February Market Update

Holiday Social Shareables-ValentinesDayThe Northern Virginia real estate market continues to gain momentum despite low inventory levels. There are many buyers in the market ready to buy the right home and in many cases, it is difficult to do so leaving them and their agent frustrated. Typically, this time of year we start to see houses come on the market, but we have not seen a week-over-week increase in inventory since the fourth week of September last year! That is an amazing run, hopefully it will change soon for our buyers. If you are considering selling, let’s get together to see how to position yourself for success in this market.

All indications are pointing for 2018 to be another great year for real estate sales, despite starting off with low inventory levels and increasing interest rates. Interest rates are projected to be in the high 4’s, possibly low 5’s by the end of the year – scary, NOT! When I first got into the business in 1988, rates were in the 12’s. Yes, the rate increase will have some impact but not substantially in my opinion. What could have a greater impact is escalating prices coupled with the higher mortgage interest rates. This may force some first-time buyers to sit on the sidelines because of qualification purposes or potential sellers staying in their houses longer because they don’t find it beneficial to relocate. As always, time will tell.

The low inventory levels are resulting in multiple contract situations in many cases, but not in every situation so it is important to have the right expectation when putting your house on the market. Upper end prices are taking longer to sell as is typically the case. Houses that have not been priced properly, are in poor condition or have undesirable lot conditions will accumulate days on the market as well. In these situations, it is critical to hire a professional to give you the proper guidance to maximize your sought-after results.  We are here to help you navigate the sale in these circumstances, so please call me to discuss your situation in more detail.

 

Scott’s Weekly Market Update

This week in the real estate market – inventory levels are at a 2 year low! Learn more in this week’s market minute message.

If you would like to talk more about your specific situation, give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net

Have a great weekend!

Scott’s 8 Real Estate Predictions for 2018

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Scott’s Weekly Market Update

Inventory levels are still low, but the market is just like the weather today “hot” (for January in Northern Virginia)! Learn more in Scott’s latest Market Minute message.

If you would like to talk about your specific situation, give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net

December Market Update

As we enter the holiday season, we continue to see strong sales numbers in the Northern Virginia housing market, even as inventory levels continue to decline. Right now, we have 24% fewer homes for sale than the last week of November in 2016. We are seeing houses that are priced right still receiving multiple contracts, which is unusual for this time of year. Purchasers are ready to buy when they see the right house!

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During this time of year, I often get asked, “should I keep my house on the market or take it off”. My advice is simple –  if you need to sell, keep it on. Nicely decorated houses look festive and cozy which attracts many buyers (see the article about holiday staging on the next page). Additionally, buyers who are looking over the holidays are serious buyers; we don’t get many window shoppers this time of the year.  These buyers are looking because they have a real housing need; whether their lease has ended, they are relocating into the area or they are looking to get a great deal as sellers tend to be a little more motivated when listing their homes at this time of the year. If you don’t have a real need to sell, take your house off the market and kick back, relax and enjoy the holidays. Wait until the second or third week of February to put it back on the market. If you or someone you know is thinking about selling or buying a home, please let me know so I can give them advice specific to their situation.

In other news… After much deliberation, the Senate tax bill narrowly passed during the early-morning hours on Saturday December 2nd in a vote of 51-49. The House passed their bill in mid-November so now they need to both come to an agreement to put on the President’s desk for signature. Details of the final plan are still forthcoming, but we do know that you can write off up to $10,000 in property taxes to local and state authorities and the corporate tax rate is staying at 20%. Both tax reform proposals double the standard tax deduction, which may, in many cases, provide a greater benefit to renters than to homeowners. You will be able to write off mortgage interest up to $500,000 which is helpful to many tax payers as well. The question becomes, will homeowners now also have a dis-incentive to sell their home in order to keep their current interest rate deduction of up to $1 million as they will be grand-fathered? If so, this would potentially add new supply constraints. Stay tuned for additional details soon.

I hope that you enjoy the holidays with your family, friends and loved ones!

Sincerely,
Scott 

P.s… there is still time to RSVP to join us for our Annual Breakfast with Santa event this weekend!!
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Scott’s Market Update

Its hard to believe its already December 1st! There are some serious inventory issues going on…. #gatewayagetsrock #bringon2018

 If you have any questions or would like to talk about your particular situation – please feel free to give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net 

Scott’s Market Update

I think I’ve said this before…. the tortoise and the hare effect is back! Learn more in this weeks Market Minute message.

Interested in talking more about your situation? I’d be happy to help! Feel free to give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net

Scott’s Market Update

Two things went DOWN last week, can you guess what they were? Find out in Scott’s latest market minute message.

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Interested in learning more about your buying or selling situation?  Give me a call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net