Belt Team 50th Anniversary and Client Appreciation Event!

2017 marks 50 years for The Belt Team. We are grateful to have been invited into so many clients’ lives over the years. To end our year of celebration, we invite YOU (our past & current clients) to bring your family and join us for dessert, coffee & hot chocolate in The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens.

The first 100 guests to RSVP will also receive free entry that night to Meadowlark Gardens’ Winter Walk of Lights courtesy of Mark Kilfeather (George Mason Mortgage) and Manuel Sanchez (our favorite handyman!) (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, Jerry Belt & Christy Belt Grossman!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Facts About The Winter Walk of Lights

  • This is the 6th 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. Mark Kilfeather is a great resource for refinancing your mortage or for securing a new loan. Manuel is our “go-to” guy for handyman repairs and home improvements.

Mark Kilfeather, Assistant Branch Manager, George Mason Mortgage

Manuel Sanchez, Owner, Sanchez General Contractor Inc

  • Phone: 571-212-3657
  • Email: sanchezgcontractor@gmail.com

Fun Facts About The Belt Team

  • 2017 is the 50th year The Belt Team has been in business.
  • The Belt Team’s Mission is “Changing Lives For The Better“.
  • One member of The Belt Team struck out the Homerun King (Frank Howard) four times in one game.
  • One member of The Belt Team was VP of the Student Body at Wolftrap Elementary the year the time capsule was buried.
  • Meadowlark Gardens is in Vienna & The Belt Team has sold more homes in Vienna than ANY other Realtor or Team. (And we’ve sold more outside Vienna than in!)

Opportunity Central: The Belt Team Is Hiring

THE BELT TEAM IS HIRING!

HAVE YOU BEEN WAITING FOR JUST THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY?

The Belt Team is a unicorn in the real estate industry. We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year. We’re proud not only to have served so many clients at the highest level, we’re also proud to have helped build so many successful careers and big lives for our team members. We have an unusual history of longevity and excellence and we are committed to our team members’ success just as we are to our clients!

Your job title: Client Care Manager

Where you will work: Belt Team office at Keller Williams Realty in McLean VA

Reports to: COO, Christy Belt Grossman

Who are we looking for?

The Client Care Manager is an individual who is detail oriented, thrives on helping people, is smart as a whip at solving problems, and has vast experience & proven success in juggling many priorities through systems and organization. People feel happy and cared for when they interact with this person. This individual is patient and not easily flustered. H/she has a strong sense of urgency, but not at the expense of quality. In addition, he/she demonstrates integrity, shares our team values, has a work ethic that is higher than most, and a history of being a high achiever who craves accountability to results and is very coachable. The Client Care Manager must be comfortable being uncomfortable as part of a team who is always looking to grow, while at the same time enjoy having a schedule and checking things off the list daily. H/she is super tech savvy and also solutions oriented. He/she will manage the entire listing-to-contract-to-close process efficiently and effectively. This individual must be a people pleaser, live to make others happy, and really like being the behind the scenes person that makes the world go around.

Who are we NOT looking for?

This is not an entry position to being a real estate agent. This is not an entry level job for someone looking to learn real estate. We are looking for someone who is seasoned and has a track record of operations success.

**Scroll to Bottom For Instructions on How To Apply**

What will you do?

Your mission is to provide exceptional customer service throughout the entire listing and closing process, service that is so extraordinary that Buyer & Seller clients will write Five Star reviews and send referrals.

In addition, our agent partners are your clients. Your role is a vital part of the value proposition for agent partners on our team and as such helps ensure retention by providing our agents with a higher level of service than any other team, taking all admin tasks off their plate so they can focus on income producing activities.

As the Listing & Transaction Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring that clients receive the best possible care during the listing and closing process and for making sure no detail goes unnoticed. This position requires both the ability to take detailed direction and carry out a project, and also to complete a task with minimal direction. You will oversee detailed projects and ensure they are perfect in every way. Your role is to ensure no balls are dropped, that all details are followed through, that the team and the client are well protected, and that clients are beyond happy.

 Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Manage the administrative side of the Listing Process from Pre-Listing to Contract
  • Implement & improve all systems for the Listing & Closing process
  • Client Care – make each client feel like they are the only client we have – solve problems, provide service, exceed expectations.
  • Work closely with agents. Handle all admin tasks to ensure agents’ focus is only on income generating activities.
  • Maintain database, assist with client events.
  • Create and maintain an operations manual/web sites/videos that document all listing & closing systems and standards
  • Create and maintain templates in Zip Forms for listing & closing processes.
  • Ensure compliance with Belt Team standards & regulations.

 Knowledge/Skills /Traits

    • Strong technology skills
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills
    • Exceptional organizational and project management abilities
    • Great ability to focus amidst chaos
    • Superb people skills
    • Servant heart
    • Detail oriented
    • Calm under pressure
    • Learning based
    • Solutions oriented
    • Flexibility
    • Self-directed
    • Proactive
    • Goal oriented & accountable
    • MS Office Suite (Word, Publisher, Excel, Power Point), Google Drive/Calendar, Social Media

Experience with any of the following is a plus: Boomtown, Top Producer, Constant Contact, CTE, Slack, Last Pass, MRIS.

Real estate license is not required and is a plus if you have it.

 People Contacts and Interactions  – note – most contact is via phone & email

    • Agents– daily
    • Clients – daily
    • Administrative Team  – daily
    • Lenders/Title Co/Vendors – daily

 Compensation

Base salary. (Eligible for bonus/profit share after first year, not guaranteed.) Two weeks vacation first year., with the opportunity to earn unlimited time off after the first year (as long as “no one gets the job back” & it is mutually agreed). All Federal holidays off!

**Scroll to Bottom For Instructions on How To Apply**

 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 led by CEO Terry Belt & COO Christy Belt Grossman. 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 180,000 agents. We like to have fun and we love working as a TEAM.

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, right-sizing after retirement or losing a spouse. And we advise them about their most important financial 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 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.

We believe your life doesn’t get better by chance, it gets better by change.

And we are out to change the world.

**Instructions on How To Apply**:

NO RESUMES will be reviewed without ALL FOUR STEPS COMPLETED.

  1. Email your resume to our COO. Email MUST include a cover letter or it will be tossed.
  2. Leave a voice mail for Christy to let her know you sent the email.
  3. Send a short intro video with the email.
  4. Complete the pre-interview questions below:

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs

The Belt Team sells lots of homes to first-time homebuyers and invariably when we meet for the first time, there are lots of misconceptions about what it takes to buy a home. How much money you need for a down payment is almost always one of them.

Here’s an article from Keeping Current Matters about some of the mythunderstandings:

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs | MyKCM

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial Inc. at the Annual Mortgage Bankers’ Association Secondary Market Conference, mortgage professionals say that first-time buyers still believe a 20% down payment is necessary to buy in today’s market.

Nearly 40% of mortgage industry professionals surveyed believe that a lack of knowledge about the home-buying process is keeping potential buyers on the sidelines. Saving for a down payment is often cited as a huge barrier for first-time homebuyers to make the leap into homeownership.

If homeowners believe that they need a 20% down payment to enter the market, they also believe that they will have to wait years (in some markets) to come up with the necessary funds to buy their dream homes.

The greatest source of confusion cited in the survey results centered around down payments. The results are broken down in the chart below:

69% of Buyers are Wrong About Down Payment Needs | MyKCM

Rohit Gupta, CEO of Genworth Mortgage Insurance had this to say,

“While first-time homebuyers continue to drive the purchase market, we believe many are staying on the sidelines due to the misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to secure a mortgage.

There are various low down payment options available today that allow prospective homebuyers to reach their dreams of homeownership sooner. It is crucial that, as an industry, we proactively educate eligible borrowers about solutions that will enable them to buy a home when they’re ready.”

Bottom Line

Don’t let a lack of understanding of the home-buying process keep you and your family out of the housing market. Let’s get together to discuss your options! Call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975.

What Info Is Needed To Apply For A Mortgage

Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

Schedule a FREE Buyer Consultation

View Homes For Sale On Our State-of-the-Art Web Site

4th of July Fireworks and More in Northern VA in 2017

It’s super fun to live in a historic area like Northern VA, especially on July 4th when the skies light up with fireworks all around. We polled one of Northern VA’s top real estate teams (The Belt Team) for their favorite celebrations and here they are for your enjoyment. Happy Birthday America!

Saturday, July 1

Lake Fairfax Park – Fireworks, food & family fun.

Tuesday, July 4th

Vienna’s July 4th Festival – fireworks at Southside Park. Seating available at Yeonas Park & near the playground at Southside Park. Music begins at 7:15 with popular local band Fat Chance, with fireworks at dark (approx 9:30). There will also be a pie eating contest and a hot dog eating contest!

McLean’s Independence Day Celebration – Fireworks at Churchill Elementary School. Snack vendors & a DJ. Grounds open at 6:30 PM. Fireworks at 9:30.

Herndon’s 4th of July Celebration –  a classic celebration featuring entertainment, arts & crafts activities, bingo, and family games. Fireworks are choreographed to music and start at 9:30PM.

Great Falls Hometown Celebration – Great Falls does it up right with an ALL DAY celebration including a 5K Walk/Run, blood drive, parades, music, food & more! Fireworks are at Turner Farm Park after dusk.

Fairfax 51st Annual Independence Day Celebration – The show starts at 6 PM at Fairfax High School with music and dancing on stage. Fireworks follow the show at 9:30, with music continuing afterwards. Earlier in the day you can enjoy the parade down Main Street, along with the SuperHero Fest, Old Fashioned Firemen’s Day & more!

THE BIG DADDY OF THEM ALL – The National Mall Fourth of July Celebration – Everyone has to do this at least once! There are concerts and fireworks and LOTS of fun amidst the most incredible background you could ever imagine. You can view the fireworks from VA or DC. If you plan to be on the Mall, prepare early because there will be security.

If you’re thinking of moving to or from Northern VA, call The Belt Team at (703) 242-3975. Our family would love to help your family make the RIGHT move. We have all raised our families here. And many of u grew up here as well. We know how important it is to find the right fit – the right neighborhood, the right schools, the right coffee shop & doctors, the right commute. And eventually the right HOME. Our mission statement is “Changing Lives For The Better”. If it’s time to change yours, call us TODAY.

What Is My Home Worth?

Search Our State-of-the Art Web Site

WHat Is My Home WorthCelebrating 50 Years in Real Estate

Pie Me Please 2017!

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Apple? Cherry? “Cheesecake pie”?

That’s what Belt Team clients had to decide last week. A whole lot easier than deciding which house to buy, right?!

Image may contain: foodImage may contain: dessert and food

Thanks to all of our wonderful past clients who helped The Belt Team continue our 50th Anniversary celebration with Happy Hour and a (belated) Pi Day celebration. We were originally scheduled to get together on March 14th (Pi Day – get it? 3.14!) and we got snowed out. Instead we gathered for Pie Day 2.1 a week later. No problem – every day is a good day for pie!

Celebrating 50 Years in Real Estate

It was so much fun to catch up with everyone and to hear about new babies expected imminently, home renovations, new jobs, kids graduating from college and all the milestones celebrated along the way. We had one client at our event who we helped buy her home in 1982, and clients who bought their homes with The Belt Team just this month. Home is where the heart is and our hearts are with our clients.

Image may contain: 5 people, people smiling, people standing, suit and indoor Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing, beard, indoor and food Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and indoor

Special thanks to Molly Flory and Old Republic Home Protection for sponsoring!

Yesterday we did a drawing for the Great American Restaurants $50 gift card. And the winner was Marie Bernoi! Perfect timing. Might come in handy when your home is on the market, Marie!

Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, table, indoor and food Image may contain: 1 person, sitting, standing, indoor and food  Image may contain: one or more people, people standing and indoor

If you are a past client and you missed picking up your free Pi Day Pie, email us today to make sure you’re on the list for our next event. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!

#piemeplease #thebeltteam #changinglivesforthebetter

Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor  Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing and indoor

Belt Team 50th Anniversary Kickoff & Client Party

The Belt Team 50th Anniversary KickoffIf you are a past Belt Team client and have not received your invitation to our Client Appreciation Party & 50th Anniversary Kickoff Event – please email us. It’s gonna be a LOT of FUN thanks to our awesome sponsors Mark Kilfeather (Washington First Mortgage) and J.P. Sorrell (Clear View Homes)!

We are SO grateful to have been able to serve so many AWESOME clients over the years. Thank YOU for inviting us in to help you make the RIGHT move!

 

Sponsor

wf-mortgage-logo-web-e1454508921771