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What Should a Seller Look For in a Realtor?

What Should a Seller Look For in a Realtor?

(Personality Is Always A Plus, But It Isn’t Everything! Statistics May Be Boring, But They Could Save You Time & Money!)

You’re thinking of selling. So how do you know which Realtor to work with? Your boss gave you the name of a Realtor. You met a Realtor you liked at an open house. Your sister-in law just got her license and says she’d love to help you. And what about the one who sold you your house 5 years ago (what’s his name again?).

Selling a home can be a very emotional decision. After all, this is your LIFE we’re talking about. The place where you created LOTS of memories. AND it’s your FUTURE we’re talking about. What happens with the sale of your home affects what options you have moving forward.

AND IT’S LIKELY ONE OF, IF NOT THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL DECISION OF YOUR LIFETIME. So you want to get it right. How do you do that?

Real Estate Sales Down in 2011 - But Prices Are Mostly Up!

Real Estate Sales Down in 2011 - But Prices Are Mostly Up!

 

WHERE DOES THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA REAL ESTATE MARKET STAND? HOW DID 2011 COMPARE TO 2010?

 

Earlier this month, CEO of The Belt Team (Keller Williams Realty), Terry Belt, shared his forecast for the 2012 market. (You can read about what’s in store for Northern Virginia here.) But how did we finish 2011 in comparison to 2010?

Cell Phones For Soldiers - Help Our Soldiers Call Home

Cell Phones For Soldiers - Help Our Soldiers Call Home

We need your help!

The Belt Team is participating in the Cell Phones For Soldiers program this month. While troops may be coming home from Iraq, there are still many soldiers serving and protecting us around the world. This program is close to our hearts. Two of our Belt Team members (Krissy Cruse & Mary Jane Perry) have active duty spouses (in the United States Marine Corps & United States Navy respectively), Mary Jane is also retired from the United States Navy herself, Pauline Knipe’s spouse, a Desert Storm vet, served as an officer in the Unites States Marine Corps and Jerry Belt served in the United States Air Force. So we especially know what it’s like to be far away from home & feeling disconnected.

The goal of the program is to help our soldiers be able to call home. Here’s how it works:

What Does The Future Hold For The Northern VA Real Estate Market?

What Does The Future Hold For The Northern VA Real Estate Market?

The New Year is upon us. So, what does the future hold for the Northern Virginia real estate market? First, let's travel back to 2007-2009 and review the news headlines. One would think it was Halloween for several years in real estate. You may remember some of these news bytes:

Housing Horror”- Crain’s Business

U.S. Housing Crash Deepens in 2008 After Record Drop” - Bloomberg

Worst Case Scenario” CNN/Fortune

and on and on . . . .

It was “Friday the 13th” every day for a while as literally every local market in the country experienced falling sales and homes values as buyers froze and the banking, mortgage, building, and residential brokerage industries came to a virtual standstill.

Holiday Home Security - Online & Off (Plus 'This Week in Vienna Real Estate')

Holiday Home Security - Online & Off (Plus 'This Week in Vienna Real Estate')

The Holiday Season is a wonderful time of year. It can be a great time to buy or sell a home. It’s definitely a great time for for gratitude, reflection & celebration. And oftentimes it’s a great time to travel. As we enter the Holiday Season, we’d like to remind you to keep your home safe while you are away- especially in light of all the “new” ways we are in communication with one another.

 

Housing Inventory Drops Again in Vienna & Oakton

Housing Inventory Drops Again in Vienna & Oakton

First - let’s set the scene. What has happened in the last week in Vienna & Oakton?

  • Inventory in Vienna & Oakton dropped for the sixth straight week in a row. Vienna now has 202 homes on the market and Oakton has 67. This is the lowest level Vienna has seen in 7 months and in 8 months in Oakton.
  • Three homes went under contract in Oakton over the past week and 14 homes went under contract in Vienna. This is the identical pace as two weeks ago and still bodes well for the market.
  • 12% of the homes that went under contract in Vienna & Oakton last week sold in 10 days or less. And 41% sold in less than 30 days. The overall average for homes that went under contract last week was 68 days on market. Not bad, huh?!
  • Both Vienna and Oakton are continuing to teeter between a “Seller’s Market” and a “Balanced Market”. Vienna has a 3.6 month supply of homes and Oakton’s supply is at 2.6 months.

So what does this mean for Buyers & Sellers?

Selling Your Home During The Holidays - Brilliant Idea or Bad Idea?

Selling Your Home During The Holidays - Brilliant Idea or Bad Idea?

 

The weather has finally turned colder, Thanksgiving is days away, and the holidays are approaching. At this time of year, we often get the question, “I want to sell my home, but 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?”