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As a realtor, my greatest satisfaction is meeting the goals of my clients, either when selling their homes or finding a new one.  I’ve learned through hundreds of successful purchase and sale transactions that each client has unique goals, and this explains why it’s so important to me to spend sufficient time “up front” with each client in order to ensure I understand their objectives.  

This up front time also gives me the opportunity to familiarize clients with current market conditions, financing options,  marketing programs, as well as suggestions to prepare their home for sale in order to ensure the maximum price is obtained.

I’ve always found that it makes good sense that clients have a full and thorough understanding of the price range where their home should sell.  This pricing is developed after exhaustive research to identify comparable recent sales within the local market.  It’s only after this process, including my recommendation,  that the client can best set an asking price for their property.    

While setting a sales price is the most important step in the sales process, I’ve found it also essential to stay closely involved in every step of the process including marketing, home inspection, financing and closing activities.  Such oversight ensures the sale is completed on a  timely basis from signing of the contract to closing.

I’m really excited about joining the team from Pearson Smith Realty , one of the fastest growing and most successful realty firms in Northern Virginia.   You can be confident that we will stand with you and protect your interest resulting in a successful outcome.   

I look forward to meeting and speaking with you regarding your real estate needs here in Northern Virginia.   


Art Wenk

P.S.  First Time Home Buyers...Ask me about how I can get you assistance with closing cost credits.


Art was fantastic to work with. Went above and beyond the call of duty in the selling of our home. Would work with him again in a heartbeat. He knows the area market extremely well. Kevin B.
Art got our house onto the internet right away. He answered all our questions and concerns quickly. Was very committed to selling our house and had several Open Houses to help with this processes. He's a real gentleman. Linda H.
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My Blog

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

The Cost of Waiting: Interest Rates Edition [INFOGRAPHIC] | Simplifying The Market

Some Highlights:

  • Interest rates are projected to increase steadily heading into 2019.
  • The higher your interest rate, the more money you end up paying for your home and the higher your monthly payment will be.
  • Rates are still low right now. Don’t wait until rates hit 5% to start searching for your dream home!
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Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years | Simplifying The Market

If you are considering selling your current home, to either move up to a larger home or into a home in an area that better suits your current family needs, great news was just revealed.

Last week, Trulia posted a blog, Not Your Father’s Housing Market, which examined home affordability over the last 40+ years (1975-2016). Their research revealed that:

“Nationally, homes are just about the most affordable they’ve been in the last 40 years… the median household could afford a home 1.5 times more expensive than the median home price. In 1980, the median household could only afford about 3/4 of the median home price.

Despite relatively stagnant incomes, affordability has grown due to the sharp drop in mortgage rates over the last 30 years – from a high of over 16% in the 1980s to under 4% by 2016.

Of the nation’s 100 largest metros, only Miami became unaffordable between 1990 and 2016. Meanwhile, 22 metros have flipped from being unaffordable to becoming affordable in that same time frame.”

Here is a graph showing the Affordability Index compared to the 40-year average:

Moving up Is MORE Affordable Now Than Almost Any Other Time in 40 Years | Simplifying The Market

The graph shows that housing affordability is better now than at any other time in the last forty years, except during the housing crash last decade.

(Remember that during the crash you could purchase distressed properties – foreclosures and short sales – at 20-50% discounts.)

There is no doubt that with home prices and mortgage rates on the rise, the affordability index will continue to fall. That is why if you are thinking of moving up, you probably shouldn’t wait.

Bottom Line

If you have held off on moving up to your family’s dream home because you were hoping to time the market, that time has come.

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Art Wenk
Pearson Smith Realty

43777 Central Station Drive, Suite 390,
Ashburn, VA 20147
8315 Lee Highway, Suite 430
Merrifield VA 22116 
Phone: 703-424-3191
Email: artwenk@msn.com


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Direct: (703) 424-3191
Office: (571) 386-1075

Email: artwenk@msn.com
VA BRE License Number: 0225193875

Pearson Smith Realty
8315 Lee Hwy Ste 430, Merrifield VA 22116 

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