About cacleland

Chris Ann Cleland is an Associate Broker with Long & Foster REALTORS® in Manassas, VA. She specializes in listing residential property, and helping buyers find the right home, in the areas of Bristow, Gainesville and Haymarket. As a Braemar resident, she has a special knowledge of the homes in that particular community. In fact, Chris Ann has been tracking Braemar home values since 2005.

How Many Days Does it Take a Single Family Home in Braemar To Go Under Contract in July?

How Many Days Does it Take a Single Family Home in Braemar To Go Under Contract in July?

On July 19th (2022) I brought 12607 Cessford Drive to the market. The sellers had been putting the finishing touches on their listing preparation as quickly as possible. Yours truly, the one that has been keeping you updated on the Braemar real estate market for over seventeen years, cautioned that July and August are slower than usual due to buyers being on vacation. Is it better to hit the market quickly and ill prepared when facing less motivated buyers or should the listing preparation get done no matter how much time it delays you getting on the market? The sellers wondered. My answer, get prepared.

The sellers had the entire home painted a neutral, on trend color. They de-cluttered everywhere and allowed me to come in and help stage the home. The day after professional photos were taken, we were on the market. Then the test of patience began.

Waiting for a buyer to act during a typical seasonal slow down is sometimes hard enough. Add in the far more deliberate actions of buyers amidst rising mortgage interest rates during that seasonal slow down and the passage of time can feel ten times slower than normal.

After eleven days and fifteen showings, the feedback was great. The home showed very well and buyers liked it. They just wanted to be sure before writing an offer. Then, last night, out of practically nowhere, an offer came in. My sellers were thrilled. Those eleven days felt like a lifetime. Of course, the Braemar real estate geek in me wants to know, how did we do? I practice what I preach. Did it make a difference to be properly prepared and professionally marketed with a full-time local agent?

Well, in the last thirty days, the homes in Braemar that have gone under contract have taken on averagge seventeen days to go under contract. The median days on market for Braemar single family homes that went under contract in July was a little lower at thirteen. Eleven is better than average and the median.

Meanwhile, of the available single family homes to purchase in Braemar, their average days on market today is twelve. Median days on market, fourteen. Those days continue to roll until the homes are chosen by buyers.

When you are ready to sell your Braemar home, get in touch with me for your complementary consultation. It is my pleasure to get my sellers top of market, no matter the season or the market conditions. I would love to be put to work doing the same for you. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2022

Before we close out the month of July, it is my pleasure to bring you the Braemar Townhouse Report for May and June 2022. This is the last in the most recent batch of Braemar real estate market reports. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. I started these bi-monthly reports in 2005 and published them alphabetically. “T” for Townhouse most comes after “R” for Ryan Homes. Over the years I have added quarterly reports for the townhouse-style condos, piggyback townhouses and patio homes. Each one of those may be considered a townhouse in the broadest since of the word. However, this particular report covers traditional townhouses, which to me are defined as having three levels, being attached only the sides and having a back yard.

During the months of May and June, there were seventeen traditional Braemar townhouses that sold. That’s a lot! Details of those sales are listed below.

At a glance everything looks healthy. The only Braemar townhouses that didn’t sell above their list price are the first one on May 9th and the last three on the list, which are the most recent sales. Hmm. The last three on the list also gave seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) as did the May 19th sale. In fairness, two of those four amounts look as though they are in lieu of home inspection repairs or to settle walk through issues. Finally, all went under contract in a week or less except for the very last sale on June 27th.

So when these most recent sales are added to all the Braemar townhouse sales going back to July 2021, what do our updated six and twelve month market markers tell us?

Sold prices look very healthy, especially compared to last report. The lift we see in both of the most recent six month values compared to their respective twelve month values is much higher than it was last report. It’s not inconsistent with what I am personally seeing in the market. While buyers are acting more deliberately now, and less prone to frenzied behavior, there is still not enough homes to meet the buyer demand. That means we are still in a seller’s market.

Seller subsidy does appear to be staging a comeback. Not surprising given how sharply mortgage interest rates have gone up since the spring. First time buyers, the most likely to purchase a Braemar townhouse, were already feeling the affordability pinch by rising values. Now they are pinched with higher interest rates. Seller subsidy may become a more frequently seen request as buyers looks for rate buy down help. Still, it is important to note that more that way more than half of Braemar townhouse sellers gave no seller subsidy at all. If you wanted to minimize the odds of giving closing cost help when you sell, hiring an agent that helps you create the maximum buyer enthusiasm is a must. Having the home that buyers want over everything else available is where the best deals happen.

Days on market seems fairly steady and is super fast. The average days on market increased by a day in the six month average value since last report. Meanwhile the six month median marketing time fell one day. Still, the trend is both six month values, compared to their respective twelve month values this go round, is faster.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week, maybe two. The summer seems to be a time of disconnect between sellers and buyers. Sellers think, “School is out. What a great time to list!” Buyers think, “We’ve been house hunting since early in the year. Time for a break and sun in the fun while the kids are out of school.” And as discussed above, your likelihood of being asked for seller subsidy is increasing, but still avoidable if you are properly prepared and professionally marketed to get more than one buyer interested in pulling the trigger at the same time. Unfortunately, the days of a pile of offers are behind us. And we are also finding buyers less likely to waive contingencies.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September. As we head toward the fall market please know that year end is a very powerful market. If you want to learn more about a potential late year sale, get in touch for your complementary consultation. It is my pleasure to get my Braemar sellers the top of the 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Ryan Homes)

The last of the Braemar Property Value Reports for single family home sales in May and June is coming to you now. This one in particular focuses on the houses built by Ryan Homes in our community. Let’s get right to it.

There were three Ryan Homes that sold between the beginning of May and end of June. Details of those sales are found below.

A quick look tells me these are all healthy sales happening in a seller’s market. They all sold above their list price, none gave any seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and they all went under contract in single digit days. Combining these sales with all the Ryan Home sales in Braemar going back to July 2021, the twelve months worth of data is pulled out into six and twelve month data points.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. Compared to last report, these lifts that are seen in the six month values above their twelve month counterparts are improved. The six month average sold price has doubled the lift above the twelve month value. The six month median sold price is now above the twelve month median, which wasn’t the case last report. Yes, our market is still a seller’s market. The feeding frenzy resulting in a pile of offers with buyers waiving every conceivable contingency may be gone, but there are still more buyers than there are properties for them to buy. Buyers are just acting more deliberately.

Seller subsidy is now at zero in the six month average. However, the twelve month average has increased by by just under one hundred dollars. Clearly, a Ryan Home seller in the November/December time frame that gave seller subsidy has moved off the six month time frame and is now being counted in the twelve month time frame. In that twelve month time frame there were twenty-four Ryan Home sellers in Braemar. Only two of them gave seller subsidy. None gave any in the six month time frame.

Days on market has gone to a faster pace by one day in both the average and median. Last report, both six month values were a little longer. Even then, nothing to be concerned about. Marketing time is also showing us the continuation of the seller’s market in Braemar, despite rising mortgage interest rates.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect to be under contract in a week, maybe two. July and August are times when the market does take a breath. Sellers think it is a great time to list when school is out and flock to market. Buyers are worn out from the house hunt and decide it is a great time to slow down, take vacations and have some fun in the sun. It is a typical seasonal disconnect. And as discussed above, you could expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. You could expect to see one, maybe two offers if you are lucky. And in the market now, buyers are not waiving contingencies. We are seeing more typical offers than the frenzy of the last couple years produced.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, if you want to investigate the potential sale of your Braemar home before the end of the year, get in touch for your complementary consultation. My pride and joy is getting my Braemar sellers top of the market through proper listing preparation, professional marketing and skilled negotiation. Take a look at the presentation of my latest listing at 12607 Cessford. 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

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (NV Homes)

As I prepare the latest Braemar Property Value Report for NV Homes in our neighborhood, I realize that I have up close and personal knowledge of the majority of homes sold this go round. That means you will be getting more information than usual. Let’s get right to it.

During the months of May and June, there were three NV Homes in our neighborhood that sold. Details of those sales are listed below, but there is more than meets the eye on two of them.

For starters, the most obvious visual difference is that there is one sale highlighted in blue type. That is a sale where I represented the buyers. They were initially interested in the home at 12667 Arthur Graves Jr., despite the home showing in worn condition. At that time, when 12667 Arthur Graves Jr. was brand new to the market, it was priced at $795,000. My buyers were willing to go in full list price just for the size of the home. Mind you, at the time the sellers were offering a $15,000 credit to refinish the hardwood floors. Nonetheless, my buyers were waved off as they had a home sale contingency. Somewhere along the line, the deal for 12667 fell through after my buyers were under contract with the very well prepared 12689 Arthur Graves Jr. (Side note, the floors at 12689 also needed to be refinished, but the home was fresh and clean, staged and no credit offered. It was also a smaller home.)

When it comes to the first home on the list at 10029 Three Sisters, that home appears to have sold above list price just like 12667 Arthur Graves, but when you consider their original list price was $810,000, it is up to your own judgment whether it did or did not sell above list.

What I do know from the sales above is that the market is still busy in Braemar and there are more buyers out there than homes for sale. In both Arthur Graves Jr. homes, I had a front row seat to multiple offer scenarios. After my own buyers lost in the first go round at Arthur Graves Jr., I helped a colleague write an offer on 12667 in the second round of offers at the improved price of $765,000. The market isn’t crashing for well priced homes. Well prepared homes are still doing very well.

With all that information, let’s now take a look at our updated six and twelve month data points.

When it comes to the average and median sold prices, there is still upward growth from the six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. However, looking at the six month median lift above the twelve month median, the growth is not as exuberant as we saw last report. Still, upward growth continues in this seller’s market. Clearly, the way to get the most for your home is to make sure it is properly prepared and professionally marketed to increase buyer enthusiasm.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is a factor in both average values. In the last six months, two out of eight sellers gave closing cost help. In the last year, three out of sixteen gave closing cost help. Take heart in knowing that way more than half of sellers in both time frames gave nothing. Not only does proper preparation help your bottom line, but so does skilled negotiation.

Days on market is a little higher down the line compared to last report, but day one and two days. NV Homes in Braemar are selling very fast.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week, maybe two. It may take a little longer in July and August. Sellers think this is the best time to sell since kids are out of school. Buyers are worn out and are more focused on vacation and summer fun. As mentioned above, seller subsidy seems to be more an issue with homes not properly prepared or professionally marketed. And while there are still instances of multiple offer situations, buyers are acting more deliberately these days. Sellers still have the upper hand. Just be prepared to see the typical contingencies in your offer(s.) Home inspections are rarely waved lately and low appraisal guarantees are all but forgotten.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, when it is time to sell your Braemar home, don’t rely solely on market conditions for the best outcome. Reach out to me for your complementary consultation. I will be happy to show you what proper preparation and my professional marketing can mean to your bottom line. It is my pleasure to get my Braemar sellers the top of the 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Heritage Series)

12607 Cessford Drive Listed for $675,000 on July 20, 2022

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Heritage Series)

It is time for another Braemar Property Value Report. This one focuses on the sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood. If you are not familiar with what constitutes a Heritage home in Braemar, they are the 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 months of May and June there were five Heritage homes that sold in Braemar. Details of those sales are listed below.

At first glance, what I notice about these sales is that every one of them sold above their original list price. (List price in a good number of instances was changed after the properties were under contract, which I find to be one of the worst ideas ever.) None of these sellers have to give any seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers,) and all but one sold in less than a week.

Combining these sales with all of the Braemar Heritage home sales dating back to July 2021, our one year’s worth of sales yields us updated six and twelve month data points. Those are pictured below.

The sold price column shows both six month values well above their respective twelve month values. This means Heritage homes in Braemar are continuing to increase in value despite the steep increase in mortgage interest rates. We are still in a seller’s market where inventory is outnumbered by the amount of buyers house hunting.

Seller subsidy shows nominal amounts in both average values. In the last six months, one Heritage home seller in eleven gave seller subsidy In the last twelve months, five sellers out of twenty-six gave some. Obviously, this is not an issue in the most recent sales. And in both time frames, more than half of sellers gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market shows Braemar Heritage homes are selling very quickly. They are even selling faster than they did last report. News of a market crash is definitely not accurate. Want the best result when you sell? Don’t hire an agent complaining about a shift. Hire one that is too busy selling houses to complain about it.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, based on current market conditiosn you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. July and August are months where it may take longer. That’s because sellers think the best time to sell is when school is out. Unfortunately, buyers are worn out from the market find it the best time to go on vacation. As for seller subsidy, odds are in your favor you wouldn’t have to give any. Hire an outstanding listing agent with negotiation skills and your odds of giving none improve dramatically.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, if you know someone looking for a mid-sized single family home in our neighborhood, check out my latest listing at 12607 Cessford Drive. And if the sale of your Braemar home is the horizon, get in touch to schedule your complementary consultation. My Braemar sellers get top of the market through proper listing preparation, professional marketing and top notch negotiation skills. Let me get you the same results. 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

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Welcome to another Braemar Property Value Report. This particular edition looks to the homes sold in the Courtyard Series in Braemar duing the months of May and June. Courtyard homes are located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five detached homes share a courtyard driveway and have a strip of yard separating them from each other.  I often refer to them as city homes or executive style homes, as they require the most minimal lawn maintenance and have very contemporary floor plans named the Arlington, Ballston and Clarendon.  What they lack in lawn, they more than make up for in generous bedrooms sizes.

During our current reporting period there were three Braemar Courtyard homes that sold. Details of those sales are listed below.

At first glance I notice a few things. All but one sale sold above list price. All but one sale gave no seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to the buyer.) And all but one sale was under contract in a matter of days. The stand out in every instance was one property. Was there something significantly different about it? It was slightly outdated and sold two important appliances (microwave and dryer) as-is. They also offered that seller subsidy in the listing for a decorator credit. Not at all what I recommend to my sellers, but hey, they weren’t my sellers. You never know what buyer out there is going to love the home the way it is.

Taking these three sales and combining them with the Braemar Courtyard home sales going back to July 2021, our six and twelve month data points are updated. Here’s what we get:

Starting with the sold price column, the trend of increasing values stand right out. Both the six month sold prices are above their respective twelve month values. If there is a cooling off in the market, you wouldn’t know it by looking in this column.

Seller subsidy made a come back thanks to a seller generously offering seller subsidy. We will never know if they had to do that. Best I have to tell you is that more than half of Braemar Courtyard home sellers in both the six month and twelve month time frames gave nothing in seller subsidy. If you hire an agent that helps you build buyer enthusiasm through proper listing preparation and professional marketing and follows up with skill negotiation, odds are strong you wouldn’t have to give any either.

Days on market shows a decrease in marketing time. That’s more great news consistent with a seller’s market. Again, you wouldn’t know of any change in the market, despite talking heads all around talking about it, by looking at these numbers.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so. In July and August, the time may be longer. This is the time of year we see a disconnect between buyers and sellers. Sellers think it’s a great time to list when school is out. Buyers think it is the perfect time to take a break from the market and go on vacation. As mentioned above, if you had great representation, you could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, when it is time for you to sell, know that relying on market conditions or placing the primary hiring decision based on commission charged is no way to get the best outcome. Get proper listing preparation advice, professional marketing and skilled negotiation. Call for your complementary consultation. It’s my pleasure to get my Braemar sellers to the top of the 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Carriage Series)

Summer is heating up. Is the Braemar real estate market still hot? In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report the answer to that question and the general health of our real estate market will be addressed as it relates to Carriage homes in our neighborhood. 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, accessed by a private driveway off of the street, or off of a shared alley in the back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood, Norwood, Oakdale and Parkdale.

During the months of May and June, there were six Carriage homes that sold in Braemar. Details of those sales can be found below.

At first glance, I notice that four out of six are the smaller of the four floor plans in the Carriage Series. All sold above list price and very quickly. Only one gave any seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help. The sale highlighted in pink was my listing at 9477 Cromarty Court. I was so pleased to get the highest sold price on record for the smallest floor plan (the Maplewood) in the Carriage Series with this one. The sellers did a fantastic job updating the home and making the small kitchen space more useful. That, the lot and the professional marketing that I offer all of my Braemar sellers did the trick in creating buyer enthusiasm and driving up the price. And if you can believe it, the sellers didn’t pick the highest offer! It’s not always about price to a seller.

Taking all six of these sales and combining them with the Braemar Carriage home sales going back to the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, one year’s worth of sales data is broken down into six and twelve month data points.

Looking first at the sold price column, we see both six month values are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Carriage homes are continuing to gain value. The lifts each six month value has above its twelve month value is not as high as it was last report. This is consistent with what we are seeing as the seller’s market with limited inventory and high buyer demand, is dealing with steep mortgage interest rate increases. Buyers are not as frenzied as they had been going back to 2020. Their actions are more deliberate. We will continue to see values increase, but not as quickly. Expect more steady growth going forward.

Seller subsidy is more of a factor than it was last report. One sale out of seven in the past six months gave the substantial amount of seller subsidy we see in the details of the recent sales. Over the twelve month period, three out of sixteen Carriage home sellers gave seller subsidy. This is also something we are likely to see change as mortgage rates further squeeze affordability for buyers. Best news right now is that more than half of Braemar sellers in both time frames gave none. Don’t want to give up seller subsidy when you sell? Hire an agent that knows how to drive up buyer enthusiam through professional marketing and negotiate skillfully on your behalf.

Days on market is remaining as fast as it has been. These in demand Carriage homes in Braemar are getting gobbled up by the market in a week or so max. This may increase as there is a seasonal disconnect between buyers and sellers in July and August. Sellers rush to market thinking it is a great time to list when the kids are out of school. Buyers, who have been searching since the early part of the year are weary and think it’s a great time to go on vacation. It’s a seasonal wobble that happens almost every year.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so and if you hired an agent that is professionally marketing your property, give nothing in closing cost help. You could also expect to see two offers if you are lucky. The glut of multiple offers is over as buyers are acting more deliberately. You will likely see home inspection contingencies and appraisal contingencies again. Our market is normalizing in that respect.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer with some fun in the sun. And if you want to investigate what a sale in the near future would mean to your bottom line, or how it would choreographed with your next purchase, get in touch for your complementary consultation. It’s my pleasure to help my Braemar sellers reach the top of the market with my many years worth of well honed skills. I also represent plenty of Braemar buyers. Maybe my new listing at 12607 Cessford Drive will hit the spot. 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

Just Listed: Move-In Ready Yardley Model for $675,000

Just Listed: Move-In Ready Yardley Model for $675,000

Welcome to 12607 Cessford Drive in Braemar. This Yardley model is freshly painted, has new carpet and LVP (luxury vinyl plank flooring) on the upper level and an on trend kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters/island and stainless steel appliances. Move right in.

The Yardley model is one of the most popular floor plans for a mid-sized single family home in Braemar..and with good reason. The main level floor plan gives a slight twist to the typical Northern Virginia colonial. Formal living room and dining room are offset from one another, not open to each other. When you enter the foyer, the living room is the left, formal dining room around the staircase and to the right, and family room beyond the staircase ahead.

The kitchen contains a dining area/breakfast nook and is open to the family room. This configuration is very pleasing to buyers looking for an open concept floor plan.

Perhaps the best feature of the Yardley model is the upper level bedrooms, particularly when it has the fourth bedroom. The owner’s suite is always going to be the largest. It is no disappointment here. Two walk-in closets and an attached bathroom with soaking tub, dual sinks and stall shower give you all you need without eating up valuable space.

The smallest of the secondary bedrooms is still generous in size at eleven feet by thirteen feet. It is the fourth bedroom, originally an option for the new construction buyers, that is huge. It rvials the size of the owner’s suite at fourteen feet by thirteen feet.

Downstairs, a partially finished basement is home to a large recreation space. Laundry room is located just off the basement landing. More space can be finished (a den and full bathroom) or keep it the way it is and enjoy plenty of storage.

The lot is the part the sellers enjoyed the most. Having no next door neighbors on Cessford itself, this lot enjoys more privacy than most. It is situated near a gas line easement on the north side, making having another home impossible. To the east side, there just wasn’t enough room to build another home. Enjoy quiet nights on the deck. The rise of the lot works as a privacy buffer.

This Yardley model is listed for $675,000. Recent improvements not yet mentioned include a new front door and new slider with built-in blinds in 2022; a new roof in 2021, and new water heater and furnace in 2019. The a/c is not original, having been replaced at some point in the past, but not within the last five years. Great news is that it is still humming along.

If you would like to see this home, please get in touch with me for a tour. 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

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Arista Series)

The time for another Braemar Property Value Report focusing on sales of the Arista homes in our neighborhood has come. Since screwing up the initial reporting last time around, you better believe this report has been checked, double checked and checked again. It takes a confident agent to link to their own screw up. I’ve been at these reports and selling Braemar Real Estate for over seventeen years. That error was a first and a last.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report for Arista homes in our neighborhood we look back at sales from May and June. Arista homes are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans.

There were five Braemar Arista homes that sold during the months of May and June. The details of those sales are listed below.

Not a surprise to see five Canterbury models on the list. The Canterbury floor plan is by far and away the most prevalent of the Arista Collection floor plans in our neighborhood. That is likely because it was the builder’s model for the collection in our neighborhood. You either had to use your imagination on the Allister or Buckingham, or drive to another Brookfield community in the metro region to see them in person.

The quick observations are that all but one sold at or above list price. All but one sold in the $800K range. (The $774K sale never hit the market, maybe not a great idea give how much lower the sale was.) Two out of five gave significant amounts of seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer.) And all the sales happened in ten days or less.

Taking these five sales and combining them with the Arista home sales going back to the second half of 2021, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with sold prices, we see both the six month average and six month median are higher than their respective twelve month values. Neither the six month average or six month median values have lifted as high above their respective twelve month value as they did last report. This is consistent with what we are seeing in the market as we continue to see demand outpacing supply, but mortgage interest rates increasing. Buyers are still facing seller market conditions, but are acting more deliberately. Gone are the days of insane multiple offers with buyers waiving every conceivable contingency. Buyers are more likely to offer list price and insist on appraisal and inspection contingencies, as we find in a more typical seller’s market. Low appraisal guarantees are nearly forgotten. Right to void home inspections are hanging on. Prices will continue to increase, but not by leaps and bounds as they have in the last couple years.

Seller subsidy is making a come back as buyers struggle with the pinch at two ends when it comes to affordability. With prices steadily increasing and now mortgage interest rates rising, buyers may be requesting seller subsidy to assist with mortgage interest rate buy downs. Remember, more than half of sellers in our most recent report gave none. Maximizing buyer enthusiasm through proper preparation and professional marketing is essential to setting the stage for success, even in a seller’s market. Strong negotiating skills are only going to be seen by experienced agents who have lived through more than the seller’s market we have recently lived through.

Finally, days on market continues to be short. Eight days is consistently seen in three of our average and median values. Eleven days marks the twelve month average marketing time. Braemar Arista homes are selling fast. Again, our Braemar real estate market is still experiencing seller market conditions.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks. July and August do tend to be slower months for home sales. Buyers tend to make summer vacations a priority when the kids are out of school, contrary to what many sellers believe happens this time of year. The seasonal disconnect between buyers and sellers is not new. You could also expect that a buyer may request closing cost help, but having a home buyers are enthusiastic about in this seller’s market can help tip negotiations in your favor.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. If you would like to discuss what a sale in the near future would mean for you, please reach out for a complementary consultation. I love helping my Braemar sellers reach the top of the market with my well honed skill set. I also have the skinny on a limited opportunity mortgage program that is available to qualified buyers financing $400K or more and putting at least ten percent down. Let me know how I can help you. 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

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2022 (Reflection Series)

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Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2022 (Reflection Series)

Have you been hearing of doom and gloom in the real estate market? Well, not everyone who opens their mouths on the topic should be considered trusted resources. There are plenty of talking heads ranting about a market crash on the horizon. From where I sit as a full-time Braemar Real Estate Agent, I am just not seeing it. I know buyers would love to believe it is true, but prices keep going up and now, mortgage interest rates are going up too. There is certainly an affordability pinch happening, but that doesn’t mean we are headed for a crash.

In this edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly, we will look back at the second quarter’s sales activity for the semi-attached/semi-detached single family homes located on Tarvie Circle. They are the single family homes that are attached to one neighboring home at the rear load garage only.

There was only one Reflection home that sold between the beginning of April and end of June. The details of that sale are listed below.

This home closed in mid April, before interest rates shot up to just below six percent. It sold for forty-thousand more than its list price and gave no seller subsidy (closing cost help.) It only took seven days for it to go under contract. All in all, a very healthy sale.

Taking this sale and combining it with all three Reflection home sales that happened since the beginning of the third quarter of 2021, the updated six and twelve month data points show us the continuing trend of a seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column, it is great to see both the six month average and six month median sold prices above their respective twelve month values. This means home values have gone up again in the more recent sales. The lift the short term values are seeing above the longer term values is not as high as we saw last report. This is what we expect to see as inventory remains an issue, but buyers are squeezed by mortgage interest rate increases. Home values will continue to push up, but at slower, more steady pace.

Seller subsidy is a column that shows absolutely none given in either time frame. That’s a symptom of buyers having to remain competitive in a market with not enough homes. We might see seller subsidy make a come back as buyers may want additional help buying their mortgage rate down.

Days on market shows a slight improvement, though none was needed, to the time it takes to go under contract. Both six month values are faster than their twelve month counterparts. Another indicator of the continuing seller’s market.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. As far as multiple offers, you may not see those, but it only takes one serious buyer to make a deal. Buyers are acting much more deliberately than they were in the all out frenzy we were seeing from 2020 to early 2022. Gone are the days of waiving every conceivable contingency and offering low appraisal guarantees. We are experiencing more normal offers. Don’t get me wrong. Buyers still need to be competitive to go under contract. And if they are represented by agents who believe the market is crashing, the only thing that may crash if their own hopes of buying a home. You can’t will a market crash into existence with low offers.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October. Until then, if you would like to investigate what a sale in 2022 would mean for you, I am happy to discuss it. Get in touch for your complementary consultation. You will be sure to hit the top of the market with my listing preparation advice, professional market, expert negotiation and unparalleled knowledge of our neighborhood. 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