Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Carriage Series)

Graduations and proms are the talk of social media. Spring has most definitely sprung. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, we will look at how the Carriage home market is our neighborhood is doing against the back drop of sharp mortgage interest rate increases. If you are not familiar with what makes up a Carriage home in Braemar, they 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.

There was only one Braemar Carriage home that sold during the current reporting period of March and April. Details are listed below.

Should you be concerned that there was only one Carriage home sale in the months of March and April? No. During that time period, I was pleased to list 9477 Cromarty Court. That gave me a first hand look at the activity for homes like these. The demand is out of control for affordable homes in our neighborhood. (Yes, affordable single family homes in 2022 are in the low to mid six hundred thousands.) If more Carriage homes had hit the market in the early part of the year, there would be more sales to report.

Taking a freshened up twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales from May 2021 to April 2022, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

The sold price column is looking very healthy and reflective of continued seller market conditions, despite rising mortgage interest rates. Both the six month average and six month median sold prices are substantially higher than their respective twelve month values. Braemar Carriage homes are definitely continuing to gain value in this market.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar sellers. The only number not at zero is the twelve month average seller subsidy. Two sales out of a total of sixteen in the past year’s worth of Braemar Carriage home sales gave closing cost help. One gave $12,500. The other gave $2,000. How do you avoid giving closing cost help as a seller? Make sure your home creates buyer enthusiasm so buyers must put their best foot forward to win amongst their competitors.

Days on market shows single digits down the line. Braemar Carriage homes are selling very quicky as buyer demand continues to outpace homes coming on the market.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help if your home was properly prepared for the market and professionally marketed.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to take advantage of a home sale while the buyers are still outnumbering available inventory, get in touch with me for a no obligation consultation. No matter the market, my listing services start with preparation advice as far out as you want to discuss readying your home. Details matter. I also invest my sellers’ success with professional marketing. My Braemar sellers also get my unparalleled neighborhood knowledge, having called this neighborhood home and served the HOA for over seventeen years. 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

The Braemar Carriage Home with a Water View is Now Under Contract

9477 Cromarty Court Listed on April 22, 2022 for $584,000

The Braemar Carriage Home with a Water View is Now Under Contract

The only carriage home in Braemar with a water view is now under contract. Yes, the Maplewood located at 9477 Cromarty Court, listed on April 22nd for $584,000 sure did spike a lot of interest. There were several buyers through the two open houses held during the weekend. Having hosted one of them, I can tell you the upgardes inside were as popular as the water view itself.

Ultimately, six buyers were bold enough to step and make offers on this lovely home. Every single offer was above list price. Not surprising when you have sellers that have left no detail unattended. The home showed like a shiny new penny.

Did the market give any indication of shifting during the three days that sellers allowed showings? None that I could tell. I have heard talk of a shift in buyer demand, but the sellers who do listing preparation and hire professional marketing agents are not noticing the slow down.

Tonight there are five disappointed buyers who will be looking for the next opportunity in the neighborhood. Will you be the next seller to hit the market with this experienced, top notch listing agent who knows Braemar like the back of her hand? If so, you are going to love the results when you heed the preparation advice given to increase buyer enthusiasm. Homes don’t have to have unobstructed, natural water views to get buyers excited. Get in touch today for your listing 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

Famhouse Chic Carriage Home with Water View Now Open For Showings

9477 Cromarty Court Listed on April 22, 2022 for $584,000

When I posted about this Maplewood Carriage home at 9477 Cromarty Coming Soon on April 17th, I could not wait to share more about the inside of this home. Whether I realized it or not, my experience with this particular home started when one of the new owners popped into one of my open houses in the neighborhood about four years ago. She told me the home that she had purchased and that she and her husband were fixing it up. Even then I remember, when finding out which home she bought, thinking they had a job on their hands. It hadn’t been my listing, but was on the market the same time as one I had sold on the street. (Looking back at that listing while grabbing this link, I can’t believe I didn’t hire a professional to take my photos. My business and my marketing have come a long way. Even then, my listing was head and shoulders above the presentation of 9477 Cromarty at the time.)

The thing that can’t be duplicated about 9477 Cromarty is the lot. It sides to a pond where heron, fox, deer, turtles and frogs frequent. There are unobstructed water views from the patio and driveway, kitchen sink and dining room. Now let’s look at some of the interior improvements.

The kitchen is farmhouse chick at its best. Gray quartz counters with white marbling and glistening specs are the perfect complement to the white cabinets. A live edge cherry breakfast bar and exposed wood shelving to open up this galley kitchen to the family room.

My favorite part of the home is where the pantry was transformed into a bar with space for a notebook computer and a stool. The pandemic had many home owners scrambling for additional office spaces in 2020 and this is one of the most imaginative I have seen. It beats a closet any day and when work is done, you can shut the notebook and enjoy an adult beverage.

The family room now has a farmhouse chandelier, which makes it a great accent for a gathering area, or maybe a perfect dining room. Swap the actual dining room, with the view of the pond, for your gathering area and let it flow into the living room across the foyer entry.

Refinished hardwood floors on the main level give way to a hardwood staircase that lead you to the engineered hardwood floors upstairs. While done with a papered accent wall, the owner’s bedroom brings you right back to farmhouse chic.

Even the owner’s bathroom, with wood-like tile brought in natural wood edges above the dual sinks.

You can see everything in the virtual tour. The last area I am going to highlight here as a major improvement is the stamped concrete patio between the home and the detached garage. Pergola conveys, but lighting will go with the owners.

This is the perfect lot for outdoor entertaining or enjoying your own bit of quiet by natural surroundings. The extensive driveway can park many vehicles. There is a two car garage and three parking spaces at the end of the driveway that don’t even interfere with the garage entry. And if you were looking for a fenced yard, this one does offer a gate that shut across the driveway.

Come see all this stunning home has to offer on Saturday, April 23rd or Sunday, April 24th. Both days the home will be open from 1pm-3pm. If you don’t have an agent and need one to represent you, give me a call and I will connect you with a top notch professional out of our Long & Foster offices.

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

Coming Soon: The Only Natural, Unobstructed Water View in Braemar

9477 Cromarty Court in Bristow will be listed at $584,000 and available for showings 4/22/2022

As I sit and prepare to tell you about a very special home coming soon to the Braemar real estate market, I realize that I should enjoy every minute of this lazy Easter Sunday because as soon as 9477 Cromarty Court goes active on Friday for $584,000, my weekend will be frantic. When you love what you do, it is hard not to work, even on a holiday weekend. So today, consider me the Easter Bunny, dropping by with a great opportunity for buyers looking in the neighborhood.

Enjoy sunsets from the covered front porch

Located at the end of Cromarty Court, this Braemar Maplewood Carriage home has so much to offer inside and out. Three bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the upper level make it much like what you would find in a townhouse. Formal living and dining rooms in the front of the home, however, are more in line with what you would find in a Braemar single family home.

Updates abound as you tour this home. Refinished hardwood floors are found throughout the main level. Plantation shutters in the front of the home and 3-D roller shades in the back give you privacy and style. The galley kitchen, typically cut off from view from the family room has been renovated to remove one cabinet which was converted to open shelving, giving that openness lacking in most Maplewoods. Quartz counter tops with their modern shimmer flow nicely to a live edge cherry breakfast bar. Even the pantry was re-imagined when the doors were removed and it was set up as a bar. (Easily undone if you prefer pantry storage.) There is even a stikwood accent wall here giving the feel of a cabin. I can’t wait to show you.

Hardwood stairs to the upper level continue the cabin feel with more finishes to evoke the feeling of a modern cabin. Engineered hardwood floors throughout the bedrooms and wood-like ceramic tile in the bathrooms work perfectly together. Faucens and fixtures have been replaced. No detail has been overlooked.

Head down to the basement, finished to offer a carpeted rec area with an updated full bathroom. This is also the level where you find the laundry room.

The only natural, unobstructed water view in Braemar belongs to 9477 Cromarty Court

The updates inside this home could be done to any Maplewood. What makes this particular Maplewood unique is the lot. This home enjoys the only natural, unobstructed view of a neighborhood pond. Enjoy it while at the kitchen sink or enjoying a meal in the dining room. Spending time outside on the stamped concrete patio sure is more enjoyable when you have turtles sunning themselves on logs, the sounds of frogs and sighting of rabbits, fox and deer in the woods surrounding the pond.

An extensive private driveway gives you plenty of room for guest parking. In addition to your two car garage, there are three parking spaces at the end of the driveway that do not interfere with the garage. If you are hosting a gathering, the entire length of the driveway if there for your guests or maybe, a game of corn hole while you enjoy that amazing view.

There is a trail that goes around the lake less than ten steps from the property. It is so close you can see the home as you sit on the community bench.

It will be my pleasure to share professional photos of the interior when I have them on April 21st. Until then, if you think you may be interested in this home, don’t hesitate to set up your appointment to see it, or stop by the Open House on Saturday April 23rd (2022) from 1pm-3pm. This is a truly unique opportunity to own a water view in Braemar.

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: January-February 2022 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Carriage Series)

On a rainy, drizzly or foggy day, the Sounds of Freedom can be heard and felt in our neighborhood. I certainly wish I had been paying closer attention to the Howitzer training schedule at Quantico. Given current world events, when awoken from my slumber to the sound of mortars, I was uneasy. Thank goodness we don’t often have that much noise from the Marine base. Weather conditions have to be just right for that much noise to make it our way.

Turns out it is just another Thursday in our Braemar neighborhood and the real estate market is still trending up. Too many buyers for too few homes creates a great time to sell. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report the focus is on sales of Carriage homes in our 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 this report, which covers only the first two months of 2022 for sales, only one Braemar Carriage home sold. Details are listed below:

Those are not typos in the list and sold price. This Maplewood, the smallest of the Carriage homes in our neighborhood, sold for $51,000 over list price. That is most certainly an attention getter. It gave no seller subsidy and was under contract in five days. Bear this in mind because the six and twelve month data points compiled from the entire past twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales is not showing super strong trends for sellers. Our market the second half of 2021 was certainly not as crazed as the first half and that is playing into the six month data. Let’s take a look.

Starting in the sold price column we see the six month average sold price is slightly above the twelve month average. Meanwhile, the six month median sold price is below the twelve month median sold price. Contradictory information can be an indicator of shifting trends, but I don’t think that is the case here. As mentioned above, the second half of 2021 was not as frenzied as the first half. The second half of the year in regard to the Braemar Carriage home market was also three bedroom model heavy. Smaller homes selling may be skewing this data as well.

Seller subsidy is any closing cost help negotiated by buyers from their Braemar sellers. The six month average seller subsidy ticked up substantially compared to the twelve month average. Both the six and twelve month median values being at zero tell us that more than half of sellers in both time frames gave no seller subsidy. And with the recent sale giving none, it is safe to assume this trend will continue as more buyers compete for fewer homes.

Days on market shows us how long it took Braemar Carriage homes to go under contract. Both six month values are slightly longer than their respective twelve month values. However, even the highest number represented by this data is single digits. That trend is continuing as we move through the early months of 2022.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect to have enough buyers competing for your listing that seller subsidy should be a non-factor. Buyers are back to waiving contingencies like home inspection and when possible, appraisal. Did I mention it is a great time to sell?

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Until then, if you would like to see what a 2022 sales would mean for you, I am happy to have that conversation. Get in touch for a no obligation market analysis. Even in a seller’s market, my commitment to professional marketing creates undeniable buyer enthusiasm that leads to record setting prices. Who you hire to sell your home matters. After all, you only get one chance to liquidate your largest asset. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Bettter!

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: September-October 2021 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2021 (Carriage Series)

The year end holidays are rapidly approaching and for so many, things slow down a bit this time of year. Does it slow down in the world of Braemar real estate? Not as much as you may think. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report I will show you how Carriage homes in Braemar fared in the months of September and October. If you are unfamiliar with what constitutes a Braemar Carriage home from any other home in our neighborhood, they 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.

There were three Braemar Carriage homes that sold during the current reporting period. Coincidentally, that is the same number of Carriage home sales that happened in the previous reporting period. Details of the sales from September and October are listed below:

At first glance, the things that stand out to me in the sales above are that only one of the three sold significantly above its list price. One of three gave a significant amount of closing cost help. And one of the three took longer than single digits to sell. When combined with the entire previous twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column, we still see significantly higher prices in both six month values when compared to their respective twelve month values. Increases in value are always great news to Braemar Carriage home owners. However, the six month growth rates seem to have waned a bit. Last report, the six month average growth rate was 7% and the six month median growth rate was 10%. In this report, the month average growth rate has dropped to 5%. The six month median growth rate is also at 5% this report. Could it be that the market is shifting? Only time will tell so looking to future Braemar Property Value Reports will give more of an indication of any trends. For now, the trend is still upward growth in value.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to negotiate from their Carriage home sellers. Seeing one Braemar Carriage home sale this report with nearly 2% seller subsidy is certainly unusual. In the entire past twelve months of Braemar Carriage homes sales there have been only two of twenty that have given any seller subsidy. Timing wise, it was one sale this report and one sale last report. This definitely indicates a cooling of the buyer frenzy we have seen throughout 2020 and in the first half of 2021. While conditions still favor sellers, the herd of buyers is thinning out and the ones remaining are not as quick to act, and able to ask for more.

Days on market is really very stable. The six and twelve month average marketing times are five days, while the six and twelve month median marketing times are at four days. Braemar Carriage homes are selling very quickly.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditons, you could expect it to be under contract in one week, maybe two max. You could also expect to have some seller subsidy requests. The amount you are able to knock it down will largely by determined by the negotiation strength of your listing agent.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in the New Year. Until then, if the need arises to sell your Braemar Carriage home, know that the year end market is one of the most powerful a seller can encounter. Inventory shortage along with strong emotions regarding “home for the holidays” with serious buyers are factors that can equate to a very profitable sale. Of course, hiring a local, professional marketing agent like myself is a key to maxing your profit when selling. Even in a seller’s market, money can be left on the table through lack of preparation and poor marketing, which do not create buyer enthusiasm. Don’t let that happen to you. Get in touch with me for a 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 Property Value Report: July-August 2021 (Carraige Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2021 (Carraige Series)

Even though it is technically still summer until September 21st, after school starts and we begin the month of September, it feels like the unofficial beginning of fall. July and August sure went by in a flash, and with them more Braemar Carriage home sales to report in this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report. Since this report focuses solely on Braemar Carriage home activity, it is important to know what defines a Carriage home in our neighborhood. They 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.

During the current reporting period, there were three Braemar Carriage homes that sold. The final sold prices ranged from $531,000 to $615,000. Details of those three sales are listed below:

Sold prices keep marching up. For specifics on how the market is doing, let’s take a look at our updated six and twelve month data points.

Starting with the sold price column we see big increases from both the twelve month average and median to their respective six month average and median values. The jumps were 7% and 10% in value. Last report, we saw values jumps of 6% and 8%. Braemar Carriage homes, despite what was overall a slowing in the market during the summer months, have appreciated at an even better rate than previous reporting. As I recall, Braemar Carriage homes were the least impacted by lack of sales in our real estate crash over a decade ago. These homes will be the last to show any slowing of the market.

Seller subsidy is where we see how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Carriage home sellers. The six and twelve month average seller subsidy numbers indicate that across the board, very few buyers even ask for closing cost help. The six and twelve month median values at zero show us that more than half of buyers in both time frames needed no closing cost assistance.

Marketing time is still super fast. We see single digits down the line with the only change being a one day decrease from the twelve month average marketing time of five days to the six month average marketing time of four days. Carriage homes are always one of the hottest selling homes in Braemar. That also makes them one of the smartest investor purchases in our neighborhood.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home 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 no seller subsidy as buyers continue to compete to get under contract.

Just because we are entering the year end market does not mean that the real estate market will slow. In fact, it is typical for activity to pick up about this time as folks are done with vacations. More importantly, the Federal government’s new fiscal year starts October 1st, filled raises and new job opportunities for employees and contractors.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November. Until then, get in touch with me to find out what a sale in the near future would mean for you both financially and logistically. 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: May-June 2021 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2021 (Carriage Series)

Monday is my favorite day of the week. It is a day to start fresh and get working. Certainly, when you love what you do, a new work day is never a bad thing. And as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, I can tell you that I indeed love what I do. As proof of that, I bring you this latest edition of the Braemar Property Value Report for the Carriage homes in our 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.

There were six Braemar Carriage homes that sold in the months of May and June. The details of those sales are listed below:

First amazing thing about these six sales are their sold prices. Two of the six are $600,000 or more. And the biggest jaw dropper is the second smallest of the Carriage Series, a Norwood model on Tombreck selling for $581,600. That is a lot of money for a three bedroom Carriage home to pull.

Taking all six of these sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated and reveal the fruits of the seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are substantially higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This means Braemar Carriage homes are gaining a lot of value as a result of the frenzied buyer demand.

The seller subsidy column is where we find out how much closing cost help buyers have been able to negotiate from their sellers. The zeros in all but the twelve month average slot tell us that buyers are having to forego closing cost requests to get their offers accepted in multiple offer scenarios. In fact, the only reason there was even a value in the twelve month average seller subsidy is that one Braemar Carriage home seller gave $600 in seller subsidy in their October 2020 sale. That was probably a home inspection repair credit, judging by the amount.

Days on market reveals low, single digits all the way down the column, with only a one day quickening form the twelve month average to the six month average. Braemar Carriage homes are selling extremely quickly in the seller’s market.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help.

The summer months are experiencing less demand than we have seen up to the end of June, which is where this report ends. That doesn’t mean buyer demand has dried up. Inventory has increased and some buyers have taken the summer off as they travel and take vacations. A summer slow down in buyer activity and increase in seller listings in typical for our market. Even though there are still more buyers than there are listings, you may not get crazy amounts of offers in a weekend.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, when the need arises for you to sell, understand that buyer enthusiasm is where the highest possible price comes from, no matter than market. Buyer enthusiasm is created by doing the right listing preparation and being professionally marketed, even in seller’s market. I have been helping Braemar sellers with both for a long time. 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: March-April 2021 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2021 (Carriage Series)

Spring has sprung in Braemar and our community is greening up. I always love seeing the trees, flowers and lawns come back to life after winter. You may not realize it, but the Bristow real estate market really doesn’t go dormant in winter. Buyer demand is still present then and was off the charts even during the holidays. It has only gotten more intense with the coming of spring. What inventory we do have coming on the market is not even close to meeting demand.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report I am going to fill you in on what has happened in the Carriage home market. 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.

During our current reporting period of March and April, there were three Braemar Carriage homes that sold. The specifics of those sales are listed below:

The sold prices are getting up into the five-hundred thousands, which is uncharted territory for these homes. Sure, the builder sold them in the fives and during the top of the market you may have caught some selling just over five, but these sold prices keep going higher than we have previously seen.

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

Starting with the sold price column we see that our six month average and six month median sold prices are much improved over their respective twelve month values. With this demand and limited inventory, sold prices are getting higher and higher, driving up values.

In the seller subsidy column we see how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Carriage home sellers. Not surprisingly, both the six month seller subsidy figures are at zero. The only value not at zero in this column is the twelve month average seller subsidy with is below one-thousand dollars. Buyers are having to come in with no seller subsidy requests, and even having to drop inspection requests, just to get accepted in a multiple offer situation.

Days on market hasn’t changed much. The six month average is two days shorter than the twelve month average. The six month median and twelve month median are identical at five days. Braemar Carriage homes are always one of the hottest sellers in any market and have been selling quickly for a year or more now.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to have multiple offers with no seller subsidy requests. Some buyers are even waiving all contingencies, including inspections, appraisal and financing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if the need or desire to sell your Braemar Carriage home arises, get in touch with me to find out how a well prepared and professionally marketed home still gets even more money in this seller’s market. Getting my Braemar sellers the absolute max the market will bear 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
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