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.

Six Bedroom Braemar Home SOLD, Just in Time for the Holidays

Six Bedroom Braemar Home SOLD, Just in Time for the Holidays

On October 18th, I had the pleasure of listing 12278 Scotts Mill Drive.  Being a six bedroom Zurich model with a covered front porch, fully finished walk out basement on a wooded cul-de-sac lot I knew this would be a home in demand.  When we ran the comparable sales, and determined there wouldn’t be much competition, the seller committed to pre-list preparation to list at $485,000.  We were reaching slightly beyond the top of the market and only market response would tell if the seller would be rewarded.

After nearly two weeks on the market, and about two dozen showings, the market response was the home was priced too high.  So an adjustment to $475,000 was in order.  Within a week of that price change, the seller had two offers.  Negotiations weren’t easy as pie, but the seller got what he wanted (a full price offer) and so did the buyer that seemed to want the house the most ($10,000 in closing cost help.)

After an uneventful appraisal, where I was there at the home to meet the appraiser with the second offer, property survey, floor plan and list of updates to the home, the sales price was confirmed at $475,000.  Yippee!  And there was worry that the house across the street at a recent sales price of $460,000 would skew this appraisal.  I actually used it as a comparable for the appraiser, if you can believe that.  If only sellers in Braemar realized how important was when they hired their listing agents.

This home went to settlement on December 8th at $475,000.   The seller was very happy with his choice of listing agents.  If you asked him what he thought of my performance, I am sure the words “strong negotiator” would be in the mix.

Selling Braemar homes all year round is what I do.  It is my specialty.  And this sale, as well as others happening now, prove the last quarter of the year is a great time to sell.

When you are ready to sell, give me a call and I’ll show you what my market knowledge can mean to your bottom line.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

 

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Another Braemar Home Goes Under Contract During the Holidays

Another Braemar Home Goes Under Contract During the Holidays

If an agent ever tries to talk you out of listing your Braemar home during October, November or December because “no one is looking for homes at the end of the year,” put a plug in that conversation and call me.  Do you know what is absolutely GREAT about listing during the end of the year?  Let me tell you.

Buyers are still looking for homes.  Even today, during our first snow storm of the season in Bristow, buyers are out viewing homes.  And these aren’t looky-loos.  These are serious buyers.  There are fewer homes for them to choose from, making it more likely for you to get a better deal selling this time of year.  There is also a definite “Home For The Holidays” thing that happens.  It’s not just on the Hallmark channel.  Nope.  “Home For The Holidays” is a real deal.  It’s powerful and it motivates buyers.

The last of my active Braemar inventory went under contract today, December 9th (2017.)  The home is located at 10119 Orland Stone Drive.  It was originally priced at $417,000, but the sellers recently improved their price to $409,850 when a competitor went under contract before them. The market had seen both homes and chosen the other.  They could wait, but feedback was the home was priced too high.  The other home had things that this one didn’t.  That wasn’t going to change.  The sellers understood and got real on price.  When they did, they got more showings and went under contract just eight days after.

This Ballston model Braemar Courtyard home is scheduled to go under contract on January 5th.  The final terms will be revealed when all the ink is dry on the deal.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar, no matter the season, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

Price Improved to $409,850 on this Braemar Courtyard Home

Price Improved to $409,850 on this Braemar Courtyard Home

The sellers of 10119 Orland Stone Drive, a three bedroom Ballston model with a finished basement, are serious about going under contract before the holidays.  They are expressing their seriousness tonight by improving their list price from $417,000 to $409,850.  That makes them the lowest priced Courtyard home on the market.  In my opinion, they also offer the most home.

The three finished levels have brand new carpeting.  

The HVAC was replaced within the last two years.

The kitchen is light and bright with a bay window, granite counters and loads of cabinet space.

Bedrooms on the upper level are HUGE.  This is also where the laundry room is located.

Main level floor plan allows for a living room to be used as a main level bedroom.

Finished basement has a large recreation area and a full bathroom.  

Take a look at the virtual tour and see what you think.  If you want to see it yourself, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

 

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2017

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2017

Can you believe tomorrow is the first day of December?  The more holiday decorations I see going up around me, the more I realize I am not ready for the season.  The year end real estate market in Braemar has been hopping.  That’s been keeping me occupied and probably will be until next July.  I just have that feeling.

This is the latest edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report, detailing sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar for the months of September and October.  Did you know there were twelve townhouses that sold during those two months?  The details of the sales are listed below:

When we take these sales and throw them into our rolling six and twelve month values, here is what we find:

The short term sold prices (six month) compared to the long term sold price (twelve month) show that Braemar townhouse values are continuing to push up in value.  Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is down slightly, but it is really more stable than anything when you see the short term compared to the long term.  And the marketing time could not be more stable.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to two weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of $3,700 in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in the New Year.  Can’t wait that long to find out what the value of your Braemar townhouse may be worth?  Give me a call.  I’m working through the holidays…always.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Ryan Homes)

It is time for another Braemar Property Value Report, detailing sales of Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.  This particular edition focuses on the sales activity in the months of September and October.

There was only one sale of a Ryan Home and that happened in October.  Details are below:

When we place that sale in with our rolling six and twelve month values, here is what find:

Looking at the short term (six month) sold prices compared to the long term (twelve month) sold prices, we see that Ryan Home values are increasing.  We also see that seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is decreasing in the short term.  Both of those are good news.  But wait, there’s more.  Marketing time in the short term is down.  That’s three point of good news for Ryan Homes in Braemar.

If you placed your home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a little over a week to three weeks time.  You could also expect to pay about $5,500 or $5,750 in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in the New Year.  Until then, when you want to see what the market value of your Braemar home is, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (NV Homes)

Did you make it to the Braemar Community Association Annual Meeting tonight?  If you didn’t, you missed your chance for some free food, a raffle to win valuable prizes…and of course the opportunity to be involved with your neighborhood.  As a Braemar Real Estate Agent, whenever I meet a new home owner in our neighborhood, I encourage them to get involved in our community HOA or a committee.  Not too many takers, but that won’t stop me from trying.

Anyway, it is time for the Braemar Property Value Report that focuses on the sales of NV Homes in our neighborhood between September and October.  Let me tell you, it is going to be a short report.  That’s because, no NV Homes sold during those months.

All is not lost.  When we drop the sales from September and October 2016, we get an updated look at our rolling six and twelve month values.

What we find in comparing the six month average and median sold prices to their twelve month counterparts is a mixed bag.  The short term average sold price is up.  The short term median sold price is down.  Since the changes aren’t all that big, let’s call it stability in home values.  Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is up in the short term.  There was an NV Home sale in the mix there that gave an outrageous amount of closing cost help and that is certainly tainting the six month seller subsidy values.  Best news is that marketing time is down, quite a bit in fact, in the six month average compared to the twelve month average.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in the New Year.  Until then, if you are wondering what the market value of your particular home is, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Heritage Series)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report.  This one details sales of homes in the Heritage Series during the months of September and October.  Before we get started, let’s specify what defines a Braemar Heritage Series home.  Heritage homes 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.  

There was quite a bit of sales activity during the last two months in the Heritage Series.  Here are the details of those sales.

You may notice that one of those sales is highlighted in purple.  That is a home I listed and sold.  It was the highest sold price of the reporting period.  Also the lowest marketing time at two days on the market.

When we freshen up our rolling six and twelve month average and median values, here’s what we find:

The six month average and median sold prices are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  That means Heritage home values are still pushing up.  Unfortunately, seller subsidy (closing cost help) is a little higher too in the short term.  Marketing time is stable short term compared to long term.

If you placed  your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to three weeks, maybe a tad longer.  (My two most recent Braemar Heritage home listings went under contract in eleven and nineteen days.)  You could also expect to pay about $5,000 in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in the New Year.  Until then, if you find yourself needing to list your property now, don’t panic.  Call me!  I work year round and LOVE the off spring market.  And Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com