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4 Tips To Make Downsizing Easy

4 Tips To Make Downsizing Easy

The Belt Team works with many clients who are downsizing. (We like to call it “right sizing.”) There are a number of reasons people think about moving “down”: 
 

  • Travel – Some of our clients downsize to a home that’s easier to maintain so they can travel more – visit grandchildren – or take those trips they’ve always dreamed of. This is not uncommon with empty nesters. 
  • Health – Maybe your current home is just too much for you to take care of on top of whatever health concerns you are dealing with. 
  • Financial Freedom – Some people bite off more than they can chew. Or their priorities change (or their job situation) and they don’t want to be tied down to a big mortgage payment. 
  • Commuting Time – Buying a condo or townhouse closer to the city might be enticing after commuting an hour each way in order to have that single family home. 
  • Age – Perhaps it’s time to move into a community where you can get the extra assistance you need and/or have more opportunity for recreation and cultural activities. And maybe it’s time for a place without stairs. 


Here are 4 Tips To Simplify Downsizing:

10 Holiday Home Security Tips

10 Holiday Home Security Tips

Have you figured out what you’re making (or what you’re bringing) for Thanksgiving dinner yet? I bet you have! But don’t forget to think about how to keep your home safe if you’re traveling during the holidays.

Here are 10 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe

Sell Your Home Now or Wait Til After The Holidays?

Sell Your Home Now or Wait Til After The Holidays?

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 search here to see how many homes are for sale in Northern Virginia right now!):

UltraOutdoors.com Launches Largest Outdoor Living Site

UltraOutdoors.com Launches Largest Outdoor Living Site

UltraOutdoors.com has launched their comprehensive site to bring everything in outdoor living under one roof. The site features over 100,000 pages and over 150,000 listings, making it the largest “outdoor living” site worldwide. Created to highlight the growing outdoor-living market, it offers ideas, inspiration, and quality sources for contracting work. Currently, the site covers 65 major metro areas within the U.S. and in Canada, with more being added.

“Increasingly people want to find ideas and quality contractors to transform their landscape or yard into a great outdoor living space,” explains Bob Dallas, the chief executive officer at UltraOutdoors.com. “That’s the idea behind the site. It helps people do exactly that. They can find everything they need in one place.”

Do Home Sales Slow In Summer?

Do Home Sales Slow In Summer?

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the “summer season”. And while most people think Spring is the best time to sell your home, we think summer is a great time also. In previous years, the standard time to get from ratifying a contract on a home to the actual settlement & moving in day was about 60-90 days. As technology has advanced, timeframes have become much shorter and the norm now is about 30 days.

What that means is the summer market has been extended. Home buyers with children in school – whether elementary school or college – often try to time their home purchases so they will be settled in their new home by the time school starts. When it took 60-90 days to get to settlement, that meant they had to be under contract by May or June. Now that loans can be processed quicker and timeframes in general are much faster, that means families can purchase a home in July – even in August – and still move in by the time school starts.

6 Secrets To Surviving A Home Renovation

6 Secrets To Surviving A Home Renovation

I recently wrote a post called “Love It Or List It” and gave you a peek at the home renovation we did last year. I am thrilled with how it came out. But it wasn’t always a walk in the park (just ask my dog Cody!). So today I’m going to share my “6 Secrets To Surviving A Home Renovation”.

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

5 Tips for Making Amazing Fall Soups

One thing that most people can agree upon is that autumn is the perfect time for soup. Millions of people around the country eat soup in the fall, whether they make it at home or eat it while dining out. Those making soup at home are often in search of the perfect way to make theirs taste every bit as good as those they eat while dining out. With some attention paid to detail, they too can have amazing fall soups.

“People are often intimidated when it comes to making tasty soups, but it’s not nearly as challenging as it may seem,” explains Ryan Fichter, Executive Chef of Thunder Burger. “Great tasting soups are within reach for everyone to make. It may just take a few extra steps to make it happen.”

Here are 5 tips for making amazing fall soups: