Just Listed! 504-J N Thomas St. Arlington, VA 22203 – In the heart of Ballston!

504-J N Thomas St. Arlington, VA 22203 was just listed by Beth Dadisman & The Belt Team.

Welcome home to this gorgeous 4 level townhome tucked away in a great Arlington location! Located in the heart of Ballston, featuring 3 bedrooms /3.5 baths, interior newly painted, shinning hardwood floors, corian countertops, updated bathrooms, stunning architectural details, & so much more.  The location is unbeatable! Minutes to the Ballston Metro (Makes commuting fast & easy!), Harris Teeter, & the new Ballston Quarter (packed with shopping, restaurants, & entertainment!). The open floor plan is an entertainers dream come true. Perfect home for a growing family!

Main Level:

The main level is flooded with natural light through large windows. The flowing floor plan makes this home ideal for entertaining. Features include living room and dinning room directly off the kitchen, shining hardwood floors, gas fireplace, stunning fixtures, and beautiful architectural details including custom crown molding, chair rails, and columns.

Do you love to cook? Then you will love this spacious kitchen! Featuring an abundance of cabinet and countertop space, recessed lighting, corian countertops, island with breakfast bar, and cozy eat-in area with a window seat.  Eat-In space can also be used as office space!

UPPER LEVEL 1:

Upper level I is an absolute inviting retreat. Featuring the master bedroom with en-suite and additional bedroom with full bathroom.

The master bedroom features 2 walk-in closets, plush carpet, ceiling fan, vaulted ceilings, and window seat. The spacious updated master en-suite features a Jacuzzi tub, standing shower with custom tiling & stunning fixtures, and double vanities.

You will appreciate the additional bedroom on this level with attached full bathroom. Featuring Elfa closet system, large windows, and plush carpeting. En-suite bathroom features shower/tub combination.

UPPER LEVEL 2:

This is the perfect space for a guest suite, or growing families, the options are endless. You will appreciate the full bedroom, full bathroom, and laundry on this level. Bedroom features include spacious closet, large windows, built-in desk/shelving, and plush carpeting.

The updated full bathroom is gorgeous! From the fixtures to small details it will be sure to wow guests. Full bathroom was added in 2018. The updated front loading LG washer and dryer are conveniently tucked away in the bathroom as well.

LOWER LEVEL/OUTDOOR FEATURES:

The spacious foyer welcomes you into the home. Includes garage entry & flows to a spacious recreation room and outdoor space. The recreation room features gorgeous custom built-ins, Polk Audio surround sound speakers (installed in recreation room & front of the house above the garage), and fresh paint. Imagine movie nights, game nights, you name it!

You will love the easy access to the private fenced in patio from the recreation room. Imagine enjoy summer nights, cookouts, whatever you want out on the patio! This is a sanctuary,  perfect  for  children,  pets,  and  so  much more!

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!

This location is unbeatable. You can shop and dine in newly opened Ballston Quarter, Harris Teeter, restaurants, theater, gyms, its got it all! Plus there is a Target and community recreation center coming soon.

You will love how close you are to Ballston Metro. Plus you’ll have easy access to Rt. 50, Rt. 66, & Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

FAVORITE FEATURES: 

We always ask our owners to tell us what they feel makes their
home special. Here are their favorite things in their own words…

When the weather is nice, there is nothing like being out on the patio enjoying a book, cup of coffee, or any beverage of your choice! 

The house faces East/South filling the living room with plenty of natural light and warmth.

The location is a dream come true! Super close to the Ballston Metro making it easy for day-trips into the city. 

The large his and her closets were gave us more than enough storage space.

The floor plan is perfect for entertaining! Great for hosting Super Bowl Parties, holiday parties, 4th of July and anything else we want to celebrate! 

The lower level recreation room was where the kids spent most of their time. It was perfect for a game room, movie room, or playroom.

In the winter cozy-ed up by the gas fireplace is where you will find us!

HOME IMPROVEMENTS/UPDATES:

-2018 Added full bathroom on 4th floor
-2018 Updated shower in Master Bathroom
-2017 Updated LG front loading washer/dryer installed
-2014 All windows replaced
-2014 Replaced (1 of 2) AC Units
-Polk Audio surround sound speakers installed in recreation room & in front of the house above the garage
-Smart House! Ecobee 3 smart thermostats installed for both HVAC systems, 2nd generation Kevo smart lock, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, All four, smoke/CO detectors are networks and have Roost batteries installed, Leviton Z-Wave switches (installed for most lights), Samsung SmartThings v2 Hub,LifX Gu10 downlight installed in the living room fan/light

SCHOOLS:

-Barrett Elementary School
-Swanson Middle School 
-Washington Lee High School

Click Here for pictures & more details.

Call Beth Dadisman & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

OMG! What Realtors Say To Other Realtors About YOUR House

Home Selling Mistakes

If your home has been on the market, and it’s not selling as fast as you expected, it could be that your home is one of the ones Realtors are talking about to each other! (But don’t worry, these are all fixable issues!)

Here are some real life examples of “What Realtors Say To Other Realtors About YOUR House”:

1. “Interesting” MLS Descriptions:

Here’s a real example from our local MLS: “Basic rancher in good shape, but has working Single Father Decor“.

A Realtor friend posted this on Facebook and asked “I wonder if THAT was approved by the Seller?!

It may accurately convey the state of the home, but it doesn’t help you sell. It night be wiser to list your home with a professional who will provide a free consultation with a professional stager. Even if you don’t choose to hire the stager, she will provide you with no cost ways to prepare your home so you put your best foot forward.

2. Inaccurate MLS Entry:

If your home hasn’t been shown much, it could be that your agent entered it wrong in the MLS. Check out this Facebook post from another Realtor friend of mine:

Why My Home Isn't Selling

This happens a lot. Sometimes the number of bedrooms is wrong. Sometimes townhomes are listed as condos. Sometimes homes are listed in the wrong zip or city!

3. Oops, We Hid The Property Address:

Why My Home Isn't Selling

This could possibly be a tactic to get people to call, but we think it works in reverse. Most people will just go on to the next home for sale. Kind of hard to find an open house when you don’t have an address, right?!

4. Typos That Make You Cringe:

Why My Home Isn't Selling

Enough said here!

5. “Charlie” Is Home:

Why My Home Isn't Selling

The reaction above (even from “dog” people) is not unusual. (Here’s how we advise our clients if they are selling a home when they have a pet.)

6. Ugly Christmas Sweater:

Wallpaper Room

You should see the pictures agents post. If you think the paint or wallpaper in your home doesn’t need to come down, you might think again because your home may have been entered in someone’s Facebook contest for UGLIEST ROOM. (It’s kind of like the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party – except online.)

How Do We Fix This?

The one thing we see in common in most of the cases like the above, is that Sellers sometimes choose Realtors who are not full-time, who are not professional, who don’t work with professionals and/or who work solo without teams to handle the details.

If you’re selling your home, don’t be short sighted. Listing with your sister, your neighbor, your friend, or your local discount broker just might not be in your best interests!

You deserve the BEST Realtors in Northern VA to protect your asset. Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 and ask about a FREE staging consultation with a professional stager, FREE listing photos from a professional photographer and FULL SERVICE from a professional team. Belt Team listings sell FASTER and for MORE MONEY than average.

Don’t be the house everyone is talking about, but no one is selling!

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It’s a Seller’s Market! Should I Downsize Now?

This article about downsizing (or “rightsizing” as we like to call it!) from “Keeping Current Matters” brings up some great points. Call us at (703) 242-3975 if you’d like someone to help lay out your options and walk through current market conditions with you. You might also check out our blog posts:

It's a Seller's Market! Should I Downsize Now? | MyKCM

A study by Edelman Berland reveals that 33% of homeowners who are contemplating selling their houses in the near future are planning to scale down. Let’s look at a few reasons why this might make sense for many homeowners, as the majority of the country is currently experiencing a seller’s market.

In a blog, Dave Ramsey, the financial guru, highlighted the advantages of selling your current house and downsizing into a smaller home that better serves your current needs. Ramsey explains three potential financial advantages to downsizing:

  1. A smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep.
  2. Let’s assume you save $500 a month on your mortgage payment. In 30 years, you could have an additional $1–1.6 million in the bank to get you through your golden years.
  3. Use the proceeds from selling your current home to pay cash for a smaller one. Just imagine what you could do with no mortgage holding you down! If you can’t pay cash, aim for a 15-year fixed rate mortgage and put at least 10–20% down on your new home. Apply the $500 you saved from downsizing to your new monthly payment. At 3% interest, you could pay off a $200,000 mortgage in less than 10.5 years, saving almost $16,000 in the process.

Realtor.com also addressed downsizing in an article. They suggest that you ask yourself some questions before deciding if downsizing is right for you and your family. Here are two of their questions followed by their answers (in italics) and some additional information that could help.

Q: What kind of lifestyle do I want after I downsize?

A: “For some folks, it’s a matter of living a simpler life focused on family. Some might want to cross off travel destinations on their bucket lists. Some might want a low-maintenance community with high-end upgrades and social events. Decide what you want to achieve from your move first, and you’ll be able to better narrow down your housing options.”

Comments: Many homeowners are taking the profits from the sales of their current homes and splitting it in order to put down payments on smaller homes in their current locations, as well as on vacation/retirement homes where they plan to live when they retire.

This allows them to lock in the home price and mortgage interest rate at today’s values which makes sense financially as both home prices and interest rates are projected to rise.

Q: Have I built up enough equity in my current home to make a profit?

A: “For most homeowners, the answer is yes. This is if they’ve held on to their properties long enough to have positive equity that will be sizable enough to put a large down payment on their next home.”

Comments: A study by Fannie Mae revealed that only 37% of Americans believe that they have significant equity (> 20%) in their current home. In actuality, CoreLogic’s latest Equity Report revealed that 78.9% have greater than 20% equity. That equity could enable you to build the life you’ve always dreamt about.

Bottom Line

If you are debating downsizing your home and want to evaluate the options you currently have, let’s meet up to help guide you through the process.Call Terry Belt &The Belt Team at 703-242-3975. Don’t you deserve the BEST?!

WHat Is My Home Worth

2 Tips to Ensure You Get the Most Money When Selling Your House

Here’s some wise advice from Keeping Current Matters about how to maximize the return on what is probably your greatest asset – your house!


Keeping Current Matters

Every homeowner wants to make sure they get the best price when selling their home. But how do you guarantee that you receive maximum value for your house? Here are two keys to ensuring you get the highest price possible.

1. Price it a LITTLE LOW 

This may seem counterintuitive. However, let’s look at this concept for a moment. Many homeowners think that pricing their home a little OVER market value will leave them room for negotiation. In actuality, this just dramatically lessens the demand for your house (see chart below).

Impact on Price of Visibility NAR

Instead of the seller trying to ‘win’ the negotiation with one buyer, they should price it so that demand for the home is maximized. By doing this, the seller will not be fighting with a buyer over the price, but will instead have multiple buyers fighting with each other over the house.

Realtor.com, gives this advice:

“Aim to price your property at or just slightly below the going rate. Today’s buyers are highly informed, so if they sense they’re getting a deal, they’re likely to bid up a property that’s slightly underpriced, especially in areas with low inventory.”

2. Use a Real Estate Professional

This too may seem counterintuitive. The seller may think they would net more money if they didn’t have to pay a real estate commission. With that being said, studies have shown that homes typically sell for more money when handled by a real estate professional.

Research posted by the National Association of Realtors revealed that:

“The median selling price for all FSBO homes was $185,000 last year. When the buyer knew the seller in FSBO sales, the number sinks to the median selling price of $163,800. However, homes that were sold with the assistance of an agent had a median selling price of $245,000 – nearly $60,000 more for the typical home sale.”

Bottom Line

Price your house at or slightly below the current market value and hire a professional. That will guarantee you maximize the price you get for your house.


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Wondering what questions to ask your Realtor when selling your home?

Find out here! Then call one of the country’s top real estate teams – The Belt Team – at (703) 242-3975. We were named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Realtors list in 20115 & 2016, and are ranked in the Top 20 Realtors in the State of VA (among 30,000+ agents!). It would be our pleasure to help YOU make the RIGHT move!

Baby Boomers Are On The Move – Is This YOUR Time To Move?

We hear from our friends at Keeping Current Matters that Baby Boomers are on the move! If you’re wondering whether now is the time for you to move, give us a call at (703) 242-3975. We’ll help you sort through your options!


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According to a Merrill Lynch study, “an estimated 4.2 million retirees moved into a new home last year alone.” Two-thirds of retirees say that they are likely to move at least once during retirement.

As one participant in the study stated:

“In retirement, you have the chance to live anywhere you want. Or you can just stay where you are. There hasn’t been another time in life when we’ve had that kind of freedom.”

The top reason to relocate cited was “wanting to be closer to family” at 29%, a close second was “wanting to reduce home expenses” at 26%.

A recent Freddie Mac study found similar results, as “nearly 20 percent of Boomers said they would move closer to their grandchildren/children compared to 13 percent who said they would move to a warmer climate.”

Not Every Baby Boomer Downsizes
There is a common misconception that as retirees find themselves with fewer children at home, they will instantly desire a smaller home to maintain. While that may be the case for half of those surveyed, the study found that three in ten decide to actually upsize to a larger home.

Some choose to buy a home in a desirable destination with extra space for large family vacations, reunions, extended visits, or to allow other family members to move in with them. According to Merrill Lynch:

“Retirees often find their homes become places for family to come together and reconnect, particularly during holidays or summer vacations.”

Bottom Line
If your housing needs have changed, or are about to change, let’s get together to discuss your next steps.


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Call Terry Belt or Kevin Kleifges at (703) 242-3975 to schedule a FREE consultation. We are one of Northern VA’s top real estate teams and are happy to help you make the RIGHT move!

Selling A Home In Northern VA? Meet Our Buyers!

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One of the benefits Belt Team clients have is the fact that we work with so many different Buyers & Sellers each year. It’s not unusual that we can “match-make”. We’ve sold many homes before they hit the market because we keep an active list of Buyers we’re working with (imagine saving the inconvenience of having your home in “showing condition” day after day after day). And we’vee found many homes for our Buyers before they hit the market (which is an added bonus in today’s competitive market of low inventory!).

We currently have quite a few Buyers who are ready to move and who have no home sale contingencies. “Help Us Help The Homeless”! Call (703) 242-3975 if our Buyers look like a match for you or if you would like to get on our “Meet Our Buyers” List!

MEET OUR BUYERS  . . .

(Note: Our active buyer list fluctuates daily and also includes buyers who prefer not to be listed here – especially in the upper ranges. We have buyers in almost all areas of Fairfax, Loudoun, Arlington & more! Make sure to call (703) 242-3975 to check the full list!)

  • A professional couple with two teenage children are looking for a townhome walking distance from Metro in the Marshall High School District. Their ideal price is up to $700,000.
  • A young professional couple, both engineers employed by the government, are looking for a townhome near Gallows Road, Dunn Loring area is ideal. Their ideal price is below $550,000.
  • A dentist and his lovely wife and daughter want to live in the Westbriar Elementary District in Vienna. They would love to find a colonial that has been updated with an open floor plan. Their ideal home has a private back yard and can be priced up to $800,000.
  • First time home buyers seek a single family home in Falls Church or Annandale, with commuting access to the District, priced close to $400,000.
  • A professional couple renting in Reston is seeking a home in Reston or Herndon, priced under $450,000. Their ideal home is a single family near or in the Town of Herndon, or an updated townhome in Reston or Herndon.
  • An architect and an artist seek an open floor plan home. A townhome or single family with small yard will fit their needs. They would even consider building a home if land was available for $400,000 or less.
  • An investor seeks a cash purchase in Pimmit Hills where he owns several properties already. He can close in a week for the right opportunity.
  • A professional couple currently living in Ballston seeks a single family home, completely updated or renovated, with a master suite, finished lower level with bedroom suite, screened porch, and a fenced yard for their Welsh Corgi. Their price range is in line with their needs, up to $1.3M.
  • A World Bank employee is seeking a two bedroom, two bath condo in Vienna near metro, priced at $220,000 or lower.
  • A renter in Hawthorne Village seeks a condo to purchase in that development.
  • A family living in Vienna seeks an upgrade to their current home. Ideally, the home will back to woods and have a deck, patio or other outdoor enjoyment area. The home needs to be updated, with renovations to the master bath and kitchen. A finished walk out basement is ideal. Their price and buying power reflects their needs, an ideal range is under $1,000,000.
  • Four buyers looking for single family homes in Vienna under $600,000.

Call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975 if our Buyers look like a match for you or if you would like to get on our “Meet Our Buyers” List!