Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Courtyard Series)

If you are a Courtyard home owner in Braemar and wondering what your property might be worth in the current market, this Braemar Property Value Report is for you.  This particular edition breaks down sales of Braemar Courtyard homes during the months of March and April.  Of course, if you don’t know what defines a Braemar Courtyard home, they are one of three different floor plans that share a private courtyard driveway and have limited outdoor space.  Models include the Arlington, Ballston and Clarendon.

There were three Braemar Courtyard homes that sold between the beginning of March and end of April.  Their final sold prices ranged from $430,000 to $441,000.  The details of those sales are as follows:

When we take these three sales and combine them with the entirety of the last twelve month’s worth of Braemar Courtyard home sales, our updated six and twelve month data points are as follows:

Starting with the sold price column, it is good news to see both the six month average and median sold prices above their twelve month counterparts.  That means that Braemar Courtyard homes have been gaining value in the last six months.  And looking at the three most recent sales above, you can see they are all above the six month average and median sold prices.  That indicates that the upward trend in Braemar Courtyard home values will continue.

Not all trends in this report are good news for sellers.  In the seller subsidy column we see that both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  This means in the last six months of sales, Braemar Courtyard buyers are getting more closing cost assistance.

Finally, we get to day on market.  Please remember, our new MLS is calculating days on market differently than our previous MLS.  The change over happened in November, so until we get to the November/December report this year, we won’t have an apples to apples comparison. Right now, it appears as though it is taking longer for Braemar Courtyard homes to sell when we see the six month marketing times being longer than the twelve month marketing times.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to closing in five to seven weeks.  You could also expect to give an average of 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, if the sale of your Courtyard 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

 

 

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Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Carriage Series)

Here we are in the middle of May. School will be out before you know it.  Summer vacations are on the horizon.  And likely, there are some Braemar home sellers that will soon be hitting the market.  While we can’t predict what the market holds, we can look to the most recent sales history and see what has been happening.

Right now, it is time for the Braemar Property Value Report detailing sales of Carriage homes between the months of March and April.  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.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

There were three Braemar Carriage home that sold between March and April.  Final sold prices ranged from $395,000 to $435,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Refreshing the six and twelve month data points by including these most recent sales into the rolling year’s worth of Braemar Carriage home sales, here is what we find:

Let’s take a look at the sold prices.  The six month average and median sold prices have fallen below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Our last few reports have had conflicting trends when comparing these six month values to their twelve month counterparts.  One would indicate increasing values.  The other would indicate a softening of values.  While not a big difference, the fact that both six month values are below the twelve month values could be the beginning of softening Carriage home values.  We’ll only know when we get a look at the next Carriage home report.

Another trend that does not favor Braemar Carriage home seller is that seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is higher in both six month values over the twelve month values.

Days on market (marketing time) gives us a mixed bag and still having apples to oranges comparisons until we get to the fall with one year’s worth of days on market data from our new MLS, these numbers may not be entirely reliable.  As they present, the six month average marketing time is longer than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is shorter than the twelve month median marketing time.  Rest assured, when it comes to figuring out long it will actually take to sell your Braemar Carriage home, I will calculate recent marketing times by hand during our listing appointment.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract, and well on the way to settlement, in three to eight weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, let me know when you are getting ready to sell your Braemar Carriage home.  Maximizing your profits is a job I do very well.  It all comes from outstanding marketing, negotiating and unparalleled neighborhood market knowledge. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Arista Series)

A rainy weekend is always a great time for this Top Braemar Real Estate Agent to crunch numbers for new Braemar Property Value Reports.  The first report in the series is for the Arista Series.  Why? From the inception of this report, I have start with detached homes, alphabetical by the series.

In the event you are unfamiliar with what exactly an Arista Series home in Braemar is, they are the three largest single family homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood.  The floor plans are the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  If you aren’t sure what floor plan your Braemar home is, feel free to send me an email with your address and I’ll be happy to let you know.

During the months of March and April, there were two Braemar Arista homes that sold.  The details of those sales are below:

Unfortunately, the sale at 9530 Laurencekirk was a foreclosure in rough shape.  Having personally toured it, I wondered why the bank would not even bother with a simple house cleaning.  There was filth that left your mind to imagine all kinds of horrible scenarios in the master bathroom and the kitchen.  The powder room on the main level must have had a water issue because the drywall on the lower half of the framing had been removed.  It was such a sad sight.  And honestly, I’m shocked anyone paid $463,000 for the home with the amount of work that needed to be done.

When I updated the six and twelve month data points with our newest sales in the rolling twelve months of Arista home sales, here is what I came up with:

The six month average and median sold prices are both below their twelve month counterparts. I would love to tell you that this is due to that very sad foreclosure sale, but the truth is that Arista homes haven’t had six month values above the twelve month values since our September/October 2018 report.  It seems that Arista home values have been trending down, despite the frenzy of buyer demand in our area.  Buyers are gobbling up homes under $500,000.  The larger homes are not experiencing the same conditions.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers,) there is good news.  It seems that buyers are getting less in seller subsidy in the six month values than we see in the twelve month values.  That’s a good trend for Braemar Arista home owners.

Days on market, is one where we see no change in the six month median to twelve month median values.  However the six month average marketing time is a little shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.

If you placed your Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two months.  You could also expect to give a minimal amount in closing cost help, if the current trend holds.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, if you want to know what your Braemar Arista home is worth in the current market, give me a call or send me an email.  Selling Braemar homes is my specialty.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

 

Who Do Braemar Sellers Recommend to List Your House?

Who Do Braemar Sellers Recommend to List Your House?

12146 Millbill Court sold for $499,800 on April 16th, 2019.

In 2005, I not only became a Braemar home owner, but a licensed, professional real estate agent.  Having a passion for my new chosen home of Braemar, I have helped many buyers and sellers since then move into our neighborhood, and when the time comes, get the most money for their homes when they sell.

One of my most recent Braemar home sales at 12146 Millbill Court was a tremendous success, not just in my eyes, but most importantly, the eyes of the sellers.  Here’s what they said about me in their review:

“When we decided to sell our home, we chose Chris Ann because she is personable, very knowledgeable with real estate and easy to work with. Her sense of humor and honesty certainly helped us throughout the process. She strongly recommended selling our home in February because she knew the inventory  was very low and she was right! The first day our home was on the market we had multiple offers. She has in-depth knowledge of our community and the local real estate market. Because of her extensive knowledge of the local area, she is armed and ready when it comes to home appraisals. She does her homework and has all the necessary documentation to defend the sale price of the home. She also helped with finding us a rental home in the area. We recommend Chris Ann!”

So who do Braemar sellers recommend you hire to list your house?  Yours truly, Chris Ann Cleland.  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: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

9684 Tarvie Circle is Listed for $439,000 on April

Having a Braemar Reflection listing currently under contract at 9684 Tarvie, I was really curious to see the latest data in this edition of Braemar Reflection Quarterly. And I have to say, some things don’t match up with my recent experience.  So let’s get to it, the 1st Quarter edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly, featuring sales of the semi-detached homes located on Tarvie Circle.

There was one Braemar Reflection home that sold during the 1st Quarter of 2019.  The details of that sale are below:

Taking this sale and combining it with the previous three quarters, six and twelve month data points are updated, and they look like this:

Turns out the sale in the 1st Quarter was the only sale in the previous six months.  The good news is that the $455,000 sold price is higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.  And knowing what is coming down the pike at 9684 Tarvie, I can tell you that values are still going to be climbing.

The seller subsidy, or closing cost assistance values, are about the same compared to the most recent sale vs. the twelve month average and median.  Buyers are obviously still in need of, or simply expecting, closing cost help to buy a property like a Braemar Reflection home.

Finally, days on market (marketing time) took a lot longer in the most recent sale reported in the 1st Quarter compared to the previous twelve months average and median marketing times.  Even my own listing at 9684 Tarvie was under contract in a matter of days.  Not sure what to make of this, but time will tell.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, this report would have you believe it would take nearly four months (worst case,) or a couple weeks (best case) to get your home under contract.  Again, I have to defer to my well trained Braemar Real Estate gut and tell you that my most recent listing at 9684 Tarvie was under in only a handful of DAYS.  You could also expect to pay about $9,000 in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in July.  Until then, if you are thinking it is time to sell your Braemar Reflection home, give me a call for fast and profitable results.  You only get to sell your Braemar home once.  Don’t leave it to an agent who has no idea of the value of what they are selling, or who is in the market for it.  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: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

Not only is the first quarter of 2019 firmly behind us, but so is the first third of the second quarter.  Kids will be out of school before you know it.  Families will go on vacation and right about July and August, our Braemar real estate market will slow down.  It’s been such high demand and low supply for months that I think some sellers are taking it for granted.  The good news is that there is still time to get your home on the market before the dog days of summer.

Right now, it’s time for another Braemar Piggyback Quarterly.  This report focuses on resales of the back to back townhouses in our neighborhood.  What they lack in the absence of a back yard, they more than make up for with the two car garages and large bedroom sizes.

Looking back at the first quarter of 2019, only one Piggyback townhouse in Braemar sold.  It sold for $330,000.  The details of that sale are below.

Even though there is only one Piggyback townhouse sale to report this quarter, when it is placed with the previous three quarters of sales, we get a chance to see updated six and twelve month data points.

Seeing that the six month average and median sold prices are both higher than their twelve month counterparts, we see that Piggyback townhouse values are increasing. Not surprising given the high demand and scant supply we are seeing in our Braemar marketplace.

Another thing common in a seller favored market is dwindling seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers.)  It is not a surprise to see the six month average and median seller subsidy values falling below the twelve month average and median values.

Now we come to days on market, or as I like to call it – marketing time.  When we switched to our new MLS in November, their method for counting days on market was different.  However, after many complaints from the subscribing agents, this new MLS has decided to keep consistent with how we had been counting days on market before.  Whew!  That said, seeing increases in both the six month average and median marketing times, compared to the respective twelve month values, is not what I was expecting.  Seems Piggyback townhouses take some time to snatch up their buyers and it is getting to be a little longer than the traditional townhouses in Braemar.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than three months. (Honestly, I would be shocked if I placed a Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market and it took more than two weeks to sell it.) You could also expect you may have to give about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in July.  Until then, if you want to take advantage of our high market demand and list before July and August, give me a call.  It’s my job to maximize your 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

 

Braemar Patio Quarterly: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Patio Quarterly: January-March 2019 (1st Quarter)

Patio Home in Braemar

It’s hard for me to believe that today is the last day of April.  Time is flying by, but that’s how it feels when you are a Top Braemar Listing Agent in early spring.  There is so much activity that life is a blur.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Patio Quarterly.  This report focuses on sales of the two level, quad style townhouses in our neighborhood.

During the first quarter of 2019, there was only one Braemar Patio home that sold.  Details of that sale are below:

Even with only one sale happening in the first quarter, the six and twelve month data points get updated.  When they do, here’s what we have:

Unfortunately, the six month average and median sold prices are both below their twelve month counterparts.  That indicates that Braemar Patio home values are softening in the short term.  Hard to believe with buyer demand being so high.  Hopefully the second quarter shows a strengthening of Braemar Patio homes.

When it comes to seller subsidy, otherwise known as closing cost help to buyers, the more recent trend is also not favorable to sellers.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are above the twelve month average and median seller subsidy.  This means in the most recent sales, Braemar Patio home sellers are giving more closing cost help.

Finally, days on market shows the latest unfavorable trend to sellers.  Both six month values are above the twelve month values.  That indicates it is taking longer to sell Braemar Patio homes.  I have been qualifying that our new MLS counted days on market differently.  However, it seems after a lot of feedback from the agent community, they have gone back to counting days on market the way we have always done it.  That mean these days on market numbers are an apples to apples comparison.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in no more than two months.   (I suspect the high demand we are experiencing will turn that into a much lower number.)  You could also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Patio Quarterly will be out in July.  Until then, when you want to know what your specific market value is looking like, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com