The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News – October

October 2017

Greetings!

In September we typically see a flurry of market activity following a bit of a lull in August, and this year was no exception. New listings were up over 18% from August, and new pending sales were up from September last year. Inventory remains tight, with the 17th consecutive month of year-over-year decline in active listings. September saw the 12th consecutive month of year-over-year price increases, and the highest September on record in a decade.
As you can see from the table above, the price changes vary greatly by the jurisdiction within the region and then even within neighborhoods within those jurisdictions. Contact us for specific data by zip code or price point to strategize your best approach.
Still thinking of selling this year? Now is the time to act! If you’ve been considering a change, let us work with you on the best strategy to make the most of the current market conditions.
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NASA credit union is offering a 0% loan program with 0% Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), even on jumbo loans. This is a great program, and basically anyone can apply, no NASA affiliation required.
Client Appreciation Program and Events 
 
CLIENT EVENT SAVE THE DATES:
Pie Day Party: Tuesday, November 21
Movie with Santa at Tysons: Saturday, December 2
Postcards and email invitations will go out to clients later this month.
LOANER PROGRAM ADDITIONS: You probably remember we have a free moving truck, but we’ve also now added an electric lawn mower and hedge trimmer to our inventory, available for your short-term use. We also have a leaf blower/shredder for Fall cleanups!  Just email us to reserve an item for pickup.
 
Ekko Title Providing Relief in Puerto Rico
We were thrilled to loan the Wethman Group moving truck to help Sara Mendez Rodriguez and Ekko Title with their Puerto Rico donation drive!  They sent two VERY full trucks down to Florida on October 13th. The supplies will be sent on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico this week. Sara, who is from PR, will be going to Florida too, and then on to PR, to oversee distribution of food, water, diapers, cleaning supplies, feminine products, and much more, directly to people who still desperately need help. If you or a group you know could use our moving truck to aid the community or collect donations for this or another worthy cause, we’d love to help!
First Time Home Buyer Classes
 
We are gauging interest for hosting our popular class for first time buyers on a few dates this fall. Curious about the process of searching for your new home? Is buying one of your goals for 2018 but not sure where to start? We cover these topics and more in our class and consistently get rave reviews for the usefulness of the content. Drop us a line to let us know you are interested in attending and we will keep you posted as we add dates.
Love us? Review us! Your reviews drive our business. To show our appreciation, if you share your experience online at Yelp, Zillow, Angie’s List, or on Facebook, and you will be entered into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card. Plus, you will instantly receive our deepest gratitude!
As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need please reach out. We’re here to help!
The Wethman Group
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Just Listed: 6722 Surreywood Ln

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Stunning Bethesda townhouse with 3 bedrooms, 2.55 bathrooms and 2310 sq ft of living space.
Open and inviting living/dining area with gleaming hardwood floors, updated light fixtures, wood burning fireplace and modern paint. French doors from living room lead to the relaxing deck backing to trees.
Gourmet kitchen with maple cabinets, environmentally friendly Silestone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and 48″ modern checkerboard tile. Half bathroom on the main level.
Three bedrooms and two bathrooms located on the upper level.
Enviable master suite with custom carpet, two large closets complete with organizers & soft close drawers.
Renovated master bathroom with dual showers in quartz tile, rare double sink vanity, and custom European white wall tile and porcelain hardwood tile flooring.
Two other bedrooms with updated flooring and modern paint. Hall bathroom with shower/tub combo and neutral vanity & flooring.
Spacious recreation/family room features a full bar, 2nd fireplace with high-efficiency wood burning stove insert, and movie theater (projector conveys!) Walk out from basement to brick patio and landscaped yard.
Finished utility space with washer/dryer and built-in storage.
Other updates include HVAC- 6 months old, Hot water heater 1-year-old, washer & dryer 6 months old.
Impeccably maintained, and one of the larger models in the neighborhood!
Highly ranked schools: Ashburton Elementary, North Bethesda Middle & Walter Johnson High School.
Ideal location: minutes parks, shops & restaurants with quick access to 270 and 495.

Stratton Commons is a small community tucked away in a quiet Bethesda neighborhood. There are mostly single-family homes and a small section of townhouses near Stratton park. Prices of townhouse range, depending on the size and upgrades. Other homes this year have sold for $549K-$577K, and were smaller with less upgrades in the kitchen and bathrooms.

We listed 6722 Surreywood for $599K, had over 15 scheduled showings, and 23 groups through the Open House. We received 3 offers with very competitive terms.

If you would like to know how to get top dollar for your home, please contact us for a free consultation and market analysis.

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Just Listed & Open House: 1307 N Hudson!

 

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Stunning craftsman style BCN home with impeccable finishes that is just one block from the Clarendon metro! This home features 4 bedrooms (w/5th bedroom option), 4.5 bathrooms with over 4500 square feet of living space.
Enter along the stone walkway onto the wide, relaxing front porch and into gleaming hardwood floors, wide hallways, and 9+ ft ceilings with custom trim and mill-work.
Off the front door is an office/study with a large bay window overlooking county green space and a formal dining room with crown molding. A half bathroom is conveniently located off the foyer. The midpoint of the house offers a tiled landing and beadboard trim coat/shoe area with access to the driveway.
To the rear of the house, you will find an inviting, large and open-concept gourmet kitchen that boasts sleek granite counters, tall custom cabinetry with soft-close features and premium stainless appliances including a 6-burner gas Wolf range/oven and tall Thermador refrigerator/freezer.

Under-cabinet lighting throughout makes for easy preparation and an elegant look. A large pantry with Elfa shelving and a granite butler counter and cabinet area makes storage and access easy. Beyond the large eat-in kitchen island is a well-apportioned breakfast area.
The generous living room area includes a regal stone mantle fireplace and the adjacent built-in wet bar includes beverage refrigerator, custom cabinetry and fully equipped multi-media access including built-in ceiling surround-sound speakers. From there wander to the serene extended rear porch, featuring built-in speakers and dual ceiling fans, to overlook a desirable flat backyard that is perfect for entertaining!

The second level features 9+ft ceilings, hardwood floors, three bedrooms, and three full bathrooms. An enviable master suite features two spacious walk-in closets with Elfa shelving. The second walk-in closet w/legal egress can easily be converted to 5th bedroom, nursery or office. The luxurious master bathroom is exquisite with double sinks, steam shower & bench, relaxing soaking tub and private toilet area.
Also on the second level, enjoy two comfortable bedrooms with hardwood floors and large illuminated closets. Each bedroom has two walls of windows for a bright and open floor plan. One bedroom offers a private full bath.
Note the bedroom level laundry with front loading washer and dryer, granite counter, sink and plenty of cabinets for storage including built-in ironing board for easy folding and ironing.

The third level offers a cozy loft-style area with privacy doors, large windows, built-in bench and plush carpet that would be perfect for an additional bedroom, library or home office!
The expansive lower level has an open recreation/media area, fourth bedroom and full bathroom with tiled floor and shower, granite vanity top and cabinetry. It also features a custom exercise area with a treadmill and workout equipment that can convey.
Outside, enjoy a professionally manicured landscaping including a garden area, with rear fence and privacy trees, a double pad driveway and spacious detached garage with a workbench that provides ample parking and storage.
The home has been pre-wired with speakers, cable and internet, with access room in lower level bedroom. 4 flat screen TVs and media components thoughtfully located throughout the house can convey.
This home is turnkey!

Location
Highly ranked schools: Taylor/Key, Swanson and Washington Lee
Two blocks to Clarendon Metro (Orange and Silver lines)
Convenient to Trader Joes, Lyon Hall, and Northside Social.
Minutes to Clarendon Market Shopping with Whole Foods, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Apple and more!
Quick access to Pentagon, Downtown DC and DCA Airport

This home is located in desirable Lyon Village, just two blocks away from Clarendon. The neighborhood is made up mostly of single-family homes, most smaller bungalow style, with newer craftsman style homes being built throughout the community. The neighborhood features quiet treelined streets with sidewalks, a landscaped park, community center,  as well as multi-family apartment buildings and commercial buildings on the outskirts of the historic area. Many of the original bungalow homes have a detached garage or shed. Price of homes in this community differ greatly compared to other neighborhoods in Arlington. Smaller, original homes have sold for $750K+, and expansive 4000 sq ft new, craftsman homes have sold for $2.4M and above.  We priced our listing at $1,949,900 given its size, updates, and proximity to restaurants, retail and the metro in Clarendon.
Email Katie@wethmangroup.com for more information or to set up a showing.

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The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News – September 2017

September 2017

Greetings!

As summer winds to a close we are seeing some changes in the market, but it is too soon to tell if this is part of a seasonal cooling or a bigger emerging trend. The year-over-year July median price in our area inched up 1% from last July, but was down 3% (just over $15,000) from last month’s record median price. July new pending sales were down 3% from last year’s record July high, and down 14% from last month. Houses are sitting on the market a bit longer, with average Days on Market (DOM) up 2 days from June. Our team has seen some great listings of our own sellers sit longer than anticipated, even when priced competitively, and in great showing condition. Is this the beginning of a tip in the favor of buyers? Time will tell and we’ll keep you informed.
Inventory is still low, with July marking the 15th straight month of month-over-month declines in active inventory. New listings were in line with previous July averages, but were quickly absorbed by buyers. New listings are actually up 1.5% year to date over last year, but increased buyer activity earlier in the season accounted for the continued decline in active inventory.
As always, these are general trends. We are seeing more variation among neighborhoods and price bands. Contact us for specific data by zip code or price point to strategize your best approach.
There is still time to think about selling this year! Our area experiences another flurry of activity between September and the beginning of October, so if you are on the fence, it is time to move. Not able to move that fast? It is never too early to start planning for spring of next year. If you’ve been considering a change, let us work with you on the best strategy to make the most of the current market conditions.
In the News
Fannie Mae joined Freddie Mac in announcing this week that appraisals will no longer be required on certain properties with low Loan to Value ratios, saving buyers (and lenders) both time and money. The majority of loans will be unaffected, but if the property is in a hot area, likely to hold or appreciate in value, and the buyer is putting down a large down payment, a waiver of the appraisal could save the buyer $500 in fees and potentially 10 days in closing time.
VOTE FOR US: Best of Arlington
Voting for Arlington Magazine’s Best of  Arlington survey is open and we’d love your vote for Best Real Estate Agent. Go to vote.wethmangroup.comand write in Katie Wethman. A vote for Katie is a vote for the entire Wethman Group team! Choose winners in at least 5 categories, and include your name, address (no requirement that you live in the area), and email for your vote to count. Your support means the world to us!
Love us? Review us! Your reviews drive our business. To show our appreciation, if you share your experience online at Yelp, Zillow, Angie’s List, or on Facebook, and you will be entered into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card. Plus, you will instantly receive our deepest gratitude!
As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need please reach out. We’re here to help!
The Wethman Group
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The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News

July 2017

Greetings!

We’ve seen cooler temperatures in our area here recently, and a bit of a cool down in the housing market. The spring market may have just peaked–June saw the most homes sold in a single month in our area since 2005. The median sales price, however, dropped slightly from May’s all-time high. As you can see from the chart below, it was still a June record, and the second highest monthly median price on record.  Despite June’s aggregate numbers, on the ground we’re starting to see certain price points and locations level off, and there are some disappointed sellers.
Buyers remain active. The market saw an influx of new listings in June, up 4% from June last year, but down 3.5% from the number of new listings we saw added the previous month in May. The number of listings that remain active and available to buy is still down 7.3% from this month last year, for the 14th consecutive month of year-over-year decreases in active listings. With interest rates remaining low, and pricing trending upward, buyers are out finding their homes among the inventory that is available.
As mentioned above, those buyers are starting to have more leverage in the market. We’ve recently seen less competition over individual listings, listings sitting on the market slightly longer, and buyers able to negotiate some favorable terms. Certain pockets of DC and Arlington remain fairly strong, but in other areas, the market is becoming less competitive. Perhaps it is just the annual seasonal lull, or we may be beginning to see a bit of a leveling off of the frenzy. As always, contact us for more specific data by zip code or price point to strategize timing.
Thinking of selling? Start a conversation with us now about timing. Inventory is still low and the market in our area experiences a nice little pop of activity most years around September. If you’ve been considering a change, let us work with you on a strategy to make the most of the current market conditions.

Client Appreciation Day at the Nats Game
On Sunday, July 9th, clients and friends who’ve referred us shared a gorgeous day at the Nationals game. The sun was shining, the temps were in the high 70s, and the Nats beat the Braves 10 to 5! Smiles all around. Want to join us next year? Buy or sell with us, or refer your friends our way. We have an amazing group, and we’d love to add you!
Love us? Review us! Your reviews mean so much to our business. Share your experience online at Yelp, Zillow, Angie’s List, or on Facebook, and you will be entered into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card. Plus, you will instantly receive our deepest gratitude!
As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need please reach out. We’re here to help!
The Wethman Group
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JUST LISTED: 11814 Great Owl Circle

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Stunning 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath townhouse in desirable Reston neighborhood!
Gleaming hardwood floors on main level, upper level and loft.
Updated kitchen with granite counters, newer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, complete with bay window and eat- in space.
Inviting living and dining area with plenty of natural light.
Upper level features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a loft.
Enviable master bedroom with vaulted ceilings and en-suite master bath with shower and separate tub.
Loft with hardwood floors, skylight and ceiling fan and can be used as an office, den or library.
Spacious lower level with walkout to yard, complete with large bedroom, full bathroom and space for recreation room!
Ideal location, minutes to North Point Village shopping center for groceries, Starbucks, restaurants, and more.
Convenient to Reston pools, basketball courts, playground, & bike trails.
Short drive to Reston Town Center, Dulles Airport, Weihle- Reston metro line (Silver & Blue lines) and major commuter routes (267, 66 and 495).
Townhouse is in impeccable condition and is turn key!

Home in this neighborhood have sold for $480k-$575K depending on size and updates. Some homes feature a one car garage, while others offer 2 reserved parking spaces.

This home is located in a quiet neighborhood and is listed for $575K.

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

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The Wethman Group’s Real Estate News

May 2017

Greetings!

The Spring market is in full swing, with lots of activity on the buyer side, but the real story is still low inventory. The median sales price in our area reached the highest on record  for the second month in a row, easily beating last April’s record by 4.1%, and up 3.9% from last month. However, new pending sales were down 8.3% from this time last year, and down 2.5% from last month, coming in under the 5 year April average. So what gives? Inventory!
April new listings were down 13% from April last year and down 6.7% from last month! This is below both the 5 and 10 year April average, but still above the 10 year low we saw in 2012.
This low inventory means the market is moving FAST as buyers are competing for the listings that DO hit the market. Average Days on Market for April was 10! That’s down from 14 days last April and from 15 days last month.
We’re still seeing multiple bids on most properties that are priced to sell, and significant offers over asking in a few pockets of DC and Arlington. Even though the market is competitive, we have a lot of happy buyers right now! Making the most attractive offer isn’t just about competing on price. There are many components that play into the strategy of an offer. If you are thinking of buying, let us guide you on how to put your best foot forward in this hot market. Set up a conversation with one of our buyer agents to come up with a strategy that is tailored to your goals.
Thinking of selling? Now’s the time! Inventory declining now at the peak of the spring market is huge. Buyers are out and ready to move, but not finding many options. If you have been considering a change, start the conversation with our listing team to figure out your how to position your property to maximize your return.
House it Going? Real Estate Q&A Happy Hour: Tuesday, May 23rd in Clarendon
 
Questions about Buying or Selling? Just want more information about what we are seeing in the housing market? Join Katie for an informal chat over drinks at Spirits of ’76 Tuesday, May 23rd. Stop by with your questions any time between 5-7pm.

Clients and Friends Who Have Referred to Us
SAVE THE DATE: Baseball Event, Sunday, July 9th
Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 9th, and watch your mail for more details on reserving your tickets.
Love us? Review us! Your reviews mean so much to our business. Share your experience online at yelp, zillow, angie’s list, or on Facebook, and you will be entered into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card. Plus, you will instantly receive our deepest gratitude!
As always, if you or someone you know has a real estate need please reach out. We’re here to help!
The Wethman Group
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Just Listed & Under Contract 6302 Walyes St, Springfield VA

Listed last week, and we received a contract in less than 5 days! Details on the property below:

Spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home in Monticello Woods neighborhood.
Newly refinished hardwood floors in hallway, living room and bedrooms.
Spacious living room with large picture window and wood burning fireplace.
Large eat in kitchen with bay window, brick accent wall, recessed lighting 42 inch cabinets, cook top, double oven, pantry and extra counter/storage space.
Bedrooms on main level feature hardwood flooring, ample closets and lot of natural light.
Master bedroom features attached bath with standing shower.
Hall bath features white vanity along with shower & tub combo.
Expansive lower level features recreation/media room with recessed lighting and 2nd wood burning fireplace.
Huge unfinished utility/storage area with washer and dryer and 3rd bathroom.
4th bedroom or den off living area with walk-up access to back yard.
Large lot with almost 1/3 acre. Rear fenced yard.
Springboard- Community Pool located at the end of the street
Ideal location! Minutes to Springfield Metro, 95, 395, 495, Fairfax Connector Bus.
Conveniently located near Springfield Town Center with great restaurants and retail.

Homes in Monticello Woods range in price from $350-$535K depending on size and updates. Many smaller priced homes with less updates sell for $430K and below. The larger, more updated homes sell for $490K and above, depending on updates. Our sellers had a limited budget for renovations, so we provided our top items which we knew would improve the home’s marketability and gain interest from buyers.

If you are looking to for the right kind of updates to maximize your home’s value, contact us today!

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JUST LISTED: 3303 Wyndham Circle #248 Alexandria, VA

-Beautifully renovated 2 bedroom/2 bath unit at Pointe at the Park!
-Garden style unit, located on the second floor.
-Updated kitchen with new granite counters, breakfast bar, maple cabinets and stainless appliances.
-Inviting living and dining room with crown molding, wood burning fireplace and relaxing balcony. New wood laminate flooring installed 2017.
-Roommate style layout with bedrooms separated by living area.
-Both bedrooms feature brand new carpet, walk in closets and en-suite bathrooms.
-Bathrooms have been renovated to include: newer vanities, sinks, faucets, mirrors and brushed nickel light fixtures
-Full sized washer/dryer in unit, new hot water heater 2016 & AC installed in 2011.
-Large storage closet off balcony. Community bike storage available.
-Community includes: pool, fitness center, community room, Basketball Court, grilling area and secured entry to community.
-Community fee provides free shuttle to Pentagon City Metro (M-F)
-Ideal location! Just minutes to Bradlee Shopping Center with Safeway, Fresh Market, Starbucks, Atlantis, and more. Target and other shopping 5 minutes from community!
-Convenient to 395, Pentagon, Crystal City & Downtown DC

We made specific recommendations to the seller on the flooring, kitchen and bathroom updates to help appeal to potential buyers. The unit was also staged, to help buyers envision the space, and size of the larger bedrooms and living areas.

Sales at Pointe at Park Center range, depending on size and upgrades in the unit. Units that have not been updated, or have older finishes, have sold in the $260-$270K range. More updated units have sold between $280-$295K, depdning on size and location. This unit is listed for $290K.

Contact Katie for more details or private showing!

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Just Listed: 4105 25th St ( Lee Heights)

We just put this lovely Lee Heights listing on the market. The home is located in a desirable North Arlington community, and we help the sellers with staging and other tips to help make the home appealing to buyers.
Details on the home below!

• Beautifully expanded colonial with professional designed upgrades and finishes.
• Main level features newly refinished hardwood floors, and carpet.
• Inviting living room with wood burning fireplace, and elegant dining room.
• Gourmet kitchen complete with Silestone countertops, stainless steel appliances, pot-filler, solid maple cabinets with lighted glass fronts and a butler’s pantry.
• Large breakfast bar with additional seating, open to additional dining area.
• Open concept family room with built-in bookcases and sliding glass doors leading to sun filled deck.
• Custom designed office with solid maple cabinetry and built-in desks.

Upper Levels
• On the upper level, the enviable master suite features cathedral ceilings, with relaxing treed view of the yard. It also features a built-in custom vanity & two walk-in closets with custom shelving.
• En-suite master bath with double sink vanities, offers an over-sized jetted whirlpool tub and separate frameless glass shower featuring marble details.
• Two additional bedrooms feature built-in book cases, cordless window treatments, large closets with Elfa shelving and lots of natural sunlight.
• Full bath off hallway with granite counter topped double sink vanity and radiant heated flooring.
• Laundry room on bedroom level with Silestone counter top, custom cabinets & shelving, full sink and large cedar closet for additional storage.
• Spacious loft level suite with skylights, 4th bedroom, large private full bath with radiant heated tile flooring and multiple closets with plenty of storage.

Lower Level & Yard
• Expansive lower level with over 1500 sq ft of living space! Main area, perfect for a recreation or play room, extends to a private Au-Pair/In-Law suite complete with a kitchenette: full refrigerator, sink and custom built-in cabinet system and separate desk space.
• Lower level also features a full bathroom, additional 8×15 storage room, and large fitness room with garage-Tek flooring, two bright windows and separate walk-out to expansive rear yard
• Rare, flat back yard with plenty of room for tool shed, and playground.
• Other features include: security and intercom system.
• HVAC replaced in 2013 and Roof Replaced in 2011

Ideal Location!
• Located in desirable Lee Heights Neighborhood.
• Minutes to GW Parkway, 1-66, The Pentagon and Downtown DC.
• Only .6 Miles to Donaldson Run Pool (swim team, exercise classes and social events!)
• Active neighborhood, in between Lee Heights & Zachary Taylor Parks.
• Highly ranked school Pyramid: Taylor Elementary, Williamsburg Middle, and Yorktown High.

Home in Lee Heights sell anywhere from $ 819K up to $.18M, depsning on size, age of the home and upgrades. Several newer construction homes have sold in the $1.6M-$1.8M+ range.

This home features over 4000 sq ft and a desirable flat back yard. We listed the home for $1.2M.

Contact us to set up a private showing, or see how you can maximize value and upgrades in your home!

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