washington D.C. lies Alexandria, Virginia. For some, the fact that it is just a river’s cross away from the national capital adds to the appeal that establishing a home in Alexandria offers.

on the boardwalk in Alexandria
At the Torpedo Factory and Potomac in Old Town

However, a closer look at the areas available in Alexandria will show that this city has more to offer, with a certain ambiance made to fit the tastes of those seeking a suitable residence – whether they’re gearing more towards the classic or the modern.

Alexandria originated from Old Town and this particular location, situated right beside the Potomac River, has the classic ambiance of a riverside town and has quite a charming array of waterfront restaurants, shopping areas, condominiums, houses, and of course, townhomes.

Some of the best deluxe condos and townhouses can be found in Old Town, including Rivergate Townhouse and the Torpedo Factory Condos to name a few.

While Old Town sports the charm and benefits of being the original Alexandria, Kingstowne competes through its modern fixtures, brought about by thorough planning and careful implementation. This modern housing suburban area offers a variety of homes, townhouses and a couple of garden condo compounds, not to mention plenty of community parks and fields.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for classic old school simplicity, Old Town has that charm. Either way, Alexandria offers something to fit everyone’s needs and tastes.

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

Do you need a brand new kitchen?

Montebello kitchen
original kitchen at Montebello

One of the biggest questions every condo buyer and home buyer has to ask is, “How much work am I willing to take on?”

Some folks want a turnkey residence. Some folks want a residence that has brand new modern appliances and cabinets. Some people want appliances and cabinets that have never been used.

Some people don’t mind an older kitchen. Some people like the feel of a kitchen that was put in long ago.

Others like an older kitchen because they like the idea of ripping out the old and putting in the new. It can be very gratify—not to mention financially rewarding—to completely remake a residence.  As a homeowner, or condo owner, you are the ultimate authority. It is your domain to decide what will stay and what must go.  This can be a lot of fun.

Brand new kitchen at the Eclipse

But, remodeling can be a lot of work.  Living through the dust and the inconvenience can be a hassle. If you don’t know where to turn to, it can also be very expensive.  But no matter how you personally resolve the issue, it’s important to consider before you actually start shopping.

Georgian style residences


Befitting a king–in fact, the style is named for four King Georges of England–Georgian homes are refined and symmetrical with paired chimneys and a decorative crown over the front door. Modeled after the more elaborate homes of England, the Georgian style dominated the British colonies in the 1700s. Most surviving Georgians sport side-gabled roofs, are two to three stories high, and are constructed in brick.

Georgian homes almost always feature an orderly row of five windows across the second story. Modern-day builders often combine features of the refined Georgian style with decorative flourishes from the more formal Federal style.

For more information or to set up an appointment call Nesbitt Realty at (703)765-0300.
Georgian style residence

Why choose a condo?

Watergate at Landmark
Watergate at Landmark

People choose condominium life for a number of reasons. Some condos are less expensive than a traditional single-family house. Additionally, many condos have added amenities and facilities which an individual cannot afford on his own. Most condominiums have amenities you won’t find on a similarly priced single family residence.

For example, a typical condo has (at minimum) a pool, a work-out room, and party room. A similarly priced house would not enjoy these amenities. Another benefit of condo living is that owners share in the burden of maintenance and lawn care. This means that some of the exterior maintenance and lawn care is provided by the condo association and the expense of that care is part of your monthly condo fee.

Many older condos have utilities included in the price of the condo fee. In new condos it is more typical to share the cost of water, but individually pay for other utilities.

Condo life in some ways is simpler for active lifestyles. Many condo owners choose condo life because they love life and they don’t want to be bogged down with maintaining a lawn or cleaning gutters. A condo owner can walk out the back door and enjoy a dip in the pool while the other guy is spending time writing checks to pay his utilities.

Properties in Clarendon

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

Taxes Are Tricky for Second-Home Buyers

Purchasers of second homes should be aware that, according to the IRS, taxpayers who are married and filing jointly can’t deduct interest on more than a combined total of $1 million of “home acquisition debt” for a primary and a secondary residence.

Torpedo Factory entrance
Entrance to the Torpedo Factory condos on a snowy day

Taxpayers also may deduct up to a combined total of $100,000 of home-equity debt on their first and second homes.

After refinancing, a home owner can only deduct interest on the original amount of the loan at the time they refinanced, plus $100,000.

Buyers and refinancers also can deduct loan fees – “points” – if the money was used to buy or improve their home. They can’t deduct them if they refinanced to lower the interest rate.

Source: Inman News, Tom Kelly (04/07/2010)

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