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 2021

Braemar Townhouse Report: November-December 2021

As we all brace for the impending winter storm, I am comfortable in my home office doing what I do best–real estate! The business of real estate is one that can be taken as seriously as the individual agent practicing it sees fit. Braemar real estate isthe foundation of my business. Bringing you the latest market information is something I take very seriously. This are not copy and paste reports. I run the data and compile it myself.

Today, rounding up the last of the year end reports for 2021, is the Braemar Townhouse Report. The properties that this report pertains to are traditional three level townhouses with front and back yards, attached side to side only. They are not to be confused with Braemar Condos, but you can find the report for the Braemar Condo townhouses by clicking this link.

There were six Braemar townhouses that sold during the last two months of 2021. The year market is not to be dismissed. The details of those sales are listed below:

Of the six sales, one is highlighted in pink. That is because it was my listing. You can read the details in the post I wrote about that sale. What is evident looking at all six sales is that most are selling at a minimum of a list price, the majority gave no closing cost help and they all sold in a matter of days. However, it is only when taking all of 2021’s Braemar townhouse sales and compiling updated six and twelve month market reports that we get to see trends.

Starting in the sold price column, we see only the six month average is higher than its respective twelve month value. The six and twelve month median values are the same. Furthermore, the growth rate of Bramar townhouses in the average has slowed. This report the six month average is 1.5% higher than the twelve month average. Last report, that was a 3.6% difference. The median last report was a 3.3% difference vs. zero this report. The second half of 2021 was not as frenzied as the first half. Buyers slowed their pace once summer vacations started and it never really got as insane as it had been earlier in the year.

Seller subsidy is something we have not seem much of in regard to Braemar townhouses. The average numbers are the only ones with anything to report and the averages are miniscule. Out of seventy-three sales, only six gave any closing cost help in 2021. One was a townhouse where I represented the buyers. Another was the one this report where I represented the seller. In the case of the one where I represented the buyers, we went in with the request because of the condition of the home. In the one on Selkirk listed above in pink, the buyer came in with no seller subsidy requests, but had a list of demands come home inspection. Rather than ditch them and move on to another buyer, my seller decided to strike a deal with them. Thankfully, we were able to negotiate that down to less than they requested.

Days on market shows that the time it took in the six month average and six month median, compared to their respective twelve month values, increased by one day. That is nothing to worry about.

If you put your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about one week. You could also reasonably expect to give nothing in closing cost help. However, you could expect to see the typical contingencies in your offers. Those are financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in March. Until then, if you want to know what is in store for the 2022 market, you can read my predictions by clicking this link. If you want more personalized information for an impending move, get in touch. My neighborhood knowledge, combined with my professional marketing, makes my Braemar sellers very happy. 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: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

The picture above felt all too appropriate for this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report. Though we are here and now in 2022, this particular installment looks back to the last two months of 2021 for the most recent sales activity for Braemar houses built by Ryan Homes. After that, a brief look at the six and twelve month data points will tell us how Ryan homes in Braemar are trending. I still remember selling that Ryan Home in eight days in a much different market.

There were two sales of Ryan homes in Braemar in November and December. The details of each are listed below:

Neither of these sales is overly impressive. Then again, one was essentially an owner representing himself, but paying for MLS (multiple listing service) placement and the other was a home with amateur marketing. The Ballagan home was the limited service agent/owner self-representation. He sold $20,000 below list price, gave $10,000 in closing cost help and it took him nearly a month to do it. Not good, nor indicative of what our fourth quarter market had to offer. The other sold $100 above list price, but gave $15,000 in closing cost help. (gulp) I have done several Braemar Property Value Reports for this same time period. These are the only two single family homes to give seller subsidy in the last two months of November. Professional marketing agents are worth what they charge for what they bring to the table. Say a seller paid 1% more for an agent that did professional marketing on the second home, they would likely have still saved that $15,000 in closing cost help request. A net win! The description of the home tells the tale of a cul-de sac home with roof and appliances only three years old. Sellers get the marketing and representation they pay for. Who knows how good a deal the first home could have had with an agent negotiating on their behalf? No seller subsidy and probably closer to list price. Both more than worth it. Buyer enthusiasm doesn’t exist for no reason. You need to create it.

Taking all the sales from 2021 and parsing out the six and twelve month data points I follow in this report, here is what we get:

Starting with the sold price column, the good news for Ryan home owners is that values are still rising, in spite of the most recent sales. Look for the rate of increase to slow in 2022, as myself and other are predicting the 2022 growth will be very modest.

Seller subsidy values, despite the very large amounts given in the recent sales, on average are still very low. Obviously, the six month average is elevated from the twelve month average because of the two sales from November and December. However, the fact that the six and twelve month median values are at zero tell us that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. Hire the best negotiators and get the best results.

Days on market, again…despite the two most recent sales, is still very fast when it comes to average and median values. Hire professional marketing agents and your home will sell quickly.

If you placed your Ryan home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect it to be under contract in a week. You could expect to give nothing in closing cost help. However, buyers have been coming back with the typical contingencies in their offers since the second half of 2021. Those are financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you think you may want to sell, now is the time to start talking to your real estate professional. Give me a shout. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge (and pride,) combined with my professional marketing make my Braemar sellers very happy. 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: November-December 2021 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (NV Homes)

Happy New Year, my fellow Braemarians. There is no doubt that many of you are wondering what the 2022 real estate market has in store for us. My experience in the market as top producing agent, as well as the time I take to create these market reports, keeps me head and shoulders above my colleagues. Most agents are happy to cut and paste statistics, some without even reading them. I take the time to collect the sales data and compile these reports myself. Real estate is a business of self-motivation. We are not required to do anything to keep our businesses going but to complete continuing education classes. I do these reports because I believe in keeping myself and my neighborhood informed.

This Braemar Property Value Report is focused on houses built by NV Homes. The sales detailed below are from the last two months of 2021.

The first thing I noticed about this sale was that the list price had been changed to match sales price AFTER it went under contract. This is a practice a lot of listing agents started to use in our crazy seller’s market in hopes of getting homes to appraise for sky high prices. I am not in agreement with the practice, only because I was trained by appraisers. They have all the same information I see in the MLS. You can’t fool them with a price increase. The best way to get a house to appraise is to have an appraiser package ready with comparable sales and lists of updates. I included the original list price above. It closed for $50,000 above in its sales price. Obviously, Braemar home sellers are still enjoying our seller’s market.

Taking all the NV home sales from 2021 and updating our six and twelve month data points, we get the best sense of how our market has been trending in the short term, compared to the long term.

Starting with the sold price column it is fantastic to see both six month values above their respective twelve month values. This means NV homes in Braemar are still gaining value. Not surprisingly, as the second half of 2021 cooled the all-out buyer frenzy we had been experiencing since early 2020, the growth rate slowed a bit. I figure that out by dividing the six month value by its respective twelve month value. In this report, the six month average growth rate was 3.1% and the six month median growth rate was 1.4%. Last report, those numbers were both 3.5%. Growth is growth. This year should see more, but at a more sustainable rate.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help from seller to buyer, is super low in the averages and non-existent in the medians. The latter is more important. It means that in both time frames, more than half of NV home sellers gave no seller subsidy.

Days on market remains very fast for homes that are show ready and create buyer enthusiam. Lately, not all homes are going under contract in a matter of days, but the ones prepped and professionally marketed are. One day upticks in the average and medians are nothing.

If you placed your NV home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. As far as contract contingencies your offers are likely to have the three standards: financing, appraisal and inspection. With the frenzy gone, and a more reasonable seller’s market, buyers were more measured in their actions during the second half of the year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you were thinking of selling, there is no time like the present to consult a local, professional agent like me. Getting Braemar sellers top dollar through exceptional listing preparation advice, professional marketing and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Heritage Series)

The first month of our New Year underway. New beginnings are filled with expectations. What should we expect of our local real estate markeet in 2022? My general predictions can be found in this article. Of course, the best information any Braemar home owner can get is hyperlocal, meaning neighborhood focused. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, I bring you the last two months of Heritage home sales in our neighborhood and bring you updated data points to determine our most likely, near future trend.

Before we get started, it is important to define Braemar Heritage homes. 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.

The only Heritage home sale to report for the months of November and December was actually located in Braemar Northgate. Details are listed below.

Taking the entire past year’s worth of Braemar Heritage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, the good news is that both six month values are above their respective twelve month values. This means that Braemar Heritage homes are still pushing up in value. However, it is plain to see that the average and median growth rate of these homes is becoming more modest. The six month average growth rate is one-half of one percent this report, compared to two perecent last report. The six month median growth rate is only two-hundrendths of one perecent this report, compared to just under four percent last report. Not surprisingly since the last half of 2021 was a completely different pace than their first half. The all-out buyer frenzy that created dozens of offers from buyers willing to waive every possible contingency and go seven to ten percent higher than list price in the first six months of the year, while still seller favored, changed to a more reasonable seller’s market in the last six months of the year. Typical contingencies were seen in just about every offer. And as you can see from the one sale from the last two months of the year, sellers considered themselves fortunate to get their list price and were thrilled if they got anything above.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help from seller to buyer) increased in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. However, with the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values at zero, we know that more than half of sellers in both time frames gave no closing cost help at all. Despite getting lower than list price, the most recent Heritage home seller did not have to choke up any closing cost help.

Days on market is increasing ever so slightly in both six month numbers compared to their repsective twelve month numbers. The sale from December took longer than all of those figures to go under contract. In my professional opinion, it would be a mistake to blame the yearend market for that circumstance. In my career selling Braemar real estate, I have noticed the yearend market to be a powerful one and even had my own yearend selling success in Braemar again last year.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or two. You could also reasonably expect to give no seller subsidy. As stated earlier, you could expect your offer(s) to include the typical contingencies like financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. It will be interesting to see how our trends are shaping up then. In the meantime, if a sale is in your 2022 future, it is never too early to consult listing agents and make a hiring decision. So much of what we do is to consult on listing preparation that increases buyer enthusiasm. Professional marketing, combined with proper preparation are essential to getting the most for your home. And my unparalleled neighborhood knowledge is just more icing on your max profit cake. 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: November-December 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Courtyard Series)

January is always filled with anticipation, particularly for those with plans to buy or sell in the New Year. Even in the midst of the 2021 holiday season, many asked what I thought the local real estate market had in store for 2022. In a recent online article, I did make some real estate market predictions for 2022. Obviously, the more local the information, the better. And since looking back, helps us see where we are headed, I make it my priority to keep my fellow Braemarians informed of our neighborhood real estate market through my Braemar Property Value Reports.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report is focused on how Courytard homes fared last year. Braemar Courtyard homes are 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 November and December. The details of those sales are listed below:

There are two indicators in the recent sales that our Braemar Courtyard sellers may be seeing a cooling of the seller’s market. The first is the fact that neither home sold above list price. This is something we saw more of as we moved through the second half of 2021. Sellers maintained the market advantage, but the all out buyer frenzy has calmed down. The second indicator of change is the increased marketing times for these sales. You might dismiss those time frames are being long because of the holiday season. I am here to tell you that Braemar homes of all sizes sell in November and December. In fact, I listed and sold a Braemar townhouse in those two months.

When the sales listed above are combined with all of the Braemar Courtyard home sales from 2021, the six and twelve month data points outlined in every Braemar Property Value Report are updated.

Starting with the sold price column, the good news is that both the six month average and median values are above their respective twelve month values. Braemar Courtyard homes are continuing to gain value. The growth rate is likely to slow down in 2022, but I don’t think we will be looking at losses anytime in the near future.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Courtyard home sellers. Despite even higher days on market in recent sales, the answer is zero and remains zero in all the six and twelve month data points.

Overall, the longer marketing times seen in November and December have not yet impacted the six and twelve month numbers. They are largely the same. The real question will be how we get off the starting blocks in 2022. If Braemar Courtyard homes continue to take longer to sell, we will see overall increases in the six month average and median time frames.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, this report’s average and median values indicate that you would be under contract in two weeks or less. The most recent sales in November and December make me wonder if that time frame might be longer. As for seller subsidy, you could expect to pay out nothing. Finally, you should be prepared to see buyers with home inspection contingencies again. This started to go back to normal in the second half of 2021 when our buyer frenzy calmed.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if a move is in your future, don’t wait to get the conversation started. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge and professional marketing create buyer enthusiasm for all my Braemar listings, making my Braemar sellers thrilled. Getting you absolute max profit from your largest invesment is a job I take very seriously. 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: November-December 2021 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Carriage Series)

Happy New Year! I hope you all are enjoying the fresh start in 2022 and taking in some of the beauty the winter weather has brought. Snow can certainly be a pain, but I suggest enjoying the views while you can.

The New Year for this Braemar Real Estate Agent means getting a chance to wrap up 2021 with my Braemar Property Value Reports. Today I am bringing you the latest on Carriage homes in 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.

In the last two months of 2021, there were two Braemar Carriage homes that sold. The details of those sales are listed below:

For homes that are very close to the same size, with same number of bedrooms and bathrooms and even basement finishes and exits, the final sold price difference is HUGE. Taking a virtual stroll through both listings, they were both professionally photographed and presented well online. What the Darnaway home had were some very specfic color choices on the walls, basic finishes throughout the ktichen and bathrooms and had no garage. However, it had an additional kitchen in the basement, making it a perfect in-law suite. Airedale ws updated throughout with not even a scrape of carpet on any floor. Top of the line finishes were used in the kitchen and owner’s bathroom. Furthermore, it was neutral throughout. Skipping listing preparation like painting and doing some modest flooring updates can leave money on the table. There should not be a $100,000 difference between these homes.

Taking these two sales and combining them with all the Braemar Carriage home sales from 2021, our six and twelve month data points are updated and continue to reflect a seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column we see that both six month values are above their respective twelve month values. That’s good news. However, it should be noted that the rate of increase this report in the average is 2.7% and median is 1.8%. Last report, the average rate of value increase was 3.5% and the median rate of value increase was 4.5%. The second half of 2021 really cooled the all out buyer frenzy that had been happening since 2020, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t still in a seller’s market. There is still not enough homes to meet buyer demand, but buyers are not going nuts when competing for homes now.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost assistance Braemar Carriage home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. The six month average shows an increase in seller subsidy over the twelve month average. More importantly, the six and twelve month median values beiing at zero means that more than half of sellers in both time frames gave nothing in seller subsidy.

Days on market shows a one day uptick in marketing time in the both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. Still, Braemar Carriage homes are going under contract in a matter of single digit days.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about one week. You could also still reasonably expect to give nothing in seller subsidy if your home has created enough buyer enthusiasm to make it in demand enough for buyers to compete. With the cooling off of the buyer frenzy, you could also expect to see a home inspection contingency in whatever offer you accept.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if you are considering a move in 2022, it is never too early to consult with a local expert. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge and professional marketing have been making my Braemar sellers the absolute max the market will allow for year. 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: November-December 2021 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Arista Series)

Happy New Year and welcome to the most recent edition of the Braemar Property Value Report (BPVR) for Arista homes in our neighborhood. I simply could not resist putting up a photo taken of our own Allister after one of a few storms during snowmaggedon of 2009-2010. The snow in the wee hours of Monday morning certainly did catch a lot of folks off base. Thankfully, at least in Braemar, there seem to be only some downed trees to contend with and some hastily plowed streets.

In this edition of the BPVR the focus is on the last two months of sales activity for the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood. Those are the Arista Series homes and include the following floor plans: Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury. Unfortunately, there were no sales to report in the last two months of 2021, but with updated six and twelve month data points looking back at all the sales from 2021, we do get to see how the year for Arista home values in Braemar ended.

Looking first at the sold price column, the best news is that both six month values are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Arista homes ended the year still gaining value. Granted, the rate of increase slowed since last report, but not by too much. Growth rate decreased by 0.4% on average and 0.6% median. Predicitons for 2022 are that homes will continue to rise in value, but by about 3% for the whole year.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help Arista home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. The six month average seller subsidy has increased compared to the twelve month average, which means there have been some seller subsidy requests increasing that. However, with both the twelve month average and median being at zero, we know that more than half of Arista home sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market ticked up in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. The latter half of 2021 did see some momentum shift, but the advantage in the market is still with sellers.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two weeks or less. You could also expect a better than fifty percent shot at not having to give any seller subsidy. You should also be prepared for buyers to have home inspection contingencies. The buyer frenzy has chilled to a point where these are back in the norm.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year a move may be in your future, it is never too early to consult with a listing agent. My Braemar sellers reap the benefits of my listing preparation advice, professional marketing, advanced negotiation skills and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge. No matter the market, it is import to create buyer enthusiasm and keep it throughout the transaction if you are going to get the maximum amount from the sale of your largest asset. Give in touch to set up your free, no obligation consultation. 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: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

The first Monday of 2022 means it is time for the Monday-Friday employees among us to get back to work, though for many it will be virtual thanks to Mother Nature’s gift of snow. It won’t surprise many of you to know that, as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, I worked putting together quarterly market reports all weekend. Real estate is a self-motivated career. As independent contractors, we each have the ability to do as much, or as little as we want to keep our businesses going. I choose to go above and beyond the typical norm in our area and inform my fellow Braemarians of property values regularly.

Today I bring you the fourth quarter report for Reflection Series homes in our neighborhood. Reflection Homes in Braemar are located off of Tarvie Circle. They are the semi-attached/semi-detached homes that are attached to one neighborhoring property at the rear load garage.

Because Reflection homes make up a very small number of homes in the overall Braemar community, home sales are not as common as they are in other types of homes. This report has been done quarterly in hopes that is the appropriate interval to notice changes. I will be paying attention in 2022 and may adjust this report to be the only semi-annual if need be. For now, we’ll end the year the way we went through it, with a quarterly report.

There were no Reflection homes that sold in the last three months of 2021. That means the six and twelve month data points relied on in this installment were made up of only the other remaining sales from 2021. Both were in the last six months, making six and twelve month values the same.

This market report then is relying on my experience in preparing the other market reports and my extensive knowledge in working with two dozen buyers and sellers in 2021.

Market prices have been going up, but the growth rate is not as steep as it had been earlier in 2021.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help buyers negotiate from sellers) has seen a bit of a comeback. It’s still not the norm to see the majority of sellers giving any seller subsidy, but it is not absent from the market at large either.

Marketing times are not changing greatly, but I have noticed some sales taking way longer than they should. Poor marketing is usually the culprit. Even in a seller’s market, having a properly prepared home and professional marketing is the only way to get buyers enthusiastic about your home.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks. You could also expect to get away with no seller subsidy if your home has created that all important buyer enthusiasm. You could also expect your buyer to have a home inspection contingency. These made a come back in the second half of 2021.

The next Braemar Reflection market report will be out next spring. Until then, if you would like to read my real estate market predictions for 2022, you can do that by clicking here. If you have been thinking that 2022 is the year that you want to make a move, there is no time like the present to have that initial conversation. Get in touch and let’s chat. 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 Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

One day down, three-hundred sixty four to go in 2022. What 2022 will bring to our Braemar real estate market is likely nothing dramatic. The best idea of what is ahead always comes from looking at where we have been. In this edition of the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly, the final quarter of 2021 is examined and the entire past year broken into six and twelve month data points. Before we begin, allow me to explain what constitutes a Piggyback townhouse in our neighborhood. Braemar Piggyback townhouses are attached side-to\-side and back-to-back. They are also the only two car garage townhouses in our neighborhood.

During the last three months of 2021, there were two Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold. The details of those sales are listed below:

From the details above, we see that both Piggyback townhouses that sold were end units and had the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms. They were both also on the market for only a matter of days. From the description, it seems that Sidlaw Hills was a much more updated home. However, one of the most troubling things about the description to me as a listing professional are the agent remarks that the sellers may never have seen. The first three words imply desperation. “Seller says sell.” Is it any wonder the seller ended up giving closing cost help despite having a superior home? Perhaps the agent feared marketing during the end of the year, a troubling misconception that too many agents carry around. I certainly understand the strength of the yearend selling season. Dochart Sound, meanwhile, was very plain with outdated finishes. Though it lack professional photos and staging, it did appear clean and well kept.

Taking these fourth quarter sales and combining them with the entire year’s worth of Piggyback home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as see below:

Starting in the sold price column, we see that the six month average and six month median sold prices are well above their respective twelve month sold prices. The rate of increase, however, is slowing up a bit since last report. This is something I expect to see continue as we move through 2022.

Seller subsidy shows more closing cost help given in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. However, with both the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values being at zero, we find that more than half of Braemar Piggyback townhouse sellers gave no closing cost help in both time frames.

Finally, days on market shows an uptick in marketing time in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. Certainly nothing to be concerned about with the values in the table being single digits down the line.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. However, as the buyer frenzy calms down, you are more likely to see home inspection contingencies in your offer(s.)

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in April. Until then, if you think 2022 is the year you want to make a move, it is never too early to enage the services of a local professional. Get in touch with me and find out how my listing preparation advice, coupled with professional marketing, will bring buyer enthusiasm to the forefront in your home sale. That’s how sellers, no matter the market, get the absolute max the market will bear when they sell their largest asset. 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 Patio Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Patio Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

Happy New Year! Let 2022 begin with a look back at what happened in the final quarter of 2021. In this edition of the Braemar Patio Quarterly we will do just that. If you are not sure what a Braemar Patio home is, they are two level, one car garage, quad-style townhouses. They are attached at the side and back, giving them side and front yards.

In the last three months of 2021, there were three Braemar Patio homes that sold. The details of those sales are listed below:

With final sold prices ranging from $375,000 to $460,000, you may be asking yourself, “Why such a large spread?” Well, the sale on Lednock was only a two bedroom, one full bathroom home. That is functionally a way different home than a four bedroom home with three bathrooms, which were our other two sales.

The Rannoch Forest home sale is an example of why professional marketing matters in a home. Thirty-five days on the market only to sell for $10,000 less than their original list price AND give $7,000 in closing cost help. That hurts.

The most gorgeous Braemar Patio home I have ever seen was the Correen Hills home. I listed and sold the attached rear neighbor’s home in 2018 and met the owner then. The improvements to the home were outstanding. Most notable was the lowering of the chest height wall enclosing the kitchen from the dining room and making it low barstool height with a granite counter. Why the builder didn’t design those homes that way is beyond me. Knowing that completely impressive home was listed for less than the poorly marketed Rannoch Forest recent comp is unreal to me. After hitting the market, the low list price was bumped it up to $355,000, but first impressions matter. If it had been my listing, I would have advised hitting the market with a higher orginal list price. You get one chance to make a first impression.

When we take these three sales and combine then with all the Braemar Patio sales from 2021, the six and twelve month data points are updated and reveal a cooling off of the intense buyer demand.

With both the six month average and six month median sold prices above their respective twelve month values, we see that values of Braemar Patio homes finish the year higher than they started. The rate of growth is what is slowing, compared to what we saw last report. Gone are the days when homes sold 7-10% higher than their list price. Even the super improved home sale on Correen Hills in November sold for only 4% above its original list price. The growth rate for 2022 home values is likely to be more modest.

Seller subsidy is where we get to learn how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Patio home sellers. The average seller subsidy is higher in the six month value compared to the value in the twelve month slot. This means we have seen more seller subsidy requests, one pictured in the most recent sales above. The six month and twelve month median seller subsidy being zero means that more than half of the sellers in both time periods gave none. Again, key to giving nothing is hitting the market with professional marketing and not lingering.

Days on market is largely unchanged when comparing the six month values to their respective twelve month values. The warning from the sale on Lednock shows that days on the market can stack up if you don’t put your best foot forward in your online marketing presence. Professional marketing makes such a difference.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be undeer contract in less than two weeks. More likely than not, you would not have to give any closing cost help. However, you could expect to find your offer(s) have home inspection contingencies.

The next Braemar Patio Quarterly will be out in April. Until then, if the sale of your Braemar Patio home is on the radar in 2022, it is never too early to get in touch and find out what my professional marketing and listing preparation advice can mean to your bottom line. The buyer enthusiam created is what gets my Braemar sellers the absolutely maximum 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com