4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

4 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster | MyKCM

Since June of last year, we have seen an increase in the inventory of homes for sale month per month. Every spring and summer, the inventory increases because people want to sell their home. For those with children, they may want to be in their new home for the beginning of the school year.

If you are one of those sellers, you may find these 4 tips helpful in getting your home sold more quickly.

1. Make buyers feel at home

Declutter your home! Pack away all personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. Make them feel like they belong in this house! According to the Profile of Home Staging by the National Association of Realtors,

“83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.”

Not only will your house spend less time on the market, but the same report mentioned that,

“One-quarter of buyers’ agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1 – 5%, compared to other similar homes on the market that were not staged.”

2. Keep it organized

Since you took the time to declutter, keep it organized! Before the buyers show up, pick up toys, make the bed, and put away clean dishes. It is also a good idea to put out some cookies fresh from the oven or a scented candle. Buyers will remember the smell of your home! According to the same report, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers.

3. Give buyers full access

One of the top four elements when selling your home is access! If your home is available anytime, that opens up more opportunity to find a buyer right away. Some buyers, especially those relocating, don’t have much time available. If they cannot get into the house, they will move on to the next one.

4. Price it right

As we mentioned at the beginning, more inventory coming into the market guarantees there will be some competition. You want to make sure your home is noticed. The key to selling your house in 2019 is ensuring it is Priced to Sell Immediately (PTSI). That way, your home will be seen by the greatest amount of buyers and will sell at a great price before more competition comes to market!

Bottom Line

If you want to sell your house in the least amount of time at the best price with as little hassle as possible, a local real estate professional is a useful guide. Call The Belt Team today to find out what you need to do to sell your home more quickly…703-242-3975!

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – June 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 June 2019.

Please call or text The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 or email info@thebeltteam.com to discuss in more detail what is happening in your market or if you are interested in buying and/or selling…we’d love to hear from you!

28,484 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (8.23%) from the same time period in 2018.

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

• Average sold price was $374,501 (up 4.91% from the same time period in 2018).

35,305 homes came on the market. That’s down 4.16% from June 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 55 days on market, 4 days longer than in June of 2018.

• There is currently a 3.0 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 67,494 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  We saw a very slight increase in the average sales price from last month and the number of new listings that came on the market decreased again this month. 

The overall market conditions in the region did not change significantly in June but let’s take a look at some of our local markets and see what their numbers look like…some areas have seen their market slowing a bit.  The number of homes hitting the market decreased from last month and the average days on market is increasing.

Buyers & Sellers who are successful in today’s market look at the data and act accordingly…and so do our agents!  Contact The Belt Team NOW (703-242-3975) to make sure you are working with an agent that is on top of the market you are targeting and can provide you with all the information you need.

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

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

5 Powerful Reasons to Own Instead of Rent | MyKCM

Owning a home has great financial benefits.

In a recent research paper, Homeownership and the American Dream, Laurie S. Goodman and Christopher Mayer of the Urban Land Institute explained:

“Homeownership appears to help borrowers accumulate housing and nonhousing wealth in a variety of ways, with tax advantages, greater financial flexibility due to secured borrowing, built-in ‘default’ savings with mortgage amortization and nominally fixed payments, and the potential to lower home maintenance costs through sweat equity.”

Let’s breakdown 5 major financial benefits of homeownership:

1. Housing is typically the one leveraged investment available

Homeownership allows households to amplify any appreciation on the value of their homes by a leverage factor. A 20% down payment results in a leverage factor of five, meaning every percentage point rise in the value of your home is a 5% return on your equity. If you put down 10%, your leverage factor is 10.

Example: Let’s assume you purchased a $300,000 home and put down $60,000 (20%). If the house appreciates by $30,000, that is only a 10% increase in value but a 50% increase in equity.

2. You’re paying for housing whether you own or rent

Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of property taxes and home repairs. Every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs (property taxes, repairs, insurance, etc.) are baked into the rent payment already – along with a profit margin!!

3. Owning is usually a form of “forced savings”

Studies have shown that homeowners have a net worth that is 44X greater than that of a renter. As a matter of fact, it was recently estimated that a family buying an average priced home this past January could build more than $42,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

4. Owning is a hedge against inflation

House values and rents tend to go up at or higher than the rate of inflation. When you own, your home’s value will protect you from that inflation.

5. There are still substantial tax benefits to owning

We know that the new tax reform bill puts limits on some deductions on certain homes. However, in the research paper referenced above, the authors explain:

“…the mortgage interest deduction is not the main source of these gains; even if it were removed, homeowners would continue to benefit from a lack of taxation of imputed rent and capital gains.”

Bottom Line

From a financial standpoint, owning a home has always been and will always be better than renting.

Ready to buy? Call/text us at 703-242-3975

Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home!

Now’s the Time to Move-Up and Upgrade Your Current Home! | MyKCM

Homes priced at the top 25% of the price range for a particular area of the country are considered “premium homes.” In today’s real estate market, there are deals to be had at the higher end! This is great news for homeowners wanting to upgrade from their current house.

Much of the demand for housing over the past couple of years has come from first-time buyers looking for their starter home. Many of the more expensive homes listed for sale have not seen as much interest.

According to ILHM’s Luxury Reportthis mismatch in demand and inventory of luxury and premium homes has created a Buyer’s Market. For the purpose of the report, a luxury home was defined as one that costs $1 million or more.

“A Buyer’s Market indicates that buyers have greater control over the price point. This market type is demonstrated by a substantial number of homes on the market and few sales, suggesting demand for residential properties is slow for that market and/or price point.”

The authors of the report were quick to point out that current conditions at the higher end of the market are no cause for concern.

“While luxury homes may take longer to sell than in previous years, the slower pace, increased inventory levels and larger differences between list and sold prices, represent a normalization of the market, not a downturn.”

Luxury can mean different things to different people. To one person, luxury is a secluded home with plenty of property and privacy. To another, it could be a penthouse at the center of a bustling city. Knowing what characteristics mean luxury to you will help your agent find you the home of your dreams.

Bottom Line

If you are debating upgrading your current house to a premium or luxury home, now is the time! Give us a call or text 703-242-3972 or email info@TheBeltTeam.com and we’d be happy to help!

Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need!

Before You Look for Your Dream Home: Know What You Want vs. What You Need! | MyKCM

In this day and age of being able to shop for anything anywhere, it is really important to know what you’re looking for when you start your home search.

If you’ve been thinking about buying a home of your own for some time now, you’ve probably come up with a list of things that you’d LOVE to have in your new home. Many new homebuyers fantasize about the amenities that they see on television or Pinterest, and start looking at the countless homes listed for sale through rose-colored glasses.

Do you really need that farmhouse sink in the kitchen to be happy with your home choice? Would a two-car garage be a convenience or a necessity? Could the “man cave” of your dreams be a future renovation project instead of a make-or-break right now?

The first step in your home buying process should be getting pre-approved for your mortgage. This allows you to know your budget before you fall in love with a home that is way outside of it.

The next step is to list all the features of a home that you would like, and to qualify them as follows:

  • “Must-Haves” – if this property does not have these items, then it shouldn’t even be considered (ex: distance from work or family, number of bedrooms/bathrooms).
  • “Should-Haves” – if the property hits all of the ‘must-haves’ and some of the ‘should-haves,’ it stays in contention but does not need to have all of these features.
  • “Absolute-Wish List” – if we find a property in our budget that has all of the ‘must-haves,’ most of the ‘should-haves,’ and ANY of these, it’s the winner!

Bottom Line

Having this list fleshed out before starting your search will save you time and frustration. It also lets your agent know what features are most important to you before they start showing you houses in your desired area.

Thinking about buying? Call/text us at 703-242-3975

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer

5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Summer | MyKCM

Here are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this summer makes sense.

1. Demand Is Strong

The latest Buyer Traffic Index  from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) shows that buyer demand remains strong throughout the vast majority of the country. These buyers are ready, willing, and able to purchase… and are in the market right now! More often than not, multiple buyers are competing with each other for the same home.

Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.

2. There Is Less Competition Now

Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed for a normal housing market. This means that, in most of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.

Historically, the average number of years a homeowner stayed in his or her home was six, but that number has hovered between nine and ten years since 2011. Many homeowners have a pent-up desire to move, as they were unable to sell over the last few years due to a negative equity situation. As home values continue to appreciate, more and more homeowners are granted the freedom to move.

Many homeowners were reluctant to list their home over the last couple of years for fear that they would not find a home to move in to. That is all changing now as more homes come to market at the higher end. The choices buyers have will continue to increase. Don’t wait until additional inventory comes to market before you to decide to sell.

3. The Process Will Be Quicker

Today’s competitive environment has forced buyers to do all they can to stand out from the crowd, including getting pre-approved for their mortgage financing. Buyers know exactly what they can afford before home shopping. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the time to close a loan has dropped to 43 days. (Last numbers available.)

4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move Up

If your next move will be into a premium or luxury home, now is the time to move up! The inventory of homes for sale at these higher price ranges has created a buyer’s market. This means that if you are planning on selling a starter or trade-up home, it will sell quickly, AND you’ll be able to find a premium home to call your own!

According to CoreLogic, prices are projected to appreciate by 4.8% over the next year. If you are moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait.

5. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?

Only you know the answers to these questions. You have the power to take control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps the time has come for you and your family to start living the life you desire.

That is what is truly important.

Thinking of selling? Call/text us at 703-242-3975!

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9854 Oakdale Woods Ct. Vienna, VA 22181- Just Listed by The Belt Team – Oakton Cloisters!

9854 Oakdale Woods Ct. Vienna, VA 22181 was Just Listed by The Belt Team!

This updated 3 BR/2.5BA Townhome is in sought after Oakton Cloisters! Minutes from the metro! Features include newly remodeled kitchen with granite & SS appliances! Bright open floor plan with updated carpet upstairs. Updated HVAC, windows, and hot water heater. Two assigned parking spots and plenty of guest parking. Private neighborhood tucked away in an ideal location. Easy access to Chain Bridge, 66, 495 & more! Oakton HS!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 9854 Oakdale Woods Ct. Vienna, VA 22181.

Call Terry & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call or text Terry & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average!

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – May 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 May. Please call or text The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 or email info@thebeltteam.com to discuss in more detail what is happening in your market or if you are interested in buying and/or selling…we’d love to hear from you!

31,155 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (10.02%) from the same time period in 2018.

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

• Average sold price was $368,854 (up 4.35% from the same time period in 2018).

41,647 homes came on the market. That’s up 1.42% from May 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 59 days on market, 3 days slower than in May of 2018.

There is currently a 3.0 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 67,332 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market. We saw a slight increase in the average sales price from last month and the number of new listings that came on the market decreased by over 21,000.

We’ve said it before….the trend continues to be the difference between inventory and demand in the upper-end price points (“luxury”) vs the more affordable segments (“starter & trade-up market”).

So, if you are thinking of selling, now may be the time! Demand for your house will be strong at a time when there is very little competition. That could lead to a quick sale for a really good price! So, 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.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the numbers of our local market areas, and see where this trend continues…

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

10563 James Wren Way, Fairfax, VA 22030- Just Listed by The Belt Team – Chancery Square!

10563 James Wren Way, Fairfax, VA 22030 was Just Listed by The Belt Team!

This luxury 2 car garage End Unit Townhome is in Fairfax City with all the bells & whistles! Exceptional features include high ceilings; custom accents; gas fireplaces; fabulous open floor plan w/palladian windows thru-out, hardwood floors, Chef Kitchen w/Corian countertops, 42″ cabinets & Island w/Nook to Deck, 2-sided Gas fireplace, and so much more. This property is move in ready!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 10563 James Wren Way, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Call Terry & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call or text Terry & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average!

10224 Vale Rd. Vienna, VA 22181- Just Listed by The Belt Team – Kemper Park! OPEN HOUSE 7/14 12-3PM!

10224 Vale Rd. Vienna, VA 22181 was Just Listed by The Belt Team!

This gorgeous colonial is in sought after Kemper Park! 4 BR, 2 full/2 half Baths, walk out basement, large decks, screened in porch, spacious patio, backs to parkland, & so much more! Updates/improvements include: roof replaced in 2018, hot water heater replaced in 2015, windows replaced 2012 & 2011, all exterior doors replaced in 2011, & furnace replaced in 2010. This home is move in ready!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 10224 Vale Rd. Vienna, VA 22181

Call Terry & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call or text Tom & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average!