Just Sold: Move In Ready, Three Bedroom Braemar Carriage Home for $385,000
Around mid-June (2015,) I was contacted by former clients who had purchased
their move-up home from me, to help them sell their former Braemar Carriage home at 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace. It had been tenant occupied since August 2011 and the owners really had no idea of the current condition of their property. They made a commitment to get the home freshly painted and recarpet at a minimum. And after a conversation about the pros and cons of listing with tenants still in the home, they chose to list when the home was vacant and move in ready as a result of their improvements. Tenants get nothing for the inconvenience of living in a home for sale. As a result, the home may not show as well as if it were owner occupied. And the tenants may not be as cooperative with showings.
When the owners contacted me to get the home on the market in August, we took a look at the average marketing time, which was about 21 days. That said, August is probably my lease favorite month to market a home. The whole Northern Virginia area seems to be on vacation, which is evident by the number of beach pictures you can see on Facebook during August. So I warned my Sellers that the time frame to get under contract may be a bit longer.
This three finished level Norwood model hit the market on August 15th. In addition to the existing selling features of built-in bookcases and a walk-up exit in the basement, a fully fenced back yard, detached two car garage and a built-in closet organization system in the master suite, the Sellers more than lived up to their promise to get the home move in ready. They had the entire home repainted, including the closets. Neutral carpet was installed, the driveway resealed, deck re-stained, landscaping done and a professional cleaning job. Then I came in with some light staging items to get the home the fastest results.
After 25 days on the market, this Braemar beauty was under contract. And on September 29th it sold for full list price of $385,000. The Sellers generously agreed to pay $8,000 in closing cost help and for a home warranty.
Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA