An Update from Terry Belt…

What are we seeing happening in the Northern Virginia real estate market? Here’s an update from Terry Belt about what is happening and how we are adjusting to meet the needs of our clients.

Don’t forget, The Belt Team is here to help…real estate related or not! Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 703-242-3975 or info@thebeltteam.com.

Please stay safe and healthy everyone!

5822 Bent Twig Rd, McLean VA 22101 – Just Listed by The Belt Team!

Price and LOTS more photos of 5822 Bent Twig Rd, McLean VA 22101

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!

Coronavirus and the Real Estate Market

How is the coronavirus affecting the real estate market? Terry Belt shares what we are seeing in Northern Virginia. Give him a call at 703-242-3975 to discuss your goals and create a strategy during this challenging time for everyone.

Historically Low Mortgage Rates!

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!

Fed’s Emergency Rate Cut 3/3/20…What Does It Mean For Mortgage Rates?

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

468 West St NW, Vienna VA 22180 – Just Listed by The Belt Team! And Open Sun 3/1, 1-3:30

Price and LOTS more photos of 468 West St NW, Vienna, VA 22180

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!

Fairfax County Real Estate Tax Assessments Have Been Mailed!

Those of you who live in Fairfax County should be receiving your real estate tax assessment shortly.

For a large number of you (78.8%!), the assessment went up. And, well, that will likely mean higher taxes this year. On average, residential real estate assessments are up an average of 2.65%.

Note: the Board of Supervisors has not yet adopted the 2020 tax rate and will do so later this spring. On February 25th the 2021 Budget was presented to the Board and it included a 3% increase in Real Estate Tax Rate. So it is possible that what you pay will increase because of an increased tax rate AND because your assessment increased.

Assessments increased more from the previous year in part because values increased more. While 2018 saw a 3.03% increase in median sold price in Fairfax County, 2019 was higher at 4.90%.

(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 355,404 taxable parcels in Fairfax County:

  • 303,680 have an assessment change
  • 51,724 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 – $692,409, up 2.36%
  • Townhouse/duplex properties – $437,346, up 3.43%
  • Condominiums – $288,246, up 4.36%

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 May 1st. 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!

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You?

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You? | MyKCM

The real estate market is expected to do very well this year as mortgage rates remain at historic lows. One challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report showing that 2020 is beginning with the lowest available housing inventory in two years. The report explains:

“Last month saw the largest year-over-year decline of housing inventory in almost three years with a dramatic 12 percent decline, pushing the number of homes for sale in the U.S. to the lowest level since January 2018.”

The report also revealed that the decline in inventory stretches across all price points, as shown in the following graph:

Housing Inventory Vanishing: What Is the Impact on You? | MyKCM

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, explains how this drop in available homes for sale comes at a time when more buyers are expected to enter the market:

“The market is struggling with a large housing undersupply just as 4.8 million millennials are reaching 30-years of age in 2020, a prime age for many to purchase their first home. The significant inventory drop…is a harbinger of the continuing imbalance expected to plague this year’s markets, as the number of homes for sale are poised to reach historically low levels.”

The question is: What does this mean to you?

If You’re a Buyer…

Be patient during your home search. It may take time to find a home you love. Once you do, however, be ready to move forward quickly. Get pre-approved for a mortgage, be ready to make a competitive offer from the start, and understand that a shortage in inventory could lead to the resurgence of bidding wars. Calculate just how far you’re willing to go to secure a home, if you truly love it.

If You’re a Seller…

Realize that, in some ways, you’re in the driver’s seat. When there is a shortage of an item at the same time there is a strong demand for that item, the seller of that item is in a good position to negotiate. Whether it is price, moving date, possible repairs, or anything else, you’ll be able to demand more from a potential purchaser at a time like this – especially if you have multiple interested buyers. Don’t be unreasonable, but understand you probably have the upper hand.

Bottom Line

The housing market will remain strong throughout 2020. And it will be very important to work with an experienced agent who can help you understand what that means to you, whether you’re buying, selling, or doing both. That’s where The Belt Team comes in…give us a call or send us an email to help you navigate this market. We’ve been in business for over 50 years and have sold over $1 Billion in transactions throughout the years. It would be our pleasure to work with you and make your dreams come true!

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com

Our CEO, Terry Belt recaps the 2019 Real Estate Market and what’s ahead for 2020.

Our CEO, Terry Belt, recaps the 2019 real estate market and discusses what he thinks 2020 will look like. 2019 was a healthy market bolstered by conditions like the strong economy, low interest rates, low unemployment, etc. There was also the emergence of what he calls a “segmented” market in 2019 and he anticipates it to continue into 2020. He also talks about stats that show why the spring market has already hit!

Watch Terry’s complete message for more specifics and learn why it is so important to work with experienced agents like The Belt Team to navigate this market. Call TODAY (703-242-3975) to make sure you don’t miss out on the market and talk with one of our agents…we have been in business for over 50 years and have closed over $1 Billion in transactions.

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The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready?

The New Spring Real Estate Market is Here. Are You Ready? | MyKCM

Which month do you think most people who are considering buying a home actually start their search? If you’re like most of us, you probably think the surge happens in the spring, likely in April. Not anymore. According to new research, January 2019 was only 1% behind February for the most monthly views per listing on realtor.com.

So, what does that mean? The busiest season in real estate has just begun.

The same research indicates,

“Historically, April launched the kickoff of the home shopping season as buyers would come out of their winter hibernation looking for their new home. However, the spring shopping season now starts in January for many of the nation’s largest markets.”

With the reality of fewer homes on the market in the winter, and that supply naturally increases as we head to the spring market, waiting for more competition to list in your neighborhood this year might put you behind the curve. Perhaps now is the time to jump into the market.

George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com says,

“As shoppers modify their strategies for navigating a housing market that has become more competitive due to rising prices and low inventory, the search for a home is beginning earlier and earlier.”

There is a lot of speculation in the market about why the search for a home is shifting to an earlier start. The one thing we do know is if you’re thinking about buying or selling a home this year, the earlier you get started, the better.

Reminder: When should you sell something? When there is less of that item for sale and the greatest number of buyers are in the market. That’s exactly what is happening in real estate right now.

Bottom Line

The new spring market for real estate is underway! If you’re considering buying or selling, NOW is the time to connect, so you have the advantage in this competitive market. Give us a call at 703-242-3975 or email info@thebeltteam.com.