To Stage or Not To Stage – THAT Is The Question!

  • Should you “stage” your home before you put your home on the market?
  • Does it really make a difference?
  • Is it worth the money & time spent?

These are great questions! Here is the research-based answer:

The Belt Team is all about maximizing profits for our Sellers. It’s why we pay for a PROFESSIONAL stager to consult with all of our Sellers before they go on the market. We go the extra mile to ensure you get the most when you sell your home.

If you’re thinking of selling a home in Northern Virginia, call Belt Team CEO, Terry Belt, at (703) 242-3975. We’ll schedule your listing consultation, and schedule a consultation with our professional stager so you are ready when we send a professional photographer to shoot the photos of your home!

Terry Belt & The Belt Team: Ranked in the Top 10 Real Estate Teams in The State of VA by Wall Street Journal

What’s It Like To Work With The Best?

Our clients often tell us “You’re the best!”. But we never take that for granted. We SO appreciate their trust in us at such important times in their lives. And so after every transaction, we ask for feedback on how we can make things even better. We also ask our clients to share their experiences on an independent review site like Zillow or Trulia. We don’t get to see what they have said until AFTER it’s published. And we have no ability to edit what they say. This is where the rubber meets the road!

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What we have learned over time is that some things get repeated over and over in those reviews:

  • “Superior negotiating ability”
  • “Constant communication”
  • “Responsiveness”
  • “Incredible market knowledge”
  • “Attention to detail”
  • “Professionalism”
  • “Saved us time”
  • “Saved us money”
  • “Saved us headaches”

We’re proud to say that the large majority of our clients are either repeat or referral. THIS is the testimony of what it’s like to work with the best. It’s why we are ranked in the Top Ten real estate teams in the entire State of VA (out of 30,000 agents.).

Each client is unique and our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better – One Family At A Time“.

Two more reviews from recent clients came in this past week. Here’s what they said about what it’s like to work with Top Realtors in Northern VA:

Working with Gail Belt meant working with a consummate professional. She was tireless, detailed, expert. I was an out-of-town seller, and among her standout qualities were: – Constant & thorough communication. – Knowledge of the market and our direct competition. – Instinct about buyers, their agents, their perceptions, their positions. – Superior negotiating ability. I’d also like to recognize the contributions of Patty who exhibited the attention to detail, focus, and excellent communications which are hallmarks of The Belt Team. ” Chris Duskin

I cannot thank The Belt Team enough for the assistance we received selling our home. Led by Gail, Patty, Christy, Kevin, Jerry, Terry and the other Belt Team members behind the scenes provided us with complete professionalism. The attention to details, the brochure, open houses, regular communication, etc etc truly made the process of selling our home as painless as possible. We can’t thank you enough!” Joanne and Steve Frank

If you’re ready to work with one of the best real estate teams in Northern VA – call (703) 242-3975 today! We’ll help you make the RIGHT move!

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Latest Belt Team Video Released: “Lickety Split”!

The Belt Team is well known for their creative marketing & outside-the-box strategies and our latest video is a perfect example. It’s why our Northern Virginia homes sell FASTER & for MORE MONEY than average.

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If you’d like to schedule an appointment for a FREE Seller Consultation, call Terry Belt or Kevin Kleifges at (703) 242-3975 or contact The Belt Team. Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better“. Is it time to change YOURS?

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What Homebuyers Need To Know About “Shadow Inventory” in Northern VA

Shadow Inventory in Northern VA

Have you ever heard the term “shadow inventory“?

Shadow inventory is normally a term that refers to a supply of homes that has not yet been put on the market, but is “lurking” in the background – usually real estate properties that are in foreclosure (REO or bank owned properties) or close to foreclosure.

But there really is another type of “shadow inventory” here in Northern Virginia; and if you’re a Buyer, you need to pay attention to this!

As you know, inventory around Northern Virginia is scarce. Homes are selling quickly and there is not a glut of homes on the market the way there was five years ago. Homes that are priced well, in a good location and in good condition are getting snapped up – and sometimes getting multiple, competing contracts and selling over list price. Places like Vienna, VA for example, only have 2.5 months of housing inventory.

In the meantime, prices are rising and so are interest rates. So what is a Buyer to do?

Find the shadow inventory! Not the REO homes, but the “other” shadow inventory.

Successful, experienced Realtors often have their own “shadow inventory”. When you’ve been in the real estate business for an extended period of time and are tops in your field, you build up a very loyal clientele & following. And this means that past clients (and new ones) often contact you well in advance of going on the market. They list their home with you and then have you consult with them on how they can maximize the return on their home. Only then do they go about preparing the home – doing repairs, improvements, painting, staging, etc. And the home does not go on the market until everything is ready.

Therefore, there is a period of time between when the home is listed and when it actually hits the market. THIS creates a small amount of “shadow inventory” and THIS is why Buyers should work with TOP Realtors. It maximizes their chances of finding their dream home. Not only do TOP Realtors often have their onw shadow inventory, they zre wired in with other TOP agents as well. (This is one reason our team is affiliated with Keller Williams in McLean. Some of the best Realtors in the country are also in our office. It’s a BIG advantage for our clients.)

As an example, The Belt Team has signed listings for properties in the following areas that are not on the market yet: Great Falls, VA and Vienna, VA.

In addition to this, top agents also have vast networks of contacts and can reach out to them on your behalf. Sometimes, people are not actively ready to sell their home, but when we reach out to them on behalf of a buyer who has targeted their neighborhood and who is already approved for a loan, it’s enough to make them consider a sale. And sometimes they actually sell – without putting their home on the market. We have sold a number of homes that way. And it’s a win-win for both buyer and seller.

If you would like to work with a real estate team who is creative, proactive and who thinks outside the box, contact The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. That’s what it takes to make your real estate dreams come true in today’s market.

Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better, One Family At A Time.” Is it time to change YOURS?

The Belt Team Named To Wall Street Journal’s “The Thousand” for 4th Straight Year!

Top Northern VA Real Estate Team

PRESS RELEASE:

MCLEAN, VA (July 28, 2013) – The Belt Team, led by CEO Terry Belt, of Keller Williams Realty’s McLean office, has again been named one of America’s top real estate teams. One of only a few Northern Virginia teams to be listed, The Belt Team ranked #169 on the Top 250 Residential Real Estate Teams by Sales Volume for 2012 (a component of the “Top Thousand Real Estate Professionals”). This is a prestigious national award sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends Magazine and the ranking comes out of more than 1.2 million REALTORS nationwide.

“We are delighted that The Belt Team has been recognized yet again.” said Ron Cathell, Operating Principal of Keller Williams McLean. “The Belt Team sold more than $72 million worth of real estate last year, while the national average was less than $1.2 million. This is a testimony to what The Belt Team’s clients already know – that The Belt Team consistently delivers the highest level of customer service & expertise no matter what type of real estate market we are in. It’s why so many of their clients are repeat & referral. Just this week, they sold a home for a client that first hired them to help find their dream home in 1986. The home sold in 5 days and above list price.”

“Realtors like The Belt Team who are committed to serving their clients’ best interests with integrity & skill are the reason why Keller Williams Realty has grown to be the largest real estate company in the United States. Customers value not only top-notch negotiating expertise & experience, but trust & loyalty.” said Amina Basic, Keller Williams McLean Team Leader. “The Belt Team truly cares about their clients. They are a fixture in our community and have been influential not only in the business arena, but are generous supporters of many community groups & charities including Vienna Little League, Madison High School Baseball, St. Mark Catholic School, Youth Apostles and our own KW McLean/Great Falls Cares.”

“I am thrilled The Belt Team is listed among the elite teams in the country,” said Terry Belt who serves clients in Northern Virginia. “Our ranking affords us access not only to tools, technologies, and resources that uniquely benefit our clients, but also to some of the top minds in the industry. That’s a win-win for us and for our clients. Our company motto is “God, Family, Business”. We live by that. And so it’s even more gratifying to be able to help so many clients find that “perfect” home, as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible, so they can make their dreams come true. Our team is family founded and we treat our clients like family.”

About The Belt Team and Terry Belt:

The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Senior Realtor Partner), Tom Reilly (Senior Buyer Specialist), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).  The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and specializes in Vienna and Oakton where it has sold more homes than any other Realtor or team since 1973. The Belt Team also sold more million dollar homes in Fairfax County last year than almost any other Realtor or team and is the #2 Luxury Home Team for Keller Williams Realty (out of 80,000+ agents).  For more information, please visit http://www.TheBeltTeam.com  Phone: 703-242-3975

About Keller Williams Realty:

Keller Williams Realty is the largest real estate company in the U.S. by agent count. Keller Williams Realty was the 2011 Winner of the Inman Innovator Award and in 2010, Inman News named Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Gary Keller, one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate.   For more information, contact Amina Basic: (703) 672-0687. Email: AminaB@KW.com

The Belt Team Recognized by Wall Street Journal

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The Belt Team of Keller Williams Realty McLean Named One of America’s Top Real Estate Teams For 3rd Straight Year!

MCLEAN, VA (August 1, 2012) – The Belt Team, led by CEO Terry Belt, of Keller Williams Realty’s McLean office, has again been named one of America’s top real estate teams. The Belt Team ranked #119 on the Top 250 Residential Real Estate Teams by Sales Volume for 2011 (a component of the “Top Thousand Real Estate Professionals”). This is a prestigious national award sponsored by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends Magazine and the ranking comes out of more than 1.2 million REALTORS nationwide. The Belt Team sold more homes in the Vienna/Oakton marketplace than any other real estate team and also sold more than most teams in many other areas around Northern Virginia.

“We are delighted that The Belt Team has been recognized yet again.” said Ron Cathell, Operating Principal of Keller Williams McLean. “This achievement is a sign of what The Belt Team’s clients already know – that The Belt Team consistently delivers the highest level of customer service & expertise no matter what type of real estate market we are in.”

The Belt Team was also named as the #1 Luxury Home Team for Keller Williams Realty in North America in 2010 & 2011. Keller Williams Realty has more than 80,000 associates in North America.

“Realtors like The Belt Team who are committed to serving their clients’ best interests with integrity & skill are the reason why Keller Williams Realty has grown to be the 2nd largest real estate company in the United States. Customers value not only top-notch negotiating expertise & experience, but trust & loyalty.” said Kay Bellhouse, Keller Williams McLean Team Leader. “The Belt Team truly cares about their clients. They are a fixture in our community and have been influential not only in the business arena, but have given generously of their time & talent for our KW McLean/Great Falls Cares charity efforts that have benefited many in our local community.”

“I am thrilled that The Belt Team is listed among the elite teams in the country,” said Terry Belt who serves clients in Northern Virginia. “Our ranking affords us access not only to tools, technologies, and resources that uniquely benefit our clients, but also to some of the top minds in the industry. That’s a win-win for us and for our clients. Our company motto is “God, Family, Business”. We live by that. And so it’s even more gratifying to be able to help so many clients find their dream homes, as well as help them sell their properties quickly and for the highest price possible, so that they can make their dreams come true. Our team is family founded and we treat our clients like family.”

About The Belt Team and Terry Belt:

The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), seven additional Realtor Partners (Pauline Knipe, Kevin Kleifges, Mary Jane Perry, Susan Hussey, Catharine Via, Krissy Cruse, Jennifer Riddle & Candice Fathi), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Rachel Crosby (Client Care Manager).  The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and specializes in Vienna and Oakton where it has sold more homes than any other Realtor or team since 1973. For more information, please visit http://www.TheBeltTeam.com  Phone: 703-242-3975 Email: Info@TheBeltTeam.com

About Keller Williams Realty:

In the past year, Keller Williams Realty has continued to grow despite the well-publicized turmoil in the real estate industry. In addition to becoming the 2nd largest real estate company in the U.S., Keller Williams Realty was the 2011 Winner of the Inman Innovator Award and in 2010, Inman News named Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Gary Keller, one of the 100 Most Influential Leaders in Real Estate.   For more information, contact Kay Bellhouse: (703) 636-7300 or bellhouse@kw.com .