Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low

Best Time to Sell? When Competition Is at an All-Time Low | MyKCM

In a recent survey of home sellers by Qualtrics, 87% of respondents said they were concerned their home won’t sell because of the pandemic and resulting economic recession. Of the respondents, 51% said they are “seriously worried.” That concern seems reasonable considering the current condition of the economy. The data, however, is showing that home purchasers are still very active despite the disruptions American families have experienced this year.

The latest Existing Home Sales Report published by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that 340,000 single-family homes sold in this country last month. NAR’s most recent Pending Sales Report (homes going into contract) surpassed last month’s number by over 44%, which far exceeded analysts’ projections of 15%. ShowingTime reported that appointments to see homes (both virtually and in-person) have increased in every region of the country and are up 21.4% nationwide over the same time last year.

While buyer activity is surging, the number of listings has fallen to an all-time low. Zelman Associates, in their latest residential real estate report, revealed that housing inventory as a percentage of households has fallen to 1.2%, which is half of the long-term average and lower than any other time in our history.

Bidding Wars Heating Up Again

With buyer demand growing and the supply of available homes shrinking, purchasers are again finding themselves needing to outbid other buyers. NAR, in a recent blog post, revealed:

“On average, there were about three offers on a home that closed in May, up from just about two in April 2020 and in May 2019 (2.3 offers).”

Bidding wars guarantee houses sell quickly at a price near or even slightly over the listing price.

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking of selling, don’t be concerned about putting your house on the market right now. There’s no better time to sell an item than when demand for it is high and supply is low. It is exactly at that time when you will negotiate your best possible deal.

Give us a call or shoot us an email if you want to discuss how we have been successfully navigating the current pandemic environment for our sellers…703-242-3975 | sales@thebeltteam.com.

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Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – May 2020

This pretty much sums up the current state of the market…

Prices are up.  New listings are down due to COVID-19.  Home sales are down because inventory is low.  Buyer demand is extremely high.  Interest rates remain historically low.  It is a Sellers market in most areas.  

Check out the details below…

Northern Virginia Region

3766 homes went under contract in the region. This is down (17.2%) from the same time period in 2019.

60% of the homes that went to settlement in May 2020, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $574,102 (up 3.4% from the same time period in 2019).

3930 homes came on the market. That’s down 33.4% from April 2019.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 17 days on market, 1 day faster than in May of 2019.

• 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 3,521 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remains in a Seller’s Market.  The number of homes that went under contract and that came on the market is again significantly lower year-over-year…expected given the current Coronavirus environment.    And, the homes that are listed continue to sell quickly and inventory across the area remains low.

If you need to sell your home, contact us NOW at 703-242-3975 or Info@TheBeltTeam.com or Click Here to help get your home ready and to make sure you DON’T MISS OUT on this market!  If you need to buy a new home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent who has adjusted to the COVID-19 situation and make your home buying dreams come true! 

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

Vienna: May 2020 Home Sales

Oakton: May 2020 Home Sales 

McLean: May 2020 Home Sales 

Great Falls: May 2020 Home Sales 

Reston: May 2020 Home Sales 

Falls Church: May 2020 Home Sales 

Arlington: May 2020 Home Sales 

Alexandria: May 2020 Home Sales  

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

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Sit down with Terry Belt Part 2 – How have you been working with out of town buyers given the COVID environment?

Part 2 of Krissy O’Malley’s sit down with Terry Belt! In this episode, Terry talks about how he has been working with out of town buyers who were not able to travel here to see homes given the COVID-19 situation. And don’t miss the special cameo!!

If you have a question for Terry, real estate related or not, please don’t hesitate to contact him at 703-242-3975 | info@thebeltteam.com or Click Here!

And…if you are in the market for a home, be sure to check out our state of the art website for buyers and set up a free search today! https://beltteamrealestate.com/

Sit down with Terry Belt Part 1 – How has the current environment changed your business?

Part 1 of Krissy O’Malley’s sit down with Terry Belt! Terry shares more of his wisdom on the state of the current real estate market and answers questions Krissy and others have.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of their talk along with more valuable and fun content from The Belt Team!

If you have a question for Terry, real estate related or not, please don’t hesitate to contact him at 703-242-3975 or info@thebeltteam.com.

Update! Real Estate Property Tax to Remain Unchanged in Fairfax County

On May 12th, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.   They chose to keep spending levels the same as the FY 2020 budget because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

In April, a revised budget was proposed from the original presented in February (which included a 3% increase in Real Estate Tax rate) which took into consideration the effects of COVID-19 on the economy.  The FY 2021 budget approved this month has a Real Property Tax Rate of $1.15 per $100 of assessed value…the same rate in the FY 2020 Budget.  So, the current tax rate will also not change through the rest of this calendar year.

Click here to read the full FY 2021 Adopted Budget Package.

Current market conditions during COVID-19 are very similar to PRE-COVID-19…it still pays to be a seller, and buyers in many cases are still competing with multiple offer situations for homes priced correctly. But there remains opportunities for sellers AND purchasers given the historically low interest rates.

The Belt Team has been successfully and safely navigating the COVID-19 market for our buyer and seller clients this spring. So, if you need to sell your home, 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 need to buy a new home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent who has adjusted to the COVID-19 situation and make your home buying dreams come true! 

Click here for an INSTANT online estimate of your home’s market value. Then give us a call at 703-242-3975 for a detailed, personalized review. We’re happy to assist will ALL of your real estate needs!

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – April 2020

The housing market in Northern Virginia remains very healthy, but different.  The volume of the market has temporarily shrunk because many sellers have postponed putting their home on the market because of COVID-19. Inventory of new homes on the market significantly decreased in April by between 25-50 plus percent in all sub markets where we work. 

The market needs more inventory and if we had that there would be more sales because of continued high demand.  The current situation is resulting in positive pricing pressure with values increasing in many sub markets and in the more affordable price ranges below $1,000,000. 

Current market conditions during COVID-19 are very similar to PRE-COVID-19…it still pays to be a seller, and buyers in many cases are still competing with multiple offer situations for homes priced correctly.  There remains opportunities for sellers AND purchasers given the historically low interest rates.

Northern Virginia Region

2,960 homes went under contract in the region. This is down (35.2%) from the same time period in 2019.

75% of the homes that went to settlement in April 2020, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $598,511 (up 7.6% from the same time period in 2019).

3,755 homes came on the market. That’s down 33.8% from April 2019.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 14 days on market, 6 days faster than in April of 2019.

• 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 Mid Atlantic Region – and 3,843 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remains in a Seller’s Market.  The number of homes that went under contract and that came on the market decreased significantly year-over-year…expected given the current Coronavirus environment.    However, the homes that are listed are selling quickly and inventory across the area remains low.

The Belt Team has been successfully and safely navigating the COVID-19 market for our buyer and seller clients. So, if you need to sell your home, 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 need to buy a new home, it is very important to work with an experienced agent who has adjusted to the COVID-19 situation and make your home buying dreams come true! 

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

Vienna: April 2020 Home Sales

Oakton: April 2020 Home Sales 

McLean: April 2020 Home Sales 

Great Falls: April 2020 Home Sales 

Reston: April 2020 Home Sales 

Falls Church: April 2020 Home Sales 

Arlington: April 2020 Home Sales 

Alexandria: April 2020 Home Sales  

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

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Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – March 2020

The March numbers are in and they show a very strong and healthy housing market in our area even with COVID-19.   Buyer demand continues to outstrip housing supply and homes are selling extremely quickly and in many cases with multiple offers above asking prices. 

The story going forward farther into the Spring we believe will be continued purchaser demand and a decrease or flattening in supply of available homes as Sellers are delaying plans to put their home on the market pending the ongoing COVID-19 situation.  (Historically at this time of year we experience a spike in supply.) This will favor active Sellers because of less competition and buyers will continue to need to be pre approved for financing and be ready to act quickly.

Many people still need and want to buy and sell and our industry continues to adjust how we do business to safely and successfully serve the needs of all.  Real estate continues to be a bright spot in our local economy.

Mid-Atlantic Region

25,436 homes went under contract in the region. This is down (8.1%) from the same time period in 2019.

40% of the homes that went to settlement in March 2020, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market. 

• Average sold price was $367,571 (up 8.8% from the same time period in 2019).

32,161 homes came on the market. That’s down 12% from March 2019.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 49 days on market, 6 days faster than in March 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 47,249 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  As expected given the current Coronavirus pandemic, the number of homes that went under contract and came on the market were down 8.1% and 12% respectively from the same time period last year. 

So, if you need to sell your home, 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 need to buy a new 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! 

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

Vienna: March 2020 Home Sales

Oakton: March 2020 Home Sales 

McLean: March 2020 Home Sales 

Great Falls: March 2020 Home Sales 

Reston: March 2020 Home Sales 

Falls Church: March 2020 Home Sales 

Arlington: March 2020 Home Sales 

Alexandria: March 2020 Home Sales  

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

An Update from Terry Belt…

What are we seeing happening in the Northern Virginia real estate market? Here’s an update from Terry Belt about what is happening and how we are adjusting to meet the needs of our clients.

Don’t forget, The Belt Team is here to help…real estate related or not! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 703-242-3975 or info@thebeltteam.com.

Please stay safe and healthy everyone!

The Belt Team is Here to Help!

Dear Belt Team Clients, Friends and Family, 

During this uncertain time, the world is definitely changing but the real estate market in our area is still active and moving. And…The Belt Team is still open for business! After being in business for over 50 years, we have been through challenging and unpredictable times before and we have learned the real estate market never drops to “zero”. Why? Because we work with people in the “traditional” market, meaning they have to buy and sell because of life changes. Even during this difficult time, that is not going to change. Housing is an essential need and we are here to help.  

We are well positioned to make the necessary modifications to accommodate the needs of our clients and business partners because of our extensive use of technology in our business as well as our years of experience. Along with implementing recommended sanitizing measures for in-person meetings, open houses, and showings, we are excited to be able to continue to offer virtual options for our services which we have been doing for certain people even before the Coronavirus arrived. We can conduct virtual buyer and seller consultations, virtual tours/open houses for our seller clients, virtual showings for our buyer clients, etc. As for our partners in the industry, mortgage and title companies, home inspectors, appraisers, contractors, photographers, etc.. .they are still operating and business is creatively being done. These companies are also taking all necessary precautions and adjusting as needed for their clients. We have great relationships with our lenders and title companies and are in touch with them daily to ensure that our clients are able to complete their transactions. 

Our local markets are still very healthy. The inventory of homes before now was so historically low and real demand for housing so high that we have not yet seen a negative impact on the housing market. Aggregate showing activity has decreased as those that are not buying now are not browsing as much; however, the real buyers who need housing now continue unabated and we continue to see a homes go under contract quickly. Bottom line, if you are needing/wanting to buy and/or sell we recommend acting NOW before things possibly change that affect available housing, access to housing, interest rates and loan qualifying criteria, and the unpredictable.  

We know there are going to be people that need to buy or sell because of life circumstances and these people have been the lifeblood of our business. So, if you or anyone you know fits this category, we would love to connect, share our market knowledge and create a customized strategy to make your real estate needs and dreams come true. You can reach us at Info@TheBeltTeam.com or 703-242-3975

And, of course, if there is anything non real estate related that we can do to help you through this time, please DO NOT hesitate to reach out.  

Please stay safe and healthy as we all look forward to the better times ahead!   

Terry, Gail, Beth, Patty and Sarina

The Belt Team

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).