Katie Wethman’s Real Estate News – Dec 2018

December 2018


Market Update

As expected, the announcement from Amazon caused a a bounce in sales, particularly in 22202 “National Landing.” Typically activity and sales in November is slower, as we ease into the holiday season. This past month, 22 properties in the National Landing area went under contract compared to 3 homes in 2017. This is a substantial increase, driven by buyers trying to purchase so that are not priced out of the area once Amazon arrives. But don’t panic…see our own analysis in November’s Amazon Update and take a look at the George Mason University Conference on HQ2 Imapct Video Here. Despite the hype, have identified some cash flow positive investment opportunities, so contact us if you’re looking to invest!
Other areas outside of “National Landing” saw a increase in activity and sales in November, but not as dramatic of a change. Read more details here.
The country’s real estate market is predicted to enter a downtown in the coming 2-3 years, and Amazon may help buoy this area in an otherwise turbulent economic time. Follow our ongoing analysis and updates on ourInstagram and our National Landing Real Estate page. 
In other market news, home sale appraisal rules are changing. Some FNMA and Freddie Mac rules are already in place that eliminate the need for appraisals on certain home types with a sufficient down payment, and the administration has proposed eliminating appraisals on any home valued at under $400,000; instead it would be subject to a ‘evaluation’ by non-appraisers with limited regulation. This is a mixed bag for home buyers and sellers, as many home buyers see the appraisal as a safety net against overpaying for a property. Given that appraisals typically take 1-3 weeks, the elimination of this requirement would likely speed up settlements, and this change will save borrowers about $400-500 in fees. Check out more details here.
New Loan Limits & Interest Rates
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced its new loan limits for 2019. The new (regular) conforming loan amount impacts nearly every part of the US, and was raised to $484,350 in 2019! A 6.8% increase compared to $453,500 in 2018. In higher cost cities, which includes the DC Metro area, the new limit is $726,525.
Current Interest rates (Source: Freddie Mac)
30 Year Fixed: 4.63%
5/1 Arm: 4.04%

Thinking of Selling? Our team is looking to get a jump on the Spring market and is currently setting up consultation appointments for January and February with sellers. We’re offering special financial and staging incentives for sellers who meet and sign with us before the end of February for a Spring 2019 listing—if you or someone you know is thinking of selling next year, please contact us to book an appointment!
As always, if we can ever help with your real estate needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Wishing you all very merry holidays and a happy new year!

Winter is officially here! If you haven’t turned off your hose bibs, now is the time!
Click here for details: Hose Bib Shutoff Instructions.

THANK YOU to all of our clients that attended Pie Day and Breakfast with Santa! We loved seeing you! thank you for supporting our business all year long with your referrals of friends and family.

JUST LISTED & OPEN HOUSE-3721 Mazewood Lane Fairfax, VA

Excited for our client who listed her lovely townhouse in Fairfax this week.

Well maintained 3 bedroom*, 3 full bath and half bath townhome in Foxfield.
Located in a quiet community, with 1320 sq ft of living space on 3 levels, backing to trees. The woods behind the home are forever wild.
Gleaming maple hardwood floors on main level and upper level hall. Newer carpet in master bedroom.
Kitchen updated with silestone counters, newer lower cabinets and stainless steel appliances (with double oven). Hall bath and coat closet off the front entrance
Formal dining and living room, with sliding glass door to a relaxing deck!
Upper level features two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Master suite with vaulted ceilings, and large closet with custom organizers.
Attached master bath has been updated with newer vanity, shower/tub combo and ceramic tile flooring.
The second bedroom features a larger closet and attached bath with a large vanity and updated shower with glass door. New skylight in hall area installed in 2013.
Spacious lower level with living area for a recreation/media room or den. *Possible 3rd bedroom in lower level with closet & cedar closet.
Walkout to relaxing patio with treed view behind the property.
Major systems and appliances have been updated: Newer HVAC (6 months), windows (with transferable warranty). Home has been impeccably maintained!
Two assigned parking spaces convey with the property.
Community includes jog/walk paths, bike trails, tennis courts, outdoor pool, basketball courts & more.
Convenient location minutes to nearby retail and shopping and ideal for commuters! Minutes to RT 50, 66 and Fairfax County parkway.

Homes in Foxfield sell from $380 up to $425K depending on the size and upgrades. Many renovated homes have sold $399K and higher. Properties backing to parkland are espcially desirable. Given the upgrades and amenities of this home we listed the houe for $415K.

Contact us today for a private showing!


JUST LISTED & OPEN HOUSE- 4141 N Henderson Rd #1004

Fall is here, but the real estate market is still busy! Check out our newest listing in Arlington, just minutes from Ballston Commons.

Details on this lovely unit:
-Open and inviting 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit with 851 square feet of living space.
-The unit features gleaming wide-plank hardwood floors in the living area and bedroom, along with crown molding and large picture window.
-Updated kitchen offers a breakfast bar, granite counters, and ample cabinet space with a separate pantry for added storage.
-Kitchen opens to open dining and living areas with access to the balcony.
-Spacious master bedroom with hardwood floors, sliding glass door and walk-in closet with organizers.
-Full master bath renovated with newer vanity, flooring and updated tile in the shower.
-Expansive balcony with stunning city views.
-Underground parking space available. Up to 3 garage spaces, $200/yr for 1st car
-Community amenities include a 24-hour front desk attendant, party room, courtyard with grill, laundry room, community garden, and an outdoor pool.
-Condo fee includes all utilities, except cable & internet.
-Hyde Park is an ideal location in Ballston. Close to Harris Teeter, with quick access to shopping, dining at Ballston Quarter and 4 blocks from Ballston Metro.

Property values in Hyde Park, vary depending on the location and upgrades in the unit. Some studios have sold close to $300K, while one-bedroom units typically sell for $320-$365K, depending on how large they are and updates in the kitchen and bathrooms. Other two bedroom units seller for $375K and above. Given the proximity to shopping and retail in Arlington, along with the up and coming Ballston Commons, this is an ideal location!

Contact us at info@wethmangroup.com to schedule a private showing.


The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News – October 2018

October 2018

Market Update
The October real estate market is holding firm, and not letting up! In the DC Metro area the average sales price is $508K, a 3.3% increase compared to 2017. The average days on market has declined 7% which likely has to do with limited inventory. Popular neighborhoods in Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax County and Washington DC are all averaging 35 days on market or less. Inventory remains tight and there is roughly 9.3% less inventory compared to the same period in 2017. Despite lower inventory, buyers are still looking for nicely updated homes that are move in ready! Contact us today to find out market specifics in your neighborhood.
Interest Rates
Many people are focused on interest rates and for good reasons. In September, The US Federal Reserve raised short term interest rates for the third time this year. We are on track for one more increase in 2018. While rates are historically low, compared to 6-8% mortgage rates in the early 2000’s, an increase to 4.9% for a 30 year fixed mortgage feels like a pinch to many current buyers. While the hype of low rates from internet lenders may seem attractive, working with a reputable lender is still key to ensuring your contract makes it to settlement.
What are buyers looking for?
Real feedback from our listings and clients:
-Buyers are looking for move in ready homes with updated kitchen and bathrooms.
-Most buyers prefer hardwood floors or light colored carpet.
-When touring a home, if there is sign of wear or lack of maintenance, buyers question the condition of the major systems and appliances.
-While big ticket items are important, most buyers are interested in the cosmetic updates in a property.
-If a home is not updated, buyers are looking for a discounted price.
-Many buyers would rather pay for the upgrades through the sales price/mortgage than handle renovations after closing.
-Even with limited inventory in the fall, buyers are not rushing to purchase right now.
If you need assistance prepping your house for sale, call us!
Thinking of buying? It’s better to start sooner than later, even if your target move date is months away…with a lot of buyers ‘waiting until next Spring’, it’s a great time to find a great home with less competition from other buyers!


This month, we’re trying something a little different — a coloring contest! We’ll have 4 age groups, and the winner of each group will win a $25 Target gift card.

Age groups are 5 years and under, 6-10, 11-15, and 16+. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the picture to submit, and be sure to sign the picture and add the participant’s name and age.



This month, we’re trying something a little different — a coloring contest! We’ll have 4 age groups, and the winner of each group will win a $25 Target gift card.

Age groups are 5 years and under, 6-10, 11-15, and 16+. Click here for a downloadable PDF of the picture to submit, and be sure to sign the picture and add the participant’s name and age.


Just post your entry on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and tag theWethman Group or your agent. You can also email submissions or drop off at our office. Register by October 25th for your chance to win!


Fall is here! That means plenty of leaves and limbs are falling too. Make sure to check out your gutters and clear any leaves or debris to ensure your gutters drain properly!




Save the Date: Pie Day – Tuesday, November 20th
Our annual pie day open house will take place the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at Katie and Kenny’s house. Clients, save the date on your calendar to stop by for a bite and a drink and bring home an apple or pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving celebration. It’s one of our favorite events each year, and we look forward to sharing it with you! Clients, check your email or our postcard for the link to reserve your pie!

Also, Save the Date for:

Breakfast at the Movies with Santa – Saturday, December 1st

As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need, please reach out. We are here to help!


Freshly updated and ready for the market! We’re excited to present our newest property for sale on 12094 Antler Ct – Fairfax, VA.

Details on this property include:

Stately 3 bedroom, 2.55 bath townhouse located in Fairfax Ridge!
This home offers over 2300 sq ft of living space on three levels with an attached one car garage.
Spacious lower level recreation room with fireplace, and walkout to patio and fenced yard. Custom storage area below the stairs. Hall bath and coat closet off the entryway.
The main level features inviting living and dining area with chair an crown molding, and walk out to deck with a serene treed view!
Gleaming Brazilian hardwood floors on all stairs, main and upper level
Updated kitchen with granite counters and breakfast nook near the bay window. Separate laundry room and half bath on kitchen level.
Upper level features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
Master suite with expansive walk-in closet complete with custom organizers. Master bath offers a double vanity soaking tub and frameless glass standing shower.
Ideal location, minutes to Fair Oaks Mall, Fairfax Town Centre with plenty of restaurants and retail. Walking distance to Fairfax Government Center, Fairfax Corner, Merrifield Garden Center, Costco and Wegmans. Also, short walk to Eagle View Elementary. Perfect for commuters with quick access to I-66, Lee Hwy, Rt 50, Fairfax County Pkwy, Rt 28 and more!

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Townhouses in Fairfax Ridge range in price from $450-$560K+ depending on size, location and of course condition. Properties that have sold on the higher-end were also end-units, with a two car garage and updates throughout. Our property at 12094 Antler Ct is listed for sale at $519900.

For more details or a private showing, contact the Wethman Group!


JUST LISTED & OPEN HOUSE 6912 Sharpsburg Dr

The fall real estate market is still going strong! Excited for our client, who just listed her gorgeous home out in Centreville. This home in located in Hanna Estates and sales have ranged from $530K up to $623K for single family homes. Properties on the lower end of sales are smaller, with less updates. Properties at the higher end are nicely updated with gourmet kitchens, renovated bathrooms, and floor plans wth over 3200 sq ft!

Details on our listing:

Stately 4 bedroom 3.5 bath colonial with over 3200 sq ft of living space!
Light filled two story foyer greets you at the front door.
Formal dining room and living room, with gleaming floors with plenty of space to entertain.
Open kitchen with updated cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, ceramic tile and an island. Space for eat-in table with access to the screened-in deck.
Inviting family room off the kitchen with a gas fireplace.
Enviable master suite with high ceilings, space for sitting area, large walk-in closet and large master bath with soaking tub separate shower and large vanity.
Spacious bedrooms with plenty of closet space and a hall bathroom complete with tub/shower and large vanity.
Lower level features large rec room area, full bathroom and expansive storage and utility room.
Relaxing screened-in deck, with access to deck and fenced backyard.

Open House this Sunday 12-2pm!

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Email admin@wethmangroup.com for a private showing or more information.


JUST LISTED: 3625 10th St N #104

Stunning 2BR/2.5BA + 1 den at The Monroe!
Rarely available, light-filled unit with 11ft ceilings, large windows, custom light fixtures, crown molding, and gleaming hardwood floors.
This unit features over 1600 sq ft, with an open floor plan and lives like a home!
Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, custom backsplash, stainless appliances, island & open to dining/living area. Perfect for entertaining!
Den with closet off living area could be used as 3rd bedroom.
Expansive master bedroom w/large walk-in closet, 2nd closet & ensuite bath with double sinks, soaking tub & tiled shower.
Sizable second bedroom, across from master, with attached bath and large closet.
Half bathroom off the hallway, and spacious laundry room (with full-size W/D) and room for storage!
This unit features updates throughout, and has been impeccably maintained!
Garage parking & storage included.
Building amenities include secured entry with concierge in the lobby, community room, exercise room, courtyard area and roof terrace with city views.
Convenient first-floor access with separate entrance to N Monroe St.
Unbeatable location, just a block to VA Square/GMU Metro, Quincy Park, and plenty of restaurants & retail!

Units at The Monroe have sold from $660K up to $950K depending on size and upgrades. The larger units with over 1700 sq ft sell for $800K and above. Given the size, upgrades, and location of our unit, we have listed for $850K.

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Contact us for a private showing or more details!


The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News – May 2018

May 2018

Remember when we said last month that the market had slowed slightly in March? Well April made up for it! We are seeing bidding wars and lots of activity across the board, but particularly in DC and close-in markets in Virginia and Maryland. The weather may be damp, but the housing market is hot.
Despite lower inventory than April last year, sales volume is up 10% from last April. Consequently, prices are up in all locations, but particularly in DC proper, which saw a median price increase of 13.5% from April 2017 (from a median sale price of $519k in April 2017 to $590k in April 2018). We are seeing that prices in neighborhoods that were previously considered a “good deal” have also risen, meaning prices are acting more flat across the district, regardless of where a property is located.
New listings were up almost 9% from April last year, but active inventory was down 9% from last April, meaning those new listings are being absorbed, plus some. This also marks 2 years of year-over-year decline in inventories, though it is worth noting that historically we are still 21% above the 5-year-low seen in 2013.
Still, our own clients are still finding their home of choice and we are handing over keys all the time! Thinking of buying? Let us walk you through what this market means for your search strategy, or get started by attending our upcoming free webinar Tuesday, June 19 (registration details below). For many buyers, depending on your individual circumstance, we still think buying this year, even with all of the competition, will be better than waiting until next.
With the continued emphasis on inventory, and seasonality in your favor, if you are thinking of selling, get in touch now to have us create the best strategy for you to sell for top dollar! The market is hot, but taking advantage of that competition requires the right marketing strategy and team to optimize your exposure to buyers. Check out our listing highlights below- 2 recent listings sold within days of hitting the market!
Picnic at the Winery
We had a great time with our clients, Saturday May 12th at our 2nd picnic at the Winery at Bull Run. The unseasonably 90+ degree weather meant the bottles of Rose went down easy in the shade! We loved seeing so many of you and look forward to catching up again at the baseball game in July!
Baseball Game- Sunday, July 8th– Clients, watch your mailboxes and inboxes for your invite to our Annual Baseball game, Sunday, July 8th as the Nats take on the Marlins at home! Enjoy a quintessential DC summer afternoon and root, root, root for the home team with us!
First Time Home Buyer Webinar: Tuesday, June 19th at 7pm
Our popular First Time Home Buyer class covers deciding to buy, financing, your home search, trends in the local market, and even the implications of the new tax law! If you want a refresher before diving into the Spring market, join us for this free class and send your friends who are thinking of buying! Register here to join.
Senior Seminar: Downsizing and Preparing Your Home for Sale
Grand Oaks Assisted Living at Sibley Hospital
Thursday, June 14 1-3pm
We are excited to be partnering with TAD Relocation and Grand Oaks Assisted Living to offer a seminar on downsizing and preparing your home for sale at Grand Oaks at Sibley Memorial Hospital. If you or a loved one is considering downsizing, or would just like more information about process of selling your home, join us! RSVP to mbuckl10@jhmi.edu, or call (202) 660-7882.

As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need, please reach out. We are here to help!
The Wethman Group

Just Listed: 2860 Cherry Branch Ln Oakhill, VA

World Class Luxury

-Impeccably maintained “Williamsburg”‘ model in desirable Middleton Farm community. This home features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, with over 6000 square feet of living space on all three levels.
-A beautifully manicured lawn, leads to the front door, with a two-story foyer. Custom ceramic tiles in the entryway and through the foyer, and family room.
-Elegant Living Room off foyer with wainscoting, hardwood floors and double crown molding.
-Formal Dining room adjacent to the kitchen that accommodates a large table for 12+ people.
-Renovated Kitchen with custom cabinets & built-ins, granite counters & backsplash, stainless steel appliances, island and chefs range. Space for an eat-in dining area, and looks out into the sunroom and relaxing views of the backyard.
-Powder room off the hallway with custom sink, vanity and tiled walls
-Laundry room on the main level with access to the backyard.
-Family room with stately stone fireplace, tile floor, and cathedral ceiling. Separate office/study on the first floor could be 6th bedroom.
-Enviable master suite with hardwood floors, features a separate sitting area, recessed lighting, and wainscoting. Master bedroom with tray ceiling, expansive master dressing room with built-in cabinetry, and en-suite bathroom with double vanities, soaking tub, and custom, tiled shower.
-2nd bedroom with carpet, en-suite full bathroom, and closet.
-3rd and 4th bedrooms across the hall with Jack/Jill bathroom, with double sinks and shower/tub combo.
-Expansive lower level boasts over 2000 sq ft of living space, complete with a 5th bedroom, recreation/billiards area, theater room, home gym, and workshop/unfinished room.
-Perfect for movie lovers, this home theater has stadium seating, large projector screen, 7.1 surround sound system, built-ins, and a Murphy bed. Sink/ bar area outside the theater with small fridge/counter for popcorn and snacks.
-Home gym with custom built-ins and recessed lighting. Room for a den/5th bedroom, and workshop area. Walk up from the basement to rear yard/patio area.
-Large deck off sunroom complete with hot tub, grilling area and view of serene backyard!
-Oversized garage, with separate mud room and storage.
-Ideal location, with quick access to Routes: 28, 267, 66 and Fairfax County Parkway. Minutes to Reston Town Center, Dulles Airport, and Silver line Metro to Tysons/McLean and Downtown Washington, DC.
-Highly ranked school pyramid: Floris Elementary, Carson Middle School, and Westfield High school.

Properties in Middleton Farm are rare, but homes in the past several years have sold from $730K up to $970K, depending on the size and upgrades in the home. Most larger homes with 4000 sq ft+, have sold for $850K and above. This home has been upgraded top to bottom with custom finishes and is listed for $1,035,000.

Contact us for a private showing!


JUST LISTED: 805 31st St Arlington, VA

Fully remodeled cape cod in Arlington with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and over 2000+ sq ft of living space.
Relaxing front porch, overlooking the neighborhood. Inviting living room at the front of the house, with gas fireplace insert, and treed view!
Renovated, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, island/breakfast bar, newer cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Upgraded chef’s range, backslash, and dishwasher. Dining area off kitchen and deep pantry in the hallway.
Two bedrooms on the main level with hardwood floors, deep closets, and ceiling fans.
Hall bathroom between bedrooms with neutral tile, ad shower/tub combo.
Expansive master suite with plenty of space for bedroom, sitting area, and office/study. Recently renovated master bathroom with new ceramic tile, shower with frameless glass door, and new vanity.
Possible 4th bedroom off master with two closets can be used as a den or large walk-in closet. Additional closet organizers will convey.
Renovated basement with newer tile floor, separate laundry/utility area, and a custom built wine room!
Spacious, rear fenced backyard with custom patio, complete with built-in seating, and plenty of space for tables and a firepit.
This well-maintained home is located on a quiet tree-lined neighborhood, in Oak Crest.
Plenty of shopping and retail nearby to include: Harris Teeter, Giant, Safeway, Shoppers, CVS and more.
Active community: bike and walking path across the street, and Ft Scott Park up the hill.
Ideal for commuters: minutes to Crystal City, Del Ray, and downtown DC.

Homes in this neighborhood sell from $500K- $895K depending on size and upgrades. There are limited sales in the neighborhood, but recent properties have sold for $650K- $780K with a garage and more living space. Properties closer to Ft Scott Park typically sell for a premium. This home was listed for $775K, and received a strong offer after 1 day on the market.

Email admin@wethmangroup.com for more information or how to get top dollar for your home!