Braemar Carriage Home Under Contract in One Day!

Braemar Carriage Home Under Contract in One Day!

9758 Tombreck Court went under contract in 4 days!!

It was just the other day that I told you about 9758 Tombreck Court, which hit the market on Valentine’s Day priced at $420,000.  Having listed 9450 Cromarty Court earlier in this month, I knew we were going to see a ton of traffic.  It was the four offers that rolled in within twenty-four hours of being listed that had me floored.  The biggest traffic days tend to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We listed on a TUESDAY!

If there was ever a time to list to get maximum exposure to buyers and very little competiton, this is it.  

This one will go to settlement in mid-March, so stay tuned for the final sales price.  In the meantime, if you are ready to move up, down or out and need to sell, give me a call. Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037 Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA



Just Listed: Four Bedroom Carriage Home on Cul-De-Sac Lot for $420,000

Just Listed:  Four Bedroom Carriage Home on Cul-De-Sac Lot for $420,000

When it comes to Braemar Carriage homes, the Parkdale floor plan is by far the most popular.  This one, located at 9758 Tombreck Court, is not likely to last very long.  For starters, it is located at the end of a cul-de-sac.  Add to that the covered front porch and you have buyers, already desperate for more homes to the market, clamoring for a look.9758 Tombreck Court Listed for $420,000 on February 14, 2017

Enter through the front door and the living room is on the left, the dining room is on the right.  The upgrade of the bay window in this dining room has what many other Parkdales don’t, a view of the treeline at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Living Room

Dining Room

The back of this home is all your frequently used space open to each other.  Family room, kitchen and breakfast nook.  Main level conveniences like powder room, butler’s pantry and laundry room aren’t pictured here.

Family Room

Breakfast Nook in Kitchen


All four bedrooms and two full bathrooms are on the upper level.  Of particular interest is the master suite.  Here you enjoy an expansive room with a sitting area, walk-in closet and attached full bathroom.  The master bathroom has dual sinks/vanity, soaking tub and stall shower.

Master Bedroom

Sitting Area in Master Bedroom

Master Bathroom Sinks

Master Bathroom Tub

The basement is partially finished and boasts a large recreation area, additional full bath, and a walk-up exit.

Recreation Room in Basement

Of course, not all Braemar Carriage homes have the detached two car garage.  This one does, as well as a large back yard.

Back Yard and Detached Garage

The entire home was freshly painted and new carpet installed, prior to hitting the market.  HVAC was replaced in 2015.  And the location in the Tartan Hills Village HOA means that your monthly dues cover basic cable and internet through RCN.  Of course, all Braemar homes are zoned to attend Patriot High School.

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037If you, or someone you know is interested in this home, let me know.  No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA



Braemar Carriage Home Under Contract in Eight Days!

Braemar Carriage Home Under Contract in Eight Days!

When I listed 9450 Cromarty Court on February 2nd (2017) I knew demand would be high, but I had no idea that the first Saturday on the market that my sellers, their two small 9450 Cromarty Court Under Contract in 8 Days (February 2017.)kids and two large dogs, would be exiled from their home ALL DAY.  After calling to check in on them that afternoon, I now have a great idea where sellers, with dogs in tow, can go when they need to be out of the house for showings.  Barrel Oak Winery, which is dog friendly, has great wine and terrific views.

Because the sellers did everything they needed to for listing preparation in terms of painting, carpeting, cleaning and de-cluttering, the house was show ready on Feb. 2nd.  And even on Super Bowl Sunday, they gave buyers space to look.  It’s not easy being a seller and being inconvenienced over and over.

After multiple buyers expressed interest, my sellers were under contract in only eight days. 

Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037There are still plenty of buyers looking for Carriage homes in Braemar.  If you want to know how much you could expect yours to sell for, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA


Dunbarton Duplex Year in Review 2016

Dunbarton Duplex Year in Review 2016

Last year (2016) I decided to start providing online reports tracking average market value for Dunbarton Duplexes.  Turns out, my sampling period of every two months, didn’t provide enough data.  So let’s take a look back at the entire year and compare it to what happened in 2015.

Ayres Model Duplex in Dunbarton


10 duplexes sold in 2016, 4 with basements

  7 duplexes sold in 2015, 3 with basements

Unlike the Dunbarton Single Family Home Year in Review for 2016, duplexes actually saw more sales in 2016 than the previous year.  Let’s see how the sales break down by quarter.

1st Quarter:  2 sales in 2016; 0 sales in 2015

2nd Quarter:  4 sales in 2016; 3 sales in 2015

3rd Quarter:  2 sales in 2016; 1 sale in 2015

4th Quarter:  2 sales in 2016; 3 sales in 2015

The second quarter seems to be where both years saw the most activity, though in 2015 the fourth quarter matched it.


High Sold Price:  $360,000 in 2016; $359,900 in 2015

Low Sold Price:  $300,000 in 2016; $275,000 in 2015

Median Sold Price:  $336,000 in 2016; $330,000 in 2015

Average Sold Price:  $332,295 in 2016; $320,946 in 2015

Values definitely lifted a bit in 2016.  Even though the high sold prices were nearly identical, the difference in the median sold prices and average sold prices from 2015 to 2016 tell a tale.  And the number of Dunbarton Duplexes with basements seems to be about 40% of the sales each year, so that should not taint the median and average in this comparison.


When home owners are about to sell, they want to know if the market is such that paying all, or a portion, of the buyer’s closing costs will be expected.  Let’s take a look.

1 of 10 sellers gave closing cost help in 2016

3 of 7 sellers gave closing cost help in 2015

It’s clear to me that buyers wanting a Dunbarton Duplex know that they are making an offer on a hard to find home.  The vast majority of sellers had to give absolutely nothing in closing cost help to their buyers in 2016.  And the one seller that gave help in 2016 only gave $2,000.  Even in 2015, the slim majority gave none.  The average of the three that gave in 2015 was $2,500.  When you are hiring an agent to list your home, if you don’t want to pay closing cost help, start by finding an agent like me that understands the stats and can help you counter accordingly if a buyer does ask for closing cost help.

Dunbarton Sign Fall 2015


When I sit down with sellers, after we figure out a reasonable list price, the next question they have is how long their home will take to sell.

Highest Marketing Time:  157 days in 2016; 61 days in 2015

Lowest Marketing Time:  0 day in both 2016 and 2015

Median Marketing Time:  38 days in 2016; 13 days in 2015

Average Marketing Time:  62 days in 2016; 23 days in 2015

Even though sold prices moved up in 2016 for Dunbarton Duplexes, marketing time took longer.  That’s not surprisingly given the hesitancy agents like myself noticed in the market last year.  Chris Ann Cleland, Braemar Real Estate Agent, 703-402-0037Presidential election years always cause buyers to pull back a bit from the market  I think this showed itself in 2016 in the marketing time taking a bit longer for Dunbarton Duplexes to sell.

If you think that 2017 may be the year to list your Dunbarton Duplex, give me a call for a free market analysis.  We’ll pull the comparable sales that are most like your home, and any homes you may be competing against, to figure out the most money we get for your sale.  Since 2005, I have been a full-time, professional Bristow Real Estate Agent.  Put my experience in our marketplace to work for you.

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA