Platinum Group: Hot Topics in the Northern Virginia Real Estate Market

In a recent Platinum Group meeting we discussed many hot topics in the real estate market today.  They included the appraisal issues we are encountering that I discussed in my last blog, new home sales, the rental market and of course, low supply and high demand.

New home prices are rocketing up, incentives are going away, one builder sold 13 houses last weekend in Prince William County and took closing costs down to just $5,000 when they were offering more at the beginning of the weekend.  Nationally, new home sales dropped but not in Northern Virginia.

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Lack of resale inventory is leading buyers to new homes.  When buyers go to new homes, their prices increase.  Be careful as a lot of builders don’t have appraisal contingencies in their contracts.  Ask what happens if house doesn’t appraise.

The rental market continues to be on fire.  We have a 1.7 month supply of rentals available in Northern Virginia.  Prices have stabilized and move quickly when they are in good shape.  Additionally, in a recent article, it was estimated there will be another 6.6 million renters in the market.  It makes now a good time to work with investors, understand the rental process or even start a property management company.

One other topic we discussed was the lack of inventory of resale properties on the market.  It has been mentioned that we are at an 11 year low in terms of available properties.  When something is desirable, we have seen as many as 14 contracts on one home.  It is time to structure offers for our buyers so they can win in multiple contract situations.


To learn more about the market or our networking group, feel free to reach out to me.

Now, go sell something!

It’s time to invest!

What was the first thought that came into your mind?  Was it about the stock market?  Or was it about buying investment properties?   Perhaps you thought it was getting others to invest in the previous two areas of opportunities.  Now, what do you believe this statement is about?  What does invest mean? says it means :


To put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.



To use (money), as in accumulating something: to invest large sums in books or education.



To use, give, or devote (time, talent, etc.), as for a purpose or to achieve something: He invested a lot of time in growing himself personally and professionally.

 Well, taking this into account, my intention was that it is time to invest in yourself and your business.  The top companies in the world invest in their people – you should invest in you as well!  If companies do it, why don’t you?

The real estate market, the economy and your business are not out of the woods yet.  Yes, some aspects of the economy are stabilizing but we have a long way to go – foreclosure numbers, default rates, and unemployment rates (although reported to have slowed) continue to rise.  Therefore, now is the time to invest in your business.  It has become obvious to me that during times like these, many agents get too involved “in” their business when in fact, if they want their business to soar to the next level, they should get involved working “on” their business – today.  It is time to reflect on what is working and what isn’t – where are trends in our area heading – who are key players in the industry and what are they doing – more importantly, what are you doing?  Are you attending training?  If not, why not.  If you are involved in foreclosures, are you going to conferences out of town to meet new people, strategize and get new accounts?  If not, why not?  If you are doing short sales, are you meeting with experts who are experiencing success in the business locally and nationally to learn more about trends and what they are doing to be successful?  If not, why not?  Are you taking advantage of the free educational opportunities your association is making available to you?  If not, why not?  Are you taking advantage of one on one opportunities with your broker, fellow agents or a coaching program to help get through the market we are in and are going to encounter?  Again, if not, why not?

These examples could go on for some time.  It is my belief that you need to get out of your house, get out from behind your desk and educate yourself or else you will be left behind – doing what you’ve always done and get the results you’ve always gotten will not propel you to success.  Times change, programs change, economies fluctuate and you need to as well if you want to succeed now and in the future. 

It is important not to confuse activity with accomplishment.  Determine what you want to accomplish and what you need to do to achieve what you set out to do.  If you get willowed in the mire of day to day activities, put blinders on to what is happening around you,  get out and network with others, and ask yourself how can you accomplish “big” things in your life.  It is my opinion you need to invest in you today.  Attend trainings, get coaching, attend business planning (it’s not too late), get a designation, attend mastermind sessions, go to real estate information exchanges.  Take the time to get educated – NOW!  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

Now go sell something!