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.

Braemar Townhouse Report: November-December 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: November-December 2019

Bringing up the rear in latest editions of Braemar market reports is this Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular report looks back to sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of November and December 2019.  Let’s get right to it.

There were six Braemar townhouses that sold during the last two months of 2019.  Their sold prices ranged from $315,000 to $385,000.  The details of each sale are listed below.

Combining all six of these sales with the entire year’s worth of Braemar townhouse sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that the six month average is only fifteen dollars less than the twelve month average.  That would indicate stability in Braemar townhouse prices.  However, looking at the six month median sold price being three thousand higher than the twelve month median, we are left with information that Braemar townhouses are continuing to push up in value.  Having recently listed a Braemar townhouse, I can tell you that demand is there to keep prices going up.  We’ll see what our next report shows us.

Next up is the seller subsidy column.  Seller subsidy is also known as closing cost help to buyers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are above their respective twelve month values.  This means, in the more recent sales, Braemar townhouse buyers are asking for, and receiving, increasing amounts of closing cost help.

The last column is days on market, or as I like to call it, marketing time.  Here we see that marketing time has ticked up in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  I call tell you from recent listing experience, Braemar townhouses are in high demand.  I expect to see this number fall in our next report or two.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in no more than two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have been waiting for the spring 2020 market to list, spring has already sprung.  Demand is there, but your competitors are not.  Now is the time to get going.  Give me a call and let’s talk price, timing and marketing to get you the absolute most the market will bear.  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

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Ryan Homes)

As January draws to a close, I am here at my desk getting the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports, detailing sales from the last two months of 2019, published.  Today’s edition focuses on houses built by Ryan Homes in Braemar.

Between November and December 2019, there were three Ryan Homes that sold in Braemar.  Final sold prices ranged from $485,000 to $540,000.  The details of those three sales are listed below.

Taking all three of three Ryan Home sales and combining them with the entire year’s worth of Ryan Home sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated and give us the indicators as to what has been happening in our market.  Here is the updated six and twelve month snapshot:

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means Ryan Homes have been pushing up in value in the last six months.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers,) we see another seller favored trend.  Both six month values are below their twelve month counterparts.  This means that in the last six months, buyers have been asking for less closing cost help.

Days on market (marketing time) shows a trend in the opposite direction.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are longer than the corresponding twelve month values.  This means it has been taking a little longer to sell Ryan Homes in the last six months of sales.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect it to be under contract in about two to four weeks.   You could also expect to give less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have been thinking the spring 2020 market may be when you want to sell, know that real estate spring happens a lot sooner than Mother Nature’s spring.  Right now buyer demand is very high and we have little to nothing on the market.  Those are the conditions that are most seller favorable.  Give me a call and let’s talk timing, price and marketing to get you the absolute most the market will bear.  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

 

 

Braemar Townhouse: Under Contract in Four Days After Multiple Offers

Braemar Townhouse: Under Contract in Four Days After Multiple Offers

On January 23rd (2020) I was proud to present 9619 Innerwick Place to the market.  Priced at $384,900, this townhouse had a lot to offer buyers..and the market responded.  The first day, the sellers had an offer.  The second day, they had another offer.   The sellers had decided  to wait through the first weekend and two open houses before deciding on an offer.  By that time, there had been fourteen showings with agents and twenty-two buyers through the open houses.  That’s a lot of people looking for Braemar townhouses.  And right now, as I type this, there is not a Braemar townhouse on the market at all.  And in all of Bristow, there are only three townhouses on the market.

After three offers, the sellers went under contract with a very seller favorable offer.  Final details will be revealed when the sale closes in late February, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, if you have been thinking of selling your Braemar townhouse, there is no time like the present.  Buyers will gobble it up. Of course, the key to getting the top of the market price is listing prep and professional marketing.  Just click the property address above for the photos of this townhouse.  When you hire me to help you sell your Braemar home, that’s what you get.  No detail is overlooked, because there are dollars in the details.

Give me a call and let’s get started.  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

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (NV Homes)

Happy Monday!  This happens to be my favorite day of the week.  Of course, back to work is the association most folks have with Monday, and it’s no different for me.  I just happen to love my job as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent.

Today I’m going to share with you the latest Braemar Property Value Report, focused on sales of houses built by NV Homes.  This edition focuses on the sales activity of NV Homes during the months of November and December 2019.

There was only one NV Home that sold during the last two months of 2019.  It sold for $560,000 and the detail of that sale is listed below.

Taking this sale and adding it to the entire year’s worth of NV Home sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated to reveal the following:

Let’s start by examining the sold price column.  The first thing I notice when I look here is that the six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average sold price.  That alone would an indication that NV Home prices continue to increase in the more recent sales.  Then I notice that the six month median sold price and the twelve month median sold price are exactly the same.  This alone would indicate NV Home values are steady.  Finally, looking at the most recent sale of a large, three finished level NV Home at $560,000, which is below all the median and average sold prices…well that concerns me.  We’ll have to wait and see what our next report shows for value, but I feel safe calling them stable for now.

When it comes to seller subsidy, we see a good seller favored trend when we see that the six month average seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is quite a chunk of change lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  Then again, we see that the six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy values are exactly the same.  So what how does the most recent sale compare with seller subsidy.  It’s seller subsidy was higher than any of the above.  Again, we’ll have to wait and see what our trend is.  Right now, we’ve got mixed messages.

Looking at days on market (marketing time) there is a definite trend.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are longer than their respective twelve month counterparts.  Our most recent sale on Island Fog also shows this to be true.  While the length of time it is taking to go under contract has increased, it is still not anything troubling.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect it to be under contract in about three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1% of the sales price, maybe a little more, in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have been thinking that the 2020 spring market may be your time to list, the time to act is now.  Real estate spring is happening NOW.  It always happens earlier than Mother Nature’s spring.  Demand is high and our supply is pitifully low.  Give me a call and let’s talk timing, price and marketing.  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

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Heritage Series)

We are well into first month of the New Year and that, to this Top Braemar Listing Agent, means it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  This particular edition focuses on sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood between the months of November and December 2019.  Heritage Series homes are 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.

Let’s dive right in.  During the last two months of the previous year, there were three Heritage homes that sold.  Their final sold prices ranged from $425,000 to $524,900.  The details of those sales are listed below.

 

 

 

Taking these three sales and combining them with the full twelve months of sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated.  Those are listed below.

Looking at the sold price column first, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values.  This means that the most recent six months of sales had Braemar Heritage home values continuing to push up in value.  What concerns me a bit is that the two of three most recent sales from November and December are well below all of these average and median values.  We’ll see what is revealed in our next report.

Next up in seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers,) we see that both the six month average and median values are above their respective twelve month values.  This means that buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help from sellers.  Even still, the six month average seller subsidy was still  low considering a buyer could ask for 3% of the sales price, or in some cases, more.

Finally, the days on market numbers are also higher in the six month average and median values compared to the respective twelve month values.  This means it’s been been taking a bit longer, on average, to get Heritage homes under contract.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of about 1% of the sales price, or less, in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you think the spring 2020 market is when you would like to sell, the time to get started is now.  Real estate spring happens a lot sooner than Mother Nature’s spring.  Give me a call and let’s about about pricing, timing and marketing.  Getting top dollar for your Braemar home is what I do best.  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

Just Listed: End Unit, Garage Townhouse for $384,900 in Braemar

Just Listed: End Unit, Garage Townhouse for $384,900 in Braemar

Today I hit the go button for this beautiful end unit, garage townhouse in Braemar located at 9619 Innerwick PlaceThe sellers contacted me last summer about listing their home and that is when we discussed home preparation and what they could do to get ready for market.  Mind you, at the time they had no immediate plan to list.  It is never too early to consult with your Listing Agent and get solid advice on what projects to undertake and which ones are a waste of time and money.

In the case of the preparation that was done to ready this three bedroom, two full bath, two half bath townhouse, the list is simple, but what an impact it made.  For starters, the sellers put in new carpet and neutralized the interior paint.  The main level hardwood flooring was a great selling feature, but had some wear from the sun beating in those front south facing windows.  A total refinish of the entire main level’s hardwood flooring to a walnut color was completed a week before hitting the market.  Those floors are as smooth and shiny as a bowling alley floor now.

With a two level bump out, this townhouse benefits from expansive recreation space on the lowest/entry level and a family room on the second/main level off the kitchen.  Normally, these townhouses would stop with that kitchen and breakfast nook area, leaving the living and dining room space in the front of the home.  With the family room addition on the main level, the current owners were able to use the front living/dining room as a large dining room for family gatherings and game nights.

The kitchen is the heart of the main level floor plan, complete with an island and plenty of counter space.  The transition to stainless steel appliances is already underway.  Enjoy a stainless steel electric range and dishwasher.  The kitchen is open to the breakfast nook to one side and open to the family room with gas fireplace on another end.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, the master suite being one each with a walk-in closet.  While the bedroom is more than enough size wise, the bathroom boasts double sinks, a soaking tub and separate shower.

Down the hall are the secondary bedrooms.  The smallest of which, measuring a little over eight feet by 9 feet makes a perfect nursery or office.  The larger of the secondary bedroom is more generously sized at ten by ten.   The full bathroom off the hallway has a tub shower combo with a single vanity, but with extended counter space and linen closet inside the bathroom itself.  Smart!

One I the things I love about this home is the outdoor space.  Off the family room on the main level is an expansive deck that overlooks the neighboring community of Dunbarton.  It’s quite a nice view and not sun soaked, making it unusable in the summer.  On the contrary, it is a northerly exposure spending most of the day in the shade.

Below the deck and accessible by way of the basement recreation room walk out exit is a fully fenced back yard, done in the privacy board on board style, complete with a patio and large hot tub.  Ahhhhh!  Why more agents don’t show you what’s underneath the hot tub cover is beyond me.  Have a peek.

The full size washer and dryer are located in the basement behind louvered bi-fold doors. Another important, yet often overlooked convenience, is the fact that there is a bathroom on every level.  Yes, the basement and second level have powder rooms.  There need be no stairs involved in your journey to heed nature’s call.

See all the property photos by clicking this link to the virtual tour.  In the meantime, if this looks like the home for you, or someone you know, don’t delay.  As I write this we’ve already got interested buyers.  Give me a call, or send a text, to 703-402-0037.  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

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Courtyard Series)

As we get further into January 2020, I am still putting together Braemar Property Value Reports for my fellow home owners in Braemar. Today’s report is the Courtyard Series and focuses on sales of Courtyard homes in November and December 2019.  If you aren’t sure what a Braemar Courtyard is, they are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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.

There were two Braemar Courtyard homes that sold in the last two months of 2019.  Their final sold prices were $395,000 and $439,000 respectively.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Combining those two sales with the entire twelve month of sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold column, we see that both the six month average and six month median values are below their respective twelve month values, but not by much.  And being that one of the sales from the year end had a value above all of these average and median values, and the other fell below them all, I would consider the values of Braemar Courtyard homes stable right now.  Time will tell if we continue to climb up in value.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) does not bear out a favorable trend when comparing the six month average and median values to their twelve month counterparts.  The six month values are both above the twelve month values.  This means that buyers in the last six month have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help.  However, it is important to note that the last two sales of 2019 show seller subsidy figures below what is noted in the six month average and median.  If future sales follow the trend set by these two sales, the seller subsidy figures will be soon be falling.

Finally we come to days on market, or what I call marketing time.  The six month average and median values, in comparison to their respective twelve month values, shows that in the last six months, average marketing time has increased a bit.  Again, the last two sales of 2019 show marketing times below the six month average and median marketing times.  If future sales follow suit, this will be another value ripe for favorable change.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a little over a week to a little over three weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have been thinking of selling your Braemar home in the 2020 spring market, please realize that real estate spring comes a lot quicker than Mother Nature’s spring.  The time to get started is now.  Give me a call and let’s go over how you can maximize your profit in this 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