Helping a Buyer Move Up to a Larger Braemar Home

Helping a Buyer Move Up to a Larger Braemar Home

Yesterday I told you about a home I sold on Kirkmichael Terrace Turns out those sellers also wanted to buy in the Bristow/Gainesville area.  We started house hunting in June.  In fact, we started looking at homes before we listed theirs.  There was one particular home that really caught their eye in Morris Farm, but after seeing several others from Virginia Oaks to New Bristow Village, that first one in Morris Farm fell right off the cue.

When it came time to make offers, things were tough.  Their home on Kirkmichael Terrace was not yet under contract.  Their first offer was on a different Braemar home  and those sellers weren’t interested in a home sale contingency.  By the time my buyers had their home on Kirkmichael under contract, they were no longer interested in pursuing that first Braemar home.  They tried one other in New Bristow Village which had been at the top of their list, but again, a foolish seller didn’t think they would be qualified to purchase.  Nevermind that a top producing lender in the market had done the pre-approval letter.  Both of those sellers’ loss was the seller at Kinloss Mews’ gain.

I remember seeing 9742 Kinloss Mews hit the market in April at $629,500 and thinking it was overpriced.  Wasn’t my listing, so I paid it little attention.  Slowly it came down to $614,900 and, after my feedback from my showing with these buyers, it dropped to $599,900.

As a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent I knew there was one, possibly two, issues that were keeping buyers from eating up this fantastic Canterbury model.  The first potential issue were the double power transmission lines that buyers were passing on the way to the property.  I’ve seen many an interested buyer lose interest when they see those metal giants soaring above with the high voltage cables.  The second issue was probably the bigger problem.

Kinloss Mews is situated at the corner of Tartan Hills Parkway at a dead end that is cued up and ready in the long term plan of Prince William County, to be cut through to a future development off of Pioneer Drive. The current political climate has shot down efforts to develop a community there, but with a state route number already on the books for Pioneer Drive, a handful of lots already owned by Brookfield Homes, and a structure marked to be saved as historic, well….the writing is on the wall.  A development is likely to happen, but who knows how far out in the future.  My buyers had all this information in hand, as well as the telephone line easement between them and what will eventually be a development.  After much research and realization that this home would be worth more at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac, they made an offer and got under contract.  They were getting a bargain.

My very lucky buyers got this home for $600,000 and got $10,000 in closing cost help.  Their home inspector had a special infrared camera that found a new roof leak that ended up being fixed prior to settlement.

If you had told me in April that I would end up selling this Canterbury on Kinloss Mews to my buyers for $600,000 I would have thought you were nuts.  Sure, I thought it was over priced at $629,500, but I figured someone would jump at $615,000.  That’s the danger of overpricing your home, even in a seller’s market.  Buyers know you are overpriced and by the time you right it, buyers then wonder why you have been on the market so long and want to take you even further down.

Price right from the get go and hire an agent that knows the factors that may affect your Braemar home’s value.  My job as a listing agent is to get the most money for your home.  As a buyer’s agent, my job is to get the best deal for my buyer.  Want me on your side?  Give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Braemar Carriage Home SOLD… Again

Four years ago, September 29, 2015 to be exact, I sold the Norwood model at 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace Though the buyers that ended up purchasing the home did come through my open house, they had an agent that they were working with.  Even if they had not a buyer’s agent, my business practice is to NEVER do dual agency, which is representing both sides of the transaction.

In June this year (2019,) I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from those buyers that became the owners of 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace.  They were interested in selling and wanted to hire me.  They had been impressed with my professionalism during their purchase.  Staying in touch with my Braemar Property Value Reports was helpful, but what sealed the deal for my being their future listing agent happened at the closing table during their purchase of the home in 2015.  They recounted to me that when they were twenty dollars short to purchase a home warranty, and had no checks or cash to make it up, I reached into my wallet and handed the attorney a twenty dollar bill.   I don’t recall this gesture, but they will never forget.

Fast forward to the current listing, which I was thrilled to get.  They had certainly improved the home with granite counters, stainless appliances and lots of smaller updates to lighting and fixtures.  We looked at the comps and listed on June 15th for $435,000.  Our price was on the upper end of the comparable sales, but I don’t back down from the chance to sell for as much as possible.  That is my job.

The first two offers on the home were not bad, but were far from fantastic.  Being a sellers market, the sellers felt there were better offers ahead, so they passed..  The third offer was the charm and only took two weeks to come in.  The buyer gave the sellers what they wanted in price and what they needed in terms of closing date.  After all, the sellers were also going to be buyers and needed time to find a home.

This Norwood model at 13174 Kirmichael Terrace sold (again) for $437,000 on August 9th, 2019.   

If you have been wondering what your Braemar home is worth in the current market, give me a call.  Getting the market max for your Braemar home is what I do best.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

This Braemar Patio Home Went Under Contract in Fourteen Days

This Braemar Patio Home Went Under Contract in Fourteen Days

On July 20th (2019) I had the pleasure of introducing 12849 Rannoch Forest Circle to the marketplace of Bristow, more specifically, Braemar buyers.  Priced at $360,000, this patio home with a main level bedroom and attached full bathroom, along with three enormous bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper level (one each compromising the master suite,) I knew this home would draw some interested buyers.

Sure enough, during an open house on July 21st, two interested buyers were smitten.  One, unfortunately, had a lease to fulfill until October.  The other was raring to go, but never submitted an offer.  Rather, they filmed their way through the open house, pulling in family members for their opinion, then had their agent contact me.  The agent was “sending me an offer,” but wanted to make sure her folks could get everything they wanted.  Well, that offer didn’t materialize because the term of pre-settlement occupancy (meaning the buyer would MOVE IN prior to closing) on AUGUST 1st, was a non-starter.  It was mind boggling how these buyers had put themselves in a position to be homeless on August 1st and expected the real estate market to accommodate them.  That’s the crazy stuff you find in the real estate market from time to time.  Unreasonable expectations with a pushy and over confident delivery.

My seller and I discussed why pre-settlement occupancy was a horrible idea. Putting a buyer in a home while there are still contingencies that need to be removed, like home inspection, appraisal and finance, is a can of worms.  Those take weeks to get past.  If the deal tanks, you have to evict them.  Makes your stomach sick to think about, doesn’t it?

Instead, my buyer listened to my well grizzled real estate advice and waited for a buyer that wasn’t expecting the sun, moon and stars delivered at their feet.  He is sure glad he did.  On July 31st, buyers saw the home that loved it.  The next day, we had an offer.  On August 2nd, buyer and seller had agreed to all the terms in writing.

A truly motivated buyer is not one that makes demands of the world around them, but one that puts their money into a transaction and their intentions in writing.  They don’t try to push, push, push to get their way before writing anything down and committing to it.  They ACT!

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, having an agent on your side that understands the dangers that lurk in situations that appear to be motivated buyers on the surface, is critical.  My specialty is getting top dollar, in short marketing time frames, for Braemar homes.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better! 

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2019

BWelcome to the Braemar Townhouse Report!  This is the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports that I compile to keep Braemar home owners up to date on what is happening in our real estate market.  This particular report covers the sale of traditional townhouses in Braemar that are NOT condos, have three levels and a back yard.

There were eighteen townhouses in Braemar that sold between the beginning of May and end of June.  Final sold prices ranged from $270,000 to $385,000.  The details of those sales are listed below in chronological order.

Adding these eighteen sales with the previous twelve months worth of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as you see below.

Starting with the sold price column, we immediately see a great trend.  The six month average and six month median sold prices are both above their respective twelve month data points.  That means Braemar townhouses are still pushing up in value.

Seller subsidy, a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers, shows another trend favorable to Braemar townhouse sellers.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy amounts are lower than their twelve month counterparts.  This means buyers are asking for less closing cost in this competitive market when demand is high and inventory is low.

Days on market, or what I call marketing time, is an unreliable category since the change to our new MLS in November 2018.  Our previous MLS stopped counting days on market no matter what contract status a listing agent chose for a listing.  It truly told us how long it took to go under contract.  Our new MLS has two different contract statuses and each one stops counting days on market at a different point.  One when a property goes under contract, another when the buyer’s contingencies have been removed.  If we took these numbers at face value, it seems that the six month average marketing time is a little longer than it has been in the longer term, twevle month average.  The six month median marketing time is only one day longer than the twelve month median marketing time.

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 within two to four weeks.  You could also expect to pay out about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September.   Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar townhouse, call me for the best results.  Selling Braemar homes for top dollar is my specialty.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Ryan Homes)

With just a few days left in July, I’m getting the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports out for public consumption.  It’s an internal deadline that I set for myself that I will have these out by the last day of the month following the reporting period.  Real estate agents being independent contractors with no one to answer to, setting deadlines is a business practice you will find among top agents.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report covers the sales of single family homes, built by Ryan Homes, during the months of May and June.  During that time, there were four resales, ranging in sold price from $475,000 to $570,000.  Details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these sales above and combining them the entire preceding twelve months of Ryan Home sales, we get new six and twelve month data points, pictured below.

Examining the trends in the sold prices, there is an increase in both the six month average and six month median sold prices from their respective twelve month values.  This means Ryan Homes are still pushing up in value.

When it comes to seller subsidy, a.k.a. as closing cost assistance to buyers,  a trend presents itself that does not favor Ryan Home sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  This means buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more seller subsidy in the most recent sales.

Days on market, a category that has become unreliable with a change in how that data is recorded in our new MLS, which was adopted in November 2018, we see that the six and twelve month averages are the same.  The six month median is only one day shorter than the twelve month median.

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

The Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, if you want to investigate what the market might bring in regards to your own home’s value, give me a call for the most accurate, free, market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (NV Homes)

Another sunny, hot and humid day is upon in Braemar.  What a perfect weekend day to enjoy our community pools.  No doubt it will be filled with families today.  This Top Braemar Real Estate Agent will stay in her air conditioned home office and plug away on what remains of her Braemar Property Value Reports.  This particular report focuses on the sales of single family homes built by NV Homes in our neighborhood during the months of May and June.  Let’s get right to it.

There were three NV Homes in Braemar that sold in the last two months.  Their sold prices ranged from $518,000 to $600,000.  Pretty big range.  As you will see from the detailed break out of those sales below, the lower end was a home with a finished basement with no exit.  What you don’t see in that detail sheet below was that the property on Island Fog was a Short Sale.  That meant a very patient buyer was needed to wait for Short Sale Approval.  The pain-in-the-butt factor for that process definitely knocked some money off that bottom line.  The other two seem to show a difference in what a finished basement with a walk out exit vs. an unfinished basement with no exit gets in the marketplace.

Taking these most recent sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of NV Home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points, which are pictured below.

To begin with, we see a favorable trend for NV Home owners in Braemar when it comes to sold price.  Both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month data points.  This means that NV Homes in Braemar are still pushing up in value in the short term.

Seller subsidy, unfortunately is showing a trend in the short term that is not favoring Braemar NV Home sellers.  Bot the six month average and median seller subsidy values are well above their twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help from sellers.  Of course, looking to the most recent sales, the home on Arthur Graves Jr. could be the sole reason for these numbers being inflated in the short term.  That $20,000 in closing cost help sticks out like a sore thumb.

When it comes to days on market, which I like to refer to as marketing time, it seems that despite the increase I expected to see in comparing values longer term values from our old MLS, (which went out of service in November 2018,) to the new MLS which took over, we see a decrease in the six month average and median marketing times compared to the twelve month average and median marketing times.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks.  You could also expect to give about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help, possibly less.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, give me a call when you are ready to feel out the market for the sale of your Braemar home.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Heritage Series)

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

What’s a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent do on the weekend when they aren’t showing property on Saturday?  Research the market and put out another Braemar Property Value Report of course!  This particular edition focuses on sales of Heritage Series homes in Braemar between May and June. Heritage Series homes are mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes.  They have two car attached garages and include the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery (a.k.a. Zurich) & Waverly.  The homes built by Coscan in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

There were nine Heritage homes that sold in Braemar between May and June.  Exactly the same number of Heritage homes that sold in our last report, by the way.  Sold prices ranged from $425,000 to $539,000.  Details of those sales are listed below.

You may immediately notice that the last sale is highlighted in pink.  That is because that was a home that I listed and sold.  It was great to be able to help the seller of 10024 Naughton Court get multiple offers and sell above list price.  Selling Braemar homes for top dollar is my specialty.

Taking these nine sales from May and June and combining them with the entirety of the last twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  Here’s what they look like now:

Let’s start with a quick look at sold prices.  The six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month median sold price is exactly the same as the twelve month median sold price.  The former indicates rising values.  The latter indicates stability.  Either way, home values aren’t falling.  We’ll just wait to see if there is a more definite trend next report.

In the category of seller subsidy, a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers, there is a definite trend and it favors sellers.  The six month average seller subsidy is lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  While the six and twelve month median values are the same, they are holding at zero closing cost help.  In this market of high demand and low inventory, buyers are having to forego large closing cost requests to win in multiple offer situations.

When it comes to days on market, we have not yet gotten to the point of having twelve solid months of marketing time data from our new MLS.  It won’t be until January 2020 that we do.  So for now, any trend here is unreliable.  That said, this report shows that the average days on market is unchanged from the twelve month value to the six month value.  Meanwhile, the six month median days on market is shorter than the twelve month median days on market.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within a week or two and a half.  As for closing cost help, if you had to give any, it would likely be minimal.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, when you are ready to investigate the sale of your Braemar home, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com