How Long Should it Take to Sell a Braemar Home?

How Long Should it Take to Sell a Braemar Home?

This is an example of light staging in a vacant home.

Because I am known as  a Braemar Listing Agent, other agents in the market place will contact me when they have a buyer with a specific need.  Right now (late March 2017) there is so much buyer demand for Braemar single family homes that there is no chance a home that is priced right, shows well, and has an outstanding marketing agent should linger on the market longer than one month.  Shoot, at this point two weeks feels like an eternity.

Of course, starting with the right agent helps you avoid over pricing.  It also gets you very direct advice about showing well.  And as for me, my photos don’t even hit the MLS until they have been reviewed and edited to show your home in the best light.  Photos are done at eye level, not from the ceiling or close to the ground.  Unless you have a one foot tall buyer or one that is filled with helium, they need to see what your home looks like from a reasonable eye level.  That gets tricky in a bathroom when it comes to avoiding mirrors, but that’s when I kick into “crouching agent, hidden camera mode.”

I was the second listing agent on this home in Braemar in 2015. The first agent’s photos were a disaster.

When I list a Braemar home, I take many pictures of the same room. Taking them with different exposures, different lighting settings in the home gives me more choices when I’m going through them and looking for the best shot.  And if your home is vacant, I bring in light staging items like greenery, towels, dishes, artworks, etc to warm up the place.  It also helps add some depth to photos of a vacant home.  And nothing is as important as the opening photo.  If it’s a crappy day when I first take photos, I come back until I get a great shot.

And of course, the exterior picture is taken to make your home look fantastic.

Between my marketing and a reasonable list price, my listings sell quickly.  There’s no multiple months on the market.

If you’ve been on the market for longer than a month or two, it might be time to hire someone to get the job done.  Wasted time equal wasted impressions on all those buyers waiting to jump on a single family home in Braemar.   The highest price doesn’t come with more time on the market.  The highest price comes from getting the most buyers to want your home.  That happens quickly.  So when you’re ready to sell your Braemar home, call me.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA


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