Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2022

Fall is settling in around the Bristow area and soon we will be delighting in a blaze of colors. The fall real estate market is a busy one for any agent who wants to be busy. It is not uncommon to have agents talk themselves out of even looking for business during the fall and winter months because they believe it is slow. Not this Braemar Real Estate Agent. I have known for a long time that our market is year round and that some of the slower months can be the summer months. Our year end market is a powerful one.

In this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report, the focus is on the sales from July and August. Braemar townhouses, for the purpose of this particular report, are traditional townhouses with three levels and a back yard and are not condo ownership.

During the months of July and August there were only four Braemar townhouses that sold. Details of those sales are listed below.

Having only four townhouse sales to report in Braemar for the last two months of the summer selling season is profoundly odd. Since starting this report in 2005, this is the least amount of townhouses sold in Braemar during July and August. Before this, the year with the fewest townhouse sales during the same months was 2007 with five. My suspicion is that many Braemar townhouse owners that would be move up buyers, looking to get into a single family home, are daunted by the rising mortgage interest rates and simply staying put. It certainly isn’t a problem with buyer demand. Buyers are still outnumbering available inventory.

When these three sales from our current reporting period are combined with the Braemar townhouse sales dating back to September 2021, the six and twelve month data points that are tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Sold prices are still healthy and show increases in value when comparing the six month average and six month median sold prices to their respective twelve month values. Are we seeing rapid equity growth like we did in 2020 and 2021? No. It is steadying out and becoming a more normal growth rate.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) shows values in both of the average values. As mortgage interest rates climb and home prices also continue to increase, buyers are faced with affordability issues. First time buyers in particular are the ones hardest hit by these factors and are starting to request closing cost help to buy down their interest rates. The sale that closed on July 28th is the first example in a very long time of a buyer getting about three percent of the sales price in closing cost help. Looking the the median values both at zero, odds are in a Braemar townhouse seller’s favor that they would give nothing seller subsidy. More than half of sellers in both time frames gave none. Unfortunately, when looking back to June 20th this year, out of seven sales, four gave seller subsidy and only one of those was a low amount commensurate with I would expect to be a repair credit. The most recent sales are definitely showing an increased occurrence of seller subsidy.

As for days on market, the marketing times are still fast. Both six month values are faster than their corresponding twelve month values. Given so little inventory for sale, this is a trend that is likely to continue.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect to be under contract in two weeks, possibly less. Buyers are acting more deliberately now and we are not seeing the frenzy of multiple offers and waivers of every conceivable contingency anymore. You would be lucky to have two offers at one time. And you should not be surprised to see seller subsidy requests. These are still avoidable if your home is priced right, well prepared and professionally marketed. These are all things that drive buyer enthusiasm. One enthusiastic buyer is all you need.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in November. By looking at the MLS, I suspect I will have a lot more sales to report. And if you have been considering moving up from your own townhouse, there is a lot more to consider than mortgage interest rates. A lot of Braemar townhouse owners are sitting pretty on a pile of equity. That equates to large down payments on your next home. And as the market has become less frenetic in pace, it has become easier to navigate a sale and coinciding purchase.

Reach out and schedule your free consultation. It is never too early to start the conversation and become a well prepared seller. I can even connect you with loan programs that are being offered below market, though they are limited in availability. It never hurts to explore your options. When are you ready to make the move, I will be here. 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 Townhouse Report: May-June 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2022

Before we close out the month of July, it is my pleasure to bring you the Braemar Townhouse Report for May and June 2022. This is the last in the most recent batch of Braemar real estate market reports. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit. I started these bi-monthly reports in 2005 and published them alphabetically. “T” for Townhouse most comes after “R” for Ryan Homes. Over the years I have added quarterly reports for the townhouse-style condos, piggyback townhouses and patio homes. Each one of those may be considered a townhouse in the broadest since of the word. However, this particular report covers traditional townhouses, which to me are defined as having three levels, being attached only the sides and having a back yard.

During the months of May and June, there were seventeen traditional Braemar townhouses that sold. That’s a lot! Details of those sales are listed below.

At a glance everything looks healthy. The only Braemar townhouses that didn’t sell above their list price are the first one on May 9th and the last three on the list, which are the most recent sales. Hmm. The last three on the list also gave seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) as did the May 19th sale. In fairness, two of those four amounts look as though they are in lieu of home inspection repairs or to settle walk through issues. Finally, all went under contract in a week or less except for the very last sale on June 27th.

So when these most recent sales are added to all the Braemar townhouse sales going back to July 2021, what do our updated six and twelve month market markers tell us?

Sold prices look very healthy, especially compared to last report. The lift we see in both of the most recent six month values compared to their respective twelve month values is much higher than it was last report. It’s not inconsistent with what I am personally seeing in the market. While buyers are acting more deliberately now, and less prone to frenzied behavior, there is still not enough homes to meet the buyer demand. That means we are still in a seller’s market.

Seller subsidy does appear to be staging a comeback. Not surprising given how sharply mortgage interest rates have gone up since the spring. First time buyers, the most likely to purchase a Braemar townhouse, were already feeling the affordability pinch by rising values. Now they are pinched with higher interest rates. Seller subsidy may become a more frequently seen request as buyers looks for rate buy down help. Still, it is important to note that more that way more than half of Braemar townhouse sellers gave no seller subsidy at all. If you wanted to minimize the odds of giving closing cost help when you sell, hiring an agent that helps you create the maximum buyer enthusiasm is a must. Having the home that buyers want over everything else available is where the best deals happen.

Days on market seems fairly steady and is super fast. The average days on market increased by a day in the six month average value since last report. Meanwhile the six month median marketing time fell one day. Still, the trend is both six month values, compared to their respective twelve month values this go round, is faster.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week, maybe two. The summer seems to be a time of disconnect between sellers and buyers. Sellers think, “School is out. What a great time to list!” Buyers think, “We’ve been house hunting since early in the year. Time for a break and sun in the fun while the kids are out of school.” And as discussed above, your likelihood of being asked for seller subsidy is increasing, but still avoidable if you are properly prepared and professionally marketed to get more than one buyer interested in pulling the trigger at the same time. Unfortunately, the days of a pile of offers are behind us. And we are also finding buyers less likely to waive contingencies.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September. As we head toward the fall market please know that year end is a very powerful market. If you want to learn more about a potential late year sale, get in touch for your complementary consultation. It is my pleasure to get my Braemar sellers the top of 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 Townhouse Report: March-April 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2022

Today is one of those days where I am more than happy to sit in an air conditioned office and type up this Braemar Townhouse Report. It is brutally hot outside. As is typical in Northern Virginia, the more temperate seasons, spring and fall, tend to be short lived. Summer and winter feel like they are all but two months of the year.

Is the Braemar real estate market as hot as the weather? In this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report we look to the sales of traditional townhouse sales in the neighborhood during the months of March and April. For the purposes of this report, a traditional townhouse is defined as one attached only on one or two sides, has three levels and a fenceable back yard.

During our current reporting period there were five Braemar townhouses that sold. Sold prices ranged from $420,000 to $520,000. Details of those sales are listed below.

A quick glance at the sales and it seems that all but one of these sales sold above list price, none gave seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and they all went under contract in four days or less.

Taking all of the past twelve months worth of Braemar townhouse sales from May 2021 to April 2022, our updated six and twelve month data points are updated. Let’s see what they reveal.

Starting with the sold price column, we see the six month average is significantly higher than the twelve month average. This suggests the continuation of very health increases. What gives me pause is that the six month median sold price is barely higher than the twelve month median sold price. This is more of a sign of what we are feeling in the current marketplace as of May. We will have to wait for next report to see if we are truly steadying out in value due to rising interest rates. Demand is still high and inventory is still low.

Seller subsidy is very low in the six and twelve month averages. Better yet, the six and twelve month median values are at zero. That tells that the vast majority of Braemar townhouse sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. This is likely to continue. As stated above, there are still more buyers than homes available for them to buy. Writing seller favored offers is must to get under contract.

Days on market reveals a quickening of the average marketing time from the twelve month average to the six month average. The median market times are identical in both time frames at four days. Braemar townhouses are selling very fast.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse 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. Lately, buyers are more consistently asking for home inspection contingencies, even if they are right to void only. The hike in mortgage interest rates have made buyers more deliberate in their actions.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate a 2022 sale of your townhouse, get in touch to schedule your complementary consultation. It is with great pride that I help Braemar sellers achieve the top of the market prices, even in a seller’s market. The combination of the proper listing prepartion, professional marketing and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge are what increase your bottom line. 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 Townhouse Report: January-February 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2022

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report which focuses on traditional townhouse sales in our neighborhood. What’s a traditional townhouse? One with three levels, attached only on the side(s) and with a backyard. This particular edition details sales from the first two months of the year.

During January and February there were two townhouses in Braemar that sold. Details are listed below:

What stands out about these sales immediately is that they both sold above list price, gave nothing in closing cost help and sold in four days or less. When combined with the Braemar townhouse sales going back to March 2021, the twelve months of data collected provides updated six and twelve month data points that are tracked for market trends. Here’s what get this report:

Let’s start by looking at the sold price column. For the first time since early 2019, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are below their respective twelve month values. This is an indication that the market may be changing. Early indicators in the market this year through my own experience tell me that is not the case. While the second half of 2021 was definitely a less hectic pace for buyers, it was still a seller’s market. However, the slight cooling of demand had an impact. As we move further into 2022, I suspect the upward growth will return in future reports.

In the seller subsidy column we see the only values that are above zero are in the six and twelve month averages. That is because out of the sixty-six sales of Braemar townhouses in the past year, only five give closing cost help. Better statistics are the median seller subsidies at zero. This means more than half of Braemar townhouse sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market ticked up in both six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts. The increases are low and based on the most current sales, we are likely to see a reversal of this upward turn in future reports.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help. As more and more buyers compete for the very limited inventory on the market, offers are extremely seller favored.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in May. Until then, if you want to talk about what a 2022 sale could mean for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. It is my pleasure to walk you through why a seller’s market alone does not bear out the top of the market prices. Sellers need proper preparation advice, professional marketing and skilled negotiation on their side. When you hire me that is what you get, topped off with neighborhood expertise. 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 Townhouse Report: November-December 2021

Braemar Townhouse Report: November-December 2021

As we all brace for the impending winter storm, I am comfortable in my home office doing what I do best–real estate! The business of real estate is one that can be taken as seriously as the individual agent practicing it sees fit. Braemar real estate isthe foundation of my business. Bringing you the latest market information is something I take very seriously. This are not copy and paste reports. I run the data and compile it myself.

Today, rounding up the last of the year end reports for 2021, is the Braemar Townhouse Report. The properties that this report pertains to are traditional three level townhouses with front and back yards, attached side to side only. They are not to be confused with Braemar Condos, but you can find the report for the Braemar Condo townhouses by clicking this link.

There were six Braemar townhouses that sold during the last two months of 2021. The year market is not to be dismissed. The details of those sales are listed below:

Of the six sales, one is highlighted in pink. That is because it was my listing. You can read the details in the post I wrote about that sale. What is evident looking at all six sales is that most are selling at a minimum of a list price, the majority gave no closing cost help and they all sold in a matter of days. However, it is only when taking all of 2021’s Braemar townhouse sales and compiling updated six and twelve month market reports that we get to see trends.

Starting in the sold price column, we see only the six month average is higher than its respective twelve month value. The six and twelve month median values are the same. Furthermore, the growth rate of Bramar townhouses in the average has slowed. This report the six month average is 1.5% higher than the twelve month average. Last report, that was a 3.6% difference. The median last report was a 3.3% difference vs. zero this report. The second half of 2021 was not as frenzied as the first half. Buyers slowed their pace once summer vacations started and it never really got as insane as it had been earlier in the year.

Seller subsidy is something we have not seem much of in regard to Braemar townhouses. The average numbers are the only ones with anything to report and the averages are miniscule. Out of seventy-three sales, only six gave any closing cost help in 2021. One was a townhouse where I represented the buyers. Another was the one this report where I represented the seller. In the case of the one where I represented the buyers, we went in with the request because of the condition of the home. In the one on Selkirk listed above in pink, the buyer came in with no seller subsidy requests, but had a list of demands come home inspection. Rather than ditch them and move on to another buyer, my seller decided to strike a deal with them. Thankfully, we were able to negotiate that down to less than they requested.

Days on market shows that the time it took in the six month average and six month median, compared to their respective twelve month values, increased by one day. That is nothing to worry about.

If you put your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about one week. You could also reasonably expect to give nothing in closing cost help. However, you could expect to see the typical contingencies in your offers. Those are financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in March. Until then, if you want to know what is in store for the 2022 market, you can read my predictions by clicking this link. If you want more personalized information for an impending move, get in touch. My neighborhood knowledge, combined with my professional marketing, makes 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

Just Sold: A Braemar Christmas Season Closing

12423 Selkirk Circle Sold for $375,000 on December 21, 2021

When I was contacted by the owner of 12423 Selkirk, my mind twirled over the familiarity of the address. Had I listed that home before? I know that I had listed a Braemar townhouse on Selkirk years ago that was a Short Sale. Despite many attempts to make the bank understand why Short Sale was a good idea for upside down sellers who had outgrown the space and needed to move, the bank would not approve that sale. Sure enough, a quick glance at my past listings and 12423 Selkirk was that townhouse.

Looking back at the tax records for the property I saw that indeed, my failed Short Sale listing had turned into a bank owned property. Simply stated, the bank that had refused to come to terms with the sellers in 2012, had foreclosed. In 2013, it sold from the bank to a private owner, sold again in 2015 from that 2013 purchaser, and again in 2017 from the 2015 purchaser. The new owner purchased it in 2017 and was ready to move on.

At the listing appointment I told the owner my familiarity with the property. In addition to expressing my neighborhood expertise in Braemar and my professional marketing, I added that on a personal note, I would love the opportunity to have a good outcome by listing the townhouse. My marketing is all professional grade now with professional photographs and even some light staging in vacant homes. I was so thrilled to be hired to do just that. Take at look at the virtual tour.

This two bedroom townhouse listed on November 11th and was under contract within five days! The hardest part in getting to the closing table was negotiating the home inspection. Yes, the market has changed enough where home inspection contingencies are being seen more often than not. The buyers, through their agent, over-estimated the cost of many items they deemed as problems. Part of my job in that situation is to convey that small items of concern are not legitimate problems, and to help the seller get quotes on actual solutions. A home inspector will see a light not operating and tell a buyer to consult an electrician. I change a lightbulb, snap a photo that the light is working and the issue is dissolved. You get the idea. The repair credit of the buyers was negotiated down by about 30% to a number the seller could deal with to move the deal forward.

Today, December 21st, this Braemar townhouse closed for full list price of $375,000. There is always more to the yearend holiday market than meets the eye.

Whenever the time comes to sell your Braemar townhouse, I would love the opportunity to help you achieve the most successful outcome. I have made it my business to know our neighborhood inside and out. 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 Townhouse Report: September-October 2021

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2021

December will be here in a couple of days. While you might think the Braemar real estate market would have nothing to offer this time of year, I am pleased to say that the yearend selling season is one of the best around. Serious buyers are out at a time that stresses “home for the holidays.” The emotions of the season certainly help sell homes. Better yet, many sellers wait for spring, leaving fewer homes for those serious buyers to chose from. My real estate business has thrived this time of year and continues to do so. Of course, I always make time to keep Braemar home owners apprised of market conditions in the property value reports I prepare. Today I bring you the Braemar Townhouse Report, focusing on sales of traditional three level townhouses in Braemar, attached side to side only.

During the current reporting period of September and October, there were thirteen Braemar townhouses that sold. The details of those sales are below:

Looking at these sales we see all thirteen sold at, or above their list price. All but one gave no seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer.) Meanwhile the sales that closed in late September and into October had higher days on market. Taking these sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales we will get a better snapshot of current trends in the townhouse market when the data points tracked in this report are updated.

Looking at the sold price column, Braemar townhouses are continuing to gain value. Both the six month average and the six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This is proof of the continued seller’s market. The rate of increase in value has slowed slightly since last report, but not enough to be concerned about. Both the six month average growth rate and six month median growth rates are down 0.3% since July and August.

Seller subsidy shows a decrease in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. Meanwhile, with the six and twelve month median values both at zero we know that in both time periods, more than half of Braemar townhouse sellers gave no closing cost help. Another hallmark of a seller favored market.

Days on market, despite the upward trending numbers in the two months worth of most recent sales, shows no serious change. When looking at the six month average and median marketing times compared to the corresponding twelve month values, Braemar townhouses are still going under contract in about a week or less.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it could be under contract in about a week. While some of the most recent sales on the calendar suggest it may take a bit longer, my most recent Braemar townhouse listing went under contract in only five days this November. You could also expect you could escape any seller subsidy requests since buyer demand is still outpacing supply. However, the second half of the year has shown buyers less willing to waive contingencies like home inspection and appraisal. The all-out buyer frenzy has cooled, though the market remains a seller’s market.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in January. Until then, I do hope the holiday season brings you peace and happiness. Of course, anytime the need arises to sell your Braemar townhouse, I am here with all of my neighborhood expertise, professional marketing and superior negotiation skills to help you make the absolute most you can from your home sale. Unfortunately, even during a seller’s market, money is too often left on the table. Hiring a local professional will help you increase buyer enthusiasm and maintain it throughout the process. Helping Braemar sellers is my specialty. Get in touch with me for a no obligation consultation. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

How Long Does It Take to Sell a Braemar Townhouse in November?

12423 Selkirk Circle in Braemar was Under Contract in Only 5 Days

How Long Does It Take to Sell a Braemar Townhouse in November?

When I met with my seller-client last night to go over the offer she received on her townhouse at 12423 Selkirk Circle, she laughed on the way out that a friend of hers had heard about her listing in November. Apparently, my seller was given the dismal prediction by this friend that she “might sell by March.” I don’t know the last time I saw a home take four months to sell. Needless to say, her friend was not a Bristow real estate agent.

While the 2021 Bristow real estate market has slowed down considerably, we have yet to hit what are considered stable conditions. A stable real estate market exists when there is enough inventory to meet buyer demand. In other words, the market favors neither side. Sure July and August saw the decline of crazy number of offers on homes, but multiple offers were still present. Dozens of offers? Not so much. There are still more buyers than homes for sale. Buyers have just taken a deep breath and are not acting in a frenzy.

The great thing about selling at the end of the year is that only serious buyers are house hunting. And the house hunt is occurring a very emotionally charged time of year. Home for Holidays is a real phenomenom.

The townhouse at 12423 Selkirk Circle hit the market on November 11th, priced at $375,000. Some agents the seller interviewed thought that price was high. Not when you put in the work to create buyer enthusiasm. The seller did her part by making sure the home was clean and prepped, as much as possible, for market. (There was a point where she couldn’t find the right color touch up paint for some minor drywall repairs.) Luxury vinyl plank flooring was installed in the bathrooms to lift the outdated appearance given by the one sheet vinyl flooring that had been present. New carpet was installed. Repairs made like replacing the garbage disposal and fixing a leaky toilet. Then it was my turn to go in and fluff with some light staging.

While there were no multiple offers on this one, in only five days on the market the seller got a very strong offer and is delighted. It will close just before Christmas, so stay tuned for the final details. In the meantime, if the time comes to sell your Braemar home in the colder month, don’t believe the hype that spring is the only season where sellers can be successful. The year end market has more serious buyers and fewer homes for them to choose from. And with the professional marketing of a fantastic local agent like myself that has seen the magic of the year end market, you can’t lose. Get in touch with me and let’s set up a time to talk. 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: Two Bedroom Braemar Townhouse for $375,000

12423 Selkirk Circle in Braemar Listing on November 11th (2021) for $375,000

Just Listed: Two Bedroom Braemar Townhouse for $375,000

It is my pleasure to present 12423 Selkirk Circle to you. Priced at $375,000, this two bedroom, two and a half bathroom townhouse is sure to be a hit.

In this particular model (Auburn by Ryan Homes) all three levels are above grade and the front enters on the first floor, stepping you down into the living room, or living/dining combo. Immediately you will notice the luxury vinyl plank (LVP) flooring which goes from the foyer entrance all the way back into the kitchen. If you want to make the front room just a living room, there is plenty of table space in the kitchen, even with the portable island that conveys.

Starting up the stairs to the second level, you will notice the smell and feel of new carpet. The entire second and third floors have brand new carpet, with the exception of the bathrooms that have the same LVP as the main level. The second level is where you will find the family room, or additional living room. Here you find the added feature of a gas fireplace. The second bedroom and a full bathroom are also located here.

The entire third floor is dedicated to the owner’s suite. Chances are you have never seen as expansive an owner’s suite as this one. Not only is there plenty of room for a bedroom suite, but you could have a home office here as well…or workout area. Maybe do a bit of both. Believe me, there is room! The owner’s bathroom boasts two sinks, a soaking tub and separate shower. And if you were worried about closet space in the owner’s suite, don’t. The closet is just as oversized as the room.

With a fully fenced back yard with paver patio, there is little natural vegetation to regularly control. Set up outdoor seating and a grill and you are good to go.

You may notice some repairs with spackle to the walls that have not been painted. The plan was to touch up the paint, but the owner did not have the exact match left from the previous owner and had no idea what the color was. Odds are the next owner will be placing their own items on the wall in these places, or want to paint to their own color. Either way, these few areas in the second story living area and owner’s bathroom should not be deal breakers.

Recent replacements, besides new flooring throughout, are the new water heater and garbage disposal.

This home will be held open Saturday, November 13th from 12pm-3pm and again on Sunday, November 14th from 1pm-3pm. You can click the link for the full virtual tour if you like before coming to see it for yourself.

In the meantime, if you have been thinking of buying a townhouse in Braemar, don’t hesitate to reach out. 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 Townhouse Report: July-August 2021

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2021

Last, but never least, in my September series of property value reports is this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report. In this report we look at the sale of traditional three level townhouses with a backyard. If you have a two car garage townhouse with no back yard, you need to look at the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly. If you have a two level attached home, you need to look at the Braemar Patio Quarterly. This is a report that also does not include Braemar Condos. For those you can look to the Braemar Condo Quarterly.

During the months of July and August there were thirteen Braemar townhouses that sold. Their sold prices ranged from $370,000 to $460,000. Details of those sales are listed below:

If you think I made a type-o by having 12198 Drum Salute the list twice, I did not. That home sold once in July to an investor and then again by the investor for $40,000 more. What’s the big difference? Let me tell you the improvements were some the first home owners would have been advised to do if I had meet with them. The first sellers had specific paint colors that went with their own decor. They also had a couple rooms in need of new carpet. They also were in need of a new roof. Often times, insurance companies cover that. Their home, despite professional photos, looked cluttered in the most important rooms: kitchen and owner’s bathroom.

The investor painted the whole townhouse a neutral gray. They added new lighting fixtures and faucets to the bathrooms, tiled the floor and added a frame around the vanity mirrors. They added updated lighting fixtures in the kitchen, dining and rec rooms. They added a back splash to the kitchen and painted they owner’s bathroom vanity. They updated the carpeting and added a new roof. They also put in a new garage door opener. All told, that probably cost them $10,000 to $15,000. And even if the seller didn’t have those funds on hand, there are remodeling companies that will cover the costs and take reimbursement from closing costs. The $25,000 net from the investment would have been worth the trouble if they had known what their home would have been worth with some modest listing preparation. That’s why I always reiterate listing prepartion and professional marketing. One without the other doesn’t get top dollar.

Taking these thirteen sales and combining them with all the Braemar townhouse sales from the previous twelve months, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Looking at the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar townhouses are continuing to increase in value. The summer did show a softening of buyer demand, but nothing to be concerned with. The six month growth rate last Braemar Townhouse Report was 5% average and 6% median. The only difference this report is that the six month average growth rate a tad lower at 4%.

Seller subsidy is where we get to see how much closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to get from their townhouse sellers. Both the six and twelve month median values are at zero. That means more than half of Braemar townhouse sellers in both time frames gave no seller subsidy. And even looking at the most recent sales, we see only one seller out of thirteen that gave anything. Turns out, out of seventy-one sellers in the past year, only eleven gave closing cost help. That’s why we even have average seller subsidy values and why they are so low.

Days on market is unchanged in the avearage and median values. Braemar townhouses are still getting gobbled up quickly in our seller’s market.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in November. Until then, if the time is drawing near to sell your townhouse, get in touch with me and find out how to avoid leaving money on the table. We saw the case study of leaving money on the table in this report already. Don’t be that seller. Hire a local, professional agent that offers top notch listing preparation advice and marketing. One without the other is not enough. 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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