How's the Market in Reston, VA 20191 ?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010



How's the Real Estate Market in Reston, VA 20191:



The median list price in RESTON, VA
20191 this week is $519,900. The 35
properties have been on the market
for an average of 114 days.

The market has shown some
evidence of slowing recently. Both
prices and inventory levels are
relatively unchanged in recent
weeks. Watch the Market Action
Index for changes as it can be a
leading indicator for price changes.

Want to know what's going on in YOUR neighborhood - just give Selling Homes by Design a call! 703-679-1712

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com
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Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
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• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

Are YOU Feeling Confident?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Consumer Confidence at Highest Level Since June 2010
(coincidentally - interest rates are at the highest rate since June 2010 as well...)

By Ruth Mantell

RISMEDIA, December 2, 2010—(MCT)—An index of U.S. consumer confidence rose in November 2010 to the highest level since June, with consumers more optimistic about future business conditions and job prospects, the Conference Board reported. The index rose to 54.1; economists polled by MarketWatch had expected a reading of 53. Confidence for October was revised to 49.9 from a prior estimate of 50.2.

“Hopefully, the improvement in consumers’ mood will continue in the months ahead,” said Lynn Franco, director of Conference Board’s consumer research center, in a statement.

The Conference Board’s index helps analysts compare fluctuations in confidence, with a reading of 100 for the base year of 1985. Generally when the economy is growing at a good clip, confidence readings are at 90 and above.

A barometer of consumers’ expectations rose to 74.2 in November—the highest level since May—from 67.5 in October. In November, 16.7% of consumers said they expect business conditions to be “better” in six months, up from 15.8% in October. Most consumers expect business conditions to be the same. Also, 18.8% of consumers expect there be to fewer jobs, down from 22.3% in the prior month. Most consumers expect the same number of jobs.

Consumer confidence is “exceptionally depressed,” reflecting labor-market weakness, wrote Dan Greenhaus, chief economic strategist with Miller Tabak, in a research note.

“It is hard to envision a sustained pickup in expectations without a commensurate move lower in the unemployment rate,” Greenhaus wrote.

While economists say the recession officially ended last year, the labor market remains weak. Economists polled by MarketWatch expect a gain of 155,000 jobs and for the unemployment rate to remain at a high 9.6%.

Meanwhile, consumers’ assessment of the present situation ticked up to 24 from 23.5. Looking at the present situation, a few more consumers in November said jobs are “plentiful.” However, most consumers still said that jobs are “not so plentiful” or “hard to get.”

When it comes to their buying plans, 5.4% of consumers in November said they have plans to buy an automobile within six months, up from 5.2% in October. The percentage of those with plans to buy a home fell to 1.7% from 2.2%, and those with plans to buy major appliances fell to 24.4% from 25.4%.

(c) 2010, MarketWatch.com Inc.

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

HOME (on the market) for the Holidays!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



Thanksgiving is merely a week away! YOU are selling your home - it's currently on the market. YOU are also hosting Thanksgiving this year - what to do, what to do.

It's understandable you want your home to look festive for Aunt Jane and the cousins who are flying in from Oregon - however; you don't want to frighten would-be buyers either!

You can STILL have very "tasteful" holiday decor AND make your holiday seasonally inviting!

Bring the outside IN - nature-inspired Fall elements will look great for your holiday and will appeal to would-be buyers!





A recent walk through a local Pottery Barn store is certainly a quick class on using nature to highlight the season!

If you have special activities planned at your home for your out of town guests, you can ask your listing agent to note your listing accordingly so no showings take place on a particular day OR you could ask her to temporarily take it off the market for 1 or 2 days will you entertain your visitors.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!



Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com
www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

What does 1 MILLION + get you in Reston, VA ?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What can you get for a MILLION + in Reston, VA these days ?

There are currently 4 active listings over a million $$ right now:

*Bishopsgate Way = $1,050,000 - Colonial


*North Village Road = $1,049,900 - Contemporary


*Upper Lake Drive = $1,199,000 - Contemporary


*Walnut Branch Road = $1,085,000 - Colonial


Sharon Goetz

703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com

Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator

Keller Williams Realty



www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign



Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes

& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.



SELLING HOMES!...by design®

* Staging® services designed for YOUR home
* A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
* A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

Smart Tips for Kitchen Updates!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

These Tips and Advice from House Logic are a MUST READ for anyone who is thinking about kitchen updates!! WHAT makes the most $ence:



Visit houselogic.com for more articles like this.


Copyright 2010 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®





Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com
www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

Do Trees = $

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Do Trees = $$ ??



The following question was posed to SellingHomesByDesign:

Thought it was indeed very interesting! PLZ offer your opinion on this !!

"If you had two houses, identical in size, location, etc. but one had a marvelous tree on the property and the other didn't, would the list price be essentially the same? What if the house were in a heavily treed community vs. one that is in a cleared fieldlike community?"

This article from Realty Times says YES, Trees DO add value!!

THNX for your view on this subject!

Sharon Goetz

703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com

Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator

Keller Williams Realty


www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign

K.I.S.S. - Common Sense Tips for Buyers and Sellers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

K.I.S.S.!! Let's keep it super simple!!

Considering jumping into the Real Estate Market ??
Here are a couple of common sense tips - no matter what side of the fence you're on (buyer or seller):

Remember to Keep your Buying or Selling Strategy Simple: It's easy to get overwhelmed with details. Get familiar first with readily available information on the internet. Next, consult with an agent to determine what's really imporant to you and let them help set a strategy with timelines.

SELLER'S TIP: At higher price points it's more critical than ever to get your home proactively appraised. In addition to getting an agent's opinion on what your home may net you based on comparable properties, for around $400 a professional appraiser is a sound "second opinion". Please feel free to ask me for a recommendation to see what your home's true worth is in today's market.

BUYER'S TIP: Getting preapproved for a mortgage is the most important step in preparing to buy your next home. Knowing what's comfortable to afford upfront will help you figure out what's realistic to be looking at. And don't forget to budget for added expenses like paint, new furniture, updates...and those family vacations!

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com
www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

Colonial Charmer in Reston, VA

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Williamsburg meets Reston!
This Colonial charmer may very well grace the pages of "Tradtional Home Magazine"!



Special, Pre-Market Opportunity!

Located in the Deepwood Community of Reston, VA, this Cardinal model, end-unit brick townhome truly lives like a detached home. You'll find it's ALL in the details - carefully chosen updates include a completely remodeled kitchen with granite counters, custom tile backsplash, "soft-close technology" drawers, high end stainless steel appliances by Bosch and Kitchen Aid and custom window seats.



This gourmet kitchen leads to a private patio area with water feature - your serenity among the trees.



This 3 bedroom, 2 full - 2 half-bath home is "Q-Tip clean" and meticulously maintained. Other details to be appreciated are the large master bedroom with walk-in closet, double sink bathroom and crown molding - truly your private oasis!



The upper level has 2 other bedrooms and an updated main bath featuring custom tile.





Colonial details are ever present in the cozy living and dining rooms.



Entertaining friends is a snap with a spacious family room - perfect for movie or game night.



A+ location - this home is walking distance to Shopping and Community Centers, a magnet elementary school and bus stop. The Reston Town Center, Toll Road and proposed Silver Line Metro Stop are all nearby.

Historically LOW interest rates and the move-in-ready condition of this home all equal NOW is a great time to buy. I can arrange a pre-market showing - just for YOU!

Please contact me to discuss your options and details on renting vs. buying (if applicable). If you have a friend, co-worker or neighbor who has been considering a move - it would be my pleasure to offer them a no-obligation consultation to discuss their specific needs.

This outstanding home is listed by Keller Williams Realty in Reston, VA. It will be offered for $407,900.

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Reston Condo - Lifestyle AND Location!

Sunday, August 15, 2010



This Reston condo offers an easy, low maintenance lifestyle as well as an outstanding location!



The strategically located Augusta model offers stylish updates that include newly installed crown molding for architectural interest, new light fixtures, decorator paint, new kitchen hardware and more! The wooded view is the focal point of this light-filled living room. The private patio is perfect for entertaining or for your own private oasis! This complex IS FHA approved.



Take in the calming view of mature trees from your private patio area. Stroll to the South Lakes Village Center to dine with lake views or meet your friends at Starbucks. Lake Audubon and the pool are just steps away.



Also close by: The Toll Road (Rte 267), The Reston Community Center, Verndon J. Walker Nature Center and proposed Silver Line Metro Stop. The Reston Town Center is less than 3 miles away… your options are endless!



Enjoy ALL the Reston Association amenities - 15 pools, 48 tennis courts, 4 lakes, 55 miles of walking paths!

Historically LOW interest rates and the move-in-ready condition of this home all equal NOW is a great time to buy.

Please contact me to discuss your options and details on renting vs. buying (if applicable). If you have a friend, co-worker or neighbor who has been considering a move - it would be my pleasure to offer them a no-obligation consultation to discuss their specific needs.

This 1 bedroom / 1 bath home is listed by Keller Williams Realty in Reston, VA. It is currently offered for $174,500.

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com
www.facebook.com/SellingHomesByDesign

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

Staging Tips: Part III

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The "Model Home Concept":

A shopper is more willing to buy a home that’s tastefully decorated, even if the buyer has no intention of furnishing it that way. That’s the Model-home concept.



Builders are the masters of this concept. They study their target audience to determine what type of dĂ©cor to use. These days, the audience is very sophisticated and has high expectations. Builders use surveys and focus groups to create the profile for their potential buyers. The builders hand their research to designers who choose furnishings that will appeal to a type of buyer. The home has to be something the buyer will identify with. If you have very affluent interiors, you will most likely turn off a young first time buyer as they will feel it’s beyond their reach.

A contemporary style with a Crate & Barrel look would be more appealing to the first time buyer of a townhome.

Builders also go thru great lengths to provide a local feel. In Annapolis, Nautical art may be used in the home, in Leesburg, the home office may have an equestrian theme.



The WHOLE point is – be memorable (in a good way)! Keep in mind who your audience may be whether you’re selling a condo, townhome or estate home!
Visit area model homes – you’ll want to give potential buyers that same WOW factor.

Sharon Goetz
703-679-1712, Sharon.G@KW.com
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Please visit my website to see photos of Staged homes
& to request my FREE report on “Preparing Your Home for Sale”.

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

The Staging Tips Series: Part II

Monday, August 9, 2010



Staging Tip:

Whether your Staging for selling or Staging for living ~ this one is helpful!



Don't place all your furniture around the perimeter of the room. It's NOT the best way to show off your square footage. It visually makes the room seem smaller and hides architectural details like interesting moldings (you want these to stand out).

Angling furniture or creating intimate conversation areas is much more effective. If your upholstered pieces are shabby - then add some chic! Big box discount stores sell attractive slipcovers (choose a neutral SOLID color) that won't break the bank.

Lastly, when setting up your "new" room, avoid the Titanic-effect = meaning all the heavy pieces are on one side of the room. Distribute the weight so your space won't look like a sinking ship!!



(photos from HGTV).

Sharon Goetz 703-679-1712
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty
www.kw.com

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Staging Tips for Home Sellers

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The next couple of posts will be dedicated to Staging Tips!

I have gotten some calls from forward-thinking clients who are preparing to sell their homes this Fall. So, I am sharing some of the tips I have given to them.

Stand in the doorway in each room of your home and look through the eyes of a buyer. What do you really see - here it may help to take a photo so you can experience what the a potential buyer sees.
Before:


Pack everything you can live without while your home is on the market. This includes any family photos, collections of any kind, guns, swords, hunting trophies, all religious and political items. The buyer needs to “picture” himself living there, with his things.

After:


Your closets and cupboards should be pared down to half of their current contents. I suggest that all the hangers in the closet be the same. This is your chance to return those horrid metal hangers to you dry cleaner!

Stay tuned for MORE Staging Tips and Tricks!

Have a great week.

Sharon Goetz 703-679-1712
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Preparing YOUR Home for Sale

Friday, July 23, 2010

I hosted a FREE seminar about Preparing Your Home for Sale in Reston, VA. There are always “First-time Buyer Seminars” being offered but there are very few for Sellers! I wanted to educate Sellers on today’s buyer and emphasize that price and how the home shows are really the only 2 factors they can control!

The seminar featured several topics such as the “New Neutrals” in paint colors, Curb Appeal, Today’s Buyer and Updates that Provide ROI! Some tips and tricks of the pros were offered. Handouts were provided to the attendees as well as coupons and information from local businesses.

I am passionate about and can vouch for the importance of Staging® – especially in the challenging market! My designations as an Accredited Staging Professional™ (ASP™) and Certified Interior Decorator (CID) prove expertise in preparing a home for sale! Homes that are Staged®, or prepared for sale, by an Accredited Staging Professional™ look better than other homes on the market by being clean, clutter-free, and ready to show to prospective buyers. Homes for sale MUST stand out and be MEMORABLE to buyers.

For more information, please contact me at 703-679-1712.

Here are a few before and after photos I've taken. Staging DOES make a difference!

















Sharon Goetz
Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator
Keller Williams Realty
www.kw.com

SELLING HOMES!...by design®
• Staging® services designed for YOUR home
• A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
• A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

Reston, VA 20191

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Reston, VA 20191
Market Statistics for June


Here is a recap of the detached homes,
townhomes and condos that SOLD in the month of June:



Detached Homes: 16 sold
Average Sales Price was $536,423.
Average Days on Market – 64
The majority of these homes have 4 bedrooms,
3.5 baths, 1 fireplace and a 2 car garage.



Townhomes: 28 sold
Average Sales Price was $378,000.
Average Days on Market – 41
Most of those homes have 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a fireplace.



Condos: 18 sold
Average Sales Price was $179,000.
Average Days on Market – 45
The majority of these have 2 bedrooms and 2 baths.

Residents in 20191 are near great schools, shopping centers, the Reston Community Center,

Vernon J. Walker Nature Center, 2 of Reston lakes, the Toll Road, the proposed Silver Line Metro Station, Fairfax County Parkway and Reston Town Center!

As a 20191 resident since 1990 - I am here to help you or someone you know prepare for a moving experience!

Sharon Goetz: 703-679-1712

Realtor®, Accredited Staging Professional, Certified Interior Decorator

Keller Williams Realty
SELLING HOMES!...by design®



* Staging® services designed for YOUR home
* A choice of 3 commission plans designed to fit YOUR needs
* A satisfaction guarantee designed with YOU in mind

www.SellingHomesByDesign.com

BEACH HOUSE!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ahhh...a Beach House!

Wouldn't you LOVE to be spending these sunny Summer days at YOUR beach house?

My go-to vacation spot is usually the Outer Banks in NC. These days, its stunning natural beauty is dotted with some beach mansions - particularly on the north end.

Still - it's a place where you can do everything - or simply nothing at all!
I thought about purchasing a tidy little bungalow more than once...one that comes with a quirky house name like: "Fan-ta-sea", "Duck n' Work", or maybe "Conch Out"! -- These are actual names of current rental homes, OK?

The historically LOW interest rates make NOW a great time to think about purchasing a vacation home. Just out of curiosity, I looked up some "Just Solds" in OBX.



This one went for a whole lot of wampum: $1,750,000. Description said it is a "Rental Machine"!!

Then, there was this little cottage:


This one went for $845,000.

And:


SOLD for $580,000.

Hmmmmm - I'm thinking it's much more cost effective to have FRIENDS with a beach house! I'll even pick up the grillin' supplies at the Harris Teeter in Corolla!