Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2020

Bringing up the rear of November’s Braemar markert reports is this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report. In this report the focus is on the sale of traditional three level townhouses in Braemar with a back yard, and attached side to side only.

In the months of September and October (2020) there were eight Braemar townhoues that sold. Final sold prices ranged from $315,000 to $395,000. The details of those eight sales are listed below:

Taking all eight of these sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column, we find that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means that Braemar townhouses are still gaining value. No surprise in the current market where inventory is scare and buyer demand is intense.

In the seller subsidy column we get to learn the amount of closing cost help that sellers gave to their buyers. The six month average seller subsidy is less than the twelve month average seller subsidy. This is good. What is better is that the six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy values are in agreement at zero. This means that more than half the sellers in these time period gave absolutely no closing cost help. And if you look at the sales from September and October above, more than half of those sellers gave nothing.

The days on market columns shows the six month average and twelve month average marketing times aligned at seven days. Meanwhile the six month median marketing time was one day longer the twelve month median marketing time. It is not taking long for Braemar townhouses to get under contract.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect that you would not have to give any seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you all the best this holiday season. And if the need arises for you to sell your townhouse between now and then, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our year end Braemar real estate market is a powerful one…one without a lot of competition and with the most serious buyers. I would be happy to show you what a year end sale could mean for you. 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: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Today I bring you the last of the Braemar quarterly property value reports. This one is focused on the Reflection homes in Braemar. For those who are unfamiliar with what defines a Reflection home, they are the homes on Tarvie Circle and are attached to one neighbor at the rear load garage.

Between July and September (the 3rd quarter of 2020,) there were no Braemar Reflection homes that sold. For that matter, there were no Reflection homes that sold between April and June (the 2nd quarter of 2020.) That makes our average and median six month value point non-existent, but we still have our twelve month average and median value points that we can use to get a sense of where Reflection home values may be.

The twelve month average and median sold prices for Reflection homes are close in value. And while our market demand has seen values pushing up, most home types are not jumping up in value by leaps and bounds. Maybe an average projected sales price for the current market would be $475,000 or so.

In the seller subsidy column we learn how much closing cost help Reflection home sellers gave to buyers. Even information seven to twelve month’s old shows that seller subsidy was minimal in the average and nothing in the median value. The market has been so flooded with buyers and very little inventory, very little closing cost help has been zeroing out in a lot of home sales lately.

Days on market in the twelve month stats are a little high at eighteen days in the average. The twelve month median at eight days is more likely close to what may happen in the current market if a Reflection home hit the market.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January. Maybe by then we’ll have some sales of Reflection homes to report. Until then, if you are contemplating taking advantage of this extreme buyer demand, get in touch with me. 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: July-September (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: July-September (3rd Quarter)

What a gorgeous fall day. The colors are really starting to pop in our neighborhood. The other thing popping, of course, is our local real estate market. Today I present to you the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly, covering activity from the third quarter. Piggyback townhouses in our neighborhood are characterized by lack of a back yard, as they are attached side-to-side and back-to-back. They also are the only townhouses in Braemar to have two car garages.

During the third quarter, there were four Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold. Coincidentally, they all sold in the month of July. The details of those four sales are listed below:

While two of the sales were about $355,000, there was one a lot more and one that sold for a lot less. You can probably discern from the information provided that the high sale was the only end unit that sold. The low sale was only a two bedroom townhouse. Taking all of these sales and combining them with the previous three quarters to give us a complete twelve months’ worth of data, our six and twelve month data points are updated as reflected below:

Starting with the sold price column we see that the six month average sold price is a bit higher than than the twelve month average sold price. That’s a smidge more than a 1% gain in average value in the short term average. Meanwhile, the six month median is only $500 above the twelve month median sold price. Any direction upward is good.

The seller subsidy column is where we get to see how much closing cost help Braemar Piggyback townhouse sellers gave to buyers. Of course, in the four most recent sales, no Braemar Piggyback townhouse seller gave ANY closing cost help. However, the average seller subsidy, while lower in the six month value compared to the twelve month value, still shows that Braemar Piggyback sellers had been giving closing cost help in the second quarter and even earlier than that. The six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy values are identical at $5,000. That means that in both time periods, more than half the sellers gave closing cost. If our third quarter sales are any indication of what may be coming up in the fourth quarter, I may expect to see zero in the six month median at a minimum next report.

Days on market, or as I like to refer it–marketing time, was six days faster when comparing the six month average marketing time to the twelve month average marketing time. The six month median marketing time was only three days faster than the twelve month median. This means Braemar Piggyback townhomes are selling even faster.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect that it would be under contract in no more than a week or less than two weeks. You could also expect that if you needed to give seller subsidy, you may only have to give about 1.5% of the sales price.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in January. Until then, if the need arises to sell your Breamar Piggyback townhouse, give me a call for a free market analysis. While any home can sell in our current market with low inventory and high demand, not every home gets top dollar. Top dollar is only achieved with top notch marketing, negotiation and appraisal preparation. If top dollar is important when you sell, I’m your gal. 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 Condo Quarterly: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Patio Home in Braemar

Clouds and drizzly rain have descended over Bristow today. Yuck. My father used to describe these types of days as “five o’clock all day.” Before you know it though (November 1st to be exact,) we’ll have fallen back in time and it will be dark around 5pm. I dread those days.

Right now, it is time to look back on Braemar Patio home resale activity and values in this Braemar Patio Quarterly. The third quarter wrapped up at the end of September. Let’s see what happened with Braemar Patio home values. If you don’t know what a Braemar Patio home is, they are the two level, quad style attached homes in our neighborhood. Being attached at the corner, side and back, they have no back yard, just side and front yard.

To start, there was only one Patio home that sold in Braemar between the beginning of July and end of September. Details of that sale are listed below:

At $365,000 with three bedrooms and two and a half full bathrooms, $3,500 in seller subsidy and under contract in only three days, this was a very healthy sale. Of course, we can’t get a sense of where we are headed without seeing where we have been. That’s why I take this one sale and add it with the previous three quarters of Braemar Patio home sales and extract six and twelve month values.

Starting with the sold price column we see that both the six month average and six month median sold price are above their respective twelve month values. That means Braemar Patio homes are continuing to push up in value. No surprise there given the intense buyer demand and lack of inventory our market has seen lately.

When we move to the seller subsidy column, we get a chance to see how much closing cost assistance Braemar Patio home sellers gave to buyers. Just like the sold price column, the six month values show a seller favored trend over their twelve month counterparts. Seller subsidy is decreasing. In fact, more than half of the sales in the six month range gave none at all. That’s great news for Braemar Patio home owners thinking of selling.

Finally, the days on market column shows us the trend in how long it is taking for Braemar Patio home owners to get under contract. The six month average and median values are the same at four days. The twelve month median is also at four days, but the twelve month average is at thirteen days. Clearly, in the most recent sales, Braemar Patio homes are flying off the shelves.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to pay less than 1% of the sales price, if anything, in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Patio Quarterly will be out in January. Until then, if you the need to sell yoru Braemar Patio home crops up, get in touch with me for well versed analysis of your home’s value and top notch marketing campaign. Any home will sell right now, but not every home gets the highest possible sales price without professional marketing. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2020 (3rd Quarter)

Fall has arrived, and with it, the opportunity to look back on the Braemar condo market and see what happened in the third quarter of this unusual year. In keeping with every Braemar Condo Quarterly I have published to date, let’s start with the sales from the third quarter, which are seen below.

In the six sales that happened in the third quarter, five of them were on Caithness Circle. It is an odd happenstance when a handful of neighbors outgrown their homes and sell in a couple weeks or months of each other. If you notice that one sale of the six is highlighted in pink, that’s because it was my listing. What’s not seen here is that my sellers were able to negotiate a two month rent back which saved their bacon and allowed them to not have to move to temporary housing while shopping for their next home. That type of contractual win is worth a lot of money and aggravation for move up sellers in this intense seller’s market with very limited inventory.

When taking this six Braemar condo sales and combining them with the previous three quarters worth of sales, we get a complete year’s worth of data. Our updated six and twelve month markers (seen below) give us indications as to where our market is heading.

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values. This means that Braemar condos, like just about everything else in this market, continue to climb in value.

Seller subsidy is where we get to find out how much closing cost help sellers gave to Braemar condo buyers. It is not a surprise to see that in the six month values, compared to the twelve month values, show that seller subsidy is decreasing. Out of the six month recent sales listed above, four of them gave seller subsidy. Some of that may have been requested in their initial offer, or in the case of some sales, may be credits given at the time of home inspection. My sale, for instance, had a buyer not asking for any closing cost assistance. At the time of home inspection, the age and condition of the roof became a real concern. The buyer had asked for a lot more than the actual cost of the roof. Thankfully, my sellers were able to get a quote from a roofer and counter with a reasonable seller subsidy for the buyer to take care of replacing the roof during their ownership period.

Finally we get to days on market, or marketing time as I like to call it. Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are identical, showing four days to get under contract. The only one longer is the twelve month average marketing time. Braemar condos are getting eaten up quickly by buyers in the market.

If you placed your Braemar condo on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week, maybe even a couple of days. You could also expect, because you are likely dealing with first time buyers with limited cash on hand, to give some closing cost help.

The next Braemar Condo Quarterly will be out in January and will show us how the Braemar condo market closed out the year. Until then, know that if the sale of your Braemar condo is looming on the horizon, the year end market is a powerful one. There are still serious buyers, but even fewer selllers this time of year. Give me a call and see what a year end sale may mean for you. 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: July-August 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2020

It it time for another Braemar Townhouse Report, featuring sales of traditional three level townhouses with back yards in our neighborhood.  This particular report looks back to the months of July & August.  During that time, there were nine Braemar townhouses that sold.  Their final sold prices ranged from $330,000 to $385,000.  Details of each sale are listed below:

Taking these nine sales and combining them with the past entire twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, the updated six and twelve month value points are updated as pictured below:

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar townhouse values are continuing to rise.  No surprise in this intense seller’s market.

The seller subsidy column is where we find out how much closing cost help Braemar townhouse sellers are giving in their transactions.  For starters, it is great to see that the six month average seller subsidy is less than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  Sellers have been giving less closing cost help on average in the most recent sales.  Even better, the six month median seller is at zero, compared to the $2,500 value found in the twelve month median.  In the most recent sales, more than than half of Braemar sellers have given no closing cost help.

Finally we get to the days on market column.  Here we see slightly faster marketing times in the six month values compared to the already fast twelve month values.  Again, no surprise when you see the intense demand and lack of inventory in our market.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in a week or less.  If you had to give closing cost help, you could reasonably expect it would be a modest amount.  Better yet, you may have to give none.

The next Bramear Townhouse Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you find yourself needing to move up into a larger home, or relocate, know that our year end market is going to be extremely busy this year.  Better yet, we will have very little competition.  Give me a call to investigate what a year end sale would mean for you.  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 Condo Just Sold for $305,000

This Braemar Condo Just Sold for $305,000

On July 24th (2020,) 12175 Caithness Circle in Braemar’s condos, Barrhill at Inverness Village, hit the market priced at $305,000.  It only took one day and one buyer for it to go under contract.  When you get the terms you want in the first offer, why wait?

What ended up being just as important as the sales price was having short contingency time frames and a two month post settlement occupancy agreement.  The short contingency time frames allowed the sellers to write offers on their next home with coinciding settlements contingency instead of a home sale contingency.  The rent back was their fall in the event they couldn’t get an offer accepted right away in this competitive market.

Since being under contract, the sellers (as buyers) have made about four offers on  homes.  Not one has been accepted, and not because they weren’t great offers.  The competition is fierce.  Buyers are willing to forego inspections and appraisals entirely.  It’s rough out there, hence the reason the post settlement occupancy was so important.

Today this one sold for full list price of $305,000.   And the former owners will be covered with their post settlement occupancy.

If the time to sell and buy in THIS market is around the corner for you, hiring an agent that understands how to protect your interests on the sale is just as important as hiring one that can show you property with short notice.  My clients the wealth of market experience I have accumulated over the years as a Top Producing Agent in the Bristow area.  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 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2020

Bringing up the rear in the most recent batch of Braemar real estate market reports is the Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular report covers the most recent sales of traditional three level Braemar townhouses with back yards in the months of May and June.

Between May 1st and June 30th, there were eight Braemar townhouses that sold.  Their final sold prices ranged from $300,000 to $374,000.  The details of each one are listed below.

Taking the most recent sales above and combining them and with the entire past twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting with everyone’s favorite first stop, the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices.  This means Braemar townhouses have continued to gain value.

The seller subsidy column is where we get to see, on average, how much closing cost assistance Braemar townhouse sellers have been giving to buyers.  It is no surprise to see both the six month seller subsidy value points lower than their twelve month counterparts.  In the current market, with such high demand and limited inventory, it is no surprise that closing cost requests by buyers are shrinking as they compete to have their offers accepted.

Finally, days on market reveals another trend consistent with a strong seller’s market.  Both the six month average and median marketing times are shorter than their twelve month counterparts.  Braemar townhouses are flying off the shelves.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You could also reasonably expect to pay 1% of the sales price or less in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September.  Until then, if you want to take advantage of the record setting sales prices in our neighborhood, give me a call.  My expertise is getting Braemar sellers top dollar for their home, no matter the market.  Sadly, even in a seller’s market, poor preparation and poor marketing can have sellers leaving money on the table.   That won’t happen with me.  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 Condo Under Contract in Only Two Days!!

Braemar Condo Under Contract in Only Two Days!!

The demand for entry level housing in Braemar is astounding.  And while this two bedroom, one and a half bathroom condo at 12175 Caithness Circle hit the market on July 24th (2020,)  priced at $305,000 and had only three showings, it only takes one buyer to make a deal.  Just as important as price, is buyer flexibility when you are not only selling, but attempting to buy another home in this inventory limited market.

The sellers had done their prep and it paid off.  New paint, new carpet, new appliance and new windows.  That, in addition to having a new water heater, new HVAC, updated luxury vinyl plank flooring on the main level and granite counters in the kitchen made an attractive proposition to buyers.

I’ll keep you posted on final sold price for this Braemar condo.  In the meantime, if you have a Braemar condo, townhouse or single family home to sell, give me a call to get it done quickly and for the best terms for you.  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: April-June 2020 (2nd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2020 (2nd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

It is time for another Braemar Reflection Quarterly, featuring sales of homes on Tarvie Circle that are semi-detached.  What does that mean?  This single family homes with rear load garages are attached to one neighbor only at the garage.

During our current reporting period, which includes the months of April, May and June, there were no Reflection homes that sold.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a peek at our updated six and twelve month data points.

The six month average and median sold price is based on one sale in March.  That value is below both the twelve month average and twelve month median sold prices.  Not enough to say that Reflection home values are waning for sure.  We’ll need more data.  What I can tell you is that our Braemar marketplace has record high demand at the moment and any home priced right and in good condition is flying off the shelves.

When it comes to seller subsidy, the sale making up our six month values gave none.  That’s definitely what I am seeing more and more in our market.  I suspect this is something we will continue to see in most price ranges, with the exception of entry level homes.

Days on market was lower in the one sale making our six month average and median values.  Only five days to go under contract.  That is certainly in line with what I would expect right now.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it would be under contract in a week or less.  You could also expect that you would not have to pay a buyer’s closing costs.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, if the sale of your Braemar home is on the horizon, give me a call for the most accurate 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