Selling a Braemar Single Family Home in October

Selling a Braemar Single Family Home in October

The Braemar real estate market has been shifting amid rising mortgage interest rates. What is happening in Braemar is no different than the surrounding Bristow/Gainesville market or the larger Northern Virginia market. Having been from Frederick County to Fairfax County representing sellers this year, I have to say that Western Prince William and our sweet spot of Braemar has been outperforming some other locales. Of course, a quick look in the MLS today at single family home activity in Braemar between September 1st to October 4th revealed that the success I had with 9528 Ballagan Court may not be what is now typical.

Since September 1st, there have been seven single family homes in Braemar sold. They average sixteen days on the market. There are two Braemar homes under contract, averaging eleven days on market. Currently available single family homes in Braemar are averaging twenty-one days on market…and there are two more Coming Soon listings that will be hitting the market soon. More concerning are the two Braemar single family homes that have been temporarily removed from active status and one home that was withdrawn from the market entirely. Mortgage interest rates increasing (most recently to 7.5%) has had a chilling effect. Yet, 9528 Ballgan Court went under contract in only two days on the market.

The sellers of 9528 Ballagan Court contacted me earlier in the summer about listing for sale. However, they had some home work to do. De-cluttering was a must. Installing new carpet upstairs and flooring in the basement was another must. Finally, a gorgeous, expansive deck needed to be refurbished or demolished. Refurbished was the best plan of action.

When all the work was done, the sellers allowed me to come in and spruce up a few areas with light staging prior to professional photos being taken. The result was the professional marketing that I love to present on behalf of all of my sellers that lifts buyer enthusiasm. Of course, not getting overly optimistic on price was another saving grace. The market for frenzied buyers had passed by the time this home hit the market. It was no the moment to press for a higher price in a home with little cosmetic updating. We looked over the numbers, found what we thought was a fair number and sure enough, a buyer in the market thought it was fair too. The deal was struck in only two days on the market.

My sellers were thrilled to give nothing in closing cost help and have to make absolutely no repairs from their home inspection. They were also relieved to get a rent back at no charge, allowing them to stay in the home until their next home can get to closing.

The Braemar real estate market is changing and anyone looking to sell needs to be sure to engage an actively engaged, full-time real estate agent in the area that knows the pace of the market at any given moment. Nothing makes me happier than getting my Braemar sellers properly prepped for the market, priced right and getting professional marketing behind the process. A home doesn’t need to be the most updated on the block, but a buyer must be able to picture themselves in the space.

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, I would love to tell you how your home fits into the current resale landscape and how you can improve your takeaway. 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 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2022 (Ryan Homes)

The last weekend of September has brought partly sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Fall is definitely in the air and many of our Braemar residents are enjoying Braemar Day at Clareybrook Park today. Thank goodness it is isn’t raining.

Before the end of the month, this Braemar Real Estate Agent is finishing up my Braemar Property Value Reports. Not many real estate agents are motivated to put together their own market reports and present them like this. Our industry is one where the individual agents are able to determine how much they will and won’t do for their prospective clients. Personally, I love knowing the ins and outs to the most specific detail in our Braemar real estate market. My colleagues consider me a real estate geek and I am fine with that. The devil is always in the details.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report is focused on houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. I was so happy to represent sellers earlier this month with a Ryan home that beat the expectations of marketing time. However, you won’t hear about that sale until next report, as it closes next month. Right now, we are looking back to the Ryan home sales from July and August. Those sales are detailed below.

What a difference in outcomes. One home sold well above its list price. The other sold over $100,000 below its original list price. Yikes! I would think it was a typo, but there were price reductions along the way vs. one change to put a seven as the lead number. What’s the difference between these two? Proper pricing, having a well prepared listing and professionally marketing it. Sadly, some sellers are stuck in the mindset that, while this is still a seller favored market, they have to do very little to prep their home for sale and can get the top of the market no matter who they hire. If Top Gun Maverick was filmed with a home movie camera, it wouldn’t be a top grossing film. Not all agents are the same, because not all agents approach the listing process the same.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan home sales dating back to September 2021, the six and twelve month data points followed in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are significantly higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Ryan homes in Braemar are still climbing in value. It may not be by huge leaps and bounds, but upward growth is upward growth. Inventory is still not meeting buyer demand. The factor that is giving us more modest appreciation is the increase of mortgage interest rates. They were at 6.5% for a thirty year fixed conventional loan when I checked them on Friday. Jumbo loans were at 5.875%. These increases are pinching buyers affordability.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. In the sales above, the one that sold so much lower than their original list price gave over ten thousand in seller subsidy. I am not surprised being that one of the opening photos was of carpet colors for a buyer to choose. Proper listing preparation and professional marketing can help minimize this expense to sellers. The six month average and twelve month average values are higher than last report.The best news is that in both the six and twelve month time periods represented in this report, more than half of Braemar Ryan home sellers gave none.

Days on market appears unchanged in the average and median values comparing time frames. Looking at the most recent sales above, six days is a fast sale given that July and August are not times when buyers are as engaged in the market. They tend to focus on fun in the sun. However, it should not take any Braemar seller that is well prepared, properly priced and professionally marketed forty-five days to sell.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Bramear, you could expect it to take two weeks or less to go under contract. Seller subsidy requests are not uncommon, but avoidable if your home is creating buyer enthusiasm. The days of multiple offers is over. You are more likely to be dealing with one buyer at a time, but you can still make sure that buyer is ready to make a serious deal.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November. Until then, I hope you enjoy the beauty of this fall season. No matter what time of year, I am here to help you size up the listing process and take the market head on to maximize your profit. It is never too early to talk. When a move in on the horizon, get in touch for your free 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

Under Contract in Two Days: A Tale of Unusually Fast Turnaround in Braemar

Under Contract in Two Days: A Tale of Unusually Fast Turnaround in Braemar

When 9528 Ballagan Court hit the market on Saturday, September 19th (2022,) I was cautiously optimistic that we would be under contract in less than two weeks. After all, my my most recent Braemar listing success had just closed the day before. That home at 12607 Cessford Drive had gone under contract in an impressive eleven days. Back in July, Braemar homes were lingering a bit longer.

The sellers on Cessford had done the pre-listing preparation and I put my professional marketing to work. Since the market hadn’t changed much for the better, I was thinking a similar time frame to Cessford would be fantastic. Low and behold, the first day on the market, the very first buyers through, were interested and wrote an offer. Woo-hoo! How did that happen?

Just like the sellers of Cessford, the sellers on Ballagan did the pre-listing preparation. It involved refurbishing a large deck, replacing carpet and putting LVP flooring in the basement, and doing the least favorite chore of every seller–de-cluttering. By the time the professional photographer was there, the house was smiling and saying cheese. That is the beginning of creating buyer enthusiasm.

When it’s time to sell your Braemar home, slow marketing times don’t have to be your marketing times. Reach out for your free consultation when a move is on your horizon. Helping Braemar sellers reach the top of the market is my speciality. 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

Just Listed: Three Fully Finished Level Braemar Home for $699,000

Just Listed: Three Fully Finished Level Braemar Home for $699,000

They say when one door closes, another one opens. Well, in my Braemar real estate business it certainly is true. On September 9th (2022) my listing at 12607 Cessford Drive went to closing. The very next day, I got to introduce this Braemar single family home to the market at 9528 Ballgan Court.

Prior to listing the sellers got brand new carpet and installed LVP (luxury vinyl plank) flooring in the basement recreation areas. They even refurbished the expansive wood deck that spans the entire width of the home. All new decking, hand rails and some support beams were replaced vs. tearing down a deck that was weather worn and not in good condition. Why? Rather than spend the money on updating kitchen counters or bathroom finishes, the sellers improved a very important feature of this home. Kitchen and bathroom refinishing were not necessary to their function.

The Ravenwood floor plan by Ryan Homes is one that places formal living and formal dining rooms off of the foyer entry and walkway to the back of the home. Once you reach the back half of the home, this floor plan opens up in the very rooms that are the cornerstone to every day living.

At the heart of the action is one of the largest kitchens a buyer would normally find in a Braemar home of this size. Enjoy plenty of cabinets and counter space, including a center island. To the west, the kitchen is open to the sun room. To the south, the kitchen is open to the family room. Gorgeous sunsets can be seen from either room, or the deck off the sun room. And to make that outdoor space more enjoyable, there is a motorized retractable awning over one portion of the deck.

Upstairs four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms include the owner’s suite with attached bathroom. Tall, double sink vanity, a soaking tub and separate shower include the necessities of an owner’s bathroom. Second full bathroom has double sinks (not as common as you might think in a Braemar home of this size) and a tub/shower combo. It is located between the second and third bedrooms. Fourth bedroom, while farther from this hall bathroom rivals the size of the owner’s suite.

The “L” shaped recreation space in the basement would work well for zoned activities. Maybe a movie area and a game area? Or a work out area and bar/entertainment area? No matter what the next owner does with this space, they will have a full bathroom and additional fifth bedroom in this walk out level basement.

Outside, in addition to the aforementioned deck, there is a patio and the yard is fully fenced. The grading of the yard away from the home means water intrusion in the basement is practically impossible.

If this home sounds interesting, please reach out for a tour. This home is hitting a very sweet spot with regard to price, size and style and is not likely to linger on the market.

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 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2022 (Ryan Homes)

The last of the Braemar Property Value Reports for single family home sales in May and June is coming to you now. This one in particular focuses on the houses built by Ryan Homes in our community. Let’s get right to it.

There were three Ryan Homes that sold between the beginning of May and end of June. Details of those sales are found below.

A quick look tells me these are all healthy sales happening in a seller’s market. They all sold above their list price, none gave any seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and they all went under contract in single digit days. Combining these sales with all the Ryan Home sales in Braemar going back to July 2021, the twelve months worth of data is pulled out into six and twelve month data points.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. Compared to last report, these lifts that are seen in the six month values above their twelve month counterparts are improved. The six month average sold price has doubled the lift above the twelve month value. The six month median sold price is now above the twelve month median, which wasn’t the case last report. Yes, our market is still a seller’s market. The feeding frenzy resulting in a pile of offers with buyers waiving every conceivable contingency may be gone, but there are still more buyers than there are properties for them to buy. Buyers are just acting more deliberately.

Seller subsidy is now at zero in the six month average. However, the twelve month average has increased by by just under one hundred dollars. Clearly, a Ryan Home seller in the November/December time frame that gave seller subsidy has moved off the six month time frame and is now being counted in the twelve month time frame. In that twelve month time frame there were twenty-four Ryan Home sellers in Braemar. Only two of them gave seller subsidy. None gave any in the six month time frame.

Days on market has gone to a faster pace by one day in both the average and median. Last report, both six month values were a little longer. Even then, nothing to be concerned about. Marketing time is also showing us the continuation of the seller’s market in Braemar, despite rising mortgage interest rates.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect to be under contract in a week, maybe two. July and August are times when the market does take a breath. Sellers think it is a great time to list when school is out and flock to market. Buyers are worn out from the house hunt and decide it is a great time to slow down, take vacations and have some fun in the sun. It is a typical seasonal disconnect. And as discussed above, you could expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. You could expect to see one, maybe two offers if you are lucky. And in the market now, buyers are not waiving contingencies. We are seeing more typical offers than the frenzy of the last couple years produced.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, if you want to investigate the potential sale of your Braemar home before the end of the year, get in touch for your complementary consultation. My pride and joy is getting my Braemar sellers top of the market through proper listing preparation, professional marketing and skilled negotiation. Take a look at the presentation of my latest listing at 12607 Cessford. 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 (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

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: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Ryan Homes)

The picture above felt all too appropriate for this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report. Though we are here and now in 2022, this particular installment looks back to the last two months of 2021 for the most recent sales activity for Braemar houses built by Ryan Homes. After that, a brief look at the six and twelve month data points will tell us how Ryan homes in Braemar are trending. I still remember selling that Ryan Home in eight days in a much different market.

There were two sales of Ryan homes in Braemar in November and December. The details of each are listed below:

Neither of these sales is overly impressive. Then again, one was essentially an owner representing himself, but paying for MLS (multiple listing service) placement and the other was a home with amateur marketing. The Ballagan home was the limited service agent/owner self-representation. He sold $20,000 below list price, gave $10,000 in closing cost help and it took him nearly a month to do it. Not good, nor indicative of what our fourth quarter market had to offer. The other sold $100 above list price, but gave $15,000 in closing cost help. (gulp) I have done several Braemar Property Value Reports for this same time period. These are the only two single family homes to give seller subsidy in the last two months of November. Professional marketing agents are worth what they charge for what they bring to the table. Say a seller paid 1% more for an agent that did professional marketing on the second home, they would likely have still saved that $15,000 in closing cost help request. A net win! The description of the home tells the tale of a cul-de sac home with roof and appliances only three years old. Sellers get the marketing and representation they pay for. Who knows how good a deal the first home could have had with an agent negotiating on their behalf? No seller subsidy and probably closer to list price. Both more than worth it. Buyer enthusiasm doesn’t exist for no reason. You need to create it.

Taking all the sales from 2021 and parsing out the six and twelve month data points I follow in this report, here is what we get:

Starting with the sold price column, the good news for Ryan home owners is that values are still rising, in spite of the most recent sales. Look for the rate of increase to slow in 2022, as myself and other are predicting the 2022 growth will be very modest.

Seller subsidy values, despite the very large amounts given in the recent sales, on average are still very low. Obviously, the six month average is elevated from the twelve month average because of the two sales from November and December. However, the fact that the six and twelve month median values are at zero tell us that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. Hire the best negotiators and get the best results.

Days on market, again…despite the two most recent sales, is still very fast when it comes to average and median values. Hire professional marketing agents and your home will sell quickly.

If you placed your Ryan home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect it to be under contract in a week. You could expect to give nothing in closing cost help. However, buyers have been coming back with the typical contingencies in their offers since the second half of 2021. Those are financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you think you may want to sell, now is the time to start talking to your real estate professional. Give me a shout. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge (and pride,) combined with my professional marketing make my Braemar sellers very happy. 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 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2021 (Ryan Homes)

The end of the holiday weekend is upon us. With company gone and having no desire to delve into the set up of my Christmas tree, I have decided to publish the next Braemar Property Value Report instead. You know a Braemar real estate agent loves their job when they willingly sit down to put together a market analysis versus any number of other non-work related activities. Loving what I do is truly a blessing.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value the focus in on detached houses built by Ryan Homes in Braemar. During the current reporting period of September and October, there were five Ryan homes that sold. The details of those five most recent sales are detailed below:

Unlike last report where all but one of ten Ryan home sold prices was well above list price, this report shows three of five sold above list price. The second half of the year there was a shift in demand taking place. And though the all-out buyer frenzy has chilled, it is still a seller’s market. Demand is still outpacing supply.

Taking these five most recent sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Ryan home sales in Braemar, the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column we see both the six month average sold price and six month median sold price much higher than their respective twelve month values. Ryan homes are still gaining value.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help negotiated by buyers from sellers) is a non-factor with zeros down all the relevant time markers. This means not one Ryan home seller in twelve months has given closing cost help.

Days on market is single digits down the line, and only one digit off in the twelve month average. Ryan homes are continuing to sell fast.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in our Braemar market, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. Not represented in the stats of this report, however, you could expect to see home inspection and appraisal contingencies in your offers. As the buyer frenzy has quieted, buyers are less likely to waive all contingencies like they had been doing in the first half of the year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you all the best the holiday season has to offer. Of course, whenever the need to sell your Braemar home arises, I would love the opportunity to consult with you about the sale of your home. Despite the season or market conditions, creating and maintaining buyer enthusiasm is what it takes to make the absolute most the market will bear. And with my unparalleled neghborhood knowledge, my professional marketing and superior negotiation skills are even better at achieving both. Helping my Braemar neighbors sell is always among my greatest pleasures. 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 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Another gorgeous September day brings another Braemar Property Value Report. The days are gradually cooling off, and perhaps our real estate market as well. In this edition of the BPVR we focus on sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in the neighborhood during the last two months of summer.

During July and August there were ten Ryan Homes in our neighborhood that sold. I was pleased to have listed one, which you will see highlighted in pink below:

Sold prices ranged from $610,000 to $770,000. I know the listing I had at 12809 Gentle Shade Drive hit a happy spot with buyers despite not having top of the line updates and a fully finished basement, getting $68,000 above list price. That’s the biggest leap from list price to sold price in the most recent sales. See what hiring a professional marketing agent that knows the neighborhood like the back of her hand can do for you.

Taking these ten sales and combining them with the last twelve months of Ryan Home sales in Braemar, our six and twelve month data points are updated and continue to show the strength of our seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column, we see both the six month average and six month median values are higher than their respective twelve month values. Despite the buyer frenzy cooling off a bit this summer, Ryan Homes are still gaining value. And unlike some of the homes I have reported on lately, Ryan Homes saw a steady rate of increase in the twelve month average to the six month average of 2% since last report. Better yet, while some homes have seen decreases in median value gains since last report, Ryan Homes saw a 5% uptick since last report’s 2% median growth. All great news.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. Down the line in the ten most recent sales, the answer is zero. That is also the answer in the seller subsidy average and median values with the exception of the twelve month average. Out of twenty-three sales in the past twelve months, only one seller gave closing cost assistance, which is why the average is such a low value.

Days on market is five days down the line. Some of the most recent sales happened ever faster than that, some longer. However Ryan Homes are still selling ridiculously fast as inventory still is not enough to meet buyer demand.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in our Braemar real estate market, you could expect your home to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November and will let us know if fall is off to a strong start, which I suspect it will be. Our year end market is usually a great one, fueled by the beginning of the fiscal year for the Federal government. Until then, if you want to investigate the possibility of selling your Braemar home, get in touch with me. Since 2005, No One Knows Braeamar 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