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

Northern VA Home sales 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”. Tom Reilly, Lead Buyer Specialist for The Belt Team, says “I have multiple buyers who are VERY motivated to buy during this timeframe, especially since interest rates are forecast to rise next year.” 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 Dadisman, The Belt Team’s Showing Partner 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. Kevin Kleifges, Belt Team Listing Partner, says: “It depends on your situation. I’m advising most of my 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”. Tom Hanton, Realtor Partner with The Belt Team says “Prospective Buyers will wonder what’s wrong with your home and why it’s 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.” says Martin Bristow, Belt Team Realtor.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” says Terry, “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 – or give Terry Belt or Kevin Kleifges a call at (703) 242-3975. Every situation is different and we would be happy to help you figure out what is best for YOU! Best Real Estate Agents in Northern VA

11770 Sunrise Valley Drive , #318, Reston VA 20191 – Just Listed by The Belt Team

The Belt Team has just listed 11770 Sunrise Valley Drive , #318, Reston VA 20191.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to the Mercer Condominiums in Reston! This delightful 1BR/1BA condo features hardwood floors, crown molding, kitchen with stainless steel appliances & granite countertops, a separate den/office and balcony. Mere minutes from the Silver Line Wiehle Reston station & other major commuter routes, all the amenities of Reston Town Center, and Reston National Golf Course!

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2413 Glengyle Dr #258 Vienna VA 22180 – Just Listed by The Belt Team in Mosby’s Landing

2413 Glengyle Dr #258 Vienna VA 22180 (condo at Mosby’s Landing) was just listed FOR RENT by The Belt Team! Here’s a sneak peek:

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FEATURES:

Charming 2-level condo with front porch has lovely hardwood floors throughout the main level, kitchen with stainless steel appliances open to dining area, Convenient main level laundry, main level powder room, 2 carpeted upper level bedrooms, and a full bath with Jacuzzi whirlpool tub/shower combination.   The community has an outdoor pool, tot lot/playground and common areas.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Fabulous Vienna location…easy commuting via Rte 123 & I-66 and the Vienna Metro.  Convenient  shopping in both directions with shops, restaurants & boutiques nearby in the Town of Vienna and just down the road in Oakton.  Plus more shopping just minutes away at Fair Oaks Mall, and Tysons Corner. Enjoy the other amenities of Vienna including Nottaway Park.  Recreation available at nearby Oak Marr Rec Center.

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Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation. The Belt Team is Vienna’s Top Real Estate Team and has sold more homes in Vienna than another other Realtor or team since 1973.

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The Belt Team Named to “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” List For Virginia

On the heels of last month’s honor of being named to Washingtonian Magazines “Top Real Estate Agent List” – The Belt Team is proud to announce that out of nearly 30,000 Realtors in the State of VA, we have also been named to  “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” list by Real Trends for VA and were listed in the Top 20 Teams By Volume – with over $61 million in sales in 2014!

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The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and has sold more homes in the Vienna Oakton area than any other Realtor or team since 1973. We also sell more homes outside of Vienna/Oakton than in! The Belt Team team is ranked in the Top 100 Teams for the largest real estate company by agent count in the world – Keller Williams Realty, with over 120,000 agents. And we are most proud of the Five Star reviews given to us by our past clients on independent real estate site Zillow.com because the reviews reflect that we are achieving our mission of “Changing Lives For The Better”!

If it’s time to change YOUR life, call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

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The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Listing Specialist), Tom Reilly (Lead Buyer Specialist), Beth Dadisman (Showing Partner), Martin Bristow (Realtor), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).

Terry Belt & The Belt Team Named To Washingtonian’s Top Real Estate Agent List

The Belt TeamThe Belt Team is honored to announce that we have been named to Washingtonian Magazines “Top Real Estate Agent List” in their most recent “Best of Washington” issue. Only 99 agents in the entire Northern VA, Washington D.C. & Maryland area were listed (and 25 of those were in our own Keller Williams McLean office!).

In case you’re wondering how they came up with the list, here’s what the magazine said: “While our directory of top-producing agents . . .is based on sales volume, this list of best agents takes many factors into account—and was much more complicated to compile. We sent surveys to nearly 16,000 recent Washington homebuyers asking them to rank their agents on a series of criteria, including integrity, market knowledge, and negotiation skills. We called mortgage brokers and settlement attorneys to ask whom they most enjoy doing business with and whose clients always seem happiest. And of course, we asked dozens of agents to dish about their peers. Based on these layers of reporting, we came up with the following 99 names.”

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The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Listing Specialist), Tom Reilly (Lead Buyer Specialist), Beth Dadisman (Showing Partner), Martin Bristow (Realtor), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).

 

Washingtonian Best Real Estate Agents 2015The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and has sold more homes in the Vienna Oakton area than any other Realtor or team since 1973. We also sell more homes outside of Vienna/Oakton than in! The Belt Team team is ranked in the Top 100 Teams for the largest real estate company by agent count in the world – Keller Williams Realty, with over 120,000 agents. And we are most proud of the Five Star reviews given to us by our past clients on independent real estate site Zillow.com because the reviews reflect that we are achieving our mission: “Changing Lives For The Better”!

If it’s time to change YOUR life, call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

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2408 Stryker Ave Vienna VA 22182 – Listed by The Belt Team

2408 Stryker Ave Vienna VA 22182 has just been listed by The Belt Team! Here’s a sneak peek!

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You’ll love our new listing on Stryker Avenue in Vienna! It’s a D.R. Horton expanded Martha Washington model sited on a stunning 1/2 acre lot. This home has wonderful curb appeal & lovely architectural details. You’ll love the light and bright floorplan, 3 spacious finished levels, 5 bedrooms/4.5 baths, 3 fireplaces, eat-in kitchen open to the family room, separate dining room, main level office, and fabulous master suite. The finished walkout lower level includes the 5th bedroom and 4th full bath. An it’s an ideal location for commuters, excellent schools & close to many amenities!

For more questions or for a specific update on YOUR neighborhood – call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 for a FREE Buyer or Seller Consultation. The Belt Team is Vienna’s Top Real Estate Team and has sold more homes in Vienna than another other Realtor or team since 1973.

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Home Buyers – Don’t Let Your Heart Get Broken

Most people looking for a new home start their search online. In fact, according to the NAR, 43% of home buyers used the internet as the first step in their search. And 92% of buyers used the internet in some way as part of their search.

We don’t have statistics for this next fact, but based on our experience we can tell you it’s more common than not.

“Buyers shopping for homes often have their hearts broken.”

In fact, we are so sure of this fact that if you are a Buyer yourself, we will hazard a guess this has happened to you. You search and search and search. All of a sudden you find THE house online. The one you’ve been looking for. The PERFECT one. You call the agent. And it turns out it’s already under contract. Or maybe it’s already even SOLD! Many buyers who come to us have had this happen over and over before they started working with The Belt Team. Don’t let this happen to you. Because once you see the perfect house – nothing else will seem to compare.

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If you do a Google search for homes, your search will often yield info about homes that are not on the market. Even if you use the most popular search sites like Zillow, Trulia or Realtor.com – you’ll often gather inaccurate or untimely search results.

What’s the answer?

Use the same service that we as Realtors use to help our clients find homes. It feeds directly from the local MLS and is updated more frequently than other sites. Our team invests tens of thousands of dollars per year to have access to this system. (Note: This is just ONE of many special technologies we pay for to enhance our clients’ real estate experience. Per NAR, the average Realtor only spends $848/yr.)

Yes, you will need to register to use it. The system is really easy to use, and it has so many bells and whistles that we want to ensure you are finding EXACTLY what you’re looking for. Time is money. And YOUR time is valuable. Don’t waste it looking at homes that may not be available.

Try it out. We’re pretty sure you’ll like it. (And by the way – it’s FREE to you and there is NO obligation.)

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(We also have a FREE, Instant Home Valuation Tool if you have a home to sell and are wondering what it might be worth.)

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The Belt Team is one of the top teams in the world for Keller Williams Realty, the largest real estate company. This is why we have access to tools such as our state-of-the-art home search site. But more important than numbers are people. Every client is important to us. Our mission statement is “Changing Lives For The Better“. If it’s time to change YOURS, give us a call at (703) 242-3975.

(Read what clients have posted about our agents Terry Belt, Kevin Kleifges, Tom Reilly, Beth Dadisman, Gail Belt, Martin Bristow & The Belt Team on independent site ZIllow.com here.)

Fairfax County Virginia: How Long To Sell Your Home and Are Prices Rising?

If you’re looking to buy or sell real estate in Fairfax County in 2015, you may be wondering how long homes are on the market and whether prices are up or down.

First, let’s look at what happened in 2014:

  • Average Days on Market: 45 days (up from 37 days from 2013)
  • Average Sold Price: $538,280 (up 1.26% from 2013)
  • Average Sold Price as 97.3% of List Price: % (down from 98.2% in 2013)
  • Percent of Homes Sold in 10 Days or Less: 37%

Now, to get an even better sense of what’s happening in the real estate market, go to our web site for up-to-date Fairfax County housing stats on the most recent month as compared to the five year average. This will indicate what the current trends are.

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Fairfax County this year. We are one of the top real estate teams in the state and more importantly, our clients are HAPPY! (How do you know? Check reviews of Terry Belt, Tom Reilly, Kevin Kleifges, Beth Dadisman, Gail Belt, Martin Bristow & The Belt Team!)

Upper Level Unit in Popular Parkfairfax in Alexandria – JUST Listed!

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If you’ve been waiting for a top floor unit in Parkfairfax to come on the market, it’s your lucky day – we JUST listed one! This wonderful community overflows with charm & personality. Listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find peace & tranquility amidst the woodland trails, plus a location that’s ideal for commuters and  close to the amenities of Shirlington, Old Town & Pentagonm City! Spacious rooms, wood floors & lots of storage complete the package.

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Just Listed: Penderbrook Townhome on 17th Fairway

The Belt Team has just listed a rarely available “Fairway Townhouse” in Inverness at Penderbrook . . . backing to the 17th Fairway! Wouldn’t you like to walk out your backyard and see this?!

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