Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2016

Braemar Townhouse Report:  January-February 2016

It is another gorgeous spring day in Braemar.  We had a little early morning rain, but Braemar Townhousenothing substantial.  Didn’t even need my rain jacket when showing homes bright and early this morning.  This is the time of year when the real estate market begins a fever pitch.  Real estate agents like myself strap in and know that we will be swept up in the spring activity.

Right now, let’s take a look back at what happened in the Braemar townhouse market during the first two months of the year, in this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report.

Between January and February, there were five Braemar townhouses that sold.  Their sold prices ranged from $240,000 to $316,000.  The average of all five gives us our new average market value of Braemar townhouses–$281,180.  That’s an increase of over 2% since last report and an increase in over 8.5% since last year.   Great news for Braemar townhouse values!

Braemar Townhouse Report:  January-February 2016

Like we’ve seen for years, buyers of Braemar townhouses expect they will be able to get closing cost help from sellers.   The average closing cost assistance this report is an average of 2% of the sales price.  That is also reliable information.

What is less reliable is the average marketing time we see in this report, which is 114 days.  Would it take 114 days for you to get your Braemar townhouse under contract if you put it on the market today?  Probably not.  The market is moving a lot faster now than it did at the end of 2015, which is when these homes were marketed.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in late May and will detail sales from Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037March and April. In the meantime, when you are interested in selling your Braemar townhouse, call me for a free market analysis of your specific home’s value.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Ryan Homes)

It is time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one is specifically for Ryan Home in Braemarhouses built by Ryan Homes in Braemar.

There were four Ryan Homes that sold in the first two months of the year.  The low sold price was really low at $325,000.  The high sold price was $540,000.  Quite a difference between the bottom and top numbers.   The average of all four gives us our new average market value of $435,000 for Ryan Homes in Braemar.  That is nearly 7.5% lower than last report and 9% lower than last year.  Again, remember we have a crazy low number bringing down that average.  For the most part, home values in Braemar have been fairly stable over the last year.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Ryan Homes)

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, this report indicates it would be under contract in less than three months.  Please bear in mind this average marketing time is for homes marketed during the final months of 2015.  The last Ryan I listed in February went under contract in 6 days.  More accurately, this report indicates you could expect to pay over 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May and will detail sales from Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037the months of March and April. In the meantime, when you are ready to sell, call me for a free market analysis of your home’s value in today’s marketplace.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (NV Homes)

There is a sense of optimism in the air in Braemar.  The sun is shining.  The days are getting longer.  And finally, the warmer temperatures may be here to stay.  Looks like some rain is coming our way, so get out and enjoy this while you can.

For now, it is time for another Braemar 9713 Lennice Way listed for $580,000 on March 18, 2016 and went under contract 2 days later.Property Value Report.  This one will detail sales of houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood for the first two months of 2016.  So let’s get to it.

There were two NV Homes that sold between January and February.  They were both Potomac models.  The high sold price was $550,000 and the low sold price was $520,000.  The average of both gives us our new average market value for NV Homes of $535,000.  That means an increase of nearly 9% in average market value since last report and an increase of over 7% since last year.   Does that mean your NV Home just went up 9% since the end of 2015?  No.  We are dealing in averages.  However, it is nice to see the averages going up.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (NV Homes)

If you placed your NV Home on the market, this report indicates you could expect it to be under contract in an average of 134 days.  Remember, these homes were listed in the fall and wen through the holiday months before they sold.  We are in spring.  It’s likely yours would sell as fast as this NV Home I just listed that went under contract in two days.  That is, you could expect results like that IF you got your property market ready and priced it right.  What you really could expect is to pay an average of 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May and will detail sales Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037from the months of March and April.  In the meantime, when you want to sell your NV Home, give me a call for a free market analysis of your home’s specific value.   No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Heritage Series)

If I had a screened in deck, I would have been perfectly happy to work on a lap top there today.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  Guess I’ll have to give TB Yardley in BraemarContracting a call for a quote to build one for me.  For the time being, the covered front porch does nicely for an after work beverage.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report detailing sales of Braemar homes in the Heritage Series.  Heritage Series homes, for those who may not be familiar, are the mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes, with two car attached garages including the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery & Waverly. 

There were three sales of homes in the Heritage Series between January and February 2016.  Final sold prices ranged from $392,000 to $465,000.  The average of all three gives us our new average market value for Heritage Series homes of $435,667.   Unfortunately, that marks a drop of nearly 1% in average market value since last report and a little less of a drop since last year’s report.   Not substantial at all.  In fact, I consider that stability.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Heritage Series)

If you placed your Heritage Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, this report indicates you could expect it to be under contract in an average of three and a half months.  That might not even be the case right now, since buyer demand is stronger right now.  Nonetheless, this is the information from closed sales in January and February.  You could also expect to pay nearly 1% of the sales price in closing cost help to a buyer.  That isn’t likely to change anytime soon.

Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May and will detail sales from the months of March and April.  Until then, when you are ready to sell, give me and call and let’s talk about the value of your specific Braemar home.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Courtyard Series)

It is that time again.  Time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one is specifically for Braemar Courtyard homes and covers the first two months of the year.  If Braemar Courtyard Home, Bristow, VAyou don’t know what a Braemar Courtyard home is, it is one of three different floor plans that share a private courtyard driveway and have extremely small outdoor spaces, prefect for the home owner who wants a single family home, but no big yard to maintain.  Models include the Arlington, Clarendon and Ballston.

Because Courtyard homes make up such a small portion of the homes in Braemar, it is not unusual to have only one sale every couple of months.   This is one of these ocassions.  There was one Braemar Courtyard home that sold between January and February.  It was a three bedroom Ballston model with a partially finished basement, but no basement exit.  The list price was $369,999 and the sold price was $365,000.  Taking that sold price as a place holder for average market value for this report, we see a decrease in value of 1/2% since last report and a decrease of nearly 4% compared to last year.  We always get a better idea of value when we have a few sales to report.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Courtyard Series)

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current condition, this sale indicates you may be under contract in as few as four days.  You may also prepare to give 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May and will detail sales from
March and April. Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar home, give me a call Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037for a free market analysis.  I’ve been a Braemar resident and full-time Bristow Real Estate Agent since 2005.  Getting your Braemar home sold as fast as possible, and for the most amount of money is my job.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled by Chris Ann Cleland, using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Carriage Series)

Mother Nature appeared to be bowling over our empty garbage cans with her wind gusts down the streets of Braemar on this first day of spring.  Nothing like a scheduled trash pick up to get those winds fired up.  I will tell you something that fires me Carriage Home in Braemarup is Braemar Carriage homes.  In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report we are going to see what happened with Carriage home values during the first two months of the year.  For those that may not know what I am talking about, Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. Rather, if they have a garage at all, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

There was only one sale of a Braemar Carriage home in the opening two months of 2016.  It was a three bedroom Oakdale model with a finished basement and two car garage.  It listed for $387,500 and sold for $385,000.  That sold price becomes our placeholder for average market value of Braemar Carriage homes.  Compared to last report that marks an increase in average market value of over 2.5%.  Compared to last year, it is a 2% increase.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Carriage Series)

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, this one sale indicates that you could expect it to be under contract in 132 days.  Personally, I don’t think that’s what the average Braemar Carriage home would find in terms of marketing time.  My Braemar real estate gut tells me a max of three weeks.  This sale also sets an expectation of paying nearly 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.  That is more in line with reality than the marketing time.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May  and will detail sales from March and April. Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar Carriage home, give Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037me a call for a free market analysis.  I’ve been a Braemar home owner and full-time Bristow Real Estate Agent since 2005.  Getting your Braemar home sold for the maximum amount of money in the shortest period of time is what I do.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)

Five Bedroom Braemar Home: Under Contract in Two Days!

Five Bedroom Braemar Home:  Under Contract in Two Days!

9713 Lennice Way listed for $580,000 on March 18, 2016 and went under contract 2 days later.

The time between when a seller signs a listing agreement with me to sell their Braemar home and when their home hits the market can be as short as forty-eight hours, or as long as two to three months.  It all depends on when the seller is ready for buyers to tour their property.  It is stressed to my sellers that you never get a second chance to make a first impression.  And the sellers that get the best results really take that Kitchen --9713 Lennicesentiment to heart.  No amount of marketing on my end can get super fast results, or high contract prices, on a home that shows poorly in comparison to other listings.

On February 11th, I met with the seller of 9713 Lennice Way and in a whirlwind, we completed a listing agreement and I gave the seller my listing preparation notes.  Even though the seller was anxious to get the home on the market, it was not going to be at the expense of getting a great deal.  That meant doing the work to get the home ready.  Contractors came in to paint and carpet, Living Room--9713 Lenniceseal the driveway, power wash the deck, and the tasks of decluttering and staging were the grand finale.

While my sellers are in the process of getting their Braemar homes ready for market, I often receive calls from area agents inquiring what I might have coming up on the market that would work for their buyers.  This was one of those homes that not only got that call, but got an offer from a buyer previewing.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to impress the seller.  So on the market it went, five days later, on March 18th at it’s list price of $580,000.

The very first showing resulted in a much higher offer.  And after one day of negotiations, this five bedroom beauty in Braemar was under contract.  After all, it only takes one buyer to make a deal with a seller.

Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Want the same kind of results when you are ready to sell your Braemar home?  Give me a call.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2016 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Arista Series)

Spring has definitely hit the Braemar real estate market, but you may not know it after reading this Braemar Property Value Report for Arista Series homes in our neighborhood.  This Canterbury goes to settlement on April 7, 2016 .Before we get started, Arista Series homes are the large single family homes built by Brookfield Homes.  The floor plans are:  Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

So you know what an Arista Series home in Braemar is, so what happened in January and February.  (Cue the crickets.)  Nothing.  Just like last report, not one Arista Series home sold.  However, since our market has been fairly stable in terms of value for the last year, it is safe to assume when we do see more sales in the upcoming Braemar Property Value Reports for homes in the Arista Series, it won’t be far off from what we saw last January and February.

Braemar Property Value Report:  January-February 2016 (Arista Series)

Just because there were no sales in the last four months of other Allisters, Buckinghams or Canterburys doesn’t mean a local agent like myself can’t give you a good idea of what your home is worth.  We can always pull sales of similar sized homes in the area and figure out where the market value would be.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May and will focus on sales from Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037March and April.  I know for sure that next report, I will have at least one sale to report.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar home, give me a call.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Statistics compiled using MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.) 

Just Listed: Five Bedroom Grand Colonial in Braemar for $580,000

Just Listed:  Five Bedroom Grand Colonial in Braemar for $580,000

9713 Lennice Way listed for $580,000 on March 18, 2016.

Have you ever been inside a Wynterhall model by NV Homes?  It’s a magnificent floor plan that has everything you would expect in a luxury single family home.  This Wynterhall model at 9713 Lennice Way just hit the market priced at $580,000.  The owner has the home painted and new carpet installed.  Let me give you a virtual tour.

Entry Stairs--9713 Lennice

Dining Room--9713 Lennice

Living Room--9713 Lennice

Step into the two story foyer and you are in between the formal dining room on the right and the formal living room on the left.  Decorative pillars give them an air of sophistication and marks their outermost boundary.  If you stand near those pillars, you can see every room on the main floor.

Study--9713 Lennice

To the right, a study behind French doors is a perfect home office.  The only thing to distract you is the wooded view from your window.  Main level powder room is just around the corner.

Family Room--9713 Lennice

Straight ahead is the two story family room with a floor to ceiling Palladian window.  It has the same wooded views as the study.  In here you also have a gas fireplace and built-in bookshelves.

While there is a hardwood staircase that greets you in the foyer, there is another hardwood staircase that comes down into the back of the home between the family room and kitchen.

Kitchen --9713 Lennice

The kitchen is huge, with plenty of cherry cabinet space and granite counters.  The island even allows for bar seating.  Of course, there is also a breakfast area here.  Don’t worry about the size of your table.  The space is quite large.

Butlers Pantry--9713 Lennice

Of course, loop around back toward the foyer and you pass a Butler’s pantry–the perfect transition between dining and cooking space.

Master Suite--9713 Lennice

Master Bath Tub--9713 Lennice

Master Bath Sinks--9713 Lennice

The Master suite sits behind double doors and is impressive in size.  A tray ceiling gives the room architectural interest.  Attached luxury bathroom has jetted tub, separate shower and dual sinks/vanity.

BR 2--9713 Lennice

BR 3--9713 Lennice

Second Bath--9713 Lennice

The second and third bedrooms sit at the opposite end of the hall, to the left and right of the second full bathroom.  This bathroom also has dual sinks/vanity.  And whoever gets the fourth bedroom is lucky enough to have their own attached full bathroom.

BR 4--9713 Lennice

The basement is completely finished with a fifth bedroom and full bathroom, two finished rooms and a large recreation area with a wet bar.  The basement has a walk out exit.

Rec Room--9713 Lennice

Outside, you can enjoy the wooded view from your wood deck, accessed just off the kitchen/breakfast area.  Also on the main level is your mud room/laundry room.

Deck--9713 Lennice

Wooded View--9713 Lennice

Like all homes in the Highland Village section of Braemar, this home has basic cable and internet service with RCN as part of the HOA dues.  You’ll also have access the many Braemar amenities, which includes multiple pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds.

Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037If you think this home is the one you’ve been looking for, give me a call to set up a tour.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

Dunbarton Duplex Values: January-February 2016

Dunbarton Duplex Values:  January-February 2016

When I began my real estate career in 2005, I also decided to start compiling bi-monthly property value reports for my neighborhood of Braemar.  Over the years, I Ayres Model Duplex in Dunbartonhave added more reports so home owners of the various home types have an idea of what current property values are doing.  For 2016, I am adding property value reports for Dunbarton.  This is the first Dunbarton Duplex Value Report and will focus on sales of attached single family homes in Braemar’s Dunbarton for the first two months of the year.

There was only one duplex that sold in Dunbarton during the months of January and February.  It was an Ayres model that listed for $300,000 and sold for $305,000.  It had been listed prior to its foreclosure and was hard to tour as there were items all over the floors.  Once it went to foreclosure, it didn’t last long.  The sold price of $305,000 represents a decrease from the average market value of 4.5% since November and December.  However, since there were no sales of Dunbarton duplexes in the first two months of 2015, we have no year to year comparison.

Dunbarton Duplex Values:  January-February 2016

If you placed your Dunbarton duplex on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week and a half.  You may not even have to pay closing cost help to the buyer.  This sale didn’t.

The next Dunbarton Duplex Report will be out in May and will focus on sales activity for March and April.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Dunbarton Chris Ann Cleland, Bristow Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037duplex, give me a call for a free market analysis of your specific home’s value.  We can also go over my unique marketing plan that allows me to sell millions in Bristow real estate year after year.

Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.comwww.UncompromisingValues.com

 

To see the Dunbarton Single Family Home Report for January-February 2016, click this link.

 

Statistics compiled using the MRIS (Metropolitan Regional Information Systems.)