Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2019

It is time for another Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular edition features sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of January and February.

There were four Braemar townhouses that sold during the first two months of the year.  Final sold prices ranged from $318,000 to $345,000.  Details of the sales are listed below.

Taking these four sales and combining with the previous year’s worth of Braemar townhouse sales, new six and twelve month data points come to light.  Here’s what we have now:

Let’s start examining the sold price data. Both the six month average and median are notably below their twelve month counterparts.  This would be an indication that, in the more recent past, Braemar townhouses have been decreasing in value.  However, all but one of the four most recent sales are above the six month average and median sold prices.  The same doesn’t hold true across the board when we take the three highest Braemar townhouse sales reported for January and February and compare them with the twelve month average and median.  Only one of those most recent sales is higher than the twelve month median sold price.  Three are still above the twelve month average though.  While indicators are there that townhouse prices might be softening, we need more reports to see for sure if this is a blip or trend.

Seller subsidy is definitely on the rise.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are greater than the twelve month seller subsidy values.  This means Braemar townhouse sellers are giving more closing cost assistance in the most recent sales to their buyers.

Comparing six month average and median days on market to the twelve month counterparts, we see a spike in average and median marketing times compared to the twelve month values.  Don’t panic.  In November we switched to a new MLS system that stops counting days on market at a much different point, which is well into the transaction.  It is no longer when your townhouse goes under contract.  It will be a full year’s worth of data before we have an apples to apples comparison here if the new MLS does not change their marketing count method.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about a month.  You could also expect to give about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar townhouse looks like it is approaching, give me a call and we’ll start with a free market analysis of your home’s value in the current market.  From there, we’ll develop the best strategy to meet your home sale timeline and goals.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

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Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Do you find yourself feeling invigorated by the spring sunshine, warmer temps and our deciduous landscape in Bristow coming back to life?  I know I do.  I’ve got even more to make your spirits soar, particularly if you own a home built by Ryan Homes in Braemar.

This edition of the Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the sales of Ryan Homes in the first two months of the year.  As it turns out, there were two Ryan Homes that sold.  Their sold prices, as you will see in the details below, are nearly $100,000 apart.  That’s what happens when you have a finished basement in a much larger home.

Taking these two most recent Ryan Home sales and combining them with the previous twelve months of data, we get new six and twelve month data points.

Let’s start by looking at the biggest concern every Braemar home seller has–price.  The six month average and median sold prices are both higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This means Ryan Homes are going up in value in the most recent sales.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers), there isn’t a lot of change.  Buyers are still getting a little something in seller subsidy in their deals, but there are not any drastic increases happening here.

Finally, days on market does show a significant increase in marketing time, particularly when comparing the six month median days on market to the twelve month median days on market.  Don’t panic.  In November our region switched to a new MLS (multiple listing service) that stops counting days on market not when a home goes under contract, but when the contingencies in the contract are removed.  Not all that helpful when sellers want to know how long it’s going to take their homes to go under contract.  I suspect our new MLS will go back to stopping the days on market counter when a home goes under contract.  However, if they do not, we’ll need a year’s worth of data in the new system before we have an apples to apples comparison.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within about six weeks.  You could also expect to sell out under 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar home is on the horizon, it is never to early to consult this top Braemar Listing Agent.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (NV Homes)

Doing a quick spray of windshield fluid and swipe of the wiper blades yesterday I noticed quite a bit of pollen.  Spring is here!  Of course, we won’t know about the actual spring market real estate values until we have moved past it, but right now we have a chance in this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report to look at the first two months of 2019 and what is happening with NV Home values in the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, there were no NV Homes that sold during January and February.  However, that doesn’t mean we don’t get updated data points.  The six and twelve month weigh points we use for market indicators shifts every report.  Right now, this is what the six and twelve month values look like for NV Homes.

Let’s start with sold price.  The six month average sold price is slightly above the twelve month average sold price.  That’s good news!  However, the six month median sold price is $25,000 less than the twelve month median.  Not good news.  And without any NV Homes sold in our current reporting period, well, that leaves this experience Braemar Real Estate Agent to go with her gut.  There is incredible demand for homes in our neighborhood, though most demand seems to be below the $500,000 price point.  NV Home prices are most likely stable, but we’ll need to see some sales to be definite about it.

Next up, seller subsidy.  There is a very clear indication of a market trend here.  Both the six month average and median values are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  This means sellers have been giving more closing cost help to their buyers in the most recent sales.

Finally, we come to days on market.  You probably remember that our region switched to a new MLS system in the late fall and that the new MLS system calculates this figure differently.  Until we have a year’s worth of data under our new Bright MLS, or Bright decides to calculate days on market the way our previous MLS did, we have apples compared to oranges.  While there isn’t a lot of change from the six month marketing time values to the twelve month marketing time values, it is more likely than not that just the new MLS system will scare us with an increased days on market in recent sales.  The good news is that when I run comps for individual home owners, I can manually calculate marketing time given the information on the listing.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about a month.  You could also expect to give about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when you see a move on your horizon, give me a call for your home’s specific value in the current market.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Heritage Series)

Anticipation and excitement of the spring season on my part is usually hampered by the allergic reaction to pollinating trees, shrubs and flowers popping up in Bristow.  It’s an easy enough problem to solve with some Zyrtec.  As a Top Braemar Listing Agent, this is the time of year when more than just flowers are blooming.  So are listings, which will be a relief for buyers looking for homes in Braemar.

This edition of the Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of homes in the Heritage Series. Heritage Series homes are mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes.  They have two car attached garages and include the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery (a.k.a. Zurich) & Waverly.  The homes built by Coscan in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

During the first two months of the year, there were two Heritage homes that sold.  Final sold prices for these two Yardleys could not be more different.

The sale for $414,000 was a bank owned home, having been to foreclosure.  The market didn’t care for the property at the list price of $449,900.  The other sale at $485,000 was a recently renovated Yardley that, as you will see, sold $10,000 above it’s asking price.

Taking these two sales together with the previous year’s worth of Heritage home sales, the updated six and twelve month value points give us a sense of current market conditions.

Both the six month average and median sold prices are below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This indicates a softening of values in the Heritage Series.  We’ll have to wait and see what next report tells us.  The demand for these homes is incredible.

When it comes to seller subsidy, there’s a clear trend when you see the six month average and median values higher than the twelve month values.  That means buyers are requesting and getting higher amounts of closing cost help from sellers.

Days on market (marketing time) is a slightly longer in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  However, due to the change to a new MLS system in November that calculates this value differently, we won’t have apples to apples comparisons until we have an entire year’s worth of data under the new system.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in a little over two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for your specific home’s value in the current marketplace.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Courtyard Series)

There has been quite a bit of activity in the Braemar Courtyard home market lately.  Some people may think that the first two months of the year are slow in our real estate market, but they probably don’t read my Braemar Property Value Report.

This edition of the Braemar Property Value Report focuses on what’s been happening in the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood.  Braemar Courtyard homes are one of three different floor plans that share a private courtyard driveway and have limited outdoor space.  Models include the Arlington, Ballston and Clarendon.

During the months of January and February, there were two Braemar Courtyard homes that sold.  Details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these two most recent sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of Braemar Courtyard home sales, new six and twelve month data points are generated.  This is where we can tell if our market is favoring sellers, buyers or remaining stable.

Looking at sold prices, it is good to see the six month average sold price above the twelve the month sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month median and twelve month median sold prices are identical.  The report seems to indicate increasing values in the average sold price change and stability in the six month median sold price change.  Either way, it is not bad news for Braemar Courtyard home owners.

We see a definite trend when it comes to seller subsidy, also known as a closing cost assistance to buyers.  Both the six month average and median values are higher than the twelve month average and median values.  This means buyers in the market for Braemar Courtyard homes are in need of and requesting more money from the sellers to get into the deal.  If it can get padded into the sales price, as the sale that happened on February 15th did, that’s not a bad thing.

Finally we come to days on market, or as I like to call it, marketing time.  Before we even begin, remember that our MLS changed in November.  And the new MLS stops the marketing clock, not when  home goes under contract, but when the contingencies to the contract are removed.  This is going to make our data here unreliable until the new MLS, at the outcries of agents like me, change their reporting method or we get one year into this..  Not surprising, the marketing time is longer in both the six month average and median values compared to their twelve month counterparts.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within one or two months.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% to 2% in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when you want to know what your specific Courtyard home is worth in today’s market, give me a call for a free market analysis and the low down on market conditions that are affecting it.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Carriage Series)

As the thaw out from winter is underway in Bristow, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report, detailing sales of homes in the Carriage Series.  This edition focuses on the activity in January and February.   Braemar Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

During the first two months of the year, there were two Carriage homes that sold.  Both were three bedroom Norwood models.  Their sold prices were $402,000 and $425,000.

Taking these sales and combining them with the last twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  

When it comes to sold prices, the six month average sold price is slightly below the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile the six month median sold price $1,000 above the twelve month median.  Neither change is notable, so we can determine that Braemar Carriage home values are stable.

Seller subsidy also shows some mixed information.  The six month average seller subsidy is less than the twelve month average.  At the same time, the six month median is exactly the same as the twelve month median. Relative stability in what sellers are giving their buyers in closing cost help is what we can infer here.

Finally we look at marketing time, or days on market. The six month average and median marketing times are both above the twelve month values.  Because we switched to a new MLS that calculates these values differently in the fall, it’s going to be until next fall that we have an apple to apples comparison.

If you placed your Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about a month and a half.  You could also expect to give $5,000 to $6,000 in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, if you want to know what your Braemar Carriage home is worth, get in touch with me for a free market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Arista Series)

As I type up this most recent Braemar Property Value Report for home sales in the Arista Series, it is St. Patrick’s Day.  Will the luck of the Irish be with us in this report? Thankfully, luck has nothing to do with the market.  It’s all supply and demand.  Keeping regularly tabs on the market stats gives us the best idea of where supply and demand are trending.

Before we get to the report itself, if you don’t know what a Braemar Arista Series home is, they are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in Braemar.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

During the current reporting period of January and February, there were no Arista homes that sold.  Supply problem or demand problem?  Hmm.  We’ll know next report because there are currently quite a few Arista homes on the market.

What we can do is take a look at the refreshed six and twelve month average and median values. 

Unfortunately, the six month average and median sold prices have fallen below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Values had been slipping in recent sales near the end of the year.  That is an indication that demand for the largest homes in the neighborhood was waning.  Only time will tell if that continues.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is much lower in the six month values compared to the twelve month values.  Buyers in the most sales did not require large amounts of closing cost help.  That’s good news.

When it comes to days on market (marketing time) we see mixed information.  The six month average marketing time is lower than the twelve month marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is higher than the twelve month median.  Neither change is very dramatic.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, these numbers indicate that your home should be under contract and well on it’s way to settlement, in eight to ten weeks.  You could also expect to pay a small amount in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, if you would like to know what your home would be worth in today’s market, call me for a free market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better! 

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com