Planning To Retire? Your Equity Can Help You Reach Your Goal.

Whether you’ve just retired or you’re thinking about retirement, you may be considering your options and trying to picture a whole new stage of your life. And you’re not alone. Research from the Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) shows 10,000 Baby Boomers reach the typical retirement age (65) every day, and only 47% of the people in that generation have already retired.

If this sounds like you, one thing worth considering is whether or not your current home will suit your new lifestyle. If your home doesn’t have the features or benefits you’re looking for, the good news is, you may be in a better position to move than you realize.

That’s because, if you already own a home, you’ve likely built-up significant equity, and that can help you fuel your next move. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR):

“A homeowner who purchased a typical home five years ago would have gained $125,300 from just price appreciation alone.”

In fact, over the last twelve months, CoreLogic reports the average homeowner in the United States gained roughly $64,000 in equity due to home price appreciation.

You can use your equity to help you achieve your homeownership goals. Whether you want to downsize, move closer to loved ones, or buy a home in a dream destination, your equity can help get you there. It may be some (if not all) of what you’d need as your down payment on a home that better fits your changing needs. 

Bottom Line

Retirement is a big step and so is buying or selling a home. As you move into this new phase of life, let’s connect so you have an expert to guide you through the process as you sell your current home and give you expert advice as you buy one that’ll better suit your needs.

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Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – July 2022

We didn’t see many changes in the Northern Virginia housing market from June to July but overall our market is changing.  

Watch Terry Belt briefly describe what he is seeing in the following video.  Then be sure to take a look at all the regional stats for July 2022 below along with links to some of our hyper local areas.

Northern Virginia July 2022 home sales:

2,902 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 29% from the same time period in 2021.

59% of the homes that went to settlement in July 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $715,510 (up 8% from the same time period in 2021).

4,114 homes came on the market. That’s down 18% from July 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 14 days on market, 2 days slower than in July of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.2 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 4,154 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory increased again from last month and was up 12% year-over-year.  However the number of homes going under contract and new homes coming on the market decreased…and both of these numbers continue to be down from this time last year.  Average sold price was down a bit from June but was up compared to July last year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to The Belt Team and let us help you navigate this unprecedented market.

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To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: July 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: July 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: July 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: July 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: July 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: July 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: July 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: July 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

How to keep your house cool in this heat!

Since we’ve all been dealing with high summer temperatures we asked our friends at John Nugent & Sons for some tips on how to keep the COOL IN and the HEAT OUT! Here you go….

  1. Check for leaks in doors and windows.
  2. Change/clean air filters every month…more frequently if you have pets.
  3. Close curtains to block the sun’s rays during the heat of the day.
  4. Make good use of ceiling fans.
  5. Close air vents in unused rooms.
  6. Consider purchasing a programmable thermostat.
  7. And…remember to schedule regular maintenance and safety checks for your home’s HVAC systems!

Thanks to John Nugent & Sons for the great tips!!