The Belt Team Named To Wall Street Journal’s “The Thousand” for 4th Straight Year!

Top Northern VA Real Estate Team

PRESS RELEASE:

MCLEAN, VA (July 28, 2013) – The Belt Team, led by CEO Terry Belt, of Keller Williams Realty’s McLean office, has again been named one of America’s top real estate teams. One of only a few Northern Virginia teams to be listed, The Belt Team ranked #169 on the Top 250 Residential Real Estate Teams by Sales Volume for 2012 (a component of the “Top Thousand Real Estate Professionals”). This is a prestigious national award sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends Magazine and the ranking comes out of more than 1.2 million REALTORS nationwide.

“We are delighted that The Belt Team has been recognized yet again.” said Ron Cathell, Operating Principal of Keller Williams McLean. “The Belt Team sold more than $72 million worth of real estate last year, while the national average was less than $1.2 million. This is a testimony to what The Belt Team’s clients already know – that The Belt Team consistently delivers the highest level of customer service & expertise no matter what type of real estate market we are in. It’s why so many of their clients are repeat & referral. Just this week, they sold a home for a client that first hired them to help find their dream home in 1986. The home sold in 5 days and above list price.”

“Realtors like The Belt Team who are committed to serving their clients’ best interests with integrity & skill are the reason why Keller Williams Realty has grown to be the largest real estate company in the United States. Customers value not only top-notch negotiating expertise & experience, but trust & loyalty.” said Amina Basic, Keller Williams McLean Team Leader. “The Belt Team truly cares about their clients. They are a fixture in our community and have been influential not only in the business arena, but are generous supporters of many community groups & charities including Vienna Little League, Madison High School Baseball, St. Mark Catholic School, Youth Apostles and our own KW McLean/Great Falls Cares.”

“I am thrilled The Belt Team is listed among the elite teams in the country,” said Terry Belt who serves clients in Northern Virginia. “Our ranking affords us access not only to tools, technologies, and resources that uniquely benefit our clients, but also to some of the top minds in the industry. That’s a win-win for us and for our clients. Our company motto is “God, Family, Business”. We live by that. And so it’s even more gratifying to be able to help so many clients find that “perfect” home, as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible, so they can make their dreams come true. Our team is family founded and we treat our clients like family.”

About The Belt Team and Terry Belt:

The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Senior Realtor Partner), Tom Reilly (Senior Buyer Specialist), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).  The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and specializes in Vienna and Oakton where it has sold more homes than any other Realtor or team since 1973. The Belt Team also sold more million dollar homes in Fairfax County last year than almost any other Realtor or team and is the #2 Luxury Home Team for Keller Williams Realty (out of 80,000+ agents).  For more information, please visit http://www.TheBeltTeam.com  Phone: 703-242-3975

About Keller Williams Realty:

Keller Williams Realty is the largest real estate company in the U.S. by agent count. Keller Williams Realty was the 2011 Winner of the Inman Innovator Award and in 2010, Inman News named Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Gary Keller, one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate.   For more information, contact Amina Basic: (703) 672-0687. Email: AminaB@KW.com

McLean Hamlet Open House – Sunday, June 30th

OPEN SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH 2PM TO 4PM IN MCLEAN HAMLET

McLean Hamlet Home For Sale

This stately white brick home sits on a lovely corner lot in sought after McLean Hamlet. Enjoy a spacious & unique floorplan that features a country kitchen & family room combination with woodburning fireplace, wide beam farmhouse wood floors, attractive ceramic tile kit floor, large island with oversize work space, tile backsplash & wood shutters. 5 bedrooms, 3 baths including a huge hall bath w/whirlpool tub, separate shower & two sinks. Delightful sunroom addition off the rear of the home. Plus a patio w/hot tub! Ideal commuting location, top schools & convenient to everything! $955,000

Directions: From McLean, take Lewinsville Rd west to left on Titania, then left on Falstaff, to Oberon on left. #1329 is on the corner.

Call (703) 242-3975 for more info.

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Just Listed in Reston – Spectacular Setting On Lake Anne!

We just listed a home for sale with a simply spectacular waterside setting alongside the edge of Lake Anne! Enjoy lake views from all 3 levels! $625,000

Home For Sale On Lake Anne Reston VA

Private fenced front garden, rear stone patio. Fantastic recent updates including Maple hardwood floors, kitchen w/custom cabinetry, granite, & stainless steel appliances, 3 renovated baths, new roof, windows/doors, custom walk in closet, whole house entertainment system. Just steps to dock/plaza and 1 mile to new metro stop!

Call (703) 242-3975 for more info!

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Just Listed on Gibson Drive in Vienna Woods!

Vienna Woods Home For Sale

You can find this beautiful 2 year young custom beauty in popular Vienna Woods! Enjoy a unique, open floorplan that features a 2-story foyer and family room, custom tile work throughout and gorgeous wide plank Brazilian walnut wood floors. Chef’s kitchen, first floor guest suite with full bath, luxurious master with stunning bath, and finished lower level.  Tranquil rear deck and fully fenced back yard. Near Meadow Lane Park, with great schools & commuting routes! $1,145,000

Call (703) 242-3975 for more info!

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Real Estate Grantor’s Tax Increases In Northern VA

Northern Virginia Real Estate Grantors Tax  Summer Real Estate Market in Northern VA

Effective July 1, 2013 – the Grantor’s Tax on homes sold in Northern Virginia will be going up. Any deeds presented to the Clerk of the Court for recordation on or after that day must reflect the higher fee. (This is a tax normally paid by Home Sellers, not by Home Buyers.)

  • Prior to July 1, the Grantor’s Tax is $1.00 per $1,000 of sales price (or assessed value if the value is higher than sales price.)
  • On July 1, the Grantor’s tax increases to $2.50 per $1,000 of sales price (or assessed value if the value is higher than sales price.)

So how does this affect you?

As an example, if are selling a home in Vienna, and the sales price is $800,000 (with an assessed value of $760,000):

  • Prior to July 1, you would pay $800.
  • If you settle and record on July 15, the tax would be $2,000!

The Belt Team has quite a few settlements this week (as is typical at the end of any month). In order to protect our Sellers from rising taxes and to save them money, we made sure to either negotiate settlement dates early in the week (to ensure recordation prior to July 1) or to work only with settlement companies who have track records of recording quickly.

I was recently reading comments in a private Northern Virginia Real Estate Facebook group that I participate in and this one popped up:

“Did I just miss this? It’s costing me an extra $2,000 on my next closing!”

The post linked to a notice about the change in Grantor’s Tax. The agent posting was selling a home for himself and was not aware of the change until this week. He is closing July 5th. If he had been aware of the change, he could have moved the closing up to this month and saved $2,000!

This is just another example of why you should always hire the best Realtor in Northern VA, preferably a team, who does a high volume of business, does it full-time and does it well. They are much more likely to be able to look out for YOUR best interests and save you both time and money!

Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better – One Family At A Time!” How Can The Belt Team Help YOU?!

Press Release: Belt Team COO Listed In “Top 100 KLOUT Scores of Individuals In Real Estate”

PRESS RELEASE

(June 24, 2013)

Christy Belt Grossman The Belt Team

Christy Belt Grossman, Chief Operating Officer for The Belt Team (one of the nation’s leading real estate teams) was recently listed by the Swanepoel Technology Report as having one of the Top 100 KLOUT Scores of Individuals In Real Estate. The Swanepoel Trends Report and Swanepoel Technology Report are two of the most well respected reports on changes and trends in the real estate industry. KLOUT score (http://klout.com) is a number that represents how influential someone is in the world of social media. KLOUT defines influence as “the ability to drive action” and Belt-Grossman’s influential topics as listed by KLOUT include real estate, business, Vienna, Facebook, blogging, Keller Williams, charities, religion & spirituality.

Top 100 Klout Scores In Real Estate Christy Belt Grossman

Belt-Grossman is the social media “voice” of The Belt Team. She is a community blogger for Vienna Patch, Oakton Patch and WUSA9.com; in addition to authoring a Northern Virginia real estate blog  and a lifestyle blog (http://TheresNoPlaceLikeVienna.com). You can also catch Belt-Grossman on Facebook, Twitter @TheBeltTeam, The Belt Team’s You Tube channel and Pinterest .

This is not the first time Christy Belt Grossman has been recognized as a leader in the area of social media. Last year, she spoke about “Social Media in Real Estate” and was interviewed on stage by Gary Keller, Chairman of the Board of the nation’s largest real estate company, Keller Williams Realty.  Grossman is recognized as an early implementer of social media as a tool to give Buyers & Sellers an edge in today’s changing real estate market.

“Recognition in the Top 100 is definitely an honor,” Belt-Grossman said, “But more important to me is that our social media influence has meant wonderful opportunities to help our clients achieve their dreams. We can connect with Buyers, Sellers and Agents around the world in a way that we never could before.”

Terry Belt, CEO of The Belt Team added,” Christy’s favorite saying is ‘It’s not your Grandma’s real estate market anymore!’ Our clients know that if they’re thinking about buying or selling a home, it’s important to choose a team that is “Tech Savvy” – even if they themselves are not.”

About The Belt Team:

The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Listing Specialist), Tom Reilly (Lead Buyer Specialist), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).  The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and specializes in Vienna and Oakton where it has sold more homes than any other Realtor or team since 1973. The team is ranked in the Top 15 Teams for Keller Williams Realty (out of 80,000+ agents) and ranked by Wall Street Journal as a Top 250 Real Estate Team in the United States (out of more than 1.2 million Realtors). For more information, please visit http://www.TheBeltTeam.com  Phone: 703-242-3975 Email: Info@TheBeltTeam.com


About Keller Williams Realty
:

In the past few years, Keller Williams Realty has continued to grow despite the well-publicized turmoil in the real estate industry. In addition to becoming the largest real estate company in the U.S. in 2012, Keller Williams Realty was the 2011 Winner of the Inman Innovator Award and in 2010, Inman News named Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Gary Keller, one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate.  J.D. Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers. The Belt Team is affiliated with the Keller Williams McLean office – one of the top KW offices in the entire country. For more information, contact Team Leader, Amina Basic: (703) 636-7300.

Act Like Katy Perry If You Want To Find Your Dream Home. Seriously.

Frustrated Homebuyer

If you stop in to almost any real estate office in Northern VA, you will hear tale after tale of frustrated homebuyers . . .

  • Buyers who have fallen in love with homes, only to be outbid by other buyers who had more cash.
  • Buyers who are tired of such low inventory and can’t find a home they like or can afford.
  • Buyers who have lost out on their potential dream home because it sold two hours after it went on the market and they couldn’t move that fast.

So what’s a buyer to do?

ACT LIKE KATY PERRY!

(In case you don’t know who Katy Perry is, she’s a 28 year old singer who has had five #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.)

Downtown Los Angeles skyline at night.

Recently, Katy Perry bought two adjacent homes in the Hollywood Hills (for $11.2 million!). Rumors are that she plans to use them as a “compound” of sorts. At any rate, the Hollywood Hills is a very sought after area and homes like this don’t come available very often – especially adjacent to one another. And the real estate market there is very similar to our Northern VA market. My colleague Dave Ockun, a top Hollywood Realtor reports “My last listing in the Hollywood Hills sold all cash at full price with a 2 week close. Great inventory is gone immediately!”

So how did Katy Perry make this happen?

She bought homes that were not active in the MLS!

Here’s the thing. You don’t have to be a famous singer or movie star to accomplish the same result – finding your dream home. You just need to work with a real estate team who thinks outside the box, has connections, knows about hidden inventory and is willing to work hard to make your dreams come true. Find yourself the best Realtor in Northern VA.

The Belt Team has done this for Buyers many times over the years. We can’t reveal all our secrets here, but they include things like secret Facebook groups, underground connections built over many years and more.

So if you are really serious about finding your dream home, call our Lead Buyer Specialist Tom Reilly at (703) 242-3975. He makes dreams come true. (In fact, the day we did the photo shoot for the picture below, Tom was actually negotiating a deal for one of his buyers WHILE the photographer was shooting!)

The Belt Team Helps Buyers Find Homes Not On The Market

Buyers & Sellers In Northern VA Need To OutFox The Competition

Streets Named Fox in Northern VA

Have you ever driven around to look at homes in Northern VA and noticed how many streets and subdivisions have the word “fox” in them?

  • Foxhound Rd in McLean Hunt, (McLean)
  • Fox Run Court in Wayside (Vienna)
  • Foxstone Drive in Foxstone (Vienna)
  • Fox Mill Road in Fox Vale Estates (Oakton)
  • Fox Den Lane in Fox Lake (Oakton)
  • Foxhall Road in Foxhall (McLean)
  • Fox Rest Lane in Oakden (Vienna)
  • Fox Forest Drive in Fox Run (Great Falls)
  • Fox Ripple Ln in Coppermill (Herndon)
  • Fox Woods Drive in Monroe Manor (Herndon)
  • Fox Grape Lane in Greentree Village (Springfield)

And the list goes on and on.

We have a fox in our neighborhood at the moment. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been more attuned to noticing all the streets & subdivisions with the word “fox” in them. And this fox is smart.

She knows the area like the back of her hand . . .all the ins & outs & secret hiding places. We live in a well developed area and yet, she has no problem staying hidden and keeping her babies safe from prying eyes & other animals. (I did catch one glimpse and boy were they cute!) And she has found multiple neighbors in our area who feed her. (Who needs to hunt when people will just leave food out for you? Crazy isn’t it?!)

This fox is probably using tactics that are a LOT different than those used by the foxes that were living “in these here parts” before the area was developed. But times have changed and this fox has adapted to her environment.

Buyers & Sellers in Northern VA need to do the same thing. Whether you are buying a home or selling a home, market conditions have probably changed since the last time you did this. You are competing and your goal is to outfox the competition. (Sometimes “outfox” has a negative connotation. But we like the definition “outsmart, outwit, outperform, beat through cleverness”.)

Your Realtor should have specific strategies that can help you do that.

(How do you know whether they are foxy or not? Check out their track record. Do they “win” for their clients frequently? Call their past clients and ask them! Or check out their online reviews. That will tell you a LOT!)

We won’t list our strategies here. That wouldn’t be foxy. We save them for our clients! (That’s why they think we’re the best Realtors in Northern VA!) But give us a call at (703) 242-3975 if you’d like to outfox the competition in the Northern VA Real Estate Market. Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better, One Family At A Time!” And nothing makes us happier than happy clients!

Happy Belt Team Sellers

Lead Buyer Specialist The Belt Team

Just Listed in McLean Hamlet!

Looking for a home in the sought after McLean Hamlet? We just listed one!

McLean Hamlet Home For Sale

This stately white brick home sits on a lovely corner lot in sought after McLean Hamlet. Enjoy a spacious & unique floorplan that features a country kitchen & family room combination with woodburning fireplace, wide beam farmhouse wood floors, attractive ceramic tile kit floor, large island with oversize work space, tile backsplash & wood shutters. 5 bedrooms, 3 baths including a huge hall bath w/whirlpool tub, separate shower & two sinks. Delightful sunroom addition off the rear of the home. Plus a patio w/hot tub! Ideal commuting location, top schools & convenient to everything! $955,000

Call (703) 242-3975 for more info.

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