Happy Valentine’s Day! How to Know if You’ve Found the Real Estate Agent of Your Dreams!

Whether you are buying your first home, or selling your house to move up to the home of your dreams, finding the right agent to help you on your journey should be your first step! Look for someone who guides you with the ‘heart of a teacher’ and keeps your goals top of mind. Let’s get together to chat about all the ways we can make your dreams come true!

The Belt Team specializes in creating real estate success stories, and we would love to be a part of yours! If you, a friend, or family member are looking to buy or sell we would love to connect.

Thinking about selling? Visit www.TheBeltTeam.com 

Thinking about buying? Visit www.BeltTeamRealEstate.com 

Or give us a call at 703-242-3975

The KonMari Method: Helping You Prep Your House For Sale

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One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her new Netflix series. She gives some great tips for sorting through years of accumulated possessions that we all collect in our homes.

“The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Thank them for their service – then let them go.”

When you subjectively look at all of your belongings, you can sort through the ones that mean the most to you. Not only will you increase space for more joy-bringing items in your new home, but you will also have a much easier time packing remaining belongings!

“Remember, tidying up isn’t about getting rid of stuff. It is about creating an environment that sparks joy and improves your quality of life.”

When selling your house, first impressions matter! Before you or your agent schedule a photographer to take photos for your listing, make sure to tour your home with fresh eyes. Look for any imperfections that a buyer might notice.

When you sort through your more sentimental items, consider packing them away to ensure that you know where they all are. That way, they are safe during open houses and showing appointments. This will also cut down on the amount of packing you need to do right before you move!

Bottom Line

Whether you are selling your house to move up to a larger one, downsizing, or moving in with family, only bring the items that truly spark joy for you. This will not only help cut down on the items you move, but also ensures that you’re off to a great start in your new home!

Thinking about selling? Visit www.TheBeltTeam.com 

Thinking about buying? Visit www.BeltTeamRealEstate.com 

Or give us a call at 703-242-3975

Shhhh! What NOT To Say When Your Home Is On The Market!

Real estate markets around the country differ in terms of the protocol of how showings are handled. In some areas, homes are shown by appointment only with the listing agent present for every showing. In Northern Virginia, it’s customary for buyer agents to let Sellers know when they would like to show the home to their clients. The Seller then lets the agent in or the agent accesses the home through the lockbox that is placed on the door. (Appointment only listings exist, but unless the home is in the multi-million dollar luxury category, this can be a huge detriment to selling.)

This means Sellers are often home when agents come to show. We recommend that our Sellers leave during showings so Buyers can really picture the house as “theirs”. The other reason we recommend they leave is because it’s in their best interests NOT to discuss the following things with the Buyer Agent or the Buyers. Why? Because potential purchasers want to obtain the LOWEST price and BEST terms for themselves. And Buyer Agents represent them, not you.

The conversation might be a casual one. Just a meet & greet as you head out the door. But don’t get caught off guard and end up in the DANGER ZONE!

7 Things Home Sellers Should Not Say

7 Things Sellers Should NOT Discuss With Buyers (or Buyer Agents):

1. Reason for selling

2. Motivation/urgency to sell

3. Willingness to consider an offer less than the listing price

4. Terms under which you would sell

5. Relocation, timing, benefits & policies

6. Items of personal property which you “might” be willing to include in a sale.

7. Any confidential information that would serve to disclose your negotiating strategy.

For more tips about how to sell your home for the highest price, contact Terry Belt & The Belt Team. We are known nationally for our top-notch negotiating skills and Belt Team listings sell FASTER and for MORE MONEY than average. It’s why we are routinely recognized among the best Realtors in Northern VA, and rank in the top realtors in the entire state.

FREE – What Is My Home Worth?

Our mission is “Changing Lives For The Better“. If it’s time to change yours, call Terry Belt & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975

10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181- Sought after Glencannon – Just Listed by The Belt Team

10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181 Just Listed by The Belt Team

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Welcome home to this charming split level tucked away on a spacious lot in Vienna! Located in sought after Glencannon in the Madison Pyramid, featuring 5 bedrooms /2.5 baths. The location is unbeatable and close to the Vienna Metro. Exceptional details include a nearly 1/2 acre flat lot, refinished hardwood floors, updated kitchen cabinets and appliances, granite countertops, renovated bathrooms, and enclosed porch off main level & patio. It’s move in ready!

Price, lots more photos & additional info for 10031 Garrett Street Vienna,VA 22181

Call Tom Hanton & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

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.)

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was New in Real Estate

Are you thinking of getting into real estate?

Are you a newly licensed Realtor?

Maybe you’re not new and still finding your way?

You’re invited to join our CEO Terry Belt for a round table gathering where he’ll share the ten things he wishes he had been told when he was a new real estate agent. (Bring your lunch. It’s casual!) Terry is a seasoned real estate veteran who is recognized nationally. More importantly, he’s a down-to-earth, good guy, passionate about leading others to success.

“10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was New”

January 24th, 12-1pm

“Your life does not get better by CHANCE, it gets better by CHANGE” Jim Rohn

#thebeltteam#changinglivesforthebetter

The 6 Best Sledding Hills In Vienna, VA

Real estate is all about location, and so is SLEDDING; so in honor of this weekend’s blizzard, we present you with the 6 Best Sledding Hills in Vienna, VA!

(And PS – If you start going stir crazy – this is a GREAT time to search for a new home on our state-of-the-art web site or get a FREE online INSTANT estimate of your home’s value.)

Sledding in Vienna VA

Whenever anyone talks about snow, don’t you find your mind wandering back to your childhood and remembering all the adventures you had in the snow? We sure do. Some of us on The Belt Team started out life in Southern California. We didn’t have much experience with snow in our early days. In fact, we hardly even ever saw rain! I remember traveling to Denver for a wedding once and in order to play in the snow, we had to wrap plastic baggies around our hands & feet because we didn’t own gloves or boots (who needed gloves & boots at the beach?!).

44 years ago, we moved from California to Vienna. And not long after we arrived, IT SNOWED! Dad bought us our first sled and we immediately set out to enjoy this new world of speed & excitement. We had an old-fashioned Flexible Flyer sled and soon gained a reputation for the fastest sled in Waverly. We’d sled for hours and hours, with brief intermissions for hot chocolate and sustenance, only to head out for more. Night-time sledding was the best. Those were the days.

Since we’re finally having a “real” snowstorm we thought we’d share what we think are the . . .

6 BEST SLEDDING HILLS IN VIENNA!

6. Clarks Crossing Park

5. Cunningham Park Elementary School

4. Glyndon Park

3. Abbotsford Drive in Waverly

2. The “Bowl” at Wolf Trap National Park For The Perfoming Arts

1. The BIG HILL AT WOLF TRAP – This is the “Daddy of em all”!

So what are your favorite snow memories? And your top spots for sledding? (It all depends on where you live in Vienna, doesn’t it?!)

PS – If you start going stir-crazy and need to get out, there’s one place in Vienna we have always found open during a snow storm (at least since 1977 when it opened) and that’s The Amphora. Even back in the 90’s when we had three double-digit snow storms in a several week period, The Amphora stayed open. We will be posting a list of what’s open after the snow begins to fall so STAY TUNED!

And now . . .

LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW!

The Belt Team Is Hiring Real Estate Agents!

We’re looking for talent to join our team. Should we be starting a conversation – either with YOU or someone you know? Feel free to share this!

We don’t look for real estate experience. We can train that. That’s our job. Your job is to be your awesome self and show up every day with a great attitude, a work ethic beyond compare and a desire to build a BIG life.

Many of you are crushing it in your sales or business development roles. You may even already have a real estate license. We also know you might be realizing you’re hitting a ceiling. Or that you want a bigger life. Some of you are thinking this might be the time and the year for a change, or at least a conversation about one.

If this sounds like you, please confidentially reach out to us. We specialize in developing talented individuals into incredible real estate agents. We have all of the tools, training, coaching, accountability, and experience to do that.

So who is The Belt Team?

The Belt Team is a family founded real estate team in Northern VA, focused on our own families, each other as Belt Team family and our clients whom we treat like family. We are headquartered in McLean, VA and owned & lead by CEO Terry Belt. The Belt Team is ranked in the Top 300 Teams for Keller Williams Realty (the world’s largest real estate company by agent count, with over 155,000 agents and sold over $52 Million in 2018.

Mission: “Changing lives for the better”

Real estate is our vocation. Through this vocation, we have the ability to impact lives in a most meaningful, positive way – the lives of our clients, our families, ourselves and every person we come in touch with.

In real estate, we have the awesome blessing of being invited into our clients’ homes at some of the most important times of their lives – when they’re having babies, celebrating a new job, getting married, rightsizing after retirement or losing a spouse. And we advise them about their most important fiancnial asset they have. We take our vocation seriously.

Values: “God, Family, Business” – in that order.

  • We put our customers and clients first.
  • We are results-oriented. Each team member owns their job and their results.
  • We are a lead-generating team. We do today what others won’t so tomorrow we can accomplish what others can’t.
  • We are coachable & teachable. We put our egos aside in order to learn and grow.
  • We are competitive and we like to win. We think it’s healthy and fun. And good for our clients.
  • We believe that exceeding expectations and standards is the standard.
  • We believe that together everyone achieves more.

Here are some of the qualities we look for:

  • Integrity
  • Talent – as evidenced by a proven track record of sales success – show us the numbers!
  • Drive
  • Intelligence
  • Outstanding communication skills (show us when you apply to be a candidate!)
  • A servant heart and an obsession with customer service
  • Lifelong learners with a history of action & growth trajectory
  • Competitiveness
  • People who believe in the power of team
  • Coachability
  • EQ & LQ – high emotional awareness, likes to laugh, and can laugh at yourself

Email your resume & cover letter to Info@TheBeltTeam.com. Tell us what you’ve been doing specific to sales – including sharing your SPECIFIC TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS and why you’re thinking about real estate. We’d love to start a conversation!

Perhaps it’s time to JOIN THE BELT TEAM AND CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

9414 Delancey Drive, VA 22182- Just Listed by The Belt Team – Amazing Vienna Location! Open Sunday 1-4PM!

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9414 Delancey Dr. Vienna, VA 22182 was Just Listed by The Belt Team!

Welcome home to this lovely colonial in the sought after Beulah Terrace neighborhood. This exquisite property features 5 bedrooms /2.5 baths. Exceptional details include shining hardwood floors, beautiful architectural details, gas fireplace with mantel, spacious eat-in kitchen, updated appliances, recessed lighting, large deck & stone patio, spacious lot, and so much more! The outdoor space & floor plan are an entertainers dream come true. This home is ready to host your house warming!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 9414 Delancey Dr. Vienna, VA 22182

Call Kevin Kleifges & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

Call Kevin Kleifges & 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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8302 Carnegie Dr. Vienna, VA 22180- Just Listed by The Belt Team – Amazing Dunn Loring Location!

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8302 Carnegie Drive, Vienna, VA 22180 was Just Listed by The Belt Team!

Welcome home to this charming split level tucked away on a spacious  lot in Vienna! Located in sought after Dunn Loring Woods, featuring 4 bedrooms /3 baths, interior newly painted, shinning hardwood floors, all season sunroom, 2 car garage, & so much more.  The location is unbeatable! Minutes to Dunn Loring Metro (Get to DC fast & easy!), Harris Teeter, & Mosaic District (packed with shopping, restaurants, & entertainment!). The outdoor space is an entertainers dream come true, featuring a spacious deck, patio, and fully fenced in private backyard. Perfect for entertaining and summer fun with the family!

Price, lots more photos & additional info 8302 Carnegie Drive, Vienna, VA 22180

Call Tom Hanton & The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975!

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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belt Team Annual Client Appreciation Event! Walk of Lights 2018

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We are grateful to have been invited into so many clients’ lives over the years. To end another successful year, and to toast our future together, we invite YOU (our past & current clients) to bring your family and join us for mingling, raffles, dessert, coffee & hot chocolate in The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens.

All past & current clients will also receive free entry that night to Meadowlark Gardens’ Winter Walk of Lights courtesy of Manuel Sanchez (our favorite handyman!), Gary Clark (Gary Clark Incorporated/Former Player for the Washington Redskins!) and John Francis (NV Roofing) (Tickets are normally $8-$16 each.) Don’t miss this! Take a peek!

We’re looking forward to seeing you. Come say hello to the entire Belt Team – Terry Belt, Gail Belt, Kevin Kleifges, Beth Dadisman, Tom Hanton, Kelley Johnson, Jerry Belt, Patty Schuebel, & Pauline Medrano!

Fun Facts About The Winter Walk of Lights

  • This is the 7th year for the Walk of Lights.
  • It takes 3 MONTHS to install the lights & displays!
  • You can ask for a Scavenger Hunt form at the front desk.
  • The huge tree at the end of the walk has 50,000 LED lights.

SPONSORS:

The Belt Team chooses our partners VERY carefully. Serving our clients well is our number one priority. We are happy to share our sponsors with you and highly recommend their services. Manuel Sanchez, our “go-to” guy for handyman repairs and home improvements,  Gary Clark, NFL Legend and a 2x Super Bowl Champion of the Washington Redskins and the founder and driving force behind Gary Clark Incorporated, and John Francis & NV Roofing can help you out with all your roofing needs!

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Manuel Sanchez, Owner, Sanchez General Contractor Inc


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Gary Clark, Founder, Gary Clark Incorporated


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John Francis, CEO, NV Roofing