Falls Church Charmer Open Sunday November 23

This one of a kind custom charmer will win your heart and it’s open this Sunday, November 23rd from 2-4PM. Stop by 3600 Fairmont Street in Falls Church - $725,000

Falls Church Home For Sale Near Mosaic

Along with the open and imaginative floor plan, exceptional features include a delightful screened porch plus a covered front porch, a family room with gas log fireplace, gourmet kitchen that any chef would love, a rec room with wet bar rough-in, huge master suite and 2 car garage. This 3 years young home is sited on a level/usable lot in a fabulous “inside the beltway” location. Great commuting options! So close to the vibrant & appealing attractions at the nearby Mosaic District!

Lots of additional photos & info about 3600 Fairmont Street in Falls Church

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a showing!

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Fox Mill Manor Drive – Open Sunday, Nov 23rd – Price Improved!

Fabulous Fox Mill Manor Home Open Sunday, November 23rd 1 to 4PM

List Price: $1,065,000 (reduced from $1,125,000!)

 

Oakton Luxury Home For SaleBeautiful brick front colonial on a gorgeous almost acre lot in wonderful Oakton location! Super floor plan. Spacious gourmet kitchen & sun splashed morning room open to the family rooms with vaulted ceilings & gas fireplace AND and walks out to the fantastic private rear deck/patio with fire pit. Four bedrooms up – including a tray ceiling master suite & 2nd master with private bath. Large finished lower level and 3 car garage!

 Price, directions & more photos of 2938 Fox Mill Manor Drive in Oakton

To schedule a showing call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

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Upper Level Unit in Popular Parkfairfax in Alexandria – JUST Listed!

Condo for sale Parkfairfax Alexandria

If you’ve been waiting for a top floor unit in Parkfairfax to come on the market, it’s your lucky day – we JUST listed one! This wonderful community overflows with charm & personality. Listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places, you’ll find peace & tranquility amidst the woodland trails, plus a location that’s ideal for commuters and  close to the amenities of Shirlington, Old Town & Pentagonm City! Spacious rooms, wood floors & lots of storage complete the package.

Price, more information & lots of photos of 1613 Fitzgerald Lane in Alexandria

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Call Martin Bristow at (703) 861-2967 to schedule a showing!

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42 Questions To Ask When Selling A Home in Northern VA

What To Ask When Selling Home

Are there questions you should ask your Realtor when you’re selling a home in Northern VA?

You betcha! There are more than 10,000 Realtors in Northern VA. So how do you choose the best one for you?

Ask LOTS of questions! We provide our clients with a list of 42 great questions to ask. Here’s a sampling of some – along with the reason why you should ask:

Q. How long have you been in real estate?

Does this really matter? Yes! While new agents can have many skills, there may also be some important ingredients missing: problem solving skills that come from experience for example. Per the National Association of Realtors, the average agent has been in the business for 7 years. Belt Team members average 21 years in the business. So we’ve seen a LOT more things come up and have a lot more resources to handle them. The more homes we sell, the more we learn. So when problems arise, they are usually only temporary and don’t permanently derail your sale. We’ve had lightning strike, raccoons in the attic (twice!), underground oil tanks and more – none of which derailed our sellers thanks to relationships we have built over many years.

Q. Do you have other listings higher in price and lower in price that you will be able to attract Buyers from?

Why does this matter? Because most calls we get inquiring about properties are calls from buyers who want to know the price of the house (and they always thinks it’s lower than it is) or they eventually realize they have to raise their price range to get what they want or lower it to get what they can afford. Since The Belt Team is such a productive team, our Sellers get the added benefit of being able to attract potential buyers from our other listings – both lower and higher in price.

Q. Do your signs have a direct phone number for your team?

Did you know that many newer agents get business by sitting at the front desk of their office as a receptionist and answering the phone – hoping a potential buyer might call about a house because they saw the sign in the yard? Some real estate companies require their agents’ signs to have the company number – instead of the listing agent’s number on the sign for this very reason – to feed newer agents business. While this might be great for the new agent, it’s not so great for the Seller becuase that means a much lesser experienced, less knowledgeable agent will be talking to potential buyers about your home. They might not have even seen your home! (Our signs and ads all have a dedicated Belt Team number that is answered almost 24/7!)

Q. Do you hire & pay for a professional photographer?

This one seems like a no brainer. Of course you would want professional photos of your home – especially when most buyers will see the photos online first! But you’d be surprised how many agents take their own photos to save the money. This is also a good way to guage how professional your Realtor is.

Q. What is the average days on market in my area and what is the average days YOUR listings sell in this area?

This question tells you how well the agent does their job. (Note: Belt Team listings sell much faster than average!)

Q. What percentage of list price do your listings sell for and what is the market average?

This is the logical follow up question to how fast listings sell for. You don’t want an agent who sells fast because they underprice their listings only for the homes to sell for less. And it’s a fine line to walk! (Belt Team listings not only sell faster than average, but for a higher percentage of list price.)

NOW is the time to prepare you home for the Spring Market. Call Terry Belt or Kevin Kleifges at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a FREE Home Selling Consultation or email The Belt Team if you would like our FREE report “42 Interview Questions To Ask Your Realtor When Selling A Home“.

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Fox Mill Manor Drive – Open November 16th

Fabulous Fox Mill Manor Home On Almost An Acre Open Sunday, 11/16 1-4PM

2938 Fox Mill Manor Dr Oakton Front 2

Beautiful brick front colonial on a gorgeous almost acre lot in wonderful Oakton location! Super floor plan. Spacious gourmet kitchen & sun splashed morning room open to the family rooms with vaulted ceilings & gas fireplace AND and walks out to the fantastic private rear deck/patio with fire pit. Four bedrooms up – including a tray ceiling master suite & 2nd master with private bath. Large finished lower level and 3 car garage!

 Price, directions & more photos of 2938 Fox Mill Manor Drive in Oakton

2938 Fox Mill Manor Dr Oakton Kitchen 2938 Fox Mill Manor Dr Oakton Deck

To schedule a showing call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

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Updated Condo in Reston’s Sutton Ridge – Open November 16th

Welcome to this delightful home loaded with updates and located in a sought after North Point location! This Crawford model unit 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, hardwood floors, large windows, crown molding, 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!

Open Sunday, 11/16 1PM to 4PM  - 1300 Windrift Drive #152 in Reston

 

Price and lots of additional photos of 1300 Windrift Drive #152 in Reston

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Selling 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 some areas (Vienna for example), homes sold for more money this year in January-February than they did 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”. Prospective Buyers will wonder what is wrong with your home and why it has 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 Beth Dadisman. “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 Terry, “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 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! Best Real Estate Agents in Northern VA