The Gaetjen Group

The Gaetjen Group With decades of experience in the construction business under his belt, Realtor Mark Gaetjen can provide more knowledge and experience than almost any other real estate agent.

Buying and selling real estate is a major transaction—perhaps the biggest financial decision of your life. So you need s...
04/21/2020
How to Choose the Right Realtor for You: Tips for Finding a Real Estate Agent You Can Trust

Buying and selling real estate is a major transaction—perhaps the biggest financial decision of your life. So you need someone you can trust and someone who will understand your needs, both immediate and long-term. But how do you find that agent? Here are a few helpful tips from the good folks at Motley Fool.

https://www.fool.com/millionacres/real-estate-market/homebuying/how-to-find-a-realtor/

Many buyers and sellers wonder how to find the right real estate agent. Here's your guide for finding an agent you can trust.

Coronavirus has reshaped the landscape of real estate. But it is still possible to sell your home. Here is some sound ad...
04/21/2020
5 Tips For Selling Your Home During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus has reshaped the landscape of real estate. But it is still possible to sell your home. Here is some sound advice from Forbes if you need to sell your home now. And Compass is still open for business, so call or email me if you need an agent who can sell from a distance.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/taramastroeni/2020/03/24/5-tips-for-selling-your-home-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/#755f3499582f

Here's what you need to know if your home is still on the market.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (known as the CARES Act) allows borrowers with federally backed m...
04/21/2020
COVID-19 Mortgage Forbearance: What To Know Before You Delay Payment

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (known as the CARES Act) allows borrowers with federally backed mortgages to put off paying their loans for up to 180 days with the option to extend that forbearance for another 180 days. But is this really a good idea for most homeowners? Interesting reading from Forbes.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/advisor/2020/04/16/covid-19-mortgage-forbearance-what-to-know-before-you-delay-payment/#4398e2fb3481

Responding to COVID-19 by putting off mortgage payments may not be so helpful. Know what the consequences are.

Industry statistics for March are out. Hidden in the robust numbers for the Northern Virginia market from NVAR are the f...
04/21/2020

Industry statistics for March are out. Hidden in the robust numbers for the Northern Virginia market from NVAR are the first tell-tale signs of the coronavirus’s impact on a season that was shaping up to be an aggressive seller’s market. For March, a total of 1,815 homes were sold in NOVA, a 14% increase above the sales during the same month last year. The average sold price was $649,118, an increase of about 9%. Homes sold quickly in March, averaging 19 days on the market. However, activity during the latter half of the month certainly did not keep pace with the prior two weeks. There was a steady fall-off in foot traffic beginning the week of March 16. And, pending sales at the end of March were down 16.59% compared with March 2019 pending sales, a likely indicator of the pandemic’s market effect. April numbers, released at the beginning of May, will give a clearer picture of the virus’s impact on the region’s real estate market.

https://www.nvar.com/public/news/market-statistics/market-statistics-march-2020

Approximately 15 percent of home buyers walk away from a contract after seeing the results of a home inspection. So, the...
04/21/2020

Approximately 15 percent of home buyers walk away from a contract after seeing the results of a home inspection. So, the best advice I can offer sellers is to be prepared. In my years first as a builder and now as a real estate agent, I can tell you that trying to hide problems never goes well. Instead, you need to assess the issues and make informed decisions on what to repair, replace or just disclose. To learn more, download my checklist for preparing for a home inspection. Or just give me a call. I’ll help you “seal the deal.”

http://markgaetjen.com/sales/waiving-home-inspections-just-dont/

The coronavirus has taken a significant toll on this spring’s real estate market. However, crises often fuel innovation....
04/21/2020
Now More than Ever, Nimble and Savvy Real Estate Companies Can Deliver

The coronavirus has taken a significant toll on this spring’s real estate market. However, crises often fuel innovation. I am proud to share how my company, Compass, has pivoted to new Virtual Agent Services. This program features virtual open houses, interactive video showings, virtual neighborhood walks, and live virtual buyer events. Check it out. If you like what you see, give me a call to talk about how I can help you in these unprecedented times.

http://markgaetjen.com/market-updates/here-is-how-we-are-working-in-these-unprecedented-times-in-real-estate-in-the-dmv/

  At Compass, the health and safety of our agents, clients, staff, and the communities where they live, work, and play is our #1 priority. Here's what we're up to here at Compass to ensure that we stay connected and continue to provide you with impeccable service.   View Video   Virtual Agent Ser...

As a real estate agent with rich experience as a general contractor, I think it’s too risky to ever waive a home inspect...
04/17/2020
Waiving Home Inspections: Just Don’t!

As a real estate agent with rich experience as a general contractor, I think it’s too risky to ever waive a home inspection—even in the most aggressive of seller’s markets. To learn why, check out my blog. Then give me a call if you want to discuss strategies for landing that dream home without putting your family at risk.

http://markgaetjen.com/sales/waiving-home-inspections-just-dont/

In a sellers’ market, it is tempting to waive the home inspection and buy a property “as is.” But, that’s a very bad idea. In an aggressive sellers’ market like we often experience in Northern Virginia—and are likely to again despite the coronavirus—buyers can get frustrated by losing ...

Sick of being stuck at home? Running out of things to do? Now is a great time to plan your next renovation. Architectura...
04/17/2020
The Most (and Least) Valuable Home Renovations

Sick of being stuck at home? Running out of things to do? Now is a great time to plan your next renovation. Architectural Digest has published a list of renovations that can increase or decrease the value of your home. Curious? Check out my blog. As a real estate agent with a deep background in construction, I would love to help you strategize your next home improvement projects.

http://markgaetjen.com/comfort/the-most-and-least-valuable-home-renovations/

Cooped up at home with nothing to do but watch reruns? Start planning your next remodeling project.   If you are stuck at home and running out of Honey Dos or getting sick of watching reruns of The Simpsons, Friends, or Cheers, this could be the perfect time to plan your next home renovation. When ...

How did the coronavirus transform the American housing market? What should buyers and sellers expect in this new world w...
04/17/2020

How did the coronavirus transform the American housing market? What should buyers and sellers expect in this new world we are living in? How can we wisely navigate through this unique time of uncertainty? I have put together some of my best strategies at this r ead. You will learn about some useful housing market strategies that can be helpful in these extraordinary circumstances.

http://markgaetjen.com/market-updates/what-covid-means-for-the-sellers-market-we-saw-at-the-start-of-the-year/

Amazon’s hype has been huge in the real estate community in Northern Virginia, and it looks like some of that hope is pa...
01/28/2020
Northern Virginia’s economic growth risks leaving Maryland suburbs behind

Amazon’s hype has been huge in the real estate community in Northern Virginia, and it looks like some of that hope is paying off. According to the Washington Post, economic development in Northern Virginia has been outpacing that of nearby Maryland counties, which is sure to help sellers increase their sale price and decrease their time spent on the market.

Amazon’s arrival is expected to worsen the imbalance in job gains in Washington region.

My decades of experience in renovating and selling homes in the #NOVA area have given me plenty of insights into the uni...
01/23/2020
Berkshire Hathaway

My decades of experience in renovating and selling homes in the #NOVA area have given me plenty of insights into the unique ways that our area’s real estate market operates. The #Amazon hype is nothing new, but it is definitely having a huge impact that has turned our area into the most competitive housing market I’ve ever been in. Reach out today and let’s talk about how I can help you buy or sell your home. http://markgaetjen.com

01/23/2020

One of the biggest ways my home renovation firm, Phase II Renovations, helps our clients is to help them establish a more precise vision of their dreams. We help translate those exciting dreams into a sensible budget that can help you maximize the returns on your investments if/when you plan on selling. Learn more about all the ways we can help you improve your home before you sell at EnergySavingsForYourFuture.com!

Welcome to Data Center Alley! Loudoun County is, “the world’s largest concentration of data centers.” These tech centers...
01/21/2020
Meyer Proposes Rebranding Loudoun’s Data Center Alley - Loudoun Now

Welcome to Data Center Alley! Loudoun County is, “the world’s largest concentration of data centers.” These tech centers, along with their higher paying jobs, have helped raise property values, which is great for owners and sellers. Buyers already face the toughest housing market in the nation right now, but that’s where the Gaetjen Group comes in!

Loudoun’s Data Center Alley, according to the county Department of Economic Development, is the world’s largest concentration of data centers—and

Appearances aren’t everything, but aesthetics can be. The way your house is dressed, in siding or brick, majorly impacts...
01/16/2020
Energy Saving Home Renovations & Remodeling in Northern VA

Appearances aren’t everything, but aesthetics can be. The way your house is dressed, in siding or brick, majorly impacts initial curb appeal (things can always be repainted). Siding renovations traditionally maximize your value similar to roof and gutter replacement. Replacing siding averages an ROI of $0.93 per $1, which is an investment that can be greatly improved through low effort maintenance and repair. Check in with your renovation and home experts at Phase II today!

Contact Phase II Renovations, Inc. for Energy Saving Home Renovations and Remodeling in Northern Virginia.

Buying a home for the first time can be a terrifying process, especially in #NOVA. Fortunately, in today’s digital marke...
01/15/2020
Compass Concierge

Buying a home for the first time can be a terrifying process, especially in #NOVA. Fortunately, in today’s digital marketplace, it’s easier than ever to make sense of these complex processes. With Compass, you can virtually tour existing homes or access unique new developments across Northern Virginia. Start your search today!

Compass Concierge fronts the cost of home improvement services like staging, flooring, painting, and more.

We're live on Compass Realty! Check our my page on their website for all the unique advantages my new real estate partne...
01/14/2020
Compass Concierge

We're live on Compass Realty! Check our my page on their website for all the unique advantages my new real estate partner can offer buyers and sellers across NOVA.

Compass Concierge fronts the cost of home improvement services like staging, flooring, painting, and more.

Are you starting your home search in #NOVA or #DC? Either way, the Gaetjen Group can give you unique insights into local...
01/14/2020
Real Estate, Homes for Sale & Apartments for Rent | Compass

Are you starting your home search in #NOVA or #DC? Either way, the Gaetjen Group can give you unique insights into local neighborhoods. My website features highlights of South Riding, Fairfax, Oakton, and Vienna, while my partner Compass’ website features many more neighborhoods in and around the #DMV metro region.

Buy, sell, and rent smarter with Compass. Partner with a local real estate agent to find the home or apartment that’s right for you.

01/09/2020
Energy Saving Home Renovations & Remodeling in Northern VA

Kitchen upgrades are always some of the most practical and most personal home renovations you can make. This can make it a risky move right before you sell, because many potential homebuyers may want something entirely different from their new home. If you upgrade, remember that a broad appeal is good, and always reach out to renovation and home experts like Phase II Renovations.

Contact Phase II Renovations, Inc. for Energy Saving Home Renovations and Remodeling in Northern Virginia.

The housing inventory across Northern Virginia is as tight as it's ever been. New construction is certainly beginning to...
01/08/2020
South Riding – Berkshire Hathaway

The housing inventory across Northern Virginia is as tight as it's ever been. New construction is certainly beginning to spike in our neighborhoods. But while those homes are built, potential homeowners looking today in South Riding will find an inventory in the single digits! It's a wonderful place to live, young or old, so talk to the Gaetjen Group today about finding your way into the market.

For over 20 years, I've been providing NOVA residents with high value renovations as Phase II Renovations. My company is...
01/07/2020
Compass Concierge

For over 20 years, I've been providing NOVA residents with high value renovations as Phase II Renovations. My company is taking a new step forward by joining Compass Concierge, a service from my real estate partner that gives you access to over 100 home improvements services from highly qualified renovation experts like Phase II.

Oakton has some of the best schools around, some of the nicest neighborhoods, and some of the steepest average home pric...
01/07/2020
Oakton – Berkshire Hathaway

Oakton has some of the best schools around, some of the nicest neighborhoods, and some of the steepest average home prices in the region. At an average of $701k (up 37% from last year), it's hard to find a way into the market for first time home buyers. That's where the Gaetjen Group comes in. Check out our stats on Oakton, and talk to us about how we can help you find the right home for your budget.

In just three years, I-66 will become a “multimodal corridor” that focuses on moving more people, providing more transpo...
01/07/2020
Unifying NOVA With a New I-66 – Berkshire Hathaway

In just three years, I-66 will become a “multimodal corridor” that focuses on moving more people, providing more transportation options that are safe and reliable. With two new Express lanes and three general purpose lanes in each direction, with ramp to ramp connections provided between interchanges. How does this transit upgrade impact housing prices in the most competitive market in the country? Check it out on our blog!

Unifying NOVA With a New I-66 Posted on December 1, 2019 by Mark Gaetjen in Market Updates Patience is a virtue, but that can be hard to remember when we’re dealing with the recent increases in traffic levels as our infrastructure undergoes transformation. Just like with the redevelopment and repa...

As a new decade dawns, the real estate markets in Chantilly and South Riding are more competitive than they've been in d...
12/26/2019
South Riding – Berkshire Hathaway

As a new decade dawns, the real estate markets in Chantilly and South Riding are more competitive than they've been in decades. The number of units sold when compared to last year is down, as is the active inventory (at an astoundingly low 19). The good news is that prices are up while the number of days spent on the market is predictably down by 45%. Check out more stats on our local neighborhoods and real estate markets on my website!

Welcome to South Riding A Safe Family-Friendly Neighborhood with Easy Access to the City A family-oriented, modern town, South Riding is loved by all of its residents for its amenities and services. It is an active area with many activities for everyone. The directors of South Riding keep a strong f...

12/26/2019

Happy Holidays from the Gaetjen Group and Compass Real Estate!

Between my decades-long career in renovation as Phase II Renovations, Inc., and Compass Real Estate's Concierge service,...
12/26/2019
Energy Saving Home Renovations & Remodeling in Northern VA

Between my decades-long career in renovation as Phase II Renovations, Inc., and Compass Real Estate's Concierge service, you'll never have to worry about improving the home you're buying or selling.

Get fronted for the cost of home improvement services, with no interest — ever.

Learn more about Compass Concierge at compass.com/concierge.

Contact Phase II Renovations, Inc. for Energy Saving Home Renovations and Remodeling in Northern Virginia.

Together, The Gaetjen Group and Compass Real Estate are working hard to build a brand new community that is collaborativ...
12/26/2019

Together, The Gaetjen Group and Compass Real Estate are working hard to build a brand new community that is collaborative and connected. Compass agents like yours truly enjoy direct access to the country's top properties and the 12,500+ brokers who work alongside us. But just as we leverage our national network, we're also keenly attuned to the nuances that make each market so special.

Your Home. Our Mission. Learn more at compass.com.

With Compass, I’m gaining huge advantages as a Realtor and as a contractor. Thanks to their new Compass Concierge servic...
12/19/2019
Compass Concierge

With Compass, I’m gaining huge advantages as a Realtor and as a contractor. Thanks to their new Compass Concierge service, my renovation company Phase II Renovations will be able to offer current and prospective homeowners even greater value. Compass Concierge helps clients sell their homes faster and for more money by covering the upfront cost of home improvement services.

From staging, painting, renovations, landscaping, and much more, Compass Concierge covers over 100 different home improvement services that help make homes more appealing.

Compass Concierge fronts the cost of home improvement services like staging, flooring, painting, and more.

For over two decades, I’ve been working across Northern Virginia to help homeowners renovate and repair their homes. My ...
12/19/2019

For over two decades, I’ve been working across Northern Virginia to help homeowners renovate and repair their homes. My passion for helping my neighbors with their homes has also taken me into the world of real estate, where I’ve been an award-winning agent for entities like Berkshire Hathaway and PenFed Realty. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that my journey continues as I join Compass to help buyers and sellers find their place in the world every day, one home at a time.

The Gaetjen Group has a great #realestatetip this week, and it comes with great news. Take advantage of a premier design...
12/17/2019
Compass Concierge

The Gaetjen Group has a great #realestatetip this week, and it comes with great news. Take advantage of a premier design, home staging, and repair services from my new real estate partner, Compass. Compass Concierge comes with transparency, upfront costs, and talented experts in the real estate and home renovation world like yours truly. Check it out today!

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12/17/2019

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NOVA is already the nation's most competitive housing market. One of the most beautiful little neighborhoods in our area...
12/12/2019
Oakton – Berkshire Hathaway

NOVA is already the nation's most competitive housing market. One of the most beautiful little neighborhoods in our area, Oakton in particular is seeing sky high median list prices while the active inventory is often in double digits. Recent reports put prices well above $1M. Check out our website for more information on Oakton, Virginia's real estate market, trends, and statistics.

Whether it's renovations, remodeling, or real estate, our partnership of BHHS + Phase II, Inc., mean we're determined to...
12/12/2019
Energy Saving Home Renovations & Remodeling in Northern VA

Whether it's renovations, remodeling, or real estate, our partnership of BHHS + Phase II, Inc., mean we're determined to put your budgetary needs first. At Phase II Renovations, we perform all major home improvement projects to fit your budget. At Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty, we help our clients find their dream home while maximizing your budget. Contact us to access expert insights today.

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3050 Chain Bridge Road Suite 105
Oakton, VA
22030

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(703) 402-7524

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