Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market

Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market | MyKCM

Did you know August 21st is National Senior Citizens Day? According to the United States Census, we honor senior citizens today because,

 “Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities, and our country. That remains true today and gives us ample reason…to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land.

To give proper recognition, we’re going to look at some senior-related data in the housing industry.

According to the Population Reference Bureau,

The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and the 65-and-older age group’s share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent.”

Seniors Believe in Homeownership

Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market | MyKCM
Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market | MyKCM

In a recent reportFreddie Mac compared the homeownership rates of two groups of seniors: the Good Times Cohort (born from 1931-1941) and the Previous Generations (born in the 1930s). The data shows an increase in the homeownership rate for the Good Times Cohort because seniors are now aging in place, living longer, and maintaining a high quality of life into their later years.This, however, does not mean all seniors are staying in place. Some are actively buying and selling homes. In the 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) showed the percentage of seniors buying and selling:

Here are some highlights from NAR’s report:

  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 had higher median household incomes and were more likely to be married couples.
  • 12% of buyers ages 54 to 63 are first-time homebuyers, 5% (64 to 72), and 4% (73 to 93).
  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 purchased because of an interest in being closer to friends and families, job relocation, and the desire to own a home of their own.
  • Sellers 54 years and older often downsized and purchased a smaller, less expensive home than the one they sold.
  • Sellers ages 64 to 72 lived in their homes for 21 years or more.

Bottom Line

According to NAR’s report, 58% of buyers ages 64 to 72 said they need help from an agent to find the right home. The transition from a current home to a new one is significant to undertake, especially for anyone who has lived in the same house for many years.

If you’re a senior thinking about the process, let’s get together to help you make the move as smoothly as possible. Call or text The Belt Team at 703-242-3975 or email info@thebeltteam.com.

Home Sale Statistics in Our Area – July 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 July 2019.

It is still a great time to sell! 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 …we’d love to help you realize your real estate dreams!

• 27,439 homes went under contract in the region. This is up (12.8%) from the same time period in 2018.

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

• Average sold price was $368,571 (up 4.91% from the same time period in 2018).

• 33,104 homes came on the market. That’s down 0.1%from July 2018.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 57 days on market, 7 days longer than in July 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 66,513 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single family).

OVERALL: The Mid-Atlantic Region remains in a Seller’s Market.  Again, the overall market conditions in the region did not change significantly in July but let’s take a look at some of our local markets and see what their numbers look like. 

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! 

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

American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High

American Confidence in Housing at an All-Time High | MyKCM

Fannie Mae just released the July edition of their Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI). The HPSI takes information regarding consumers’ confidence in the real estate market from Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey and condenses it into a single number. Therefore, the HPSI reflects consumers’ current views and forward-looking expectations of housing market conditions.

Great News! The index reached its highest level since Fannie Mae began their survey. Breaking it down, the report revealed:

  • The share of Americans who say it is a good time to buy a home increased from the same time last year.
  • The share of those who say it is a good time to sell a home increased from the same time last year.
  • The share of Americans who say they are not concerned about losing their job over the next 12 months increased dramatically (16 percentage points) from the same time last year.
  • The share of Americans who say mortgage rates will go down over the next 12 months increased dramatically (24 percentage points) from the same time last year.

The day after the index was released, Freddie Mac also announced the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate fell to its lowest level in three years.

Doug Duncan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae explained the uptick in the index:

“Consumer job confidence and favorable mortgage rate expectations lifted the HPSI to a new survey high in July, despite ongoing housing supply and affordability challenges. Consumers appear to have shaken off a winter slump in sentiment amid strong income gains. Therefore, sentiment is positioned to take advantage of any supply that comes to market, particularly in the affordable category.”

Bottom Line

Consumers are feeling good about the real estate market. Since Americans are not worried about their jobs, see mortgage rates near an all-time low, and believe it is a good time to buy, the housing market will remain strong for the rest of the year.

So now’s a great time to give us a call/end us an email to help you buy or sell! 703-242-3975 / info@thebeltteam.com

ANNOUNCING The Belt Team’s 1st Annual Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest!

The Belt Team loves our dogs and we know many of you do too! So we want to see your photos in honor of our furry friends & the end of summer!

Click the link below to see more contest details (rumor has it 1st prize is a YETI dog bowl!) and to enter a photo that best shows your dog’s personality.

https://thebeltteam.com/photo_contest_

And yes, the adorable pups above are members of our Belt Team family. 🥰

And as always…if you, or anyone you know, need any real estate assistance, email us at info@thebeltteam.com or call/text 703-242-3975!  We would love to help.  (And not just in the Northern Virginia area.  We know fantastic agents all over the country and would be happy to make introductions!)

*Entry deadline: 5pm, August 21, 2019. One entry per household. Winners chosen by The Belt Team and announced August 28, 2019.

Thinking of Buying or Selling: Three Things You Need to Know From the Experts

Mid-Year Housing Market Update: Three Things to Know Today | MyKCM

Shifting trends and industry-leading research are pointing toward some valuable projections about the status of the housing market for the rest of the year.

If you’re thinking of buying or selling, or if you just want to know what experts are saying is on the horizon, here are the top three things to put on your radar as we head into the coming months:

  1. Home prices are appreciating at a more normal rate: Home prices have been appreciating for about ten years now. Experts at the Home Price Expectation Survey, Mortgage Bankers Association, Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae are forecasting continued growth throughout the next year, although it should be leveling-off to normal appreciation (3.6%), as we move into 2020.
  2. Interest rates are low: Over the past 30 years, the average mortgage rate in the United States has been 8.27%, and rates even peaked as high as 18% in the 1980s. Today, at 3.81%, the rate is considerably lower than the historical 30-year average. Although experts predict it may climb into the low 4% range in the near future, that’s still remarkably lower than our running average, suggesting a great time to get more for your money over the life of your loan.
  3. An impending recession does not mean there will be a housing crash: Although expert research studies such as those found in the Duke Survey of American CFOs and the National Association of Business Economics, are pointing toward a recession beginning within the next 18 months, a potential recession isn’t expected to be driven by the housing industry. That means we likely won’t experience a devastating housing crash like the country felt in 2008. Expert financial analyst Morgan Housel tweeted:

“An interesting thing is the widespread assumption that the next recession will be as bad as 2008. Natural to think that way, but, statistically, highly unlikely. Could be over before you realized it began.”

Mid-Year Housing Market Update: Three Things to Know Today | MyKCM

In fact, during 3 of the 5 last U.S. recessions, housing prices actually appreciated:

Bottom Line

With prices appreciating and low interest rates available, it’s a perfect time to buy or sell a home. Let’s get together to discuss how you can take the next step in the exciting journey of homeownership!

Call or Text The Belt Team at 703-242-3975! Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better – One Family At A Time!” And we LOVE creating Real Estate Success Stories for our clients.  

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! 

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!

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips!

Starting the Search for Your Dream Home? Here Are 5 Tips! | MyKCM

In today’s real estate market, low inventory dominates the conversation in many areas of the country. It can often be frustrating to be a first-time homebuyer if you aren’t prepared.

In a realtor.com article entitled, “How to Find Your Dream Home—Without Losing Your Mind,” the author highlights some steps that first-time homebuyers can take to help carry their excitement of buying a home throughout the whole process.

1. Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage Before You Start Your Search

One way to show you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search. Even if you are in a market that is not as competitive, understanding your budget will give you the confidence of knowing whether or not your dream home is within your reach.

This step will also help you narrow your search based on your budget and won’t leave you disappointed if the home you tour, and love, ends up being outside your budget!

2. Know the Difference Between Your ‘Must-Haves’ and ‘Would-Like-To-Haves’

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?

Before you start your search, list all the features of a home you would like and then qualify them as ‘must-haves’‘should-haves’, or ‘absolute-wish list’ items. This will help keep you focused on what’s most important.

3. Research and Choose a Neighborhood You Want to Live In

Every neighborhood has its own charm. Before you commit to a home based solely on the house itself, the article suggests test-driving the area. Make sure that the area meets your needs for “amenities, commute, school district, etc. and then spend a weekend exploring before you commit.”

4. Pick a House Style You Love and Stick to It

Evaluate your family’s needs and settle on a style of home that would best serve those needs. Just because you’ve narrowed your search to a zip code, doesn’t mean that you need to tour every listing in that zip code.

An example from the article says, “if you have several younger kids and don’t want your bedroom on a different level, steer clear of Cape Cod–style homes, which typically feature two or more bedrooms on the upper level and the master on the main.”

5. Document Your Home Visits

Once you start touring homes, the features of each individual home will start to blur together. The article suggests keeping your camera handy to document what you love and don’t love about each property you visit.

Making notes on the listing sheet as you tour the property will also help you remember what the photos mean, or what you were feeling while touring the home.

Bottom Line

In a high-paced, competitive environment, any advantage you can give yourself will help you on your path to buying your dream home. We are here to be part of your support system! Let’s get you setup on a listing alert so you are notified when any potential homes in your price range hit the market.

Call/text us at 703-242-3975 with any questions or email us at info@thebeltteam.com.

Text BELT to 59559 to see the latest listings in your area.

Fairfax County Real Estate Tax Assessments Have Been Mailed!

Those of you who live in Fairfax County should have recently received your real estate tax assessment.

For a large number of you (76%!), the assessment went up. And, well, that will likely mean higher taxes this year (the Board of Supervisors will set the 2019 tax rate later this spring, but if the past predicts the future, what you pay will increase either because of an increased tax rate or because your assessment increased). On average, assessments are up 3.6%.

However, the assessments did not rise as much as the previous year in part because values did not rise as much. While 2017 saw a 4.21% increase in median sold price in Fairfax County, 2018 was slightly lower at 3.03%.

(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 354,695 taxable parcels in Fairfax County:

  • 294,520 have an assessment change
  • 60,175 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 – $673,407, up 2.17%
  • Townhouse/duplex properties – $422,490, up 3.12%
  • Condominiums – $272,914, up 2.98%

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 April 3rd. 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!

Just Listed! 8340 Greensboro Dr. Unit 109 – In the heart of Tysons!

8340 Greensboro Dr. Unit 109 McLean, VA 22102 was just listed by Beth Dadisman & The Belt Team.

Welcome home to The Rotonda! Located in the heart of Tysons. This 1 bedroom /1 bath first level condo has been fully renovated. Featuring ceramic tile flooring throughout (triple coated sealant), updated doors & hardware, Hunter Douglas shades (raise/lower in both directions) in LR/DR/BR, updated light fixtures, fully upgraded kitchen featuring granite countertops, cherry cabinets & drawers (soft close, pull outs), custom glass tile backsplash,& so much more! Close to DC with shuttle buses to metro every 15 min! Nearby restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. Also, walking distance to the new upcoming hot spot The Boro Tysons (more shopping, dining, & entertainment!). It is move in ready!

This home is flooded with natural light through large windows and sliding glass doors. The flowing floor plan makes this home ideal for entertaining. Features include living room and dinning room directly off the kitchen, ceramic tile floors (triple coated sealing), and updated fixtures.

Do you love to cook? Then you will love this spacious kitchen! It was fully renovated & customized in 2014 making this a one of a kind kitchen in The Rotonda. Features include an abundance of cabinet and countertop space, granite countertops, cherry wood cabinets & drawers, updated appliances, and custom glass tile backsplash. It will be sure to wow your guests!

The bedroom is spacious and full of light. Featuring a spacious closet and the upgraded ceramic tile floors. The bathroom was fully renovated in 2014. Featuring updated bathtub, spray shower head, sink, toilet, vanity, cabinet with top lighting, & medicine cabinet.

You will love the patio right off the living room. It’s the perfect place to sit and read, visit and enjoy guests, drink your morning coffee, you name it! You will also appreciate the extra storage out there.

Amenities:

Gorgeous lobbies. indoor/outdoor pool, sauna, tennis courts, tot lots, community center, putting green, and so much more. The Rotonda has got it all!

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

You are in the heart of Tysons! Minutes to Tysons Corner Mall, Tysons Galleria, & more! Shopping, dining, & entertainment surrounds you! Conveniently close to DC with shuttle buses to metro every 15 min! The Greensboro stop is just around the corner! Also, walking distance to the new upcoming hotspot The Boro Tysons (even more shopping, dining & entertainment spots coming soon!). Easy access to 495, Rt. 7, Rt. 66, Dulles Toll Rd & the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

FAVORITE FEATURES: 

We always ask our owners to tell us what they feel makes their
home special. Here are their favorite things in their own words…

-When the weather is nice, there is nothing like being out on the patio enjoying a book, cup of coffee, or any beverage of your choice!
-The house is full of natural light and warmth.
-The location is a dream come true! Super close to Greensboro Metro making it easy for day-trips into the city.
-The 4 large closets gave me more than enough storage space.
-All of the updates made this condo feel brand new!
-The updated design of the kitchen really opened it up so you could enjoy cooking! The ample countertop & cabinet space is a dream come true!

HOME IMPROVEMENTS/UPDATES:

  • 2016 Updated heating & cooling system with Shanahann’s
  • 2014 ENTIRE UNIT RENOVATED
  • Painted all rooms (Benjamin Moore)
  • Ceramic tile fooring (triple coated sealant) all rooms/closets
  • Updated all doors w hardware
  • Installed Hunter Douglas shades (raise/lower in both directions) in LR/DR/BR
  • Updated Ceiling light fixtures
  • 2014 ENTIRE KITCHEN RENOVATED
  • Upgraded to granite countertops
  • Installed cherry cabinets and drawers (soft close, pull outs)
  • Added Custom glass tile backsplash
  • 6+ electrical outlets added
  • Updated sink, garbage disposal
  • Updated stove, microwave, refrigerator , & dishwasher
  • Installed under cabinet lighting & updated electrical panel/wiring
  • BATHROOM updated tup, spray shower head, sing, toilet, vanity, cabinet/top/lighting, medicine cabinet

SCHOOLS:

-Spring Hill Elementary School
-Longfellow Middle School 
-McLean High School

Click Here for pictures & more details.

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