4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring

4 Reasons to Buy a Home in the Spring | MyKCM

Spring has sprung, and it’s a great time to buy a home! Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 4.4% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.6% over the next year.

Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage came in at 4.41% last week. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage

Some renters have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The cost of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Examine the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, greater safety for your family, or you just want to have control over renovations, now could be the time to buy.

Bottom Line

If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

Give us a call with any questions you have. We are here to help! We can also connect you with some of the industries best lenders & title companies.

703-242-3975 or info@thebeltteam.com

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It is a sellers market! If you want to sell your home soon, it’s worth putting in the work now. Let’s get together to chat and start the process!

The Belt Team specializes in creating real estate success stories, and we would love to be a part of yours! If you, a friend, or family member are looking to buy or sell we would love to connect.

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Or give us a call at 703-242-3975

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!

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale | MyKCM

One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Bottom Line

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

Thinking about selling? Visit www.TheBeltTeam.com 

Thinking about buying? Visit www.BeltTeamRealEstate.com 

Or give us a call at 703-242-3975

10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181- Sought after Glencannon – Just Listed by The Belt Team

10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181 Just Listed by The Belt Team

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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!

Price, lots more photos & additional info for 10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181

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

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.)

Welcome Dana Menking to The Belt Team

At The Belt Team, our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better”, One way we do that is by ensuring the highest level of service for our clients by hiring top notch Real Estate Agents to help our clients. As our business grows, so does our sales team.

MEET DANA

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From a young age, Dana was surrounded by construction, home improvement, and architecture. Much of her interest in homes, lies in the experiences she shared with her father, a contractor who always brought her to job sites. Growing up in this environment helped her gain an intuitive knowledge of what people look for in their own home.

Dana grew up in Yorktown Virginia, and has family throughout Falls Church, Loudoun, and McLean. She went to George Mason University, earning a Bachelors in Business Management. Her four years at George Mason turned Northern Virginia into her home – traffic and all.

Before becoming a licensed agent, Dana was in the Commercial Real Estate industry. She became a force in lead generation, instant relationship building, and the art of persuasion. When it came time to pursue her real passion, she chose Northern Virginia’s best – The Belt Team – for it’s deep connection to the area, and caliber of service provided to its clients.

Dana has an ideal foundation for real estate. She has expertise in the local area, strong negotiating skills, and a pure love for the industry. Her main goal is to be an advocate for you – to listen to everything you say, and everything you don’t say. She wants to help you navigate the home buying and selling process. Let’s get to work!

Welcome to the team Dana!

Want to join the team?

If you’re interested in joining a team who’s out to change the world, call Terry Belt at (703) 242-3975. We are Changing Lives For The Better, including those on our team!

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was New in Real Estate

Are you thinking of getting into real estate?

Are you a newly licensed Realtor?

Maybe you’re not new and still finding your way?

You’re invited to join our CEO Terry Belt for a round table gathering where he’ll share the ten things he wishes he had been told when he was a new real estate agent. (Bring your lunch. It’s casual!) Terry is a seasoned real estate veteran who is recognized nationally. More importantly, he’s a down-to-earth, good guy, passionate about leading others to success.

“10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was New”

January 24th, 12-1pm

“Your life does not get better by CHANCE, it gets better by CHANGE” Jim Rohn

#thebeltteam#changinglivesforthebetter

Renovate or Move up?

A common question we get from our clients is “Should we put our money into renovations or sell and move up?”

If you are asking yourself the same questions give us a call. We can setup a consultation to see what might be the better option for you! 703-242-3975

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell!

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We recently received a question on our Facebook page that we think many more of our followers may be asking themselves. The Question:

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This one question sparked a conversation between our CEO, Terry Belt & Partner Agent, Tom Hanton about not only painting, but staging & re-purposing as well. Be sure to check out the video here.

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Green is fresh, green is fun, green is not everyone’s favorite color. Bold, unique, and funky colors are super cool, but they do not typically work for everyone. When you are listing your home you want someone to walk in and be able to picture themselves living there. You want them to imagine their furniture in your living room, their pictures hung on your walls, and they cannot do that if the wall colors clash with their plans. The best option in this scenario is to re-paint to a much more neutral color (taupe, light grey, beige, tan, etc.). Think model home. You want your home to be a blank slate for a buyers imagination to run wild!

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Welcome home! This house is bright, fresh (without being green), and clean. This is a prime example of a home that is ready to sell. If your walls are a neutral color like in the above photo you are in a good place. Our only tip here would be to pay attention to your base boards and moldings. Make sure they are a bright white. This small tweak will make the room appear much brighter and welcoming to potential buyers.

Painting is a very simple to-do when getting your home ready to sell, and it goes hand in hand with staging. The Belt Team has been in the industry for over 50 years and have formed relationships with some of the best stagers in the industry. We often coordinate consultations for our clients with our favorite stagers when we are trying to get their home ready for the market. Having a professional come in takes a lot of the stress off of you during an already stressful time. If your budget doesn’t allow for full staging, there is also the option of re-purposing. This is a simple fix when you’ve got the pieces, but they are not being used in the most optimal way. A professional stager can come in and re-purpose your furniture, decorations, etc. and create a scene that a buyer will be blown away by.

Below is an example of re-purposing a room! This was one of our past listings. When the room being setup as a bedroom was not working, our stager came in and suggested turning it into a recreation room instead. We got much better feedback with this setup from potential buyers.

Overall the decision to paint, stage, and re-purpose is 100% up to the seller. Your agent’s job is to help you make those decisions and suggest the best game plan for the quickest sale of your home. Like most things in real estate there is never a simple answer to most questions. We hope these few tips can help you consider the best options to get your home market ready!

If you have any other questions or topics you want us to cover please do not hesitate to reach out!

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Should I list my home during the Holidays?

Should I list my home during the Holidays? This is a questions the agents on The Belt Team get a lot! Terry Belt, our CEO, & Tom Hanton have 11 reasons you SHOULD in fact list your home during the Holidays!

  1. People who look for a home during the Holidays are more serious buyers!
  2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays and less competition means more money for you!
  3. Since the supply of listings will dramatically increase in January, there will be less demand for your particular home! Less demand means less money & longer time on the market for you!
  4. Houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! #curbappeal
  5. Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price!
  6. Buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than they do during a working week.
  7. Some people must buy before the end of the year for tax reasons!
  8. January is traditionally the month for employees to begin new jobs. Since transferees cannot wait until spring to buy, you must be on the market now to capture that market!
  9. You can still be on the market, but you have the option to restrict showings during the six or seven days during the Holidays!
  10. You can sell now for more money and we will provide for a delayed closing or extended occupancy until early next year!
  11. By selling now, you may have an opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! Sell high and buy low!

Terry & Tom elaborate on this list in the video above. Be sure to check it out!

*List credit to Mike Ferry, North America’s Leading Real Estate Coaching & Training Company*

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