arlington: What to Consider Before Buying a Home - 10/05/15 06:55 AM
BudgetHow much you can afford is very important to consider when buying a new home.  As a rule of thumb, some experts suggest paying 25% of your salary towards your mortgage. Fortunately, for people living in Northern Virginia, there are several job centers like the Mark Center, Inova Hospitals, USPTO, NOVA Community College, Fort Belvoir and Reston Town Center in the area which offer high paying salaries.
SizeWould you like to have roommates? Do you have a wife and plan to start a family? These are questions to consider before taking the step towards home ownership. Depending on your circumstances you might … (0 comments)

arlington: Dad, what do you do all day? - 10/05/15 06:39 AM
 
This is an old post first put up before 2009. I got a chuckle out of it and thought I’d share with you.
When I come home exhausted it’s tough to remember (much less explain) what the heck I did all day.
A lot of times, I answer calls.  I get calls from renters who want to rent condos and townhouses. I get calls from buyers who want to make appointments or who just have questions.  I talk to landlords who use  our property management services.
Sometimes I really don’t know the answer. But when I don’t know the answer, I don’t make it … (1 comments)

arlington: 8 Tips to Guide Your Home Search - 09/28/15 06:11 AM
1. Get your finances in order.Review your credit report and be sure you have enough money to cover your down payment and closing costs. Then, talk to a lender and get prequalified for a mortgage. This will save you the heartache later of falling in love with a house you can’t afford.

2. Research before you look.Decide what features you most want to have in a home, what neighborhoods you prefer, and how much you’d be willing to spend each month for housing. Is walkability important to you? How about proximity to the Metro? Perhaps you want your new home to … (10 comments)

arlington: Single Family Homes less than $350k with easy access to the metro - 09/28/15 06:07 AM
If you have a friend who is looking for easy metro access, a 3 bedroom home and only wants to spend about $300k to $350k  it will be tough. But here are my best suggestions:
Many homes at Amberleigh are within walking distance of the Springfield Franconia Metro.  Kingstowne and Manchester Lakes might work too.The Huntington Metro is also an option at with homes at Bucknell Manor and the Fort Hunt area. This is a traditional 1950’s neighborhood with lots of trees and good schools.  Huntington Metro has 4500 parking spaces, so it’s a great metro to live close to because you … (2 comments)

arlington: What does a property’s Walk Score score mean? - 09/28/15 05:50 AM
Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. Walk Score calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score promises to measure how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking.
Each home listed for sale is given a Walk Score. That number is between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:
90–100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people can get by without owning a car. 70–89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without … (2 comments)

arlington: Tips for picking the right neighborhood - 09/28/15 05:46 AM
When considering a potential new residence it’s important to think about the neighborhood and surrounding amenities that are close by. Make a list of all of the amenities or services that are nearby or close to the neighborhood and track how long it takes as well as what routes you might use to get to each. You can also check the Walk Score of a neighborhood for a short-hand look at convenience.
Next, decide what the best characteristics of the neighborhoods are and determine what you like about them. Making a list of each neighborhood you are considering can be particularly helpful … (1 comments)

arlington: Simple Steps to Buy a Home - 09/28/15 05:43 AM
I’m going to buy a home, what’s the process?
Go to your bank or lending institution to obtain pre-approval.  As part of this you will discover what amount it is willing to lend.  This is important both to know your budget and to ensure that your offers are accepted.  Failure to pre-approve can ruin your chances for success later. Sit down with a Realtor to see what’s available, what meets your needs, and to discover the hidden dangers in home buying. Once you have found a property you wish to buy you can proceed with an offer.  Your Realtor will provide … (0 comments)

arlington: Care to Know What is the Virginia Real Estate Board? - 09/28/15 05:39 AM
The Virgina Real Estate Board was established in 1924 to regulate businesses and individuals representing others in real property transactions, including  condominiums, cooperatives, and time-shares. An adjunct responsibility allows the Board to investigate housing discrimination under the aegis of the Federal Fair Housing Act. The Board currently licenses approximately 55,000 individuals and businesses.
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
9960 Maryland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, Virginia 23233-1463
For further information, contact:
Phone: (804) 367-8526
Email: Board for Real Estate
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arlington: Young Professionals Survival Guide to Condo Ownership and Growing-Up - 09/28/15 05:32 AM
Although there are numerous benefits to owning a condo which include the lifestyle that such ownership entails; individuals living as single, young professionals who are just starting out, are arguably the most notable beneficiaries. The economic benefits that condo ownership provides for this particular demographic are two-fold. First, owning a condo is certainly less expensive than owning residential property insofar as the material upkeep and residual costs that homeownership necessitates. Second, most contemporary condo buildings offer a host of wide-ranging amenities that would command a considerable cost to an individual homeowner but which can be enjoyed instead at a significantly reduced … (0 comments)

arlington: What are Real Estate Agents? - 09/28/15 05:29 AM
Real estate agents are go betweens for buyers and sellers for real estate property.  All real estate agents have to be licensed by their state or such as of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Every real estate agent has to be affiliated with a real estate broker. A broker is a real estate profession with higher educational requirements and a minimum of 3 years of full time real estate experience. A realtor and broker have to be a member of the National Association of Realtors. Both realtors and brokers agree to follow the high standards of ethics and participate in any continuing … (0 comments)

arlington: How can a buyer determine the value of a property, during a purchase? - 09/28/15 05:25 AM
Licensed real estate agents can provide you with a competitive market analysis, this is based on:
Comparable properties in the area Adjustments for differences in size and condition of the property Differences based on location or the sale/rental date of the property While real estate prices are fluid and certainly open to negotiation there are very real trends that affect not only the housing market as a whole, but localized areas as well.  This can include everything from:
New construction Zoning changes Condemned properties Traffic pattern changes It is important to remember when assessing property that there are three factors that … (2 comments)

arlington: Want to know what do property managers and leasing agents do? - 09/28/15 04:41 AM
I recently received this email:
Will,
 
What all kinds of assistance do you provide? Do you check the background and credit of the perspective renter? If work needs to be done what happens? I know that the carpets will need to be cleaned before the renters would move into the place. Does one have to use your people to do any work necessary? What happens if I were to need a new renter, would your service handle that too? I have never used a service such as yours before, so I have a lot of questions.
Thanks for your help.
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arlington: Single Women, Condo Living and Everything In-Between - 09/21/15 01:50 AM
Recent studies suggest that single women currently make up approximately 47 percent of the condominium buying market in the United States. The reason is pretty obvious, if you think about it. Condominiums are an increasingly popularly housing choice for single women because of the various benefits that condos offer including convenience, security, and often virtually maintenance-free living.
For starters, security matters. For single women living alone in large, urban areas, one of the many benefits of living in a condominium are 24-hour concierge and security desks, video and security cameras in hallways and stairwells, and gated or enclosed parking areas. So if … (3 comments)

arlington: Want to Know Why to Hire Nesbitt Realty as Your Property Manager? - 09/21/15 01:45 AM
RelocationAre you leaving the area, but not quite ready to part with your Clarendon townhome? Are you active duty military, with upcoming orders for assignment in Germany? Regardless of your circumstances, property management is a great way of safely and effectively renting out your property. You could use your rental property income to put towards the mortgage, if you haven’t paid it off yet.
Separation between ClientsTenants and landlords each have their own wishes that they each want met (e.g. timely rent payments, proper repairs / maintenance, thorough unit inspections, etc.) Having a property manager can make this process a walk in … (0 comments)

arlington: Want to know what a “Colonial” is? - 09/21/15 01:37 AM
America’s colonial period encompassed a number of housing types and styles, including For more information about Colonial styles, see Cape Cod, Saltbox, Georgian, and Dutch Colonial. However, when we speak of the Colonial style, we often are referring to a rectangular, symmetrical home with bedrooms on the second floor. The double-hung windows usually have many small, equally sized square panes.
During the late 1800’s and throughout the 20th century, builders borrowed Colonial ideas to create refined Colonial Revival homes with elegant central hallways and elaborate cornices. Unlike the original Colonials, Colonial Revival homes are often sided in white clapboard and trimmed with … (0 comments)

arlington: Want to know simple tips for selling your home? - 09/21/15 01:32 AM
It’s hard to tell exactly what will sell your home. But it’s fairly easy to spot things that will prevent your house or condo in Northern Virginia from selling. Whenever possible, follow these tips for the maximum impact.
1. Remove clutter and clear off counters. Throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too.
2. Wash your windows and screens. This will help get more light into the interior of the home.
3. Keep … (0 comments)

arlington: Do you need a rental agent? - 09/21/15 01:27 AM
Advice is always free.
Condo Alexandria agents are available by phone consultation most days and will gladly provide information found on this website and advice over the phone free of charge. At no additional charge, Condo Alexandria can process and forward your application to the landlord at any time. Call us at 703 765 0300 if you have questions or need advice.
Condo Alexandria invites you to employ our expertise if you have an immediate and specific rental need. If you choose Condo Alexandria to represent your interests, your agent will work with you and not for any particular landlord or condo association … (0 comments)

arlington: Five Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes - 09/21/15 01:22 AM
1. Decide what you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income.
2. Develop your home wish list. Then, prioritize the features on your list.
3. Select where you want to live. Compile a list of three or four neighborhoods you’d like to live in, taking into account items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety.
4. Start saving.Do you have enough money saved to qualify for a mortgage and cover your down payment? Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price saved as a down payment. … (1 comments)

arlington: Five Important Tips for Condo Buyers - 09/21/15 01:18 AM
If you are looking or even just thinking about buying a condominium home in or around Northern Virginia, it’s perfectly natural to feel a little nervous. Buying a condo and owning your own home is a large, life changing purchase. Indeed, any individual thinking about buying a condo needs to know what to expect and how to prepare for those expectations. Below is a short list of 5 essential tips that any condo buyer would do well to consider throughout the process of finding a new condominium home. Happy hunting!
1) Look at Everything in Person
First, remember to look in person at any … (0 comments)

arlington: Ever wonder how does a real estate agent becomes a REALTOR? - 09/21/15 01:14 AM
A real estate agent is a professional licensed to buy, sell and manage real estate for a fee on the behalf of others. Not all real estate agents are REALTORS.  A broker is a real estate agent who has reached a higher educational standard and who accepts certain additional responsibilities commensurate with this level of licensing. The term “Realtor” is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the National Association of Realtors.
A real estate agent or broker who joins the National Association of Realtors is a Realtor.  The National Association of Realtors … (0 comments)

 
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