Dominion Valley Country Club
Thank you for your glowing testimonial, Christine and Dan! I really enjoyed working with you and hope you two love your new home!
My husband and I recently bought a house and Cathy Strittmater was our realtor. Cathy was outstanding. We started the search for our house in the beginning of September and finally found our house in November. Throughout this time, Cathy was very patient, flexible and knowledgeable. Cathy agreed to meet us at times that were convenient for us: on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Throughout our search, Cathy was very thorough, and really cared about finding us the perfect house. She pointed out major flaws on some houses that we might not have found. She also provided directions for us to each place that we looked at.
Cathy applied the most up to date techniques for signing documents electronically which made the overall process very convenient. In addition, Cathy provided the names of a mortgage company and home inspector. The mortgage company helped us to reduce our PMI and the home inspector was one of the most thorough I’ve ever seen.
Cathy went above and beyond a realtor’s repsonsibility. The house we decided on only had two burners for the stove. She personally ordered an additional two burners at no additional cost to us. We were going to hire a maid service before we moved in to the house, but Cathy took care of the cleaning at not cost to us as well. Cathy made our experience of buying a new home very pleasurable. She kept us constantly informed through emails and phone calls and was available anytime and answered messages instantly. We would highly recommend Cathy’s services and will be utilizing her services for any future real estate endeavors.
Christine and Dan
Watch our DVCC video and learn who we are and why we consistently out perform our DVCC competition.
Listen to Cathy speak about Domminion Valley Country Club on the Joe Arroyo Show.
Cathy’s Home Team 2nd Quarter 2013 Newsletter for Dominion Valley includes recent sales statistics for the neighborhood and other articles. Home sale prices continue to rise! Click on the newsletter to view most recent neighborhood sales stats!
Thank you for the thoughtful words! I’m happy to hear the process was less stressful as I know selling home can be. Best of luck in the future.
Cathy recently helped me sell my home. She took this typically stressful and tedious process and managed to make it completely smooth and comfortable. Her knowledge and expertise coupled with her incredible work ethic and responsiveness is truly unmatched. I never felt that I was in the dark or confused during the process and she contacted the realtor of every single person that viewed the home to get feedback. She answered every question that I had in rapid fashion and worked as if she was selling her own home. I will never use another realtor to sell or purchase a home. I would also not hesitate to recommend Cathy to my closest friends and family members. I was truly fortunate to have chose her to represent me.
It was an absolute pleasure getting to work with Steve. I look forward to the chance to getting to work with you again!
Cathy knows the real estate market and processes, especially Dominion Valley. From beginning to end (money in the bank) she remained professional, very responsive but never intrusive, provided recommendations but allowed us to make the decisions. Her contacts are invaluable to getting the deal done. She is the best I’ve worked with ad highly recommend her both as a buyer or selling agent.
-Steven R. Moore
Selling a home is an extremely emotional process. It’s hard to part ways with the place you’ve called home and created so many memories during your time there. As a realtor, I’ve helped numerous clients move from one home to the next and over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips that can help give you the edge you need to loosen your ties with your old home so you can start making new memories in your new one.
- Start packing early. One of the best ways for sellers to start loosening their emotional attachment to their home is to start packing early. Seeing all of the pictures and mementos around your house will stir up emotions and memories. It’s important that you pack away these things early so that you can stop seeing your house as a home and start seeing it as merchandise you’re using to aid you in whatever reason you have for moving. Your home is about what you make it, not the building. When you sell, a stager will suggest packing up personal mementos to help de-personalize your home. So you might as well begin the process early.
- Look towards the future. Many sellers look at what they’re losing instead of what they’re gaining. My advice is to focus on the positives that your new home will have. You’re starting a new journey. A positive attitude can help make your adjustment in your new home easier. Don’t dwell on the past. Look for community events in your new neighborhood and plan on having fun activities in your new home from the beginning, that way you will quickly create a positive relationship with your new home.
- Build off of what you’ve already had. Just because you’re moving to a new home doesn’t mean you need to cut all ties with your old one. Use your old memories to build on what you’ve already created for yourself. Take the good and the bad, and then add on top of them. Make a better home for yourself and your family by taking the experiences and memories you had in your old home so that you can make your new home even better.
- People are key to memories. Your friends, family, and the other people in your life are what make up the core of your memories, not the place where those memories were created. One of your fondest memories might be that time your best friend came over and stayed in that blue guest room of yours. But it’s not that blue paint you remember the most, it’s the experiences you had with them during their stay that became the heart of your memories.
Letting go is hard, but in the end you’ve made the choice to leave your old home for a new one. Making the conscious decision to detach from your old home and look towards the future is the best way to deal with the transition.
The real estate industry keeps me busy. There are so many aspects of a Realtor’s job to keep track of; smartphones and tablets have become integral in the way I conduct my real estate business. I’ve compiled a list of the top five apps that have made my real estate life, and my team members’ lives, much easier.
I can download Dropbox to any mobile device, tablet, and computer. I can store all of my documents, photos, videos, plus any other files I get during my business endeavors. With Dropbox, my files sync with my Dropbox folder on any device where I’ve downloaded the app. I can get 2GB for free or can pay to upgrade the account for more storage. The folder functions just like a hard drive, and I can and add more users, so my team can access any files from any location–it’s a lifesaver!
Quickoffice is one productivity app I couldn’t conduct business without. This mobile app allows me to manage my business without any manila folders, filing cabinets, or paper cuts. I can create and edit text files, presentations, and spreadsheets. I actually use Quickoffice to go through my Dropbox files. My files are all organized into folders like Sellers, Buyers, Tenants, Rental Listings. Within those folders are even more folders, so I can break down all of the contracts, addenda, HUD1’s, and all other files I keep.
zipForms is an extension of my zipForm Professional account where I fill out realtor forms and contracts. Though this app sounds similar to SignMyPad, it has different features that makes it a must have. With zipForms, I have the option to take my important transaction information with me at all times in PDF format. I can access my realty documents like leases, listings, properties, contracts, etc. that I have uploaded to my zipForm account. The best part is that there is an edit feature so I can make changes to documents from my iPad, saving me the trip back to my office. I can bring up a previous transaction document and adjust it to fit the current property and client I am working with.
The DocuSign app is a legal electronic signature based app and one I use for getting a contract signed quickly. This app gets rid of paper contracts entirely. I am able to bring up the contract as a PDF for my client, ask them to sign on my iPad, and send it out via email to anyone involved. DocuSign saves me time and money not only because the contract can get signed whenever I’m meeting with a client, but also because it cuts out all the paper and toner that comes with using paper contracts.
SignMyPad also eliminates the paper that comes with contracts. Instead, I take my IPad anywhere I go and can make changes to a contract manually, such as when counter offers are made to a contract, and then instantly store the document as a PDF file on my device. I avoid all of the hassles of keeping track of documents, while going green in the process. The app also allows me to cross out sections of a document I don’t need with a certain client, plus it is quick and easy to use. It speeds up the sales process dramatically because I don’t have to go back to the office and print something out for a client and wait for them to sign the contract. For only $3.99, it is definitely one worth getting to simplify your business.
All in all, these apps have made being a Realtor a lot simpler. I can’t imagine going to an open house, showing, or anywhere without these tools at my side.
Keller Williams (KW) is holding their KW National Family Reunion Convention in Dallas today. Gary Keller, who started KW in 1983, is giving his State of National Real Estate Address right now and providing some mind blowing statistics about interest rates, home payments, and much more. Here are a few key statistics Gary Keller touched upon in his speech:
Keller Williams is now the largest real estate company in the country in terms of agent count.
Interest rates are at historical lows. Even all the way back to 1972 interest rates were 7.4%. interest rates at the end of 2012 were an amazing 3.7%
In 2012 average house payments were lower than they were in 1989.
Home prices are up 6.3% nationally to average price of $176,600 nationally.
40% of market is first time home buyers.
If these trends continue, this 2013 may be an even better year for real estate.
Cathy’s Home Team Western Prince William County Real Estate Newsletter for Dominion Valley, Piedmont, Oak Valley, and Westmarket includes recent sales statistics for the neighborhoods and other articles. Home sale prices continue to rise! Click on the newsletter to view these neighborhoods most recent sales stats!
Cathy’s Home Team 2012- Year in Review Newsletter for Dominion Valley includes recent sales statistics for the neighborhood and other articles. Home sale prices continue to rise! Click on the newsletter to view most recent neighborhood sales stats!
Cathy’s Home Team 2nd Quarter 2012 Newsletter for Dominion Valley includes recent sales statistics for the neighborhood and other articles. Home sale prices continue to rise! Click on the newsletter to view most recent neighborhood sales stats!
Cathy’s Home Team 3rd Quarter 2012 Newsletter for Dominion Valley includes recent sales statistics for the neighborhood and other articles. Home sale prices continue to rise! Click on the newsletter to view most recent neighborhood sales stats!
Here’s a great testimonial from Vanessa Aycock! Was a pleasure working with you!
I am writing a testimonial regarding Cathy at Cathy’s Home Team for Keller Williams Realty. We met with Cathy in January 2012 with anticipation of putting our DVCC property on the market in April. She was amazing !! Cathy is a bright and smart woman like a breath of fresh air since we were stressing about the housing market and had no idea where to begin.
Cathy is very organized and pays attention to every detail with a memory and mind of a steel trap. She recognized right away what needed to be done in our house to get it ready for the market. She provided a stager, Sally Spalding, who basically created our house into a showcase model and a photographer who took amazing pictures of our home.
The open house was a success with a lot of traffic of “would be” home buyers. She provided advertisement booklets of our home and the kept us informed of all information we needed to market and sell our house.
It sold within 30 days and everything thing went smoothly — of course there were a few hiccups along the way but Cathy was very attentive and helpful in all aspects of the sale of our property. She was only a text, email, and phone call away.
I can’t say enough about Cathy’s work ethic and attentiveness — I would recommend her to anyone who is in a pursuit to sale or buy a home.
Vanessa Stewart Aycock
15292 Golf View Drive
Here’s a great testimonial Cathy’s Home Team received for the work they did to help Stu Hopper and his family sell their home.
Thank you so much for your concern and professional help with the listing and sale of 5690 Solheim Cup Dr
It took less than 60 days from when we first met to close on this Estate Sale. Quite Remarkable!
Your knowledge of the Dominion Valley residential real estate marketplace is unsurpassed. You helped me price it correctly and in turn created much interest very quickly. I really appreciated how you made the process so simple. With me living two hours away from the property that was a concern and you stepped up to help with the small details. You made it happen!
I could not have had a better residential sales experience!
Dear Future Home Buyer or Seller,
We had the pleasure of working with Cathy Strittmater during our search and ultimate building of our brand new home within Dominion Valley Country Club community. She was helpful, friendly, and very professional from our very first phone conversation. She guided us on viewing current home listings and once we made the choice for our family to build she was ready to help. Cathy gave us input into which lot we chose, as well as informing us of upcoming development within the community. She aided in the design process as well as the interior structures of our new house. We valued her advice in regards to what type of interior upgrades would benefit us in the selling of our house down the road. In our experience of selling a house and building another, we encounter several realtors along the way, and by far Cathy was the most professional, reliable, and overall helpful of them all to work with.
Dan and Rebecca Whiting
You are fabulous person and an outstanding real estate agent. We are extremely fortunate to have found you. You represented us very well, without equal, in fact.
Margie and Dave Graves
Cathy’s Home Team is delighted to sponsor Concert4Food on September 10, 2011.
Held at Northern Virginia Community College Mary Lousie Jackson Ampitheater in Manassas from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is a free concert hosting SIX live bands, book signings, Redskin signed gear and plenty of games and activities for kids of all ages!
ALL YOU NEED DO IS BRING IN NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS FOR ADMISSION!
The goal is to collect 2000 lbs. of food to help feed children who are only receiving one meal per day who live in Prince William County.
Go to www.concert4food.info for complete information.
Our experience with Cathy was nothing short of superb. We sold our home through her while we were remote landlords in California. Her professionalism, timely communication and proactive approach, allowed us to get an offer in two weeks and to close ahead of schedule. She went above and beyond the normal realtor involvement to assist us in preparing the home for sale, navigating the home owner’s association requirements and to meet government program stipulations associated with the sale. In over 30 years of buying and selling homes, she is the best realtor we have encountered – by far. For any future realty needs in the geographic area that she covers, we will unhesitatingly contact her first, for both buying and selling.
Jody & Jennifer
5763 Amelia Springs Circle
To Whom It May Concern, 06/22/2011
If you are selling a house in Dominion Valley, you can’t afford not to contact Cathy Strittmater! There are a lot of worries to selling a house and Cathy will take them all away.
When we first put our home on the market, we chose one of the biggest realty companies in the state of Virginia. Once we had everything set up, our house sat on the market for weeks without a viewer.
We went back and discussed what was wrong and the realtor suggested we drop the price of the house. They recommended 20,000 dollars. Once we did that, we had one viewer whose realtor said we were priced out of the market. After 10 days, we still didn’t have many showings and our realtor recommended we drop the price again.
When we met a third time, our original realtor advised us to take the house down to where we would feel a real dent in our wallet. We opted out of our contract and contacted Cathy.
When we met with Cathy, she saw two people at their wits end! She told us her methods of selling a house and gained our confidence quickly.
She hired a professional stager and photographer to come in and set our home up to sell. The difference on the web page was astonishing!
Once the house was officially on the market, it sold in two days! It took her two days to sell a house another realtor couldn’t sell in a month with two price reductions!
I give Cathy my full endorsement! If you are moving, take one worry off your plate and let Cathy sell your house. Her experience and reputation are two good things to have in your corner.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
MARK W. BROWN
The Dominion Valley Owners’ Association, DVCC and Toll Brothers, Inc. cordially invite you to attend:
Movie Night on the Driving Range,
Saturday, June 25, 2011 (no rain date).
We will have a ”Monkey Bouncer”, “Spider Climb”, “Cosmic Quest”, and “Safari Obstacle” available beginning at 7:00 p.m. with our feature film, the new Karate Kid, beginning at dusk.
This event is complimentary for all Dominion Valley residents to enjoy.
Popcorn will be available free of charge. Child and adult appropriate beverages will be available for purchase with your Club membership ID.
**Please note that personal coolers containing food and beverages will not be permitted at any time
during the event**
Free admission/festival style seating utilizing your own blankets and chairs. Reservations are not required for this event.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Your Dominion Valley Owners’ Association Management Team
We recommend Cathy Strittmatter of Cathy’s Home Team @ Keller Williams Realty as an agent when selling or buying a home. We believe Cathy services her clients well with excellent communication skills. She has tremendous success because she truly understands the value of marketing to sell homes.
Cathy was able to receive an approval for our short sale in less than one week. She also negotiated for us to receive funds from our lender to assist in our moving expenses. This assistance was NOT part of the government HAFA program, but one negotiated directly with our mortgage lender.
Cathy truly cares about her clients and the job she is providing for them. We want to thank you Cathy for your dedication in the sale of our home.
Chris and Leigh Loeber
Good News For Sellers — Housing Starts Plummet In February – See Cathy’s Commentary at end of article
Single-family housing starts plunged unexpectedly last month. Nationwide, starts fell 12 percent from the month prior; and 29 percent from February of last year.
February’s figures represents the worst 1-month drop in housing starts since May 2010 — the month that followed the expiration of last year’s federal home buyer tax credit — and puts single-family housing starts at a 24-month low.
In addition, single-family Building Permits plunged last month, too, shedding 9 percent from January. A building permit is a local government’s certification and approval to begin home construction.
Housing permits are an excellent forward-indicator for the housing market. This is because 93 percent of homes start construction within 60 days of permit-issuance. Fewer permits, therefore, directly reduces the number of new homes coming to market in the coming months.
For home buyers looking at new construction or existing homes, this news should create a sense of urgency.
Home prices are based on supply and demand and overall home supply looks headed for a fall. Plus, with mortgage rates retreating and homebuilders projecting higher sales this summer, buyers may face rising home prices before long.
Sellers look poised to regain negotiation leverage.
For now, though, home affordability remains high with properties inexpensive and mortgage rates still low, historically. If you plan to buy a home in 2011, the February 2011 Housing Starts data may be reason to move up your time frame.
With home supplies dropping, prices are likely to rise.
Cathy’s commentary on this article: While low inventory is very good for sellers in helping to push home prices up, we also need to understand that slow new construction starts will also make builders willing to “wheel and deal” more for business. Builders will do one of two things . . . reduce prices or include upgraded options and amenities in their home at no extra charge. They are also willing to assist in paying closing costs and even sometimes help with “long term” extended locks for mortgage loans. They are offering “incentive” packages to buyers.
We still will always deal with the appraisal issue when trying to push prices upward in any given market. Typically, appraisers will not appraise an existing home at the same value of a newly constructed single family home. They will reduce value against new construction based upon how old the existing home is. So while overall low inventory and low new home starts help reduce inventory in our market, that doesn’t necessarily mean that home prices will sky rocket as they did in years past such as 2003-2005.
Cathy’s home team will continue to push prices in Dominion Valley to the extent we can get the homes to appraise for higher sales value than most recent sale. But there are checks and balances in place that will make pushing prices upward by huge leaps difficult to do.
In the neighborhood we are seeing a differentiation in pricing between distressed sales and regular home sales. Buyers are willing to pay more for a home that is a normal resale if the home is in OUTSTANDING condition and shows very well and has many amenities such as finished basement, deck/patio, upgraded landscaping, and aesthetically appealing upgrades in the home (hardwood/tile floors, stainless steel appliances, upgraded lighting and plumbing fixtures, upgraded cabinetry and granite, etc.). But typically they will NOT pay more than it would cost to build that same home new with the features they specifically choose themselves.
Have you noticed many of our For Sale signs in Dominion Valley recently?
Cathy’s Home Team posted record sales in 2010 with 24 home sales (both listing and buyer sales).
Cathy’s Home Team posted record rentals in 2010 with 17 rentals transactions.
We performed 3.4 times more home sales than any other realtor in Dominion Valley in 2010.
We performed 5.5 times more rental transactions than any other realtor in Dominion Valley in 2010.
THANK YOU DVCC FOR YOUR CONTINUED TRUST AND SUPPORT!
My wife and I relocated to NOVA in 2005, at the peak of the real estate market. Almost immediately after we purchased our home, the value began to decrease. Since this was a sizeable investment, we were very concerned. After approximately 18 months, I was transferred out of the country. Since the economic climate was not conducive to sell the home, we opted to rent it out. Since we had already established a relationship with Cathy, we asked her to manage our property. She took on the job without hesitation. She proceeded to manage it for almost three years. Due to Cathy’s extensive network of contacts in the area and her robust and innovative marketing strategies, she was able to keep it rented for the entire time.
In 2010, we decided that keeping the home was no longer tenable for our family. By then we had been transferred yet again, this time to California. When we finally decided to short sell the home, we went to Cathy for guidance. Cathy was not only a wealth of information; she also provided endless support to me and my wife. Cathy thoroughly explained the short sale process and offered to help navigate us through it. We began the arduous process of negotiating with the various firms and lenders. Cathy was superb throughout the entire process. She was able to again leverage her contacts and experience to expedite the short sale and find several viable buyers. The process seemed to take forever but Cathy did everything in her power to get us through it.
Cathy is the ONLY realtor you should work with in Northern Virginia. No one can compete with her commitment, abilities, and success rate. Not only would I highly recommend her services, I would openly question anyone that chose not to use her. She is that GOOD.
Erik & Brenda Moncayo
On Tuesday July 27, 2010 Dina El Boghdady’s article regarding the DC metropolitan area’s housing market was published in The Washington Post. The article discusses how the housing market in the greater metropolitan DC area has been insulated from the downturn in the overall real estate market nationally. Click on the link to view her article.
Attention Dominion Valley Members!
Meet Your Neighbors will take place next week Wednesday, July 14th and all Dominion Valley Members are invited to attend! Residents of Dominion Valley or those who are under contract to build a home or purchase an existing home can attend. This fun event features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, neighborhood information and a special welcome gift from your HOA Welcome Committee for all new Members (”new” = Becoming a Member within one year). Don’t miss out on meeting some new friends!
Wednesday, July 14th
6:30 PM ~ 8:00 PM
*Reservations are requested for this event.
To make your reservation, simply reply to this message or call Terrilyn Richards directly at 571-261-1887, ext. 103.