11603 Stoneview Square 21C Reston VA 20191 – Just Listed by The Belt Team

The Belt Team has just listed a lovely condo in Shadowood at 11603 Stoneview Square 21C Reston VA 20191. Here’s a sneak peek:

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Delightful updated 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath condo in Shadowood. Great Reston location! Features include new carpet throughout, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, granite & tile floor, updated baths, crown molding, in-unit washer/dryer and private back balcony! Enjoy all the amenities Reston has to offer…trails, outdoor pools, tennis courts & more! Close to the Silver Line Metro & other commuter options!

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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 Kevin. “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 Tom, “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 or Tom Hanton 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!

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11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 – Open Sunday Sept 25th

The Belt Team has listed a gorgeous, exceptionally large condo with garage in Sutton Ridge at 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 and it’s OPEN SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 12-2 PM.

List Price: $387,000

Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to this beautiful home filled with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit, one of the larger units in the development, is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, large windows, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and great for commuters!

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11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 – Open Sunday August 28th

The Belt Team has listed a gorgeous, exceptionally large condo with garage in Sutton Ridge at 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 and it’s OPEN SUNDAY, August 28th, 2-4PM.

List Price: $387,000

Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to this beautiful home filled with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit, one of the larger units in the development, is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, large windows, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and great for commuters!

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11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 – PRICE IMPROVED – Open Sunday August 21

The Belt Team has listed a gorgeous condo in Sutton Ridge at 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 and it’s OPEN SUNDAY, August 21st, 2-4PM. (Note: Price has been improved!) Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to this beautiful home filled with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit, one of the larger units in the development, is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, large windows, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and great for commuters!

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11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday August 7

The Belt Team has listed a gorgeous condo in Sutton Ridge at 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 and it’s OPEN SUNDAY, August 7th, 2-4PM. Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to this beautiful home filled with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit, one of the larger units in the development, is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, large windows, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and great for commuters!

More info, price & additional photos of 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194

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

The Belt Team - Best of RealtorsThe Belt Team is honored to announce that we have once again been named to Washingtonian Magazines “Top Real Estate Agent List” in their 2016 “Best of Washington” issue. Only 99 agents in the entire Northern VA, Washington D.C. & Maryland area were listed (and a large number of those were in our own Keller Williams McLean office!). Thanks to all of our clients and friends for allowing us to serve you and your referrals!

In case you’re wondering how they came up with the list, here’s what the magazine said last year: ” 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), Tom Hanton (Realtor), Kristina Stepanova (Seniors Specialist), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).

Washington Best Real Estate AgentsThe Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and Washington DC. We have sold more homes in the Vienna Oakton area than any other Realtor or team since 1973, and we also sell more homes outside of Vienna / Oakton than we do in! The Belt Team Team is ranked in the Top 150 Teams for the largest real estate company by agent count in the world – Keller Williams Realty, with over 140,000 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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11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday July 17

The Belt Team has listed a gorgeous condo in Sutton Ridge at 11408 Gate Hill Place #121 J, Reston, VA 20194 and it’s OPEN SUNDAY, JULY 17, 1-4PM. Here’s a sneak peek:

Welcome to this beautiful home filled with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit, one of the larger units in the development, is bright & spacious and has an open floorplan that allows for great everyday traffic flow and makes entertaining a breeze! Enjoy details such as soaring ceilings, large windows, remodeled kitchen open to the family room with gas fireplace, separate dining room, master bedroom with attached bath and a back balcony overlooking trees. Convenient to many Reston amenities and great for commuters!

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1644 Maddux Ln McLean VA 22101 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open Sunday June 5

1644 Maddux Ln McLean VA 22101 is listed by The Belt Team and OPEN SUNDAY, June 5th 2-4PM. Here’s a sneak peek!

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More info, Price & LOTS of photos of 1644 Maddux Ln McLean VA 22101

Welcome to this stunning all brick colonial situated on a gorgeously landscaped lot in prestigious Chesterbrook Farm…an enclave of stately homes just a short drive from Washington D.C. This elegant home offers quality finishes & designer touches and is ready for it’s new owner! Exceptional features include 3 finished levels with 5 bedrooms, 3 full & 1 half baths, over 5,200 square feet of living space, a curved oak staircase, attractive moldings, high ceilings, shining hardwood floors, a fabulous gourmet eat-in kitchen, a spacious owner’s suite, and a finished lower level with rec room/5th bedroom, full bath & wine cellar. The incredible outdoor details include a fountain, terraced stone retaining walls, lush landscaping, a waterfall, pond, patio & covered porch. A true masterpiece inside and out!

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Unparalleled Trust Necessary Before Listing Your House

The article below came out last week from Keeping Current Matters. We thought it was right on target. It surprises us how often people trust the sale of their largest asset to someone who may not be an expert – just because they are a family member, a neighbor or a friend. They list their home with this person out of obligation. And then they take a BIG leap.

Questions To Ask When Selling Your Home

While they may be able to trust them in terms of their personal relationship, they often cannot really trust this person’s expertise, negotiating skills & problem solving abilities. When you’re selling your home, you need it all. Personal trust (integrity, To be able to trust they will have your best interests at heart) AND to trust they have the ability to do the job at a high level.


Here’s what Keeping Current Matters had to say:

You and your family have decided to sell your house. It is now time to choose a real estate professional to help with the process. One of the major attributes this agent must possess is trustworthiness. To what degree do you need to trust them?

You must have enough trust in them that you feel comfortable they will accomplish all four things below: 

1. Sell possibly the largest asset your family owns

In many cases, a home is the largest asset a family has. Studies have shown that the equity many families have in their home is the largest percentage of that family’s overall wealth. 

2. Set the correct market value on that asset

Pricing is crucial even in the best of markets. You want to get the best price for your home without putting your house at a value that buyers will have little interest in.

3. Set the time schedule for the liquidation of that asset

Your family probably has a certain timetable for the sale of your house and the move into your next home. Coordinating the home selling process to meet certain schedules can be tricky.

4. Set a fair fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

You will need to pay a commission to an agent for selling the home and coordinating all elements of the selling transaction, including possible future negotiations (ex. with a home inspector or appraiser).

That’s a lot of trust. Make sure you pick a true professional to help with the sale of your home.


So how do you know if you can trust the sale of your home to someone?

1. Interview them.

Ask questions. Ask for statistics – things like: how many homes they’ve sold (that will tell you whether they have good problem solving skills, relationships & resources for you to use), what their list to sell price ratio is compared to the average (that will tell you about their negotiation skills), and what their average days on market is (that will tell you about their expertise). Spend more time asking questions like these than asking where they advertise and what kind of videos they do. And don’t choose the realtor who just throws out the highest number. The results they get are what you’re after. If they are experts, you won’t need to tell them how to do what they do best.

2. Ask for references.

Call people who have sold their home with the team you’re interviewing and find out first hand what it’s like to work with them.

3. Google them.

You’ll be surprised what you see (or don’t see).Pay special attention to third party sites like Zillow. Realtors cannot control what is posted there (unlike the testimonials you see on their personal web sites.) And when you read the reviews, read between the lines. Are they generic (“she’s great”) or are they specific (she sold our home in 9 days over list price and has the patience of Job”)?

Whether you’re selling in Vienna or McLean, Great Falls or Falls Church, Oakton or Oak Hill, Arlington, Ashburn or Annadale – wherever you live – you deserve the BEST real estate team. For a FREE report of “Questions To Ask Your Realtor When Selling Your Home” – email The Belt Team or call (703) 242-3975. We are listed in the Top 20 Best Real Estate Agents in Virginia and are happy to help you make the RIGHT move.

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