Fabulous updated home on a quiet cul-de-sac in The Dogwoods. Wonderful close-in location only one traffic light to DC and close to downtown McLean! This property features 5 BR/3.5BAs on 3 finished levels, attractive hardwood floors on most of all levels, 2 wood burning fireplaces (one 2-sided), kitchen with large island, wine cooler, gas cooking & breakfast room, formal dining room, private main level office, large master suite with dressing room, finished walk-out lower level with spacious guest suite, laundry room, and an abundance of storage. Also enjoy the lush and beautiful landscaping, back patio and pergola. Don’t miss out on this must see home in an unbeatable location!
Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing!
Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you are thinking of buying or selling. The Belt Team has been in business for over 50 years and has sold over $1 Billion in transaction volume! (Sellers – you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average!
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!
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
Gorgeous quality constructed craftsman just over a year old in fantastic Vienna location…walk to “downtown” Vienna and the Metro. Exceptional features include approximately 5200 square feet of living space on 3 finished levels with 9+ foot ceilings, 6 BR/5.5BA, open/flowing floor plan great for everyday living and entertaining, a main level bedroom/office, gourmet eat-in kitchen with Viking appliances, center island & gas cooking, great room with gas fireplace, stunning master suite, coffered & tray ceilings, gorgeous hardwood floors, crown molding & custom millwork, loads of closet/storage space, finished lower level with versatile extra living space…all of this and more situated on a third of an acre lot with fully fenced in back yard. Located in sought after Madison High School pyramid.
Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing!
Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team has been in business for over 50 years and has sold over $1 Billion in transaction volume! (Sellers – you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average!
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 Teamadds, “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!
Below are 5 compelling reasons listing your home for sale this fall makes sense.
1. Demand Is Strong
The latest Buyer Traffic Report 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, in many areas of the country, multiple buyers are competing with each other to buy 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 that is needed for a normal market. This means that in the majority of the country, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers.
Historically, a homeowner would stay an average of six years in his or her home. Since 2011, that number has hovered between nine and ten years. There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners 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 will be given the freedom to move.
Many homeowners were reluctant to list their homes over the last couple years, for fear that they would not find a home to move 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 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. This makes the entire selling process much faster and simpler, as buyers know exactly what they can afford before shopping for a home. According to Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Insights Report, the time needed to close a loan is 43 days.
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. There is currently ample inventory for sale at higher price ranges. This means if you’re planning on selling a starter or trade-up home and moving into your dream home, you’ll be able to do that in the luxury or premium market.
According to CoreLogic, prices are projected to appreciate by 5.2% over the next year. If you’re moving to a higher-priced home, it will wind up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage) 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 move on and start living the life you desire.
That is what is truly important.
Call The Belt Team to get the selling process started…our agents & team use their local market knowledge and experience to make it a smooth process for all! 703-242-3975 / email@example.com
“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.
“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
In a recent report, Freddie 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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:
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.
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.
“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.”
In fact, during 3 of the 5 last U.S. recessions, housing prices actually appreciated:
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.
Welcome home to this charming split level tucked away on a spacious lot in Vienna! Located in sought after Glencannon in the Madison Pyramid, featuring 5 bedrooms /2.5 baths. The location is unbeatable and close to the Vienna Metro. Exceptional details include a nearly 1/2 acre flat lot, refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen cabinets and appliances, granite countertops, renovated bathrooms, and enclosed porch off main level & patio. It’s move in ready!
Call 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! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)