Search Northern VA Homes For Sale By School District

Over the years, we’ve noticed many of our clients rank “school district” as one of their top search criteria when thinking of buying a new home. Whether it’s because you have children in school now or because you’re thinking about resale value – school district can be an important factor. For example, some buyers look for schools that offer AP (Advanced Placement) classes. While other buyers are more interested in a school that offers the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Some require a school with a GT program. And others are looking for special assistance. We’ve even had clients choose a home based on a particular high school baseball team they are targeting. And others who search for homes based on who has the best theater program. In Northern Va, there’s something for everyone!

So we made it easy for you. Our web site has customized searches by high school for Northern Virginia homes in areas like Vienna, Oakton, Arlington, Fairfax & all the surrounding areas.

Search Northern Virginia Homes For Sale by School District

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The Belt Team is ranked in the Top 20 Best Realtors in the State of VA by Real Trends (out of 30,000 agents) and also named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Agents in 2015 & 2016. Call (703) 242-3975 and The Belt Team will help YOU make the RIGHT move!

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?!

The Belt Team Specializes in First Time Homebuyers

Search Northern VA Homes For Sale By School District

Over the years, we’ve noticed that many of our clients rank “school district” as one of their top search criteria when they are thinking of buying a new home. Whether it’s because you have children in school now or because you are thinking about resale value – school district can be an important factor. For example, some buyers look for schools that offer AP (Advanced Placement) classes. While other buyers are more interested in a school that offers the IB (International Baccalaureate) program. Some require a school with a GT program. And others are looking for special assistance. We have had clients choose a home based on a particular high school baseball team they are targeting. And we’ve had others who search for homes based on who has the best theater program. In Northern Va, there’s something for everyone!

So we thought we’d make it easy for you. Our web site has customized searches by high school for Northern Virginia homes in areas like Vienna, Oakton, Arlington, Fairfax & all the surrounding areas.

Search Northern Virginia Homes For Sale by School District

What is My Current Home Worth? (Instant, Online Home Valuation)

The Belt Team is ranked in the Top 20 Best Realtors in the State of VA by Real Trends (out of 30,000 agents) and also named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Agents in 2015 & 2016. Call (703) 242-3975 and The Belt Team will help YOU make the RIGHT move!

Unparalleled Trust Necessary Before Listing Your House

The article below came out last week from Keeping Current Matters. We thought it was right on target. It surprises us how often people trust the sale of their largest asset to someone who may not be an expert – just because they are a family member, a neighbor or a friend. They list their home with this person out of obligation. And then they take a BIG leap.

Questions To Ask When Selling Your Home

While they may be able to trust them in terms of their personal relationship, they often cannot really trust this person’s expertise, negotiating skills & problem solving abilities. When you’re selling your home, you need it all. Personal trust (integrity, To be able to trust they will have your best interests at heart) AND to trust they have the ability to do the job at a high level.


Here’s what Keeping Current Matters had to say:

You and your family have decided to sell your house. It is now time to choose a real estate professional to help with the process. One of the major attributes this agent must possess is trustworthiness. To what degree do you need to trust them?

You must have enough trust in them that you feel comfortable they will accomplish all four things below: 

1. Sell possibly the largest asset your family owns

In many cases, a home is the largest asset a family has. Studies have shown that the equity many families have in their home is the largest percentage of that family’s overall wealth. 

2. Set the correct market value on that asset

Pricing is crucial even in the best of markets. You want to get the best price for your home without putting your house at a value that buyers will have little interest in.

3. Set the time schedule for the liquidation of that asset

Your family probably has a certain timetable for the sale of your house and the move into your next home. Coordinating the home selling process to meet certain schedules can be tricky.

4. Set a fair fee for the services required to liquidate that asset

You will need to pay a commission to an agent for selling the home and coordinating all elements of the selling transaction, including possible future negotiations (ex. with a home inspector or appraiser).

That’s a lot of trust. Make sure you pick a true professional to help with the sale of your home.


So how do you know if you can trust the sale of your home to someone?

1. Interview them.

Ask questions. Ask for statistics – things like: how many homes they’ve sold (that will tell you whether they have good problem solving skills, relationships & resources for you to use), what their list to sell price ratio is compared to the average (that will tell you about their negotiation skills), and what their average days on market is (that will tell you about their expertise). Spend more time asking questions like these than asking where they advertise and what kind of videos they do. And don’t choose the realtor who just throws out the highest number. The results they get are what you’re after. If they are experts, you won’t need to tell them how to do what they do best.

2. Ask for references.

Call people who have sold their home with the team you’re interviewing and find out first hand what it’s like to work with them.

3. Google them.

You’ll be surprised what you see (or don’t see).Pay special attention to third party sites like Zillow. Realtors cannot control what is posted there (unlike the testimonials you see on their personal web sites.) And when you read the reviews, read between the lines. Are they generic (“she’s great”) or are they specific (she sold our home in 9 days over list price and has the patience of Job”)?

Whether you’re selling in Vienna or McLean, Great Falls or Falls Church, Oakton or Oak Hill, Arlington, Ashburn or Annadale – wherever you live – you deserve the BEST real estate team. For a FREE report of “Questions To Ask Your Realtor When Selling Your Home” – email The Belt Team or call (703) 242-3975. We are listed in the Top 20 Best Real Estate Agents in Virginia and are happy to help you make the RIGHT move.

Click here for Reviews on Zillow about Terry Belt, Kevin Kleifges, Tom Reilly, Beth Dadisman, Gail Belt & Tom Hanton

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What Info Is Needed To Apply For A Mortgage

Documents Needed For Mortgage Loan

If you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the most important things you should do is get a loan PRE-APPROVAL (not just a loan pre-qualification, but a FULL approval.)

This will let you know what you qualify for and it will be something a Seller expects to see when you write a contract.

Your Realtor can connect you with reputable, trustworthy lenders.

Here’s a list of some of the paperwork you’ll likely need to gather to give to your lender:

  • Most recent 30 days of pay stubs (if you are an employee)
  • Year-to-date profit & loss statement (if you are self-employed)
  • Last two years’ W-2’s & personal tax returns
  • Last two years’ 1099’s & business tax returns (if self-employed)
  • Two most recent months of bank statements for each account (all pages – savings, checking, money market, securities, etc.)
  • Copy of driver’s license
  • Mortgage statements, insurance info, property tax bill & HOA statement for each property owned (if you do not own property and are renting – contact info for landlord)
  • Divorce decree and separation agreement (if applicable)

Once you make application – here are a few tips:

DO:

  • Respond quickly to requests for additional info from the lender (and there are almost always additional requests or clarifications needed)
  • Stay current on all your existing accounts
  • Pay off any existing collections, judgments or tax liens

DON’T:

  • Open new credit cards
  • Take out a new loan or lease
  • Don’t let people run credit checks on you
  • Don’t make any major purchases (furniture, car, boat)

Once your loan is approved, you are ready to start looking for your DREAM HOME!

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Call (703) 242-3975 or click here to schedule a FREE Buyer Consultation. We are happy to provide a personalized consult that will include:

  • Lifestyle Interview
  • Market Overview
  • Overview of the Homebuying Process
  • Your Home & Neighborhood Wish List
  • The Best Advocate & Assembling Your Team
  • What’s Next

In 2015, The Belt Team was named to the “Top 20 Best Real Estate Agents” in Virginia list by Real Trends, as well as listed in Washingtonian Magazine’s “Best of Issue” for Realtors.

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The Belt Team Named to “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” List For Virginia

On the heels of last month’s honor of being named to Washingtonian Magazines “Top Real Estate Agent List” – The Belt Team is proud to announce that out of nearly 30,000 Realtors in the State of VA, we have also been named to  “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” list by Real Trends for VA and were listed in the Top 20 Teams By Volume – with over $61 million in sales in 2014!

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Top Realtors Northern VA

The Belt Team serves all of Northern Virginia and has sold more homes in the Vienna Oakton area than any other Realtor or team since 1973. We also sell more homes outside of Vienna/Oakton than in! The Belt Team team is ranked in the Top 100 Teams for the largest real estate company by agent count in the world – Keller Williams Realty, with over 120,000 agents. And we are most proud of the Five Star reviews given to us by our past clients on independent real estate site Zillow.com because the reviews reflect that we are achieving our mission of “Changing Lives For The Better”!

If it’s time to change YOUR life, call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Top 100 Teams Keller Williams

The Belt Team includes Terry Belt (CEO), Gail Belt (Founding Partner), Kevin Kleifges (Listing Specialist), Tom Reilly (Lead Buyer Specialist), Beth Dadisman (Showing Partner), Martin Bristow (Realtor), Christy Grossman (Chief Operating Officer), Jerry Belt (Special Services) & Patty Schuebel (Client Care Manager).