Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)D

Daylight is leaving us earlier and earlier these days. That’s the one thing I really don’t like about entering the month of October. However, the thing I dislike about this month is the very thing that makes this the perfect month to celebrate Halloween. You have to take the good with the bad.

In this edition of the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly the focus is on our third quarter neighborhood real estate market as it pertains to our two car garage townhouses, attached side to side and back to back. Let’s dive right in.

From the beginning of July to the end of September, there was only one Braemar Piggyback home sale. Details are listed below.

July and August in 2022 reflected our Northern Virginia seasonal norm, reduced buyer activity during summer vacation months. It is not surprising to see it took the Braemar Piggyback townhouse above just over two weeks to sell. It is disappointing to see that it sold below its list price. Two weeks on the market probably felt like an opportunity to buyers who were used to losing homes within twenty-four hours on the market.

Taking this third quarter activity and combining it with all the Braemar Piggyback sales going back to the fourth quarter of 2021, the six and twelve month data points tracks in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, it is still comforting to see both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their corresponding twelve month values. While our market was undergoing a shift in buyer behavior, values are still on an upward trajectory.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has been a non-starter for buyers looking to get under contract in an inventory limited market. This report shows no change in average and median seller subsidy given in any value. Oddly enough, our twelve month average seller subsidy was four hundred dollars last report too.

Despite the fifteen days on market experienced by the most recent sale, the days on market average and median values are still showing single digits down the line. This may start getting longer, but not overnight. The steep increase of mortgage interest rates is likely motivating as many buyers to get under contract soon, as it is slowing others down.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two weeks or less. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy, but don’t be surprised if buyers request it now that mortgage rates have effectively doubled since the beginning of the year. The days of multiple offers is gone and buyers are no longer having to waive contingencies. However, that does not mean that you can’t get a great price and seller favored terms when selling. With demand continuing to outpace supply, sellers still have the advantage. It is just even more important to make sure your home is priced right, properly prepared and professionally marketed to lift buyer enthusiasm.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in January. Between now and then, I wish you all the best as you celebrate the year end holidays. However, if the need arises to sell, don’t push off the conversation until spring. Our real estate market in the fourth quarter can be a very powerful one and has been for the seventeen years I’ve been selling. Get in touch with me for a complementary consultation for the most accurate inforamtion on our market so you can evaluate what is right for you. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better.

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


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