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.

Are Braemar Townhouses Still Selling During the Pandemic?

Are Braemar Townhouses Still Selling During the Pandemic?

The overwhelming answer to that question is YES.  On May 13th (2020,) I introduced 9617 Innerwick Place to the market.  Priced at $375,000, it was a value for a Braemar garage townhouse.  It has an original roof, HVAC and carpet in need of replacement on the upper level.  However, the home owner did the preparation she could and got the home painted from top to bottom and cleaned.  And with a three level bumpout, fresh sod in the fenced back yard and a replaced patio, there was much to love about the home.

There were a total of thirteen showings during five days on the market.  In the end, the seller got to choose from multiple offers and was delighted with getting under contract so fast.  The obvious fear was that COVID would negatively impact our real estate market.  Clearly, it is not.

This one will close near the end of June.  Of course, I will keep you posted on final sold price.  Until then, if you need to sell your Braemar townhouse, don’t hesitate to call me.  There are a record number of jobs being created by the Micron expansion in Manassas and the workers are eating up our Braemar townhouses.  I can help you safely list and still get max profit.  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: March-April 2020 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (Arista Series)

Despite the shut downs still in place with the COVID pandemic, the Bristow real estate market is hopping.  Our home sellers and home buyers are lucky that our Governor considers real estate an essential business.

Right now, it is time for the Braemar Property Value Report that focuses on sales of Arista homes in our neighborhood.  Arista homes are the large single family homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood and are one of three models:  Arista, Buckingham or Canterbury.

There was one Arista home that sold during our current reporting period of March and April 2020.  The details of that sale are listed below.

Taking this sale and combining it with the entire past twelve month’s of Arista home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as pictured below:

The great news, probably in large part to the outstanding sales price of $690,000 that our most recent sale pulled down, is that the six month average and median sold prices are well above the twelve month average and median sold prices.  That means Braemar Arista homes are still gaining value.

Better news for Braemar home sellers looking to hit the market soon is that the six month average and median seller subsidy values are well below the twelve month average and median seller subsidy values.  What does this mean?  In the more recent sales, Braemar Arista home sellers have been giving less money in closing cost help to buyers.

Finally, another good trend is found in the days on market column.  The six month average and median marketing times are shorter than the twelve month average and median marketing times.  This means Braemar Arista homes have been selling faster recently.

If you placed your Braemar Arista 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 minimal amounts of closing cost help, if any.

If you know someone in the market for an outstanding Canterbury model in our neighborhood, check out 9725 Kinloss Mews, just listed for $610,000.  You can call me for a tour if you don’t have your own buyer’s agent.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, if you have been considering the sale of your Braemar home, give me a call.  I can get the job done safely and for maximum profit.  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 in Braemar: Expansive, Gracious Canterbury for $610,000

Just Listed in Braemar: Expansive, Gracious Canterbury for $610,000

Located in the sought after Patriot High School district, this Canterbury model by Brookfield Homes, located at 9725 Kinloss Mews is sure to please the most discerning buyer. Enter into a foyer/center hall where hardwood floors take you through most of the main level.  Formal living and dining rooms sit on either side of the entry.  Step through the center hall, passing the main level powder room, and you find a study to your left and the kitchen area to the right.

The kitchen is truly the heart of this home.  Open to a breakfast nook and the family room beyond, this is where every day life happens.  For more formal occasions, you will love the butler’s pantry that connect the kitchen to the formal living room.

The upper level is where you find four bedrooms and three bathrooms, one each making up the expansive master suite.  Hardwood flooring in the master bedroom leads to a tiled master bathroom where you find two separate vanities, a large soaking tub, separate shower and water closet. If you didn’t feel the word luxury washing over you, take a look into the two large walk-in closets.

The remaining three bedrooms are extremely generous in size.  Second bedroom has an en-suite full bathroom.  Third bedroom connects to the third full bathroom, which is dual entry with two vanities.  Fourth bedroom has nearby hall access to the second entry of third bathroom.

If that’s not enough room for you, wait until you see the basement.  An oversized recreation area is a perfect place for games, movies or a second family room.  One of two finished dens is in use as a work out room, the other as a mother-in-law suite.  Of course, you can’t have a true mother-in-law suite without a full bathroom, which is just around the corner.  Basement boasts a walk up exit.

All this is located on a lot that faces rural farmland property and is on a cul-de-sac.  A rare lot to be sure.

If you or someone you know is interested, give me a call. 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: Braemar Garage Townhouse with Three Level Bump-Out for $375,000

Just Listed: Braemar Garage Townhouse with Three Level Bump-Out for $375,000

It is my pleasure to introduce you to 9617 Innerwick Place, a three level townhouse in Braemar, hitting the market today at $375,000.  The first feature you notice is the attached one car garage.  Step inside and you will find loads of space, thanks to a three level bump out, and lovely updated bathrooms.

The foyer entry has a hidden feature–a heated tile floor that takes you just beyond the staircase to the upper level.  On the lower/entry level, you find a recreation space (larger thanks to the three level bump-out,) powder room and laundry area.  There is also a door that steps out to the patio and freshly sodded, fully fenced back yard.

The second level/main level is carpeted in the expansive living room.  Actually, the living room is a living room dining combo. You can see the separation in the beam crossing the ceiling.  Most folks forego the formal dining area since the kitchen has a breakfast nook.

Speaking of the kitchen, it is the center of an open space that includes the family room with gas fireplace and the aforementioned breakfast nook.  The deck is located off the family room, which is the bonus brought by the bump-out on this level.

The third level is where you find the bedrooms.  Starting with the Master Suite, you get a very generously sized bedroom with vaulted ceiling, two walk-in closets and attached bathroom.  The bathroom itself is updated with higher end ceramic tile flooring and has a dual sink/vanity, soaking tub and separate shower.  This configuration of a large bedroom and luxury bathroom is courtesy of that bump-out.

The remaining two bedrooms are typical size for a townhouse of this generation and share a second full bathroom with extra large vanity in the updated bathroom.

This townhouse is located near plenty of visitor parking and benefits from basic cable and internet service through RCN being included in the monthly HOA dues.  Think this might be the one for you?  Give me a call to set up a tour.  Please note, due to COVID showing precautions, showings will be limited to no more than three visitors at a time, including agent.

Of course, if you have a Braemar townhouse that you have been thinking of selling, but have been worried about the current market being affected by the pandemic, give me a call.  It’s not as bad as you may think.  Homes are still selling.  Hiring the right agent to help you sell safely, and still maximize profit, has never been more important.  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

Another Braemar Single Family Home Sold Above List Price!

Another Braemar Single Family Home Sold Above List Price!

You never know where your next listing will come from, but as a Top Braemar Listing Agent I am never surprised when I get to interview for a listing owned by friends or neighbors of former clients.  That was the case with 12157 Millbill Court.  My foot got in the door thanks to the sellers of 12146 Millbill who I had helped sell in 2019.  What got me the job was my in depth knowledge of the neighborhood, recent experience selling a home on a similar lot at 12181 Cheshire and most importantly, my approach to looking at the numbers.  Apparently, out of three agents that were interviewed, I was the only one that gave the sellers a ball park of where their home would sell.

The home at 12157 Millbill, as you can tell by looking at the virtual tour by clicking the link above, was very nicely updated and sure to please a buyer.  Even though it was a drizzly, cloudy day when the photographer came out to the property, the home still showed beautifully.  It wasn’t a surprise when it got an offer the first day on the market.  A few days later and it had a total of three offers.

The owners had been following the estimated value of their home by frequenting sites like Zillow, Redfin and Realtor.com.  When we first met, they were convinced they would be overpriced to list higher than $525,000.  Those sites are so often so far off the mark it is silly.  In this case, they were low.  I was only able to get the sellers up to $537,500 when we did the listing paperwork.  Thankfully, right before we hit the market as a coming soon property, they saw what I had been seeing and decided my $549,000 suggest list price was not off base.

After those three offers, the sellers chose one of two nearly identical offers.  They chose a no down payment buyer with a stronger motivation to buy.  Someone relocating for a job.  It ended up being the absolute best choice.  Buyers were dropping out of deals once the pandemic really hit the U.S. and impacted the stock market.  My sellers’ deal, meanwhile, was solid.

Today, April 30th (2020,) 12157 Millbill went to settlement for $556,000.  Because of the competitive situation and well qualified buyers, they did not have to give a dime of closing cost help.

Despite the precautions in our market to stay at home due to COVID, many buyers are still looking for homes.  Interest rates are low and people need places to live, particularly the multitude of buyers who relocate to our area for work.  If you want to know how to safely sell your home while still maximizing profit, l can get you great 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

 

 

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Happy Friday!  It may not be the sunniest day, but the temps are great, the sun is in and out of the clouds and it isn’t raining.  Sure is nicer than yesterday.  In fact, when I am done writing this Braemar Reflection Quarterly report, I may just go for a stroll.  That’s the one good thing I see that our shelter-in-place directive has produced…a lot more people taking walks in the neighborhood.

This Braemar Reflection Quarterly covers the sales activity of Reflection homes in Braemar, which are the semi-detached homes located off of Tarvie Circle, for the first quarter of the year.  Let’s dive right in.

There was only one Reflection home that sold during the first quarter.  Details of that sale are listed below:

Taking that one sale and adding it to the previous three quarters of Braemar Reflection home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold price column, there is an increase in the six month average sold price over the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month and twelve month median sold prices are the same.  To me, this indicates stable values for Braemar Reflection homes.

The seller subsidy column shows decreases in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values.  This means buyers have been having to forego large, or closing cost requests altogether in our competitive market.

Finally, the days on market column shows a slight increase in the six month average marketing time compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six and twelve month median marketing times are exactly the same.  More stability.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay a very minimal amount in closing cost help to your buyer.

Will the measures our state government has taken to slow the spread of COVID affect our Braemar real estate market?  By the time the second quarter reports are out in July, we’ll have an idea if there is an effect.  Until then, if you find yourself in a position to sell your Braemar home, give me call for a free, professional market analysis.  I can help you sell your home safely and for maximum profit.  Hiring the right listing agent has never been more important.  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 Piggyback Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Being well into April, it is time to take a look back at the first quarter of the year and see what happened in the Braemar real estate market with respect to Piggyback townhouses.  If you are not familiar with what a Braemar Piggyback townhouse is, they are three level townhouses, completely above grade, with attached two car garages.  The townhouses themselves are attached not just on the sides like traditional townhouses, but also along their back wall to another row of townhouses.  What they lack in not having a back yard, they make up for the large bedroom sizes.

There were two Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold during the first quarter.  Details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these two sales and combining them with the previous three quarters to make an entire year’s worth of sales, we get the following updated six and twelve month data points.

Starting with the sold column, we see conflicting trends.  The six month average sold price is a tad higher than the twelve month average sold price.  That would indicate values pushing up in value.  The six month median sold price, however, has fallen below the twelve month median sold price.  This would indicate values falling a bit.  Taking a quick peek at the two sales from the first quarter, we have one above the six month data points and one well below.  That doesn’t help clear this up.  Since neither the change up or down is a big one, it is best to proclaim Piggyback townhouse values stable.

Next we move to seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyer.  There is a clear trend here.  Both the six month average and six month median sold seller subsidy values are higher than their twelve month respective values.  This means buyers have been asking for, and receiving, higher amounts of closing cost assistance in the more recent past.

Finally, days on market reveals a definite trend as well.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are longer than the twelve month average and twelve month median marketing times.  This means it has been taking longer to sell Braemar Piggyback townhouses.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to four weeks.  You could also to pay out about 2% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

We have yet to see how the measures to curb the spread of COVID will impact our Braemar real estate market.  By the next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly, which will be out in July, we will see what effect, if any our current situation is having on values.  Until then, if you want to know how to safely sell your Braemar home, while maximizing profit, hiring the right real estate agent has never been more important.  Give me a call and let’s talk.  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