how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: New Website To Keep Up With Technology - 08/18/15 04:48 AM
You expect a world class experience when you visit a business website.
Every 3-4 years I have to update my website to incorporate new technology into the viewer experience.
This time I hired Dakno to build a new website for my business.  The website offers two search experiences.  First, you may search anywhere in Northern Virginia from the top search bar.  Second, you may search Woodbridge houses in specific price ranges, such as $400,000 - $450,000, starting at $200,000 and going to $1,000,000+.
The website is 100% mobile compatible, so it will work on your smart phone or tablet.
On the website you can also … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Housing Prices Are Up 6.5% In Northern Virginia In 2015 - 08/05/15 02:12 AM
Real estate in Northern Virginia has recovered and surpassed the value reached in the peak of the boom market in 2007.
Housing prices in 2015 are up 6.5% as of June and are still climbing, and there is more pent up demand just waiting on the sidelines, ready to get into the game.
Below is a brief video that will give you insight into the psychology of potential buyers and sellers
Did you see yourself in that video?  Are you one of the folks who has been thinking about moving up to a larger home?  Do you think your home value is still in … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: 9 Best Home Improvements That Add ValueTo Your Home - 07/29/15 07:04 AM
You have some spare change to invest in your home and you want to know where to spend your money for the best return on investment.  Especially if you have an older home.
1. The place to start is with the existing systems in your house.  Hire a home inspector to survey your house to check the electrical, plumbing, heat, air conditioning systems to find out if your systems are up to par.  Believe it or not, a 50+ year-old house with updated wiring will fetch more money than a similar house with original wiring.
Buyers want assurance that the home they are … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: 5 Ways HGTV Is Creating Unrealistic Home Buyers - 07/22/15 01:16 AM
I enjoy watching HGTV, but some shows are leading home buyers down an unrealastic path.
Here are 5 ways some home buyers are being lead astray by "reality" TV.
 
1. Open concept homes with stainless steel and granite are "normal", not the exception.
On some shows, every house is an open concept house with new appliances and stone counter tops.  That is the exception, not the norm.  The normal house has builder grade Formica counter tops, almond colored appliances, and oak cabinets.  Maybe one out of fifteen houses has an updated kitchen and updated baths in established neighborhoods.  Buyers, you need to reset your … (1 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: What If The Housing Market Crashes Again? - 07/13/15 01:03 AM
What if the housing market crashes again?
Specifically, what will happen to the mortgage market if the money market implodes because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are sitting on too much "funny money"?
Sounds to me like Congresswoman Waters ran off and put her head back in the sand.
I don't see signs of a crash.  In fact, the market has recovered on strong fundamentals, common sense loans, and healthy property values.
Perhaps you have been thinking about selling your house and moving up to a larger home.  Or you want to sell your house and move down to something smaller now that the kids … (1 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: What Are The "In" Colors For Summer 2015 - 07/08/15 05:07 AM
Pastels and nature tones are the "in" colors for 2015.
Click Here Now to see professional samples of this season's colors.
If you are painting your house to prepare it for sale, be sure you call me first.  My job is to help you prepare your house for the buyer's eyes.  You don't want to make a mistake.
Call me at 703-677-1120 for a pre-listing color consultation.
I will also give you tips on staging your house.
Call now, 703-677-1120.
Erick Blackwelder
Exit Realty Associates
8998C Lorton Station Blvd
Lorton, VA  22079
Equal Housing Opportunity
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how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Woodbridge House Values - 07/08/15 01:48 AM
What are Woodbridge house values?
That depends on where in Woodbridge you are talking about.  Woodbridge spans a wide area.  Values are different on the east side of I-95 from homes on the west side of I-95.
Newer homes tend to have more glitzy features, like high ceilings, granite counter tops in the kitchens, stainless steel appliances, wood or tile floors.  New homes usually have large, luxurious master suites, with luxury master baths and huge walk-in closets.  Newer single family homes east of I-95 sell in the $450,000 - $850,000 range.
Older homes, built in the 1980's, typically have 8' ceilings, fewer windows, smaller … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: $5Billion+ Homes Sold Past 30 Days - 06/23/15 02:57 AM
Our Multiple Listing Service, Matrix, covers a small portion of the nation.  Just for fun, I looked up the sales volume over the past 30 days.  
Within Matrix, 12,978 houses have sold over the past 30 days, adding up to a total sales volume of $5,104,779,619.  That works out to an average sold price of $393,341 per house. 
That's a lot of houses, and a lot of monetary velocity through the economy.  Velocity is a measure of the flow of cash economists track through the economy.
So curiosity lead me to wonder how many homes have sold within the Matrix network over the … (1 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: New Rules For FHA Appraisals May Scare Appraisers Away - 06/03/15 01:05 AM

Appraisers work hard for the money they earn.  A typical appraisal comprises many pages, with lengthy narratives about the subjective property, and three other similar properties that were used to support the value of the subject property.
New FHA rules for appraisals will dump a ton more work squarely on the backs of overworked appraisers.  I suspect the cost of an FHA appraisal will rise in response to the increased workload heaped on appraisers.
Don't get me wrong.  FHA home financing is one of the best home loans in the market today.  FHA gives you a low 3.5% down payment, resonable qualifying ratios … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Give Your House Inexpensive Curb Appeal - 04/28/15 01:50 AM
You want your house to stand out from the competition as the best house on the market.  You've cleaned and scrubbed your house inside until it shines.  What can you do to make your house stand above the competition?  Follow the simple, inexpensive steps below to give your house and exterior makeover that will attract buyers.
1. Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details.
Overgrown shrubs hide the beauty of your house.  They can also block sunlight from coming through the windows, sunlight that makes your house look bright and open.
 2. Mow your lawn often, especially in the spring time.  … (1 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Why Zillow Z-Estimates Of House Values Are So Wrong - 04/24/15 03:36 AM
One of the questions that real estate agents often get from consumers is “how accurate are the Zillow home value estimates”. There are more tools available than ever for the average person interested in buying or selling a home. The internet provides numerous resources for everything related to real estate – locating properties, viewing, listing, advice on buying and selling and even pricing calculators. Zillow is one of the more popular real estate websites that offer many of these tools. Unfortunately, while these tools can certainly prove handy, there are times when using them can give you unreliable information.
The Problem With Zillow Home Value … (6 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: First Impressions Are Everything When You Sell Your House - 03/20/15 01:47 AM
You want to sell your house in Woodbridge, Virginia.
Like it or not, first impressions are everything. 
Curb Appeal
Does your house have curb appeal?  Are your foundation plants trimmed below the window sashes?  Do you have colorful flowers in front of your foundation plants?  If not, get your shrubs trimmed, and flowers planted.
Paint the front door and polish/replace the door hardware.
Kill The Clutter
Is your house cluttered?  Kill the clutter.  Pack the clutter in boxes and stor them in a POD or a storage center.  Clutter makes rooms look small, and they distract home shoppers.  You want your … (2 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: How Are Sales Of Homes Going In Northern Virginia? - 02/09/15 12:09 AM
Folks who are in the market for a home have noticed that the really NICE homes for sale in Northern Virginia are selling fast.
Home sellers who hire agents with EFFECTIVE marketing plans are pleased to see their houses sell for fast, for top dollar, and with the fewest hassles.
The matrix below shows you the pace of the market.
 
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how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Healthy Real Estate Market In Northern Virginia - 01/04/15 11:10 PM
The numbers are in, and they show a brisk real estate market in December, 2014.  

You want to sell your house.  You want the most amount of money, in the least time, and with the fewest hassles.
Erick Blackwelder can sell your house for the most money, in the shortest time, and with the fewest hassles.  
You get Erick's proven marketing system that sells homes fast, and for top dollar.
Text or call Erick now at 703-677-1120.
Or you may contact Erick by email through his website.
Get started today and join the early spring market.
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how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Top 10 Myths About Realtors - 12/25/14 11:34 PM
Just because you read something on the internet does not mean it is true.  The same can be said about something you may hear a co-worker or family member conversing about.
Real estate myths are all too common, however, they can be “debunked” with a proper explanation.  I know you’re asking yourself, what myths could possibly exist in real estate?
Here are the 10 real estate myths, in no specific order, that are commonly heard and misconstrued by the general population.
All Real Estate Agents Are The Same
One of the most common real estate myths is that all real estate agents are the same. … (2 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Top 10 Myths About Realtors - 12/25/14 11:34 PM
Just because you read something on the internet does not mean it is true.  The same can be said about something you may hear a co-worker or family member conversing about.
Real estate myths are all too common, however, they can be “debunked” with a proper explanation.  I know you’re asking yourself, what myths could possibly exist in real estate?
Here are the 10 real estate myths, in no specific order, that are commonly heard and misconstrued by the general population.
All Real Estate Agents Are The Same
One of the most common real estate myths is that all real estate agents are the same. … (2 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Whatever You Do, NEVER Pay Off Your Mortgage - 12/18/14 12:12 AM
You would think one of the wealthiest men on the planet would mortgage-free.  He isn't.  As the value of his househe bought in 1957 has risen, Warren has taken a cash-out refinance of his mortgage.
Why would a multi-billionaire carry a big, fat mortgage on his house?
Buffett says, "A mortgage is the cheapest source of money to invest for higher returns".
Buffett has a 3.5% mortgage, that is costing him roughly 2% after income taxes.  Meanwhile, he invests the cash from his house in his fund that has an annualized return on 19.7% over the past 20 years.
What does … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Industry Experts Report Strong Winter Market For Sellers - 12/15/14 11:39 PM
The housing market doesn’t hibernate in the winter. Sellers who list and buyers who buy often find the winter season the most advantageous time to make a move in real estate, according to a new study by industry experts. The winter season officially takes place between Dec. 21 and March 20, and real estate professionals should be ready for a season that often brings in more focused and active sellers and buyers.
In an update to a two-year analysis it completed last year, researchers studied nationwide home listings, sales prices, and time-on-market data from 2010 through October 2014.
The study found … (1 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: What's Happening In Woodbridge And Why You Should Care - 11/05/14 11:33 PM
You want to buy or sell a house in Woodbridge Virginia, or elswhere in Prince William County.
You have been watching recent sales in your area.  You know what houses have been listed for, and you even know the sales prices of some of those houses.
Here is a matrix showing recent sales by price and category of houses.
Obviously this paints the market with a broad brush because it only looks at two price ranges, below and above $500,000 for single family houses, and below and above $300,000 for townhouses/condos.  You get the broad overview of the market.

The … (0 comments)

how to sell a house in woodbridge virginia: Do You Want A Part Time Surgeon Or A Full Time Surgeon? - 10/27/14 05:58 AM
Your house is super-fantastic!  Your house is the nicest house on the block.  No, no, no... your house is the BEST house within 10 square miles.  Terrific updates, expensive upgrades, and you’re going to rake in a fortune now that you are ready to sell your house.
You’re all giddy because it’s a sellers market.  Those two words, sellers market, make home owners giddy because they have hallucinations of dollars raining down from the clouds.  Sellers market is not a license to be a real estate snob.  Your house is worth what the last three buyers have paid for houses similar … (0 comments)

 
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