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.

Another Braemar Patio Home Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

Another Braemar Patio Home Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

In early July, I met with the owner of 12849 Rannoch Forest about placing his Braemar patio home on the market.  Initially, the comparable sales were pointing to a list price of $350,000.  However, after seeing a patio home hit the market on July 12th for $364,999 with one less bedroom and full bathroom, my seller and I re-evaluated his list price prior to hitting the market on July 20th.  We decided that, while the finishes in the competitor for $364,999 were a little higher end, having the fourth bedroom and third full bathroom on the main level, it would be fair to price at $360,000.

Needless to say, on July 31st, after having many interested buyers through, one finally put pen to paper and wrote an offer.  A full price offer with closing cost help, but closing cost help was par for the course, according to the comps.

After an uneventful home inspection and appraisal, the home was on the rails to settle on September 13th.  It closed today for $360,000.  Meanwhile, our competitor at $364,999 is STILL on the market, but under a new MLS number and with an INCREASED list price of $369,900.  My listing took 11 days to go under contract.  The competitor is logging 59 days of marketing time as of today.  What kind of results do you want when it’s time to sell?

When you are ready to sell your Braemar Patio home, or any Braemar home, give me a call.  I won’t let you leave a penny on the table and won’t let you overprice your home so you linger in a seller’s market.  I’ll bring all of my marketing skills and contract negotiation skills to get your deal done and for top dollar.  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: July-August 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (Arista Series)

School is back is session and the fall season is upon us.  Time to reflect on the last two months of our Braemar summer real estate market and see what happened with Braemar Arista Series home values.  In case you are not familiar with the the name, Arista Series homes are among the largest homes in Braemar, built by Brookfield Homes.  The Arista Series homes are one of three floor plans:  Arista, Buckingham and Canterbury.

There was only one Braemar Arista home that sold during the months of July and August.  As it turns out, I was the Buyer’s Agent on this deal.  That’s why it is highlighted in blue text.  Details of the sale are listed below:

Even though this was only sale, when combined with the entirety of the last twelve months of Arista home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated.  That gives us a chance to see trends happening in the short term to the long term.  The latest six and twelve month average and median values are below:

Starting with the sold price column, we see that the six month average is slightly above the twelve month average.  Slightly above is still above and heading in the right direction for Braemar Arista home owners to gain more equity in our rising market.  The six month median is well above the twelve month median, a much more visible indicator that property values are moving up for Arista home owners.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is notably higher in both six month value points compared to the their twelve month counterparts.  Seems Braemar buyers in this price range are starting to request more closing cost help…and they are getting it.

Days on market has come down in both the six month average and median values compared to the twelve month average and median values.  This means Braemar homes in this higher price range are selling a little faster than they had been.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within about five weeks.  You could also expect to pay a little less than 1.5% of the sales price, on average, in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, feel free to reach out and learn about the benefits of our year end selling season if you are considering a sale in the next six or eight months.   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

 

Helping a Buyer Move Up to a Larger Braemar Home

Helping a Buyer Move Up to a Larger Braemar Home

Yesterday I told you about a home I sold on Kirkmichael Terrace Turns out those sellers also wanted to buy in the Bristow/Gainesville area.  We started house hunting in June.  In fact, we started looking at homes before we listed theirs.  There was one particular home that really caught their eye in Morris Farm, but after seeing several others from Virginia Oaks to New Bristow Village, that first one in Morris Farm fell right off the cue.

When it came time to make offers, things were tough.  Their home on Kirkmichael Terrace was not yet under contract.  Their first offer was on a different Braemar home  and those sellers weren’t interested in a home sale contingency.  By the time my buyers had their home on Kirkmichael under contract, they were no longer interested in pursuing that first Braemar home.  They tried one other in New Bristow Village which had been at the top of their list, but again, a foolish seller didn’t think they would be qualified to purchase.  Nevermind that a top producing lender in the market had done the pre-approval letter.  Both of those sellers’ loss was the seller at Kinloss Mews’ gain.

I remember seeing 9742 Kinloss Mews hit the market in April at $629,500 and thinking it was overpriced.  Wasn’t my listing, so I paid it little attention.  Slowly it came down to $614,900 and, after my feedback from my showing with these buyers, it dropped to $599,900.

As a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent I knew there was one, possibly two, issues that were keeping buyers from eating up this fantastic Canterbury model.  The first potential issue were the double power transmission lines that buyers were passing on the way to the property.  I’ve seen many an interested buyer lose interest when they see those metal giants soaring above with the high voltage cables.  The second issue was probably the bigger problem.

Kinloss Mews is situated at the corner of Tartan Hills Parkway at a dead end that is cued up and ready in the long term plan of Prince William County, to be cut through to a future development off of Pioneer Drive. The current political climate has shot down efforts to develop a community there, but with a state route number already on the books for Pioneer Drive, a handful of lots already owned by Brookfield Homes, and a structure marked to be saved as historic, well….the writing is on the wall.  A development is likely to happen, but who knows how far out in the future.  My buyers had all this information in hand, as well as the telephone line easement between them and what will eventually be a development.  After much research and realization that this home would be worth more at the end of a wooded cul-de-sac, they made an offer and got under contract.  They were getting a bargain.

My very lucky buyers got this home for $600,000 and got $10,000 in closing cost help.  Their home inspector had a special infrared camera that found a new roof leak that ended up being fixed prior to settlement.

If you had told me in April that I would end up selling this Canterbury on Kinloss Mews to my buyers for $600,000 I would have thought you were nuts.  Sure, I thought it was over priced at $629,500, but I figured someone would jump at $615,000.  That’s the danger of overpricing your home, even in a seller’s market.  Buyers know you are overpriced and by the time you right it, buyers then wonder why you have been on the market so long and want to take you even further down.

Price right from the get go and hire an agent that knows the factors that may affect your Braemar home’s value.  My job as a listing agent is to get the most money for your home.  As a buyer’s agent, my job is to get the best deal for my buyer.  Want me on your side?  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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Braemar Carriage Home SOLD… Again

Four years ago, September 29, 2015 to be exact, I sold the Norwood model at 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace Though the buyers that ended up purchasing the home did come through my open house, they had an agent that they were working with.  Even if they had not a buyer’s agent, my business practice is to NEVER do dual agency, which is representing both sides of the transaction.

In June this year (2019,) I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from those buyers that became the owners of 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace.  They were interested in selling and wanted to hire me.  They had been impressed with my professionalism during their purchase.  Staying in touch with my Braemar Property Value Reports was helpful, but what sealed the deal for my being their future listing agent happened at the closing table during their purchase of the home in 2015.  They recounted to me that when they were twenty dollars short to purchase a home warranty, and had no checks or cash to make it up, I reached into my wallet and handed the attorney a twenty dollar bill.   I don’t recall this gesture, but they will never forget.

Fast forward to the current listing, which I was thrilled to get.  They had certainly improved the home with granite counters, stainless appliances and lots of smaller updates to lighting and fixtures.  We looked at the comps and listed on June 15th for $435,000.  Our price was on the upper end of the comparable sales, but I don’t back down from the chance to sell for as much as possible.  That is my job.

The first two offers on the home were not bad, but were far from fantastic.  Being a sellers market, the sellers felt there were better offers ahead, so they passed..  The third offer was the charm and only took two weeks to come in.  The buyer gave the sellers what they wanted in price and what they needed in terms of closing date.  After all, the sellers were also going to be buyers and needed time to find a home.

This Norwood model at 13174 Kirmichael Terrace sold (again) for $437,000 on August 9th, 2019.   

If you have been wondering what your Braemar home is worth in the current market, give me a call.  Getting the market max 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

This Braemar Patio Home Went Under Contract in Fourteen Days

This Braemar Patio Home Went Under Contract in Fourteen Days

On July 20th (2019) I had the pleasure of introducing 12849 Rannoch Forest Circle to the marketplace of Bristow, more specifically, Braemar buyers.  Priced at $360,000, this patio home with a main level bedroom and attached full bathroom, along with three enormous bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper level (one each compromising the master suite,) I knew this home would draw some interested buyers.

Sure enough, during an open house on July 21st, two interested buyers were smitten.  One, unfortunately, had a lease to fulfill until October.  The other was raring to go, but never submitted an offer.  Rather, they filmed their way through the open house, pulling in family members for their opinion, then had their agent contact me.  The agent was “sending me an offer,” but wanted to make sure her folks could get everything they wanted.  Well, that offer didn’t materialize because the term of pre-settlement occupancy (meaning the buyer would MOVE IN prior to closing) on AUGUST 1st, was a non-starter.  It was mind boggling how these buyers had put themselves in a position to be homeless on August 1st and expected the real estate market to accommodate them.  That’s the crazy stuff you find in the real estate market from time to time.  Unreasonable expectations with a pushy and over confident delivery.

My seller and I discussed why pre-settlement occupancy was a horrible idea. Putting a buyer in a home while there are still contingencies that need to be removed, like home inspection, appraisal and finance, is a can of worms.  Those take weeks to get past.  If the deal tanks, you have to evict them.  Makes your stomach sick to think about, doesn’t it?

Instead, my buyer listened to my well grizzled real estate advice and waited for a buyer that wasn’t expecting the sun, moon and stars delivered at their feet.  He is sure glad he did.  On July 31st, buyers saw the home that loved it.  The next day, we had an offer.  On August 2nd, buyer and seller had agreed to all the terms in writing.

A truly motivated buyer is not one that makes demands of the world around them, but one that puts their money into a transaction and their intentions in writing.  They don’t try to push, push, push to get their way before writing anything down and committing to it.  They ACT!

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, having an agent on your side that understands the dangers that lurk in situations that appear to be motivated buyers on the surface, is critical.  My specialty is getting top dollar, in short marketing time frames, for Braemar homes.  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 Report: May-June 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2019

BWelcome to the Braemar Townhouse Report!  This is the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports that I compile to keep Braemar home owners up to date on what is happening in our real estate market.  This particular report covers the sale of traditional townhouses in Braemar that are NOT condos, have three levels and a back yard.

There were eighteen townhouses in Braemar that sold between the beginning of May and end of June.  Final sold prices ranged from $270,000 to $385,000.  The details of those sales are listed below in chronological order.

Adding these eighteen sales with the previous twelve months worth of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as you see below.

Starting with the sold price column, we immediately see a great trend.  The six month average and six month median sold prices are both above their respective twelve month data points.  That means Braemar townhouses are still pushing up in value.

Seller subsidy, a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers, shows another trend favorable to Braemar townhouse sellers.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy amounts are lower than their twelve month counterparts.  This means buyers are asking for less closing cost in this competitive market when demand is high and inventory is low.

Days on market, or what I call marketing time, is an unreliable category since the change to our new MLS in November 2018.  Our previous MLS stopped counting days on market no matter what contract status a listing agent chose for a listing.  It truly told us how long it took to go under contract.  Our new MLS has two different contract statuses and each one stops counting days on market at a different point.  One when a property goes under contract, another when the buyer’s contingencies have been removed.  If we took these numbers at face value, it seems that the six month average marketing time is a little longer than it has been in the longer term, twevle month average.  The six month median marketing time is only one day longer than the twelve month median marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within two to four weeks.  You could also expect to pay out about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September.   Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar townhouse, call me for the best results.  Selling Braemar homes for top dollar is my specialty.  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: May-June 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Ryan Homes)

With just a few days left in July, I’m getting the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports out for public consumption.  It’s an internal deadline that I set for myself that I will have these out by the last day of the month following the reporting period.  Real estate agents being independent contractors with no one to answer to, setting deadlines is a business practice you will find among top agents.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report covers the sales of single family homes, built by Ryan Homes, during the months of May and June.  During that time, there were four resales, ranging in sold price from $475,000 to $570,000.  Details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these sales above and combining them the entire preceding twelve months of Ryan Home sales, we get new six and twelve month data points, pictured below.

Examining the trends in the sold prices, there is an increase in both the six month average and six month median sold prices from their respective twelve month values.  This means Ryan Homes are still pushing up in value.

When it comes to seller subsidy, a.k.a. as closing cost assistance to buyers,  a trend presents itself that does not favor Ryan Home sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  This means buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more seller subsidy in the most recent sales.

Days on market, a category that has become unreliable with a change in how that data is recorded in our new MLS, which was adopted in November 2018, we see that the six and twelve month averages are the same.  The six month median is only one day shorter than the twelve month median.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in a month at worst.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, if you want to investigate what the market might bring in regards to your own home’s value, give me a call for the most accurate, free, market analysis.  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