Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Carriage Series)

As I stood in my living room yesterday afternoon, making a new spot for our Christmas tree, I couldn’t help but feel odd about the passage of time this year. During the spring, when we were under shelter-in-place orders by the Governor, time seemed to pass so slowly. Lately, it has been zipping past. Obviously, as a Top Bristow Real Estate Agent, the passage of time to me is often tied to how busy I am. In the spring things were a bit quiet, but folks were still selling and buying. Lately, the Bristow real estate market has been a break neck pace. And there’s been so little inventory if you reference a property by street name, odds are another full-time agent in the market will know exactly which home you are talking about and have at least one buyer in mind for it.

Today I bring you the most recent Braemar Property Value Report for Carriage homes in Braemar, looking back to the months of September and October. 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. And this time of year, it is worth mentioning, they remind me very much of a home you would see in a Christmas tree village scene.

During the last two months, there were five Braemar Carriage homes that sold. Their final sold prices ranged from $445,000 to $506,000. Details of all five sales are listed below:

Just looking at this list of homes sold, I know I showed three of these properties and wrote three offers for different buyers on them. Seems that no matter how many homes are selling, our market needs more. Taking these five sales and combining them with the entire past twelve month of Carriage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated to give us a refreshed picture of what’s happening in the market.

First stop is the sold price column. Here we see what I would expect to see–both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Carriage homes are still gaining value, and in healthy strides.

Seller subsidy is where we get to learn how much closing cost help sellers agreed to give buyers in their transactions. While four of the five most recent sales gave nothing, only one sale gave a small credit, which I suspect was negotiated for inspection repairs. As a result of sales like the most recent ones, the six month average seller subsidy has significantly decreased compared to the twelve month average. Meanwhile, both the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values remain at zero, which means more than half of sellers in both of those periods gave nothing in closing cost help. Again, not surprising given the intense buyer demand and lack of inventory. Buyers are having to foot their own bill to purchase in this market.

Last up is the days on market column, or marketing time, as I like to call it. The six month average marketing time was two days faster than the twelve month average marketing time. Meanwhile, the six and twelve month median are the same at five days.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week, maybe a week and a half. You could also reasonably expect to give no closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January, at which point we will be able to see how Braemar Carriage home values did at the close of the year. I expect nothing but good news on that front. In the meantime, if a Braemar home sale is looming on the horizon, you may want to investigate our year end market, rather than waiting for spring. It is a powerful time of year to sell with a lot less competition than spring usually brings. Get in touch with me to find out what listing sooner might mean to your bottom line. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 
Associate Broker, Licensed in VA
Long & Foster Real Estate

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