Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2021 (2nd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2021 (2nd Quarter)

Today I bring you the last of the Braemar quarterly property value reports for the second quarter of 2021. This edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly focuses on the sales of Reflection homes in Braemar located off of Tarvie Circle that are single family homes, attached only at the garage, and adjoined as such to one neghboring property.

There was only one Reflection home that sold in the second quarter. That’s actually good news because the last time there was any Reflection home sales to report was the fourth quarter of 2020. The details of the second quarter 2021 sale is listed below:

Seeing a jump from a list price to sold price of $10,000 is nice to see. It offsets the $8,000 seller subsidy request (closing cost help to buyer.) Taking this quarter’s sale and combining it with the last three quarters of sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Because there was only one sale in the six month data range, both the six month average and median data points are identical. The sold price price column does show an increase from both the twelve month average and twelve month median sold prices compared to the six month values. Like everything else in this seller’s market impacting Braemar, Reflection homes are continuing to increase in value.

The seller subsidy column is where things are bit different for Reflection homes. In just about every other report I have compiled for Braemar property values, average and median seller subsidy is absent in the six month values and might be around $1,000 or less in the twelve month average as buyers ask less and less of sellers just to get under contract with so liittle inventory on the market. The Reflection homes are still seeing substantial seller subsidy requests.

Days on market is a literally a day or two longer in average and median values in other Braemar property reports. Still six to eight days is not a long time to be on the market. My guess is that buyers are weighing a semi-attached home against detached options that may be available at the time. It is an unusual configuration and clearly, not enough to stall buyers for too long.

If you placed your Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week. You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sale price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October. Until then, when the time comes to sell your home, the preparation and marketing will be critical in creating buyer enthusiam. It is buyer enthusiasm that wrings every penny and the absolute best terms the market will bear out of your home. Outstanding listing preparation advice (lowest dollar outlay for the biggest bang on the market) and professional marketing are standard in my business no matter the market. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2021 (1st Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2021 (1st Quarter)

Bringing up the rear of my Braemar quarterly market reports is the Braemar Reflection Quarterly for the first quarter of 2021. Reflection homes are single family homes located only off of Tarvie Circle and are attached to one neighboring home at the garage.

This report is going to be fairly quick. There were no sales of Braemar Reflection homes in the first quarter. And since during the last four quarters there were only two sales in the fourth quarter of 2020, our six and twelve month value points are identical when updated for this report.

Since all of our values are the same, let’s talk market generalities. Sold prices are climbing across the board. It’s not unusual for homes to be listed reasonably against recent homes sold and still get escalated seven to ten percent above list price with buyers waiving all contingencies.

Seller subsidy is no longer a consideration for any serious buyer looking to get under contract. Highest and best offers in multiple offers need to be clean and ask for nothing, including closing cost help, to even have a shot a winning.

Days on market is most definitely single digits unless you have over priced or been poorly marketed.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to under contract in less than a week and have to give nothing in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in July. Until then, if a sale of your Braemar home is in the near future, be in touch with me. Even in a seller’s market, you can leave money on the table. Buyer enthusiasm is gained by being well prepared and professionally marketed, and that’s what gets you the highest price. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2020 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2020 (4th Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Wrapping up the Braemar market reports for this weekend, I bring you the Braemar Reflection Quarterly. This report focuses on the sales of the semi-detached homes located on Tarvie Circle that are attached to one other home only at the rear load garage. This particular edition covers the activity from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Thankfully, there were two sales of Braemar Reflection homes in the last three months of the year. There were two quarters of absolutely no Reflection home sales in 2020. The details of the fourth quarter sales are listed below:

The first thing you may notice is that the first home, with one more bedroom and bathroom on the loft level, sold for a little less than a home without a loft bedroom/bathroom. It is important to note that one, located at 9560 Tarvie, was a bank owned property. It was not in great condition.

Taking these fourth quarter sales and adding them in with the only other Reflection home sale that happened during 2020, we have a total of three Reflection home sales from which to pull our updated six and twelve month data points. They are listed below:

Starting with the sold column we see that the six month average sold price is well above the twelve month average sold price. However, the six month median sold price is a little over $200 above the twelve month average. At worst, this means semi-detached homes in Braemar are holding steady in value. At best, it means they are gaining value. Only more sales in 2021 will tell us which is correct, but I would place my money on values going up giving the low inventory and intense buyer demand that our marketplace is experiencing right now.

In the seller subsidy column we get to see how much closing cost help buyers negotiated from sellers. With the bank sale above giving an enormous amount of closing cost and only parsing these numbers from three Reflection home sales for 2020, these numbers are higher than what I am finding in other Braemar market reports. While the six month average seller subsidy here is higher than the twelve month average, it is probably more fair to look at median seller subsidy in the twelve month time range. This tells us that two of three of the Braemar Reflection home sellers (traditional home owners, not banks) gave absolutely nothing in closing cost help. Because of the nature of the home sale that gave that enormous seller subsidy being a bank sale, it is not going to be a comparable sale for any traditional equity sale where a home owner sells their property. I only hope that bank owned properties don’t start popping up more frequenting in the market.

When it comes to the days on market (DOM) column we see both the six month average and median values are longer than their respective twelve month values. Clearly, the marketing time of nineteen days taken by the banked owned sale is skewing these figures, Looking to the twelve month median days on market, we see that two of three semi-detached Braemar home sellers had their homes under contract in five days or less last year.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract a week or less. You could also expect, if higher buyer demand and limited inventory continue in 2021 (which is exactly what we are finding right now) to pay nothing in seller subsidy as buyers compete to win your home.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in April. That’s when we will know what kind of a start our Braemar Reflection home market got off to in 2021. Until then, if you want to investigate the sale of your home while our Braemar home values are peaking this year, get in touch with me. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

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

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

Reflection Series Home

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

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

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

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

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

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January. Maybe by then we’ll have some sales of Reflection homes to report. Until then, if you are contemplating taking advantage of this extreme buyer demand, get in touch with me. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

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

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

Reflection Series Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, if the sale of your Braemar home is on the horizon, give me a call for the most accurate market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Happy Friday!  It may not be the sunniest day, but the temps are great, the sun is in and out of the clouds and it isn’t raining.  Sure is nicer than yesterday.  In fact, when I am done writing this Braemar Reflection Quarterly report, I may just go for a stroll.  That’s the one good thing I see that our shelter-in-place directive has produced…a lot more people taking walks in the neighborhood.

This Braemar Reflection Quarterly covers the sales activity of Reflection homes in Braemar, which are the semi-detached homes located off of Tarvie Circle, for the first quarter of the year.  Let’s dive right in.

There was only one Reflection home that sold during the first quarter.  Details of that sale are listed below:

Taking that one sale and adding it to the previous three quarters of Braemar Reflection home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold price column, there is an increase in the six month average sold price over the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month and twelve month median sold prices are the same.  To me, this indicates stable values for Braemar Reflection homes.

The seller subsidy column shows decreases in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values.  This means buyers have been having to forego large, or closing cost requests altogether in our competitive market.

Finally, the days on market column shows a slight increase in the six month average marketing time compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six and twelve month median marketing times are exactly the same.  More stability.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay a very minimal amount in closing cost help to your buyer.

Will the measures our state government has taken to slow the spread of COVID affect our Braemar real estate market?  By the time the second quarter reports are out in July, we’ll have an idea if there is an effect.  Until then, if you find yourself in a position to sell your Braemar home, give me call for a free, professional market analysis.  I can help you sell your home safely and for maximum profit.  Hiring the right listing agent has never been more important.  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: October-December 2019 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2019 (4th Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Welcome to another Braemar Reflection Quarterly.  While we are well into 2020, this report looks back to the fourth quarter of 2019 and details sales of the semi-detached single family homes on Tarvie Circle in Braemar.

From the beginning of October to the end of December, there were two Reflection homes that sold in Braemar.  The details of those sales are listed below.

While both homes were Annan floor plans with fully finished, below ground basements, one of these homes had a loft which brought an additional bedroom and full bathroom for an additional $25,000 in final sold price.

Taking both of these sales and combining with every Reflection home sale that happened in 2019, we get an entire year’s worth of data.  Breaking out the six and twelve month data points is how we are able to get a sense of how our market changed over the year.  This is the only way to project what the first quarter of 2020 may have in store.

Looking first at the sold price column, we see the six month average and median sold prices are both above their respective twelve month sold prices.  That means that semi-detached homes in Braemar are continuing to push upward in value.

Next, the seller subsidy column bears some good news.  The six month average and median seller subsidy (also known as closing cost assistance to buyers) is substantially lower than the twelve month average and median seller subsidy values.  While one of the sales from the last quarter of 2019 did have a buyer asking for and receiving $7,275, the other was a sale where no closing cost help was given.  Time will tell if the latter may be occurring more frequently.

Finally, days on market (also known as marketing time) reveals that the six month average marketing time has decreased by four days compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  The six month median marketing time, however, is nearly twice as long as the twelve month median marketing time.  Again, time will tell which is a trend and which was a fluke.

If you placed your semi-detached Braemar home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month. You could also expect to an average of less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in April.  Until then, enjoy our transition into spring and know that if you want to hit the spring market with your Braemar home, NOW is the time.  Give me a call for a free, in-depth marketing analysis and learn how my professional marketing gets my Braemar sellers top dollar in the shortest amount of 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

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2019 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2019 (3rd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Bringing up the rear in the Braemar Quarterly property value reports is this one for the Reflection Series.  Unfortunately the term “Reflection Series” that was chosen by Brookfield Homes when they named this style of home does nothing to conjure the image of the homes themselves.  They are the semi-detached single family homes on Tarvie Circle, attached by the rear load garage in sets of two.

There were no Reflection homes that sold during the third quarter of 2019.  However, in dropping the 2018 third quarter sales from the rolling pool of Reflection sales I keep saved in the MLS, I do get a chance to update the six and twelve month value points.  That still gives us an idea in the shorter term how things have been going.

Starting with sold price, it is a good thing to see both the six month average and six month median sold prices above their twelve month counterparts.  This means that in the most recent sales, Reflection home values were still pushing up.

Seller subsidy (a.k.a. closing cost assistance from sellers to buyers) shows a good trend, and frankly, one that is inconsistent with what I have noticed in the majority of Braemar Property Value Reports.  The six month seller subsidy values are below the twelve month seller subsidy values.  Given that this is inconsistent with rising seller subsidy elsewhere in our neighborhood, and with no recent sales to add any insight to this, I would not get my hopes up that seller subsidy is falling.

Days on market shows another good trend,  but this one happens to be consistent with what I have seen in another Braemar Property Value Reports I have prepared.  The six month marketing times are shorter than the twelve month marketing times.  This means Reflection homes have been selling faster.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to have it under contract in under two weeks.  You could also expect to pay out about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January.   Until then, I wish you every happiness as you celebrate the year end holidays.  As always, when the time comes to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for the most accurate assessment of your home’s value and top notch professional marketing to get the most the market will allow at any given 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

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

9684 Tarvie Circle sold for $444,000 on May 31, 2019.

Before my open house at 12849 Rannoch Forest this afternoon, this dedicated Braemar Real Estate Agent has put together the last of my quarterly property value reports.  Today you will learn what happened in the second quarter of 2019 in the world of Braemar Reflection Series homes.  If you aren’t familiar with what a Braemar Reflection home is, they are the semi-detached single family homes located off Tarvie Circle.  They are attached only at the rear load garage to one neighboring property.

Between April and June, there were two sales of Braemar Reflection homes.  I am very pleased to have listed and sold, for the second time, 9684 Tarvie Circle.  Because it was my listing, it is highlighted in pink in the detailed list below.

While my listing was not the highest sold price, for what it offered it sold for a very good price.  The high sold price of $492,500 included four finished levels.  My listing had two finished levels.  It also went under contract in less than a week.

Taking these two most recent sales and combining them with the entire twelve months worth of Reflection Series sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

While the median sold price is unchanged from the twelve month value to the six month value, the average sold price has increased in the six month value compared to the twelve month value.  That means that these semi-detached homes in Braemar are still pushing up in value.  It may not be by leaps and bounds, but an increase is an increase.

A bigger change in the short term, compared to the long term, is a decrease in seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers.)  The six month average and median seller subsidy values are both below their twelve month counterparts.  Being out in the Braemar real estate market helping buyers and sellers day in and day out, it is no surprise given the lack of inventory and high buyer demand, that buyers are having to temper their requests for closing cost help.  In the case of 9684 Tarvie, my sellers were able to offset the cost of that seller subsidy by increasing their sales price.  Not an unusual strategy when a buyer must have the closing cost help.

As you may recall, days on the market has undergone a change in how it is reported in our new MLS, which was adopted by the market in November.  Until we have a year’s worth of the new data, which will be the first report of 2020, these numbers are unreliable.  As presented, the increase of the six month days on market numbers compared to their twelve month counterparts, indicates that it is taking longer to sell a semi-detached home in Braemar.  That is simply not what I am experiencing.  It will be wonderful if our MLS would adopt the same stopping point for counting marketing time that our previous one did.  I won’t hold my breath.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, within a month and half you would be under contract and well on your way to closing.  You could also reasonably expect to about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar semi-detached home is on the horizon, give me a call.  You only get one shot to maximize the profit from the sale of your home.  Since 2005, No One Knows 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

 

Just Sold: Semi-Detached Single Family Home in Braemar

Just Sold: Semi-Detached Single Family Home in Braemar

9684 Tarvie Circle sold for $444,000 on May 31, 2019.

It’s always a great feeling to sell a home for a Braemar seller, and have the buyer that purchased it come back and hire you to sell it again.  As a matter of business practice, I will not practice dual agency, which is where I would represent both sides of a transaction.  No matter what happens, even if a relative wants to buy my listing, I refer the buyer to another agent.  My business practice as a Top Braemar Listing Agents is to stick with my sellers.  So when these buyers that have hired me to sell the homes they purchased as my listings, it is an honor.

In the case of 9684 Tarvie Circle, it was a particularly great feeling because the seller was a licensed real estate agent, whose license was on referral.  Did she know a lot of other agents?  Yes!  Did she have agents that were former business associates she had worked with?  Yes! Yet she called me to sell her Braemar home.  Why?  Because she knows my reputation in the neighborhood and my sales record.  She knew I would get it done right and for top dollar.

Kitchen, 9684 Tarvie

The property had been improved since the owner purchased it in 2016 for $404,000.  The powder room had been completely renovated to feature a floor to ceiling tiled accent wall.  The kitchen was looking great with the new granite counters.  And the modern touch of the ship-lap accent wall in the family room, along with updated light fixtures and brand new carpet on the upper level, took years of this home’s appearance.  In addition to visually appealing updates, the home essentially got organ transplants with two new HVAC units.  Given the amount of updates, listing at $439,000 didn’t seem optimistic at all.  That much gain in less two and a half years is not typical, but these owners really did make the home shine.  If they had finished the basement, they could have listed for much more.

Ridiculous to have to prove those steps down were within the property lines with a survey.

One of the reasons that this seller chose me is my connection to the on-site management staff. Living in the neighborhood and serving on my sub-association board, I have developed relationships with the staff from CMC that allow me to help sellers solve HOA violations quickly.  In this case, there was no getting around the need to physically draw five steps down from the family room to the back yard on a survey of the yard.  When you make modifications to your Braemar home, you need to apply for them.  Rather than spending $350 on a survey to complete the application, thereby correcting the violation, I proposed a solution that made the need for the survey much cheaper for the seller, and very attractive for the buyer.  The seller and buyer split the cost of the survey.  Don’t get me started on why this process of drawing these steps that came about two and a half feet out from the back of the was even necessary.

Not surprisingly, this semi-detached home on Tarvie Circle had multiple offers after two days on the market.  It sold above list price for $444,000 on May 31st.

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for a consultation about the market and what you can expect in terms of price and how long it will take to sell.  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