Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – February 2020

Record low supply of homes and strong buyer demand continues to drive the sellers’ market!  So, if you are thinking of selling, contact us NOW (703-242-3975)to take advantage of this market!  If you are thinking of buying a home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent to help you navigate this type of market and make your home buying dreams come true!  Use the links at the end to see the details by submarket.

Mid-Atlantic Region

25,547 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (26.6%) from the same time period in 2019.

31% of the homes that went to settlement in February 2020, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.  

• Average sold price was $348,114 (up 8% from the same time period in 2019).

28,706 homes came on the market. That’s up 8.8% from February 2019.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 55 days on market, 6 days faster than in February of 2019.9.

• There is currently a 2.0 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 47,701 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s MarketActivity picked up again in February…the number of homes that came on the market and that went under contract increased across the region.  Inventory continues to be low with the months supply of homes remaining the same. 

Buyers and Sellers…make sure you are working with an agent that will provide you with the data you need to make good decisions. The reality is that Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly. All of this data about the variances in different price ranges is a perfect example of why.  If you’re looking to buy, and you “make an offer” below list price – you might be successful in the upper ranges where there is a more abundant supply of homes. Taking that same action in the lower price range will likely mean you don’t get the house of your dreams. Someone else will.

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

Vienna: February 2020 Home Sales

Oakton: February 2020 Home Sales 

McLean: February 2020 Home Sales 

Great Falls: February 2020 Home Sales 

Reston: February 2020 Home Sales 

Falls Church: February 2020 Home Sales 

Arlington: February 2020 Home Sales 

Alexandria: February 2020 Home Sales  

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

Historically Low Mortgage Rates!

Another update from Terry…mortgage rates did drop yesterday so we’re now looking at historically low numbers! Something everyone should consider…buyers, sellers, homeowners not looking to make a move. Take a listen and give us a call 703-242-3975!

Fed’s Emergency Rate Cut 3/3/20…What Does It Mean For Mortgage Rates?

Wondering if the recent emergency interest rate cut by the Feb will affect mortgage rates/the real estate market? Our CEO, Terry Belt, shares his industry knowledge and addresses questions he’s been getting today.

And as always, feel free to reach out to The Belt Team to discuss selling your home or help you find your new house. 703-242-3975

Fairfax County Real Estate Tax Assessments Have Been Mailed!

Those of you who live in Fairfax County should be receiving your real estate tax assessment shortly.

For a large number of you (78.8%!), the assessment went up. And, well, that will likely mean higher taxes this year. On average, residential real estate assessments are up an average of 2.65%.

Note: the Board of Supervisors has not yet adopted the 2020 tax rate and will do so later this spring. On February 25th the 2021 Budget was presented to the Board and it included a 3% increase in Real Estate Tax Rate. So it is possible that what you pay will increase because of an increased tax rate AND because your assessment increased.

Assessments increased more from the previous year in part because values increased more. While 2018 saw a 3.03% increase in median sold price in Fairfax County, 2019 was higher at 4.90%.

(If you have not received your notice yet, you can check your Fairfax County assessment value online)


Here are some overall stats from Fairfax County:

Of the 355,404 taxable parcels in Fairfax County:

  • 303,680 have an assessment change
  • 51,724 have no assessment change

Here’s the breakdown of average home property assessment by property type (averages are not necessarily indicative of individual properties or neighborhoods):

  • Single family-detached homes – $692,409, up 2.36%
  • Townhouse/duplex properties – $437,346, up 3.43%
  • Condominiums – $288,246, up 4.36%

Now. Truth be told – the assessments in Fairfax County are oftentimes LOWER than actual “market value” (meaning what a “willing Seller” and “willing Buyer” agree a property is worth by ratifying a contract to sell/buy that property.)

If you are thinking of buying a home in Fairfax County, don’t be deceived into thinking you will be able to buy a home for about what the County has assessed as the value of the property. We are often asked how a Seller could justify an asking price above the Fairfax County tax assessment.

Assessed value is just ONE factor to look at when buying or selling. A better place to start is with a FREE INSTANT online estimate. Then schedule an appointment with The Belt Team for a custom estimate.

If you think your assessment is wrong, Fairfax County does have an appeal process. You can file an online appeal prior to May 1st. More info here.

Also note that Seniors and People with Disabilities may be eligible for the county’s tax relief program. More info here.

If you have questions about your assessed value, the market value of your home or are thinking of buying or selling a home, give The Belt Team a call (703) 242-3975. We are happy to help you make the right move!

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – January 2020

Welcome to our monthly post of home sale statistics for 2020! Below you will find the numbers for January.

The 2020 spring market has sprung! The buyers are out there looking for their dream homes (the stats show an increase in buyer activity from this time last year). So, if you are thinking of selling, contact us NOW (703-242-3975) to help get your home ready and to make sure you don’t miss out on this market! If you are thinking of buying a home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent to help you navigate this type of market and make your home buying dreams come true!

21,625 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (19.5%) from the same time period in 2019.

25% of the homes that went to settlement in January 2020, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $341,480 (up 4% from the same time period in 2019).

25,347 homes came on the market. That’s up 2.2% from January 2019.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 55 days on market, 4 days faster than in January of 2019.

• There is currently a 2.0 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 48,379 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  Activity picked up in January after the holidays…the number of homes that came on the market and that went under contract increased.  But low inventory continues to be an issue and the total number of homes for sale decreased. 

Buyers and Sellers…make sure you are working with an agent that will provide you with the data you need to make good decisions. The reality is that Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly. All of this data about the variances in different price ranges is a perfect example of why.  If you’re looking to buy, and you “make an offer” below list price – you might be successful in the upper ranges where there is a more abundant supply of homes. Taking that same action in the lower price range will likely mean you don’t get the house of your dreams. Someone else will.

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

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

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – December 2019

Welcome to our monthly post of home sale statistics for our region and some hyper local markets!  Below you will find the numbers for December 2019.

The 2020 spring market has already started! The buyers are out there looking for their dream homes (the stats show an increase in buyer activity from this time last year). So, if you are thinking of selling, contact us NOW (703-242-3975) to help get your home ready and to make sure you don’t miss out on this market! If you are thinking of buying a home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent to help you navigate this type of market and make your home buying dreams come true!

16,455 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (15%) from the same time period in 2018.

28% of the homes that went to settlement in December 2019, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $354,094 (up 6% from the same time period in 2018).

15,573 homes came on the market. That’s down 0.7% from December 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 48 days on market, 6 days faster than in December of 2018.

• There is currently a 2.1 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 50,094 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

Additional Year-End Stats – 2018 vs 2019:

Average sold price increased by 4.05% ($338,130 vs $351,834)

Total units sold increased by 3.8%

Average sales price to original list price ratio remained the same – 97%

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  No major changes during December but like last month, the number of homes that went under contract and the number of homes to hit the market decreased (which is not unexpected during the holiday season).

As we look back at the past year, the 2019 real estate market was healthy bolstered by conditions like the strong economy, low interest rates and low unemployment.  We saw an emergence of what we call a “segmented” market…the more affordable price points were definitely in a Seller’s Market as inventory was low, homes were selling much faster and we saw some appreciation in prices, while the upper-end price points in some areas experienced a more Balanced Market (even Buyers Market in some areas).  Prices did not appreciate and properties sat on the market longer.  We believe this segmented market continuing through 2020.

Buyers and Sellers…make sure you are working with an agent that will provide you with the data you need to make good decisions. The reality is that Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly. All of this data about the variances in different price ranges is a perfect example of why.  If you’re looking to buy, and you “make an offer” below list price – you might be successful in the upper ranges where there is a more abundant supply of homes. Taking that same action in the lower price range will likely mean you don’t get the house of your dreams. Someone else will.

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

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

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready? | MyKCM

Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing on realtor.com.

So, what does that mean? The busiest season in real estate has just begun.

The same research indicates,

“Historically, April launched the kickoff of the home shopping season as buyers would come out of their winter hibernation looking for their new home. However, the spring shopping season now starts in January for many of the nation’s largest markets.”

With the reality of fewer homes on the market in the winter, and that supply naturally increases as we head to the spring market, waiting for more competition to list in your neighborhood this year might put you behind the curve. Perhaps now is the time to jump into the market.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com says,

“As shoppers modify their strategies for navigating a housing market that has become more competitive due to rising prices and low inventory, the search for a home is beginning earlier and earlier.”

There is a lot of speculation in the market about why the search for a home is shifting to an earlier start. The one thing we do know is if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home this year, the earlier you get started, the better.

Reminder: When should you sell something? When there is less of that item for sale and the greatest number of buyers are in the market. That’s exactly what is happening in real estate right now.

Bottom Line

The new spring market for real estate is underway! If you’re considering buying or selling, NOW is the time to connect, so you have the advantage in this competitive market. Give us a call at 703-242-3975 or email info@thebeltteam.com.

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area

Welcome to our monthly post of home sale statistics for our region and some hyper local markets!  Below you will find the numbers for November 2019.

Not to sound like a broken record but…inventory continues to fall so NOW is still a great time to sell!  If you are thinking of selling or buying, contact us at (703-242-3975) to make sure you are working with an agent that will provide you with the data you need to make good decisions. The reality is that Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly. All of this data about the variances in different price ranges is a perfect example of why.  If you’re looking to buy, and you “make an offer” below list price – you might be successful in the upper ranges where there is a more abundant supply of homes. Taking that same action in the lower price range will likely mean you don’t get the house of your dreams. Someone else will.

Mid-Atlantic Region November 2019 home sales:

21,038 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (19%) from the same time period in 2018.

31% of the homes that went to settlement in November 2019, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $353,865 (up 6.3% from the same time period in 2018).

22,293 homes came on the market. That’s down 1.9% from November 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 46 days on market, 5 days faster than in November of 2018.

• There is currently a 2.6 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 59,542 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  The overall market conditions in the region did not change significantly from October to November but note that the number of homes that went under contract and the number of homes to hit the market (this number is also down slightly from this time last year) decreased.

As you dig deeper into the numbers of some of our local market areas, you will find that the market has slowed and inventory has dropped significantly in some segments.  We also continue to see that the upper-end price points in some areas are experiencing more of a Balanced (even Buyers in some cases) market where prices are not appreciating and properties are sitting on the market longer.  Whereas the lower price points are seeing appreciation, there is less inventory and homes are selling much faster.  

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

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

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – October 2019

Welcome to our monthly post of home sale statistics for our region and some hyper local markets!  Below you will find the numbers for October 2019.

With inventory remaining low…it’s still a great time to sell!  If you are thinking of selling or buying, contact us NOW (703-242-3975) to make sure you are working with an agent that will provide you with the data you need to make good decisions. The reality is that Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly. All of this data about the variances in different price ranges is a perfect example of why.  If you’re looking to buy, and you “make an offer” below list price – you might be successful in the upper ranges where there is a more abundant supply of homes. Taking that same action in the lower price range will likely mean you don’t get the house of your dreams. Someone else will.

BUYERS: Did you know that Belt Team Buyers are eligible for our FREE Priority Notification List for new listings not yet in the MLS?! Call 703-242-3975 for details.

SELLERS: Call The Belt Team at 703-242-3975 for our FREE Report “42 Questions To Ask Your Realtor BEFORE You Sell”. And find out how our listings sell FASTER and for MORE MONEY than the average agent’s listings.

25,068 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (17%) from the same time period in 2018.

32% of the homes that went to settlement in October 2019, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $348,312 (up 5.6% from the same time period in 2018).

31,329 homes came on the market. That’s up 1.4% from October 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 45 days on market, 3 days faster than in October of 2018.

• There is currently a 2.8 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 65,914 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  The overall market conditions in the region basically did not change significantly from September to October.

However, as you dig deeper into the numbers of our local market areas, you will find segments that are still experiencing somewhat different market conditions.  The upper-end price points in some areas are experiencing more of a Balanced (even Buyers in some cases) market where prices are not appreciating and properties are sitting on the market longer.  Whereas the lower price points are seeing appreciation, there is less inventory and homes are selling much faster.  

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

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

Selling Your Home During The Holidays – Good Idea or Bad?

As Thanksgiving approaches, we often get the question, “Should I wait to go on the market until after the holidays?” or “My home is on the market now, should I take it off during the holidays?”. Well, the answer is “It depends“! Here are some things you might want to consider if you’re thinking of selling your home during the holidays (and you can start here with a FREE online estimate of what your home is worth.)

  • If your home is already on the market, it may be a good idea to stay on the market. Buyers who are looking at homes during the holidays are usually “Real Buyers” and not just “lookie-loos”. Beth Dadisman, Buyer Specialist for The Belt Team, says “I have multiple buyers who are VERY motivated to buy during this timeframe.” And Gail Belt, Founding Partner of The Belt Team says, “My experience is that Buyers who are out looking at property during the holidays tend to be serious buyers. There may not be as many people looking at your house, but the ones who come NEED to buy or they wouldn’’t be out looking at this time of year.” Beth added, “My husband and I have moved 3 times in January. So we were some of those serious buyers looking in December!”
  • During the holidays, many Sellers take their homes off the market. This means we often see inventory drop and therefore if you’re on the market, you may have less competition.  However, it depends on your situation.  We advise many of our sellers to stay on the market. We can work with you to restrict showings on special days like Thanksgiving. But selling now before Spring competition picks up might be in your best interests.  Terry Belt, CEO of The Belt Team adds, “If you do go off the market now, consider coming back on immediately in the new year. In many areas, homes sell for more money in January-February than they do in the typical “Spring Market”  of March-April.”
  • What is your true motivation? Do you truly want/need to sell? If you’re just “testing the market” (IE – if you are not realistically pricing your home to what TODAY’S Buyers are willing to pay), then now is NOT the time to go on the market. Your home will likely not sell, and then when Spring arrives – your home will be “stale on the market”.  Prospective Buyers may wonder what’s wrong with your home and why has it been on the market so long.  (This is true at any time of year. Overpricing stigmatizes your home and hurts your eventual bottom line significantly.)
  • Set your expectations properly.”  Plan accordingly and prepare yourself & your family to be ready to juggle preparation & showings with other seasonal activities. (And if you have little ones, maybe Santa’s upcoming visit will encourage them to keep their rooms clean!)
  • Some Sellers really should wait until Spring. While most homes look better in the Spring when the trees fill out & flowers are in bloom, this is not usually a reason to wait for Spring. (That’s what everyone does and that just means more competition.) However, some homes are an exception to this rule. For example, Terry Belt shares, “We had a listing that backed to a cemetery. And while some people like that idea (quiet neighbors!), most people don’t like the reminder when they look out the window of their home. This is an item that can severely impact salability and price. In this case, we advised our Sellers to wait a few extra months and put their home on the market when trees were fully blossomed and the cemetery was not visible. You cannot get rid of extraneous factors like a cemetery, but you can mitigate their impact.”
  • If you do go on the market, don’t forget that Buyers looking at your home are trying to picture themselves & their families in your home. This is hard to do if your home is over-decorated with holiday knick knacks. You may want to be a little more restrained than you normally would be when putting up your decorations.  Too many decorations can also make your rooms look smaller than they really are. In addition, Winter is a dark time of year, so make sure you keep your home as light-filled as possible. Open the drapes, raise the blinds and turn on all your lights. The few extra pennies will be worth it!

If you need help working through what is the best time to put your home on the market, contact The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. Every situation is different and we would be happy to help you figure out what is best for YOU!

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