Part of Being a Braemar Real Estate Expert is Being Well Versed in Dunbarton

Part of Being a Braemar Real Estate Expert is Being Well Versed in Dunbarton

Dubnarton is the Active Adult Section of Braemar

Usually when I am called to duty as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, it is because a seller or buyer has found me online, seen an ad, or a yard sign with my information.  I’ve been at this since 2005.  You know my tag line, “No One Knows Braemar Better!”  I take that seriously.  And part of knowing Braemar the best is knowing about the Active Adult section of our neighborhood–Dunbarton.

There I was, minding my own business in our Long & Foster Gainesville office when the phone rang on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Being one of two agents in the office, the other on the phone, I diverted my attention from my Braemar Property Value Reports to answer.  On the other end of the phone with a man wanting information on a foreclosure listed in Dunbarton, but unwilling to give me any information about himself.  We struck a deal.  I would spend a few minutes tracking down the information on that home and he would call me back for the scoop.  Having been a journalism major in college, getting to the bottom of something is one of the skills I learned early and it serves me well as a Braemar Real Estate Agent.

When the buyer called me back, I told him what I had found and it wasn’t good.  The proposition to buy the foreclosure was a bad deal.  I had inside information on the condition and the situation.  This guy wanted no part of it.  So I asked him what he wanted.  He wanted a small villa style home in an Active Adult community. He had lived in Dunbarton and wanted to live there again.  We struck a deal.  He wasn’t hiring me that minute and that was fine.  But he agreed to think about it if I came back with a home for him to buy.

12921 Fetlar Way is the latest home to be part of my Braemar sales

Within days, I was on the phone with the buyer.  I had uncovered two coming soon listings in Dunbarton.  The first one I was able to get in to see sounded like his dream come true.  Since he was out of the state, there was some going over floor plans via email and phone, determining if this might be a fit.  When we determined it was exactly what he was looking for, he sent his daughter to take a look on his behalf.  The day his daughter saw it and reported back to him, he hired me to represent him buy it.


The home in question was 12921 Fetlar Way.  It home had been remodeled.  I had toured it with another buyer a few years earlier when IT had been a foreclosure.  Since then, it had engineered hardwood floors, new appliances and a new roof.  It was really well maintained and listed for $350,000.  It was a steal at that price.

This buyer was thrilled to view the home when he came into town with his wife.  This was exactly what he wanted.  And today, the home became his for $350,000.

Representing sellers in Braemar is only one aspect of my job.  It is my pleasure to represent buyers as well.  And I’m happy to help you find the home you want BEFORE it hits the market.  If you need help buying or selling in Braemar, or Dunbarton, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate




How Long Does it Take to Sell a Semi-Detached Braemar Home?

How Long Does it Take to Sell a Semi-Detached Braemar Home?

9684 Tarvie Circle is Listed for $439,000 on April

On April 11th (2019) this semi-detached home in Braemar, located at 9684 Tarvie Circle, hit the market priced at $439,000.  I had listed the home for the previous owners back in the fall of 2016, it wasn’t in nearly as impressive shape as it was this spring.  The new owners added granite counters to the kitchen, along with a tile backsplash.  New light fixtures made the place more modern, along with touches like the shiplap accent wall in the family room, and tile accent wall in the powder room.  A new HVAC and new carpet certainly were welcome additions as well.

In the last Reflection Quarterly, for the 4th Quarter of 2018, it was taking about thirty days for these homes to go under contract.  That was what we were set for with this home.  The sellers and I were pleasantly surprised by lots of showings and two offers that came in only two days!  When you have a great product, marketed by a masterful listing agent, good things happen.

The settlement is set to happen at the end of May.  Stay tuned for the final sold price.  In the meantime, if you have a Braemar single family home to sell, demand is off the charts!  Call me for a free market analysis of your home’s value in this market.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate


What Better Thing to Do on a Gorgeous April Day than Sell a Braemar Home?

What Better Thing to Do on a Gorgeous April Day than Sell a Braemar Home?

12146 Millbill Court sold for $499,800 on April 16th, 2019.

On February 28th (2019,) I introduced 12146 Millbill Court to the market. It was priced at $495,800 and offered a near completely renovated home.  Everything but the siding and kitchen cabinets was new.   And the larger than average lot size for a Braemar home, sitting on a cul-de-sac street with a gorgeous tiered deck, well, I knew it was going to get eaten alive by the market.

Sure enough, after the first day on the market, two buyer agents had offers over to me. On the second day, as we were preparing to go over those offers, a third arrived.  The sellers had offers above list.  Buyers were offering free rent backs and having home inspections for informational purposes only.  It was definitely advantage seller.

The sellers didn’t chose the highest offer.  That offer had a home sale that needed to wrap up before closing on this one.  Instead, they made a modest counter to a full price offer they had received with no strings attached.  It offered a free two month rent back and home inspection for informational purposes.  (Take note buyers.  Sellers like certainty.)

On April 16th, this gorgeous home that will be a maintenance free zone for the new owners for likely a long time, closed for $499,800.  

What’s funny to me is that Mr. Seller was worried that they were listing too soon.  He was concerned the grass wasn’t green enough and the flowers weren’t blooming.  A very wise real estate agent (ME) told him that those things didn’t matter.  The green he was going to love was the green he was going to get from selling quickly.  The early spring market has been amazing for Braemar sellers.

There is still very high demand for Braemar single family homes.   Just got another under contract this Sunday after multiple offers.   And another yesterday with multiple offers than I just haven’t had time to tell you about just yet.  Have one you want to sell?  Give me a call and let’s get going.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate


How Long Does it Take a Braemar Single Family Home to Go Under Contract?

How Long Does it Take a Braemar Single Family Home to Go Under Contract?

10024 Naughton Court in Bristow went under contract in 1 Day.

The amount of time it takes a Braemar single family home to go under contract depends on many factors.  Buyer demand in the marketplace for the size of home being sold.  Price.  Condition.  And not to be overlooked, the marketing skills of the Listing Agent.

On Saturday, April 13th (2019,) I brought 10024 Naughton Court to the market. It was priced at $529,000 and offered three fully finished levels, four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a renovated kitchen, new carpet, paint, upper level laundry and main level study.  The owner, who had begun listing conversations with me two years previously, had taken a lot of care in getting her home into show ready condition.  The task can be overwhelming, but not if you get started early like she did.

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook

One the final touches were made, I scheduled a pre-picture appointment to make sure that we would not be overlooking any details come picture day. Part of my job as a Top Braemar Listing Agent is to make sure that my listings are professionally photographed and look perfect on picture day.  Sometimes that means staging bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens a few days prior.  Or it can be as simple as getting items into place on picture day.  Just like your mom used to lick her finger and get a wild hair to stay down on your head before a family portrait was snapped, I’m there to make sure no detail gets overlooked.  One such detail before the front shots were snapped at 10024 Naughton Court was moving ten bags of mulch into the garage.  They had been delivered between our staging appointment and picture day.  Sure my outfit got messy, but the house was literally picture perfect.  That’s what matters.

Family Room, where a recliner was moved for the best picture.

Hitting the market mid-morning on Saturday, I didn’t expect much action, especially since there was an open house scheduled for the next day.  However, three buyer agents called to let me know they would be submitting offers after their showings.  Two of them submitted offers THAT NIGHT.  And both of those offers were over list price.  That’s the power of professional marketing by a Top Braemar Listing Agent.

By the time the open house was over, and dozens of buyers desiring to live in Braemar had been through the home, many of them ill prepared to make a serious offer with homes of their own to sell that weren’t even on the market, this Naughton Court beauty was under contract.  One day was all it took to check all the boxes, and then some, to make my seller happy.

You’ll have to stay tuned for the details on the final sold price.  Closing is set for June 17th.  Until then, if you have been thinking of taking advantage of this intense buyer demand happening our market, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate


Another Braemar Beauty Hits the Market: 10024 Naughton Court for $529,000

Another Braemar Beauty Hits the Market: 10024 Naughton Court for $529,000

10024 Naughton Court in Braemar Listed for $529.000

As a Top Braemar Listing Agent, I am always excited to introduce you to a new listing.  This one at 10024 Naughton Court is going to check a lot of boxes for buyers looking for four bedrooms on three finished levels with a lot of square footage.  It will be open on Sunday, April 14th (2019) for its weekend debut from 12pm-2pm.

Foyer, Living Room, Dining Room

This home is a Waverly model by Brookfield Homes.  (Bet you didn’t know that Brookfield Homes built this same home in Saranac, but called it a Hamilton.) Step in the foyer and the staircase to the upper level will be on your left, and formal living and dining rooms on the right.

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook

The formal dining room passes through to the kitchen, or you can follow the hardwood hallway around to where the kitchen opens to the family room.  Either way you get to the kitchen area, you are bound to fall in love.  White cabinets, granite counters with flecks of black, gray and white, a glass tile back splash and stainless steel appliances look like they are from a magazine cover.

Family Room

The family room ceilings are ten feet tall, versus the nine foot ceilings elsewhere in the home. This expansive space is open to the kitchen and features a gas fireplace.  Beyond the family room, a main level study with hardwood flooring.    And access by sliding glass door, step onto the wood deck sitting over the fully fenced back yard, where you can take in the view of trees.

Wood Deck Backing to Trees

Upstairs are the four bedrooms and two bathrooms, one each making up the Master Suite. Cathedral ceiling, custom transom windows, sitting area behind French doors and a step up to two walk-in closets and luxury bathroom.  The laundry room is on the bedroom level as well.

Master Suite

Sitting Room

Master Bathroom

In the fully finished basement you have vinyl plank flooring and plenty of recreation space.  There’s even a finished den and full bathroom, making for a perfect guest suite.

Given the buyer demand in the Bristow market, it is doubtful this home will be around long.  Top by the Open House on Sunday, April 14th from 12pm-2pm.  If you can’t make that and don’t have an agent give me a call to schedule a tour.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate


Hitting the Market with an Open House at 9684 Tarvie Circle

Hitting the Market with an Open House at 9684 Tarvie Circle

9684 Tarvie Circle is Listed for $439,000

It is not a frequent occurrence to list the same property for sale with different sellers.  Yet, this will be the third time since I’ve been working as a Top Braemar Listing Agent that it has happened.  When you get a reputation for getting sellers top dollar in the neighborhood, even the buyers to your listings will come back around to hire you when it is time for them to move.

Kitchen, 9684 Tarvie

The great news for buyers looking under $450,000  for a single family home in Braemar is that 9684 Tarvie Circle is in much better condition this time around. You’ll be able to see for yourself on Saturday, April 13th (2019) between 12pm-2pm at the Open House.  It’s not that it was in bad shape when I sold it in the fall of 2016, but the owners then were investors.  They did a little to get it show ready, but weren’t about to upgrade it for tenants to enjoy.


Shiplap Accent Wall in Family Room

The current owners of this Annan model (one of which is a licensed real estate agent) did some really nice updates to the home.

  • Granite Counters and Tile Back Splash were added to the Kitchen
  • Powder Room was updated with new fixtures and a sleek a floor to ceiling Tile Accent Wall
  • Shiplap Accent Wall in Family Room
  • Both HVAC Units have been replaced as of 2018 and have a 10 Year Warranty
  • New Garage Door was Installed in 2018
  • Brand New Carpet was put in LAST WEEK!

Double Sided Fireplace, Breakfast Nook Side

When it comes to the things that haven’t changed that still make this home attractive, there are several things that jump out:

  • Hardwood Floors throughout the Main Level
  • Double Sided Fireplace between Breakfast Room & Family Room
  • Welcoming Covered Front Porch running the Length of the Front of the Home
  • Master Suite with Gigantic Walk-In Closet with Two Sections and a Luxury Attached Bathroom
  • Large Secondary Bedrooms
  • Upper Level Laundry Room
  • Two Full Size Patio Doors with Screens that open to Front Porch from Living Room and Dining Room

That last feature of the patio doors flanking the front door is one of my favorites.  It gives an open air feel to the front of the home.  And when you open the sliding door to the back yard, the cross ventilation is amazing.

Patio Doors flanking Front Door

Even though you don’t see it from the front of the home, there is a rear load, two car garage, accessed by private alley.  This is considered a semi-detached home because the two car garage is attached to the two car garage next door.  But that’s the only place these two homes touch.

Come by and see 9684 Tarvie Circle for yourself.  It’s priced at $439,000 and is going to make one lucky buyer very happy.  If you don’t see a yard sign when you arrive, it may not have been installed yet.  There will be an Open House flag waving and inviting you in.

If you have specific questions about the home, or want to know what YOUR Braemar home is worth, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate




Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2019

It is time for another Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular edition features sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of January and February.

There were four Braemar townhouses that sold during the first two months of the year.  Final sold prices ranged from $318,000 to $345,000.  Details of the sales are listed below.

Taking these four sales and combining with the previous year’s worth of Braemar townhouse sales, new six and twelve month data points come to light.  Here’s what we have now:

Let’s start examining the sold price data. Both the six month average and median are notably below their twelve month counterparts.  This would be an indication that, in the more recent past, Braemar townhouses have been decreasing in value.  However, all but one of the four most recent sales are above the six month average and median sold prices.  The same doesn’t hold true across the board when we take the three highest Braemar townhouse sales reported for January and February and compare them with the twelve month average and median.  Only one of those most recent sales is higher than the twelve month median sold price.  Three are still above the twelve month average though.  While indicators are there that townhouse prices might be softening, we need more reports to see for sure if this is a blip or trend.

Seller subsidy is definitely on the rise.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are greater than the twelve month seller subsidy values.  This means Braemar townhouse sellers are giving more closing cost assistance in the most recent sales to their buyers.

Comparing six month average and median days on market to the twelve month counterparts, we see a spike in average and median marketing times compared to the twelve month values.  Don’t panic.  In November we switched to a new MLS system that stops counting days on market at a much different point, which is well into the transaction.  It is no longer when your townhouse goes under contract.  It will be a full year’s worth of data before we have an apples to apples comparison here if the new MLS does not change their marketing count method.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about a month.  You could also expect to give about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar townhouse looks like it is approaching, give me a call and we’ll start with a free market analysis of your home’s value in the current market.  From there, we’ll develop the best strategy to meet your home sale timeline and goals.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate