Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Ryan Homes)

You can almost feel the excitement in the air. A long weekend is just around the corner and summer will be unofficially underway. Is the excitement still in the air in the Braemar real estate market? In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report we look back at what happened with the houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood for the months of March and April. We will also get a chance to see the updated six and twelve month market markers. Let’s get right to it.

There were only two Ryan homes that sold during our current reporting period. There wasn’t a huge gap in sold price with one selling at $690,000 and the other selling at $710,000. Details of both sales are listed below:

The happiest things for would-be Ryan home sellers to see is that seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is at zero in both and days on market is a week or less in both.

Taking these sales and combining them with Ryan home sales in Braemar going back to May 2021, our updated six and twelve month market markers are updated and may indicate a slight shift in the market.

Starting with the sold price column we find that the six month average sold price has increased about one percent from the twelve month average. Increases in six month value are what we have been seeing in the seller’s market conditions of late. However, the six month median sold price has fallen below the twelve month median sold price. We will have to see what next report shows us, because recent multiple offer scrums in the neighborhood tell me we are still seeing very high buyer demand.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help sellers gave buyers. In the case of Ryan home sellers, the amount of closing cost help has been nothing in recent sales. However, the six month average seller subsidy is a little higher than the twelve month average. Not to worry, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values remain at zero. This means more than half of Braemar Ryan home sellers gave nothing in closing cost help in both time frames.

Marketing time has increased in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. This are not big increases. Buyers are being more deliberate in their actions as mortgage interest rates have increased. They are not as susceptible to pouncing on listings immediately.

If you placed your Ryan 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 nothing in seller subsidy. Home inspection contingencies are making a come back, but largely seem to be of the right to void variety from what I am experiencing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate what a 2022 sale would mean for you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a confidential consultation. I have made it my business to be the most informed agent in the neighborhood. And I consider it my best talent to create buyer enthusiasm around my listings, maxing out my seller’s profit. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 
Associate Broker, Licensed in VA
Long & Foster Real Estate
703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com
www.SellingBraemar.com
www.UncompromisingValues.com
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Maplewood Carriage Home in Braemar Just Sold for a Record High Price

What an honor it was to list 9477 Cromarty Court. Walking in to the listing appointment I knew I had a gem on my hands, which was going to be immensely helpful. Being a Maplewood model carriage home, it is the smallest square footage one could have in Braemar and still be considered a single family home. The sellers were all too aware of the very limited living space and had made some very wise renovations to the home to give what is essentially a detached townhouse, a roomier feel. One of my favorite renovations was the removal of a cabinet to open up the galley kitchen to the family room. They also added a live edge cherry breakfast bar so the breakfast nook could be more open space.

The thing that would make buyers fall in love and make the limited space work was going to be the lot. It was the only unobstructed water view in the neighborhood.

This charming home, with farmhouse decor throughout, hit the market on April 22nd priced at $584,000. The market around us was on fire. The original list price was going to be a tad lower. After watching the activity on Cromarty with a couple other listings, we upped the price before hitting the MLS as a Coming Soon listing.

The very first day on the market the first buyers through made an appointment. An offer was in my email within hours of that showing. With the sellers out of town and an offer deadline set for Monday, April 25th, that offer survived competiting with five additional offers. And today, those very happy buyers were able to close the deal on this gorgeous home. The final sold price was $620,000. That is a new record sold price for a Maplewood model in Braemar….EVER. The closest before this was one in February (just a few months ago) that sold for $576,000.

Did the highest offer win in the multiple offer situation? No. It is not always how high someone will bid, but how much of a low appraisal guarantee they can swallow if the home doesn’t appraise. In the case of the winning buyers, their offer was $10,000 lower than a competing offer, but they offered $50,000 more in a low appraisal coverage than those buyers did. That meant, not matter what, the home would sell for $620,000. With the highest sold price to date at $576,000, a low appraisal was a real concern. As it turns out, it happened not to be a concern. I make sure to arm appraisers with as much information as a I can even when appraisal is something a buyer will deal with in the event of a low outcome. It’s not a win, if it’s not a win for everyone.

At the closing table, it was obvious that the new owners are going to love the natural surroundings by this pond as much as the sellers did. There was talk of turtle eggs that will be hatching by the pond and a birds nest where eggs are found every season. The new buyers were delighting in hearing of their new outdoor neighbors.

It was a smooth road to closing with zero bumps in the road. Best of all, my sellers gave me a closing gift that made me smile from ear to ear.

The sellers had been receiving my Braemar Property Value Reports for years and that is why they chose to list with me. The fact that they gave me this personalized Yeti mug could not have been a better compliment. Now I’ll be taking this coffee mug with me to listing appointments in the neighborhood and letting folks know that sellers that hit a record high sold price for a Maplewoood gave it to me. Let me know if I can be of assistance to 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 Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (NV Homes)

What a gorgeous, sunny weekend! Summer is just around the corner, but the temperatures today make it feel like it is in full swing already. Before we get too far removed mentally from spring, let’s take a look back at the Braemar real estate market as it relates to houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, we look back to the sales activity from March and April and check in on our updated six and twelve month data points.

There were two NV homes that sold between the beginning of March and end of April. Their sold prices are vastly different at $675,000 and $799,900.

How does a home with more square footage, an additional bathroom and loft level sell for $124,000 less than its competitor? The obvious answer to me is that it never hit the open market, instead taking a sight unseen offer. It sold from coming soon status. This happens sometimes when the sellers don’t want to be troubled with showings. However, if you put a price tag on what showings might mean to their bottom line, sellers will often bite the bullet and go to market. It is unlikely that an unfinished basement vs. a finished basement in Braemar has hit a delta of $124,000. Typically, that difference is a max of $40,000 or $50,000. It could also be that the home would not have shown well and selling from coming soon status was a blessing. We will never know why, we will only know that that a cul-de-sac lot home with four levels, one of which being an unfinished basement, sold for a lot less than a smaller, somewhat updated competitor.

Taking the past twelve months of NV home sales dating back to May 2021 to April 2022, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, we see that both six month sold prices are above their respective twelve month values. This means that NV homes in Braemar are continuing to gain value, despite the early year mortgage interest rate increases.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is zero in all values except the twelve month average. This is a result of one NV home seller out of thirteen in the past twelve months that gave $2,300 in closing cost help. Likely this was a credit in lieu of requested repairs. Certainly, with limited inventory continuing, buyers must write seller favored terms to have their offers accepted.

Days on market, though showing the most minimal increases in both the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts, remains in single digits. NV homes are continuing to sell fast.

If you placed your NV home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also still expect to give nothing in closing cost help. That may change if mortgage interest rates continue to increase. For now, they are steadied out around five and a quarter percent.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, I hope you enjoy all kinds of sun in the fun. Of course, if the need to sell your Braemar home arises, I would love to consult with you and show you what my proven listing process can do to increase your bottom line buy stepping up buyer enthusiasm. 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 2022 (Heritage Series)

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

Welcome to another Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood. If you are not familiar with what constitutes a Heritage home in Braemar, 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.

During the months of March and April, there were four Braemar Heritage homes that sold. The details of those sales are listed below.

With sold prices ranging from $662,000 to $740,000 and all four selling at or above their list price, the Braemar Heritage home market is looking very health. Further support of this, with a quick look, is seeing no seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) in any of the sales and all of these homes going under contract in a week or less.

When taking these sales and combining them with the Heritage home sales in Braemar dating back to May 2021, the six and twelve month market markers tracked in this report are updated.

Starting with 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 is evidence of the continuation of the seller favored market, despite rising mortgage interest rates.

Seller subsidy went down in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. Not surprising given that the most recent sales gave none at all. Of more importance is that more than half of sellers in both the six month and twelve month time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. When buyers are competing over limited inventory, they are having to write seller favored terms to get their offers accepted.

Days on market is holding steady down the line in single digits. Again, limited inventory and many more buyers competing for it is what is driving this market. The mortgage interest rate increase seems to have had little impact so far.

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 less. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

For the best outcome, even in a seller’s market, having strong representation on your side is a must. It starts with getting the proper listing preparation advice. A well prepared home is one that buyers will be enthusiastic about, especially if it is professionally marketed. Hiring strictly based on the lowest commission and relying on the market conditions for a great outcome is a poor strategy. Sellers employing this technique believe they increase their bottom line by saving commission. They actually leave money on the table with buyers being less enthusiastic about poorly prepared and half-heartedly marketed homes.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, when the time comes for you to sell your Braemar home, I would love to talk with you about how my listing process can increase your bottom line. My Braemar sellers have been hitting the top of the market for many years. Let’s get you to the top of the market too. 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 2022 (Courtyard Series)

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

Sunny spring days are something just about everyone can agree is a good thing. We have most definitely hit the spring season, but our sunny days may actually be outnumbered by overcast and rainy days lately. Perspective can mean a lot in how we process information. Those drawn to bad news will inevitably see the negative and vice versa.

With regard to the Braemar real estate market, this Braemar Property Value Report actually breaks it down into understand numbers. This edition focuses on the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. Courtyard homes are located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five detached 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 three Courtyard homes that sold in Braemar during the months of March and April. The details of those sales are listed below.

The low sold price at $583,000 is quite a ways off of the high sold price, repeated twice, at $630,000. Taking these sales and combining them with Braemar Courtyard home sales going back to May 2021 for one year’s worth of data, our six and twelve month market markers are updated and reflect the continuation of a seller’s favored market.

The six month average and median sold prices are most definitely higher than their respective twelve month values. This is the trend we have been seeing for a while now. As buyer demand has increased and inventory has not met the need, the market has driven up prices. Even in the face of rising interest rates, buyer demand remains strong.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is zero down the line. This means for at least one year, no Braemar Courtyard home seller has had to give any closing cost help. Multiple offer situations certainly help. Making sure your home is creating buyer enthusiasm helps with an increased price and not paying seller subsidy.

Days on market is the only place we may see the beginning of a shift. The six month average marketing time increased by four days. The six month median marketing time increased by only one day. Still, the most recent sales were under contract in single digit days. Only time will tell if this is a trend that will continue.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard 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 give nothing in seller subsidy. As mentioned above, the key to the highest price and best terms is very much dependent on how your home is prepared and marketed. Who you hire to sell your home matters.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate the sale of your home, I would love the chance to show you what I do for my Braemar sellers that get them to the top of the market. Consultations are free and come with no obligation on yoru part. 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 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

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 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. We wrapped up 2021 last report. Let’s get right to it and see how we are starting off 2022.

There were two Ryan homes that sold during the first two months of 2022. Details are listed below.

At a glance, we see one sold below list price and another above. The biggest difference in the homes on paper seems to be one more additional bathroom that would have been finished in the basement of the second home. If all else were equal, based on numbers alone, this would mean that a full bathroom in a basement is worth only $5,000. That is an example of how market extraction works, which is the method appraisers use to figure out value. That’s another topic entirely.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan homes that sold going back to March 2021, we get twelve month of sales from which the six and twelve month data points we follow are updated.

Starting with sold price, we see the six month average is down compared to the twelve month average. The median sold prices in both time frames are the same. This could be an indication of the single family market changing, but based on what I seen so far this year, it seems that buyer demand is outpacing supply even more so than it did during the last half of 2021. I suspect we’ll see improvement in both six month sold prices over their twelve month values next report.

Seller subsidy has definitely shot up in the six month average over the twelve month average, despite the two most recent sales giving nothing in seller subsidy. When the values for January and February 2021 were dropped, we obviously lost some zero seller subsidy sales. The good news is that the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values both being at zero means that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both periods gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market has gone up in both six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts. The increases in marketing time are not troublesome and are likely to come down as we move into spring if buyer demand continues to outpace supply.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current market conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in about a week. You could also reasonably expect to give nothing in seller subsidy as multiple buyers compete to win your home. Of course, having a skilled negotiator in your corner certainly helps that cause and how much money you make.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Before then, if you would like to investigate what a 2022 sale might mean for you, don’t hesitate to reach out. Simply listing with anyone in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of top of the market in sold price. No matter the market, buyer enthusiasm must be created to reach the pinnacle of the market at any given time. That means proper preparation, professional marketing and skilled negotiating all the way through. These are the foundations of my business and they have not been compromised just because buyer demand is high. l know you still have to earn top of the market and it is my job to get that for each and every one of my sellers. Consultations are free and confidential. As a neighborhood expert, it is my utmost pleasure to help. 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: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

On this St. Patrick’s Day 2022, I bring you the Braemar Property Value Report for NV Homes in our neighborhood. This edition looks back to the sales from January and February 2022. We also will get the opportunity to get market trend info from our updated six and twelve month data points.

There was only one NV Home that sold in Braemar during the first two months of the year. Details are listed below:

Immediately my agent eyes go to the biggest stand out factor. This NV home sold for over $50,000 more than its list price. The buyer frenzy that had quieted a bit in the second half of 2021 is back. I’ve witnessed it with my own Listing Agent eyes. Let’s see what market trends can be deciphered from the updated six and twelve month data points, which include NV Home sales in Braemar going back to March 2021.

Starting first in the sold price column it is great to see both six month values higher than their respective twelve month values. NV Homes in Braemar continue to push up in value as we progress through this seller’s market.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to negotiate from the NV Home sellers. With only the twelve month average having a value more than zero at $153, the answer is very little. Looking at the raw data of the fifteen sales of NV Homes in the past twelve months, only one seller gave any seller subsidy at all.

Days on market, while two to three days longer in the six month values compared to their respective twelve month values, is nothing alarming. In general, NV Homes are selling very quickly.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to go under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to pay nothing in seller subsidy as so many buyers are out competing for very little available homes.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. In the meantime, if the need arises to sell your home, I would love the opportunity to consult with you. Selling in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of making the max the market will bear. Sadly, I see observe sellers leaving money on the table every time I log into the MLS. My listing process is one that never cuts corners or gets lazy, relying on market conditions to do the work for me. Preparation and professional marketing are key to creating the essential ingredient to max profit--buyer enthusiasm. Skilled negotiation comes into play when vetting multiple offers and working with the buyer you choose. Consultations are confidential and free. Reach out and let’s schedule a conversation. 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: January-February 2022 (Heritage Series)

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

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of Heritage homes in our neighborhood. Before we get started, it is important to know what constitutes a Braemar Heritage home. 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.

In our current reporting period covering January and February, there were only two Heritage homes that sold. Their final sold prices are very different. Take a look in the details below:

In addition to being well over $100,000 apart in price, I see two other factors that stand out. For starters, the lower sold price actually sold below its original list price. That is not a common occurrence in the seller market conditions we have been experiencing since 2020. That sale also gave seller subsidy (closing cost assistance from seller to buyer.) Again, an uncommon sight in a seller’s market. The homes were certainly different. One was a larger home with four upper level bedrooms, finished basement with a walk up exit and a very private lot with plenty of open space and trees behind it. The other was an odd lot that was positioned to see other homes from virtually every window, had only three bedrooms and no exit from the basement.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Braemar Heritage home sales going back to March 2021, we get twelve months worth of sales. From that, our updated six and twelve month data points give us some interesting waypoints.

Starting with the sold price column, we see upward growth when comparing the twelve month average sold price to the six month average sold price. This is an indication that the seller’s market is still pushing values up. Tempering that is the fact that the six month median sold price has dipped noticeably below the twelve month median sold price. In the last report I shared thoughts on the second half of 2021 vs. the first half. I believe we are still seeing some lingering effects of the second half in this report. My professional experience in the market thus far in 2022 indicates that this year is starting off just like 2021 with that intense buyer demand.

Seller subsidy shows increases in both six month values compared to the their respective twelve month values. Even seeing closing cost help given in the two most recent sales is not a great sign. Negotiation points like these are minimized when you hire a strong negotiator and professional marketer like myself. The best news is that in twelve months of Heritage home sales, more than half of sellers gave no seller subsidy.

When it comes to days on market, the trend is clear that it has been taking longer in the more recent (last six months) sales compared to the past twelve months as a whole. And if close to two weeks is considered a long time, we have been very spoiled by our seller’s market. I suspect this trend will reverse in future reports, particularly since the marketing times for the most recent sales is lower than both the six month average and six month median time frames.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in what should be a week or less. Six month values indicate it could take longer, but my professional opinion is buyer demand won’t allow that if you are properly prepped and marketed. You would be unlikely to have to give any closing assistance is enough buyers were competing for your home, but clearly, seller subsidy seems to be coming back into the discussion.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Until then, if you think 2022 may be the year you sell, it is never too early to start the preparation conversation. Listing in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of getting top of the market price. Creating buyer enthusiasm remains a critical component. You don’t get a second chance to sell your largest asset. Who you hire to list you home matters. Get in touch and schedule your confidential 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
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