Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

The picture above felt all too appropriate for this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report. Though we are here and now in 2022, this particular installment looks back to the last two months of 2021 for the most recent sales activity for Braemar houses built by Ryan Homes. After that, a brief look at the six and twelve month data points will tell us how Ryan homes in Braemar are trending. I still remember selling that Ryan Home in eight days in a much different market.

There were two sales of Ryan homes in Braemar in November and December. The details of each are listed below:

Neither of these sales is overly impressive. Then again, one was essentially an owner representing himself, but paying for MLS (multiple listing service) placement and the other was a home with amateur marketing. The Ballagan home was the limited service agent/owner self-representation. He sold $20,000 below list price, gave $10,000 in closing cost help and it took him nearly a month to do it. Not good, nor indicative of what our fourth quarter market had to offer. The other sold $100 above list price, but gave $15,000 in closing cost help. (gulp) I have done several Braemar Property Value Reports for this same time period. These are the only two single family homes to give seller subsidy in the last two months of November. Professional marketing agents are worth what they charge for what they bring to the table. Say a seller paid 1% more for an agent that did professional marketing on the second home, they would likely have still saved that $15,000 in closing cost help request. A net win! The description of the home tells the tale of a cul-de sac home with roof and appliances only three years old. Sellers get the marketing and representation they pay for. Who knows how good a deal the first home could have had with an agent negotiating on their behalf? No seller subsidy and probably closer to list price. Both more than worth it. Buyer enthusiasm doesn’t exist for no reason. You need to create it.

Taking all the sales from 2021 and parsing out the six and twelve month data points I follow in this report, here is what we get:

Starting with the sold price column, the good news for Ryan home owners is that values are still rising, in spite of the most recent sales. Look for the rate of increase to slow in 2022, as myself and other are predicting the 2022 growth will be very modest.

Seller subsidy values, despite the very large amounts given in the recent sales, on average are still very low. Obviously, the six month average is elevated from the twelve month average because of the two sales from November and December. However, the fact that the six and twelve month median values are at zero tell us that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. Hire the best negotiators and get the best results.

Days on market, again…despite the two most recent sales, is still very fast when it comes to average and median values. Hire professional marketing agents and your home will sell quickly.

If you placed your Ryan home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect it to be under contract in a week. You could expect to give nothing in closing cost help. However, buyers have been coming back with the typical contingencies in their offers since the second half of 2021. Those are financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you think you may want to sell, now is the time to start talking to your real estate professional. Give me a shout. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge (and pride,) combined with my professional marketing make my Braemar sellers very happy. 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

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