Another Braemar Carriage Home SOLD!
When this Parkdale model with only two finished levels hit the market at $379,000 on August 25th (2013,) I knew we were up against the slowest time of the year. We were also up against buyers who love three finished levels in their Braemar Carriage homes. Nonetheless, this Parkdale had a great lot. Situated on a corner lot, one of the best selling features of the home was the entry to the garage.
In Braemar Carriage homes, generally you have two types of garage entrances. One is through a shared back alley that is privately owned by the home owners using it. These are one way and being privately owned, not maintained by VDOT (Virginia Department of Transportation.) When the snow falls, the owners must shovel or plow. When there are potholes, the repair is on the owners.
The other option is a private driveway that runs along the side of the Carriage home. This makes fencing the back yard tricky.
Being on a corner lot, the garage entry was perpendicular to the home, but right off the cross street. This made for a short driveway and ease of fencing in the yard. No large private alley to maintain.
This Parkdale, with basic finishes, but new carpet and paint, was under contract in twenty-two days. The buyers had their minds set on one low comparable they found on Zillow. But having hired a true neighborhood expert, my Seller was able to counter with ALL the Carriage comps and show a price per square foot trend. Her counter to the initial low-ball offer stuck. And the comparables and explanation used in the counter was later handed to the appraiser, resulting in the home having no appraisal issues.
It settled on October 28th for $378,000. The Seller gave $8,000 in closing cost help to the Buyers.
It does pay to hire a neighborhood expert when selling your Braemar home. I’ve owned my own Braemar home since 2005, when I became a full-time real estate agent in the Bristow-Gainesville market. My specialty is Braemar. I serve on an HOA Board and run market reports on recent sales for a variety of different home types in our neighborhood. No one knows Braemar better!
If you are thinking of making a move, give me a call and let’s chat about the advantage of the fall and winter real estate market.
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA, Long & Foster REALTORS®