Under Contract Before I Could Tell You It Had Just Listed

Under Contract Before I Could Tell You It Had Just Listed

On November 6th (2019) I activated the MLS listing for 13236 Daldownie Court When I met the sellers of this Norwood model Braemar Carriage home I could not have been more excited.  First of all, I love selling homes during our year end market.  Often times sellers don’t believe exactly how strong the year end market can be.  As I have stated over and over again, home buying is an emotional process and being “home for the holidays” is most certainly a real thing.  Secondly,the curb appeal of the Carriage homes on Iona Sound Drive pulled me into buying in Braemar.  It is a vivid memory, my husband and I driving around the neighborhood, looking at holiday lights and just falling in love with the neighborhood.  Braemar Carriage homes could not be more charming if they tried, but add a dusting of snow and some holiday lights and they look like model homes you would see under a Christmas tree.

As a Norwood model priced at $429,000, this home was sure to get attention right out of the gate.  Taking a quick look at the surrounding Bristow market and what was available in a single family home with three bedrooms for this price, well, the closest competition was a one car garage home in Kingsbrooke.  With the detached two car garage and three parking space wide driveway, this home already had a leg up on that home.

Of course, it had the three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms on the upper level, one each making up the master suite.  And it had finished recreation space in the basement.  While it didn’t have fancy finishes in the kitchen, it did have a main level mud room, which I wish I saw more often in Norwood models.  I also boasted a cul-de-sac lot backing to a berm with an attractive tree line.  Stand on the deck, complete with a retractable awning, overlooking a white picket fenced yard and it was hard to imagine a scenario where this home didn’t get someone’s attention.

Out of the barrage of showings the first day, we received an offer.  While reviewing that offer on the 7th, there was a showing happening that resulted in yet another offer on the 8th!  Multiple offers in November?  Yes!  There are buyers out there right now looking for homes like this three bedroom Carriage home.

In only two days and this home was under contract.  It will closing in December, so stay tuned for final details.  In the meantime, if you or someone you know has been considering the sale of their Braemar Carriage home, give me a call and learn the strength of professional marketing coupled with our year end market.  There is still time to hit the “home for the holidays” mindset.

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

 

Another Braemar Townhouse Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

Another Braemar Townhouse Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

On September 26th, this piggyback townhouse located at 13036 Bathgate Way hit the market priced at $355,000.  As the competition around this listing seemed to be languishing on the market and dropping their prices below where we were hitting, I had to wonder if we would be languishing too.  Not at all.  It was a delightful surprise to have two buyers with competing offers within four days. Who would have guessed there were multiple buyers who wanted a property like this, priced above its competitors, based on what we saw hitting the market?

Great results start with choosing the best agent for the job.  For this seller, and many other Braemar sellers, that is me.  I know how to market the various styles of homes in the neighborhood because I am familiar with all of them.  I have been a resident of the neighborhood since 2005, and I have served most of those years on an HOA board.  My slogan, No One Knows Braemar Better, is most definitely true.

Not only do I know the neighborhood and how to position the listings I have against their competition, I know how to market them professionally to get my sellers the maximum attention from online buyers.  Professional photography is a must, but so is preparation prior to photos.  That’s where my marketing skills come in handy, helping my sellers edit their “stuff” so their homes show in the absolute best light.  Any agent can take your listing, snap some photos and throw you in the MLS.  Professional marketing gets the best results.  You don’t put a listing up with the phrase, “Immaculately kept” and have towels in bathrooms look as though they were thrown from across the room to land haphazardly on the towel rack.  Attention to detail is critical for a listing agent.

Getting under contract quickly, and in an unexpected multiple offer situation, my Bathgate seller got terms that favored her.  The next hurdle was getting the home to appraise for the list price the buyer was willing to pay.  Remember, our competitors were dropping their prices to get noticed.  That’s not a environment that is easy to deal with come appraisal time.  As is my business practice, I met the appraiser at the property with information on the home, what set it apart from its competition and comparable sales that we had based our list price on.  Low and behold, we were through appraisal with no issue.

The only speed bump this sale hit was in the processing of the buyer’s grant from VHDA.  Our settlement date was delayed from Halloween to November 5th (2019.)  There is no escaping government bureaucracy, but a great agent keeps their client informed every day as to what is happening….even if that is nothing.

When you are ready to sell your Braemar home, remember that success starts with your choice of agent.  Your decision should be based on results and how the agent’s previous listings have been marketed and sold. Of course, an agent who can get you the best results is not going to be cheapest, but they will make you the most money.   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