Slaying Home Buying Myths

We get questions from first-time homebuyers like this all the time:

  • Do I have to have a perfect credit score?
  • Do I need 20% cash for my down payment?
  • Aren’t interest rates really high?
  • Can I really afford to buy?

Check out what Keeping Current Matters has to say about the myths related to buying a home:

Slaying Home Buying Myths [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • Interest rates are still below historic numbers.
  • 88% of property managers raised their rent in the last 12 months!
  • The credit score requirements for mortgage approval continue to fall.

The Belt Team has a Buyer Specialist whose expertise is First-Time Homebuyers. If you’re looking for someone to walk you through each step of the process, call Beth Dadisman at (703) 577-1144. Or click here to schedule a FREE consultation.

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Here’s how you might feel after you buy your first place! We helped these first time homebuyers find their dream home and go to settlement just last week! The Belt Team is ranked in the Top 20 Real Estate Agents in the State of VA (out of 30,000 agents). Don’t you deserve the BEST?!

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1006 Hillcrest Dr SW Vienna VA 22180- Listed by The Belt Team – Open April 23

1006 Hillcrest Drive SW Vienna VA 22180 is listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY, April 23rd 1-3:30 PM. Here’s a sneak peek:

Price and LOTS more photos of 1006 Hillcrest Drive SW Vienna VA 22180

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

Gorgeous new build by Dominion Associates – 25 year top Vienna builder! Great lot & fabulous close-in Vienna location! Hardiplank,stone, front porch & back deck. Top quality design and finishes!!! 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, stunning cinnamon hardwoods & architectural moldings/details. Lower level with large rec room, wet bar, bedroom & theater room! Excellent schools, close to Vienna Metro & “downtown” Vienna!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

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1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182 – Just Listed by The Belt Team – Open April 23

1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182 – was JUST listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY, April 23rd 2-4 PM.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Price and LOTS more photos of 1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182

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

Another stunning new custom home from Dominion Associates on a lovely 1/2 acre lot with walkout lower level to private backyard.  6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, top quality design & finishes, architectural moldings, open floor plan, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large master suite, finished lower level with 6th bedroom & bar, large 3 car garage & more! Hardiplank, stone, front porch & back deck. Fabulous location, walking distance to Wolftrap Elementary School!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

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Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act

Here’s what our colleagues at Keeping Current Matters have to say about whether now is the time to sell.

(Note: In the Northern VA area, selling now is often the best choice as many of our markets have experienced low inventory for multiple years. However, the answer of whether to sell now or later is NOT the same for everyone. For a FREE personal consultation, call Terry Belt, Kevin Kleifges, Tom Hanton, or Beth Dadisman at (703) 242-3975. We’ll help you make the best move for YOU.)

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Thinking of Selling? Now Is the Time to Act | MyKCM

If you thought about selling your house this year, now may be the time to do it. The inventory of homes for sale is well below historic norms and buyer demand is skyrocketing. We were still in high school when we learned the concept of supply and demand: the best time to sell something is when supply of that item is low and demand for that item is high. That defines today’s real estate market.

Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist at realtor.com, revealed in a recent article that:

“The biggest challenge to buyers this spring will be simply finding a home to buy and getting it successfully under contract. That’s because the supply of homes for sale is at an all-time low, and yet demand is strong and getting stronger.”

Smoke goes on to say:

“We started the year with the lowest inventory of homes available for sale that we’ve ever seen on realtor.com. While we did see inventory grow 2% in February, total inventory was down 11% over last year.”

In this type of market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction including the inspection, appraisal and financing contingencies.

Bottom Line

As a potential seller, you are in the driver’s seat right now. It might be time to hit the gas.

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The Belt Team is one of Virginia’s Top 20 Best Real Estate Agents (out of 30,000+ agents) and we take great pride in putting our clients’ interests first. We sometimes tell people NOT to sell or NOT to buy – because we use a consultative approach instead of a sales approach. If you’d like to schedule a personal consultation to educate yourself to make the decision that’s right for YOU, call us at (703) 242-3975. Don’t you deserve the BEST Realtor Team in Northern VA?

YEONAS PARK – LIKE THE OLD FASHIONED “BACK FENCE”

As we have every year since 2002, The Belt Team is proud to sponsor Vienna Little League. Since Saturday, April 22 is Opening Day and it’s Little League season once again, we thought we’d re-run this post. Enjoy!

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Yesterday was another one of those “I LOVE LIVING IN VIENNA” days! If you live in Vienna, you will eventually make your way to Yeonas Park. You either have children who play baseball or your children have friends who play baseball or you have friends whose children play baseball. It’s just one of those inevitable things.

 

So yesterday, we went to see a neighbor’s son play in a Vienna Little League game at Yeonas. As we entered the parking lot, it was teeming with activity. There was an air of excitement that wafted by – almost as strongly as the smell of chili dogs on the grill at the snack bar. Last Saturday was Opening Day (more than 1,100 people attended!) and this was the first week of the season. PLAY BALL!

And just like every April for the past 50+ years, the Vienna Little Leaguers took the field.

And just like every April for the past 50+ years, the Vienna parents assumed their perches from which to root.

And just like every April for the past 50+ years, the siblings gathered in the common area to play with one another.

Yeonas Field in Vienna is kind of what the back fence used to be “in the olden days”. Back then, neighbors would hang their laundry out to dry in the backyard and catch up on gossip over the back fence. Or they would mow their lawns and tend their gardens, and take breaks to chat with the neighbor next door or behind them.

Well, that’s just what happens at Yeonas Park. Last night, two of my girlfriends, who are normally so busy they can’t see straight (they are AWESOME Moms!), settled in to the bleachers to watch the game and had themselves a nice two hour chat. The Dads like to hang out along the fences, and they are usually much more “into” the game. But don’t be mistaken, there’s a lot of chit chat going on there too. In a world where we are always “on the go”, it’s nice to have this respite.

And you ALWAYS run into people you know. It’s just a fabulous gathering place where people of diverse interests and diverse backgrounds “hang out” together. I love seeing the many multi-generational families that come to the ballgames – babes in arms, grandparents in wheelchairs, and even teenagers who might be “too cool” to otherwise hang with their parents.

Just visit once and you’ll see what I mean. Vienna Little League gets into your blood. Did you ever notice the “V” stickers on so many car windows in Vienna? They either say “Go Blue” or “Go Black”. The stickers represent the two leagues in Vienna (National & American). And once you’re a part of a certain league, you are Blue (or Black) FOREVER. Many of those cars you see with stickers have kids who are long past Little League age, but they are part of that family always. Terry Belt & Kevin Kleifges on The Belt Team know that for sure after coaching and/or having players on those teams!

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AND Vienna has a long history of winning. When you go to the park, you’ll see the list of many State Championship wins and even a Regional Championship that sent our team to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. But it’s not only about winning. It’s the life lessons that are learned along the way – things like loyalty and hard work and how important it is to spend time with the ones you love. (Kind of reminds me of The Belt Team!)

We just LOVE living in Vienna!

If you’d like to live in Vienna too, call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. We’ve sold more homes in Vienna than any other Realtor or Team. We’ll help you make the BEST move!

1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182 – Just Listed by The Belt Team – Open April 9

1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182 – was JUST listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY, April 9th 1-4 PM.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Price and LOTS more photos of 1871 Beulah Rd Vienna VA 22182

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

Another stunning new custom home from Dominion Associates on a lovely 1/2 acre lot with walkout lower level to private backyard.  6 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, top quality design & finishes, architectural moldings, open floor plan, gourmet eat-in kitchen, large master suite, finished lower level with 6th bedroom & bar, large 3 car garage & more! Hardiplank, stone, front porch & back deck. Fabulous location, walking distance to Wolftrap Elementary School!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

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9612 Pembroke Pl Vienna VA 22182 – Listed by The Belt Team – Open April 9

9612 Pembroke Pl Vienna VA 22182 is listed by The Belt Team and is OPEN SUNDAY, April 9th 2-4PM. Here’s a sneak peek:

Price and LOTS more photos of 9612 Pembroke Pl Vienna VA 22182

Call Tom Hanton & The Belt Team at (703) 283-6418 to schedule a showing!

Welcome to this stunning, updated colonial situated on a gorgeous private lot just minutes to Tysons Corner and Vienna! This home sits on 2 acres and is a true oasis of tranquility yet close to all the amenities of Tysons, Vienna, Reston, Great Falls, DC and more.  Exceptional features include hardwood floors & decorative moldings throughout, loads of natural light, 6 bedrooms, 2 masonry fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen open to the family room, a spacious formal dining room, a delightful sun room, main floor library, and a large master suite.  The finished lower level provides an abundance of extra living/entertaining space as well as a bedroom and full bath.  The fabulous outdoor living spaces include a screened porch, back deck & patio and amazing pool!  Excellent schools (in the McLean High School district!) and great for commuters…don’t miss an opportunity to make this your next home!

Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if you would like to buy or sell in Vienna this year. The Belt Team is Vienna’s #1 Real Estate Team. (Sellers –  you’ll be interested to know that Belt Team Sellers sell FASTER and for MORE money than average! Special info for Vienna Home Sellers.)

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