With Halloween ready to make a BIG comeback this year, are you ready with the right candy? The folks at CandyStore.com (a bulk candy retailer and distributor) have compiled 14 years of candy sales data and published the Most Popular Halloween Candy in the US by state for 2021 (see above & their website for an interactive map).
The National Retail Federation predicts that the amount spent on Halloween candy this year will be close to $3 Billion (20% increase from last year; 10% above the all time high)!
To really make sure you buy the right candy, they also put together lists of the overall Best and Worst Halloween Candies. Here’s how they did it…
Twelve lists of best and worst candies were published on reputable websites. We grabbed the data there, added in our own CandyStore.com customer survey data (over 20,000 surveyed!) and mashed them all together into the ultimate list.
And the winners (and loser) are….
Top 5 Best Halloween Candies
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Sour Patch Kids
Top 5 Worst Halloween Candies
Candy Corn (no surprise there!)
Peanut Butter Kisses
Check out the CandyStore.com blog for more info (including an interactive map and the top 3 candies by state) and make sure you don’t get caught giving out the WRONG treats!!
Let us know in comments what your favorite candy is and if you agree or disagree with your state’s most popular choice!
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“The leaves are changing, but the housing market is not.”…Terry Belt
We didn’t see many changes to the housing market in the Region compared to August. Bottom line: the market is still HOT…it’s a sellers market & prices continue to appreciate (good news for sellers) AND even though inventory remains low, there was a slight uptick in the number of homes on the market last month & interest rates remain historically low (good news for buyers)!
The September 2021 market stats for Northern Virginia are below. Be sure to also click the links at the end of the page to get more information on some hyper local NOVA communities.
Northern Virginia September 2021 home sales:
• 3,749 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 7% from the same time period in 2020.
• 54% of the homes that went to settlement in September 2021, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.
• Average sold price was $635,339 (up 3% from the same time period in 2020).
• 4,774 homes came on the market. That’s down 4.5% from September 2020.
• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 18 days on market, equal to September of 2020.
• There is currently a 1.1 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 4,146 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).
It is still so critical to work with an experienced agent whether you are buying or selling. So, if you are thinking of buying or selling, contact us NOW (703-242-3975).
To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below!
Today’s housing market is truly one for the record books. Over the past year, we’ve seen the lowest mortgage rates in history. And while those rates seemed to bottom out in January of this year, the golden window of opportunity for buyers isn’t over just yet. If you’re one of the buyers who worry they’ve missed out, rest assured today’s mortgage rates are still worth taking advantage of.
Even today, our mortgage rates are below what they’ve been in recent decades. So, while you may not be able to lock in the rate your friend got recently, you’re still in a great position to secure a rate well below what your parents and even grandparents got in years past. The key will be acting sooner rather than later.
In late September, mortgage rates ticked above 3% for the first time in months. And according to experts throughout the industry, mortgage rates are projected to continue rising in the months ahead. Here’s where experts say rates are headed:
While a projected half percentage point increase may not seem substantial, it does have an impact when you’re buying a home. When rates rise even slightly, it affects how much you’ll pay month-to-month on your home loan. The chart below shows how it works:
In this example, if rates rise to 3.55%, you’ll pay an extra $100 each month on your monthly mortgage payment if you purchase a home around this time next year. That extra money can really add up over the life of a 15 or 30-year loan.
Clearly, today’s mortgage rates are worth taking advantage of before they climb further. The rates we’re seeing right now give you a unique opportunity to afford more home for your money while keeping your monthly payment down.
Waiting for a lower mortgage rate could cost you. Experts project rates will continue to rise in the monthsahead. Contact The Belt Team today so you can seize this opportunity before they increase further!
Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Taking the time upfront to prep your house appropriately can bring in the greatest return on your investment.
Here are four simple tips to make sure you maximize the sale of your house this fall.
1. Price It Right
One of the first things buyers will notice is the price of your house. That’s why it’s important to price it right. Your goal in pricing your house is to draw attention from competing buyers and let bidding wars push the final sales price up. Pricing your house too high to begin with could put you at a disadvantage by discouraging buyers from making an offer.
Your trusted real estate advisor can help you find the price for your home that reflects the current market value. Lean on your agent to help you with this crucial first step.
2. Keep It Clean
It may sound simple, but keeping your house clean is key to making sure it gets the attention it deserves. As realtor.com says in the Home Selling Checklist:
“When selling your home, it’s important to keep everything tidy for buyers. . . . Remember to take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.”
Before each buyer visits, assess your space and determine what needs your attention. Wash the dishes, make the beds, and put away any toys. Doing these simple things can reduce any potential distractions for buyers.
3. Make It Easy To Visit
Giving buyers the opportunity to see your house on their schedule can be a true game-changer. Buyers are less likely to make an offer if it’s difficult to plan a tour or they can’t easily fit it into their schedule. Making your house available as often as possible helps create opportunities for more buyers to fall in love with your house.
Rest assured your trusted real estate advisor will keep your health and safety top of mind when buyers tour your home. Agents use the latest guidance to stay up to date on any protocols and sanitization recommendations.
4. Help Buyers Feel at Home
Finally, it’s important for buyers to see all the possible ways they can make your house their next home. As the realtor.com article puts it:
“The goal is to create a blank canvas on which buyers can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.”
An easy first step to create this blank canvas is removing personal items – pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings – from your space. If you’re unsure what should be packed away and what can stay, consult your trusted real estate advisor. Spending the time on this step can pay off in the long run, as the 2021 Profile of Home Staging from the National Association of Realtors notes:
“Eighteen percent of sellers’ agents said home staging increased the dollar value of a residence between 6% and 10%.”
To make the most of today’s sellers’ market, avoid the temptation to skip over the essential preparation steps. Let’s connect today to discuss all the ways you can maximize your home sale!
Now that October is here, it’s time to get out and celebrate Fall and find that perfect pumpkin! Before you go, be sure to read below about some favorite Fall Festivals and pumpkin patches in the Northern Virginia area. Let us know in the comments if you have any to add! Oh how we love fall in Virginia….
Annual Fall Fest is back…tons of activities, fun and food (now through Oct 31st)! Visit their website to purchase tickets (tickets include access to the Spookley the Square Pumpkin’s self-guided learning maze, bounce houses, games, train ride, petting zoo and much more).
Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No ticket required to shop in the Garden Market
Fall festival the month of October. Includes a pumpkin patch, complete with a moon bounce, giant “scarecrow”, and spooky bus. They also have decorative gourds, face pumpkins, cornstalks, mini hay bales, straw, and various other Halloween décor.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Fall Farm Market From Oct 1st to Oct 31st. Also enjoy a pumpkin patch with Halloween-inspired backdrops. Pony rides offered Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall celebrations are limited this year.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Fall Fest is full of family activities…hill slides, Kiddie zip line, tree house slide, lawn games, hay maze, petting zoo, pedal carts, weekend entertainment and more. Visit their website to see additional activities offered on weekends and Columbus Day and to get ticket information.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (closed Tuesdays). 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OR 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day).