Under Contract After Multiple Offers in Only Six Days

Under Contract After Multiple Offers in Only Six Days

Bristow buyers have a strong appetite for Braemar townhouses. This end unit, garage townhouse at 10158 Pale Rose Loop hit the market on Friday, January 13th (2023) and got immediate attention. Showing requests were rolling in after only an hour on the market. In fact, I wasn’t sure it was going to make it to the Open House planned that Sunday.

While buyers were very interested, the change in their behavior was palpable. No one wanted to act immediately. The Sunday Open House was swarmed with buyers. While another agent in my office hosted it, I popped by and noticed the intense interest just by the abundance of cars not knowing where to park. The neighbors, while probably frustrated, were patient for those two hours. Still, more interest and lots of questions, but no one was ready to step up and make an offer.

Monday, the fifth day on the market, two buyers made offers. There was the possibility of two more, but those buyers were more wary. Not uncommon for buyers in this market. The media runs too many stories about the national statistics and gets buyers thinking there are a ton more homes to hit the market, or a significant decline in prices coming. The former is not necessarily going to happen anytime soon and the likelihood of the latter happening in our market this year is extremely slim. As much as buyers may not want to hear this, the rise of mortgage interest rates has not slowed down demand.

The sellers of this townhouse were very pleased to have two offers to chose from that exceeded their expectations. If all goes according to plan, which is the most probable outcome, it will close the first full week in February.

When you are ready to sell your Braemar townhouse, let’s talk about how you can lift buyer enthusiasm on your property and get the max the market will allow. 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

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Happy New Year! With 2022 behind us, I have the opportunity to share with you another Dunbarton Single Family Home Report. This edition focuses on the sales activity of detached home in Dunbarton between October and December.

During the fourth quarter, there were five single family homes that sold. Details of those sales are listed below.

A quick look over these five sales and a few things stand out. The majority of these homes had no basement. Three properties sold above their list price. Not one of them gave any seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer.) Finally, the marketing time for all but one sale was measured in single digit days. Not surprisngly, the one property that took forty-one days to sales sold below its list price.

Combining all five of these sales with all the Dunbarton single family detached home sales in 2022, the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, we find that the exuberant growth we had been experiencing earlier in the year has come to a halt. The six month average sold price is only slightly higher than the twelve month average. Meanwhile, the six month median sold price has fallen below the twelve month median. While we are still experiencing what would technically be considered a seller’s market, conditions are cooling off. Frenzied buyer behavior has disapated and buyers are acting much more deliberately. Multiple offers are no longer a given in the current market, but selling your home at a great price is still possible given the proper preparation, pricing and marketing.

Seller subsidy remains largely a non-issue for Dunbarton single family home sellers. Buyers coming into active adult communities are far more financially established than younger buyers who do not have a family home with tons of equity. However, Dunbarton buyers are still feeling the pinch of selling their existing homes to buyers who are not as financially established. Still, the only seller subsidy we have seen in the last year we have seen only three Dunbarton single fmaily home sellers give closing cost help. These are likely in lieu of repairs or preparation to get a home ready for market. I can’t reiterate enough how much proper preparation means to increasing buyer enthusiasm.

Marketing time, on average, has increased nearly one week when comparing the six month average to the twelve month average. Not surprising given the shift in the overall market thanks to steep increases in mortgage interest rates. The six month median marketing time is only one day longer than the twelve month median. Dunbarton single family homes can still sell quickly. It’s a matter of getting buyers excited about what your home offers.

If you placed your Dunbarton single family home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks, maybe less. Again, it is unlikely you would be faced with multiple offers, but full price offers and those over list are not impossible. Proper preparation and pricing and hiring a professional marketing agent is what gets the job done, no matter the market conditions.

The next Dunbarton Single Family Home Report will be out in April and will let us know how the first quarter of 2023 goes. Between now and then, please do not hesitate to reach out if a move may be on your horizon. My goal is to make the sales process as stress free and profitable as possible. You don’t get a do over on selling your largest investment. I have been at this since 2005 and would be honored to be my skills and experience to work for you. Get in touch for your consultation.

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

Dunbarton Duplex Report: July-December 2022

Dunbarton Duplex Report: July-December 2022

Happy New Year and welcome to another Dunbarton Duplex Report. While we wait to see what 2023 has in store for us, the purpose of this edition of the Dunbarton Duplex Report is to look back at the last half of duplex sales in the neighborhood and see how 2022 ended. Scuttlebutt from the Dunbarton home owners I have spoken with is that the market has changed completely and homes are just sitting on the market. It that true?

During the last six months of 2022, there were four Dunbarton duplexes that sold. The details of those sales are listed below.

At a glance, it is unusual to see that three out of four duplexes that sold had basements. Not so common an occurrence with the duplexes. Two sold above list price and two sold below their original list price. Not surprisingly, those that sold below original list price also took the longest to sell. As for seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) only one seller gave any and the amount of five hundred dollars would seem to be a repair or walk through credit.

Taking these four sales and combining with the Dunbarton duplex sales from the first six months of 2022, the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated and tell the tale that is almost entirely contrary to the scuttlebutt you may be hearing.

Starting with a look at the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their twelve month counterparts. This would indicate values are continuing to rise, however, since these sales are mostly made up of duplexes with basements, in my mind the worst case is that values have steadied out. Unfortunately, some sellers likely got trapped in the mindset that there would be a slew of buyers in a bidding war when they placed their homes on the market. Some definitely overpriced their homes for what the current conditions became in mid-late summer as interest rates started to rise sharply. Sure, not many buyers looking in Dunbarton are so cash strapped that an increase in mortgage rates stops them from buying, but it may cause problems for them selling their existing home. Not only that, but as many would-be retirees were watching their portfolios go down during that same time in late summer, early fall, the idea of cashing out stock to buy a home probably sounded horrifying. Nonetheless, Dunbarton duplexes, when priced right, sold quickly.

Seller subsidy continues to be a non-issue. Buyers entering active adult communities are generally very well established financially and making what is likely to be their last home puchase. This home buyer does not need closing cost assistance from sellers.

Days on market is the only place we see where some of the scuttlebutt may be coming from. Both six month time frames are longer than their corresponding twelve month time frames. A combination of pricing too high and timing certainly weren’t helpful with the longest days on market we see in the second half sales. Sometimes, it can be lack of professional marketing.

If you placed your Dunbarton duplex on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect that it would be under contract in about two weeks, worst case three. Do not expect multiple offers. Those days, by and large are gone as buyers are acting more deliberately.

The key to listing success remains the same as it has been. Make sure your property is prepared for market. De-cluttered. Painted. New carpet or small updates if needed. Partner with a full-time, local professional who can help you price it right and drive buyer enthusiasm through professional marketing. My Dunbarton sellers don’t have to guess at market conditions because they are working with a full-time professional agent who is consistenly ranked a Top Producing Agent out of Long & Foster’s Gainesville office.

The next Dunbarton Duplex Report will be out in July. There is a lot of time between now and then. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions about the real estate market between now and then. It is my honor to help you in the sale of your home, no matter how soon you need to start that conversation.

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

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

Perspective is everything, isn’t it? After a weekend of monsoon-like rain after Tropical Storm Ian moved by, a little bit of drizzle and overcast skies almost feels cheerful. Sometimes it take a little bit of the undesirable for us to appreciate what we have, or had.

In this edition of the Dunbarton Single Family Home Report the focus in on the most recent sales in the neighborhood from July to September. Those sales alone, out of context don’t give nearly enough information. That’s why they are combined with one year’s worth of Dunbarton detached home sales dating back to October 1, 2021 when the six and twelve month data points are broken out. For now, let’s take at a look at the most recent detached home sales in Dunbarton for the third quarter.

Two out of four sales sold at their list price. Two sold below their list price, one significantly below list price. (As a point of information, list price above is the original list price a property has when it first hit the market.) This is a departure since last report when only one Dunbarton detached home sold for list price and the remaing six sold above list price. Another difference in the sales reported for the third quarter is that only one had single digit days on market. That was the majority of sales last report. The market is shifting.

When the six and twelve month data points are pulled out to produce the updated year’s worth of Dunbarton single family home sales, we still see a picture of a seller favored market.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month values are above their respective twelve month values. The gap between the twelve month average and the six month average is definitely tighter than we saw last report. The gap between median values is a tad more. Values are not yet showing a downward trend in the long haul, but sellers pricing high, banking on extreme buyer demand, may be disappointed when they face price reductions to get under contract. The rise of mortgage interest rates, while not directly affecting would-be buyers who come to Dunbarton and other fifty-five plus communities with cash or exceptionally large down payments, is likely to affect the sale of those buyers’ existing homes. Interest rates for a thirty year fixed mortgage are now at 7.5%. That decreases buying power for the lower down payment buyers that are buying those existing homes of would-be Dunbarton home buyers. Likely the effects will be seen in coming reports, but it may not be terribly dramatic.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help Dunbarton detached home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. Only one sale out of four gave seller subsidy. Closing cost help is largely not a concern for Dunbarton single family home sellers. The amounts given over the last twelve and six month periods, when averaged for the number of sales, is minscule. Better indicators are the median values at zero. That means the majority of Dunbarton detached home sellers gave no seller subsidy in both time frames. Odds are good a Dunbarton single family home seller would not be troubled with this request.

When it comes to days on market, the six month average marketing time shows a longer period of time to go under contract compared to the twelve month average marketing time, but only by two days. The median values are still at four days. Even with the increase in average marketing time, a well prepared, properly priced and professionally marketed home will not linger on the market.

If you placed you Dunbarton detached home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect it to take about two weeks to go under contract. As discussed above, seller subsidy would be a low probability request from buyers. More importantly, the days of multiple offers and waiving every conceivable contingency are gone. The market is acting more measured. Buyers are taking their time to act, being much more deliberate in their actions. It is likely a home buyer would want a home inspection at a minimum.

The next Dunbarton Single Family Home Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness the upcoming holiday season has to offer. As always, if the need to sell your Dunbarton home arises, I would be honored to help you figure out your place in the market. My business runs year round, making my sellers the max the market will allow in any season or any conditions. Put my over seventeen years experience as a Top Producing Bristow Real Estate Agent to work for you and your sale will be handled with the utmost priority and respect.

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

Dunbarton Duplex Report: January-June 2022

Dunbarton Duplex Report: January-June 2022

Welcome to the very first edition of the Dunbarton Duplex Report. These homes have been in high demand in my business for over a decade. For 2022 I decided to add two market reports for Dunbarton to my business. The Dunbarton Single Family Home Report is compiled quarterly. The Dunbarton Duplex Report is compiled semi-annually. This is work I do myself. It is not computer generated. That’s the dedication I have to our local market.

This opening edition is covering the first half of 2022. In addition to detailing sales from the first half of the year, six and twelve month data points will show us market trends. Let’s get right to it.

There were four Dunbarton duplexes that sold in from the beginning of January to the end of June. Being a smaller subset of homes in the neighborhood, this is not unusual. The details of all those sales are displayed below.

The range of final sold prices was $449,900 to $480,000. Not one had a basement, a rather rare find in the neighborhood. None gave any seller subsidy, more commonly known as closing cost assistance to buyers. And every listing was under contract in one week or less.

Taking these four sales and combining them with the second half of sales from 2021, the six and twelve month market markers are extracted.

Starting in the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. The lift seen in the six month average is about two percent above the twelve month average. The six month median is one percent higher than the twelve month median. Dunbarton duplexes are continuing to gain value despite substantial increases in mortgage interest rates early in the spring. Surprised? Don’t be. Most buyers in Dunbarton are bringing a substantial down payment, if they are not buying entirely with cash. Having sold a family home, these buyers are equity rich and not susceptible to being priced out of the market by mortgage rate increases.

Seller subsidy is zero down the line. In the last year, probably longer, not one Dunbarton duplex seller gave any closing cost help. In a market with more buyers than homes to buy, this is not unusual. Dunbarton duplexes are a highly sought after product and I am often contacted by buyers who are anxious to find one. I’ve written letters to many Dunbarton duplex owners over the years and reached out to the Dunbarton home owners I know to see if anyone is selling a duplex in the near future. Off market sales are a strong possibility, but the ones that come to market are the ones that will get the highest return because they are exposed to the market.

Given how in demand Dunbarton duplexes are, the time it takes to go under contract should be no surprise. In all the average and median market markers above, there is nothing longer than five days. Of course, maximizing your profit means coming to market with something that lifts buyer enthusiasm. Proper listing preparation and professional marketing are the tools I use to make sure my sellers reach the top of the market. Believe it or not, money can be left on the table in a seller’s market. Relying on the market conditions alone for maximizing return is a poor strategy. You only get one chance to sell your largest asset. Make it count.

If you placed your Dunbarton duplex on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a handful of days. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

The next Dunbarton Duplex Report will be out in January. Hard to believe, but it will be here before you know it. Until then, enjoy your summer, fall and year end holidays. If the time comes for you to make a move, get in touch to schedule your confidential listing consultation. It would be my pleasure to put my skills to work to make you the absolute most the market will bear.

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

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: April-June 2022 (2nd Quarter)

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: April-June 2022 (2nd Quarter)

If you have been watching the news, no doubt you are hearing of increased mortgage rates and predictions of a real estate crash. In this edition of the Dunbarton Single Famly Home Report, we will take a look back at the second quarter of the year, which is when the steep mortgage interest rate increases took effect. Specifics on the detached home sales in the neighborhood from April to June will be shared as well as a look back at the six and twelve month data points that indicate market trends. Let’s get right to it.

Between the beginning of April and end of June, there were seven single family detached homes that sold in Dunbarton. Final sold prices ranged from $501,000 to $665,000. The details of all seven sales are listed below.

The sale in pink type was a seller I represented. I was so pleased to help the seller of 13248 Ormond Drive from listing preparation advice to light staging and professional marketing that resulted in far more than she ever dreamed she could get for her home. And she got it only one offer! That’s when you know you have driven up buyer enthusiasm to the top of the market. What makes me just as happy, though you don’t see it represented in the list above, is that six out of seven of these sellers were represented by my chosen brokerage of Long & Foster Real Estate. Being affiliated with such a well respected, local firm has been paramount to my own success in the real estate industry. It is nice to see that Dunbarton sellers also appreciate a quality brokerage with top notch agents.

Taking the seven Dunbarton single family detached home sales and combining them with the sales going back to the third quarter of 2021, our six and twelve month data points are updated. Those market markers are posted below.

Starting the sold price column, the health of Dunbarton single family detached home values is evident when comparing the six month average and six month median values to their respective twelve month values. Each of the six month value is substantially higher than their twelve month counterpart. This means Dunbarton home values are continuing to push up. Not a surprise to those professional, local agents who know that the majority of buyers in the market for one of these homes is coming with a substantial down payment on a small mortgage, or with one hundred percent cash. Mortgage interest rate increases do not affect the qualification of the vast majority of Dunbarton buyers.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyers, is rare in Dunbarton. Most home sellers are never faced with having to give any closing cost help. However, one seller out of seven in the last quarter gave $2,500. Looking at that listing online, it is likely due to some outdated finishes in the home that needed attention. There is only so much buyers are willing to pay a premium for in a seller’s market. Homes do best when they are freshened up prior to listing. Then again, it could have been a repair credit. Another seller in the last six months gave $375. That is an amount commensurate with a home inspection repair. The overall message to would be Dunbarton single family home sellers is that in the last twelve months, only two sellers out of twenty-three have had to give anything to their buyers for closing cost help. It is unlikely any Dunbarton seller would have to give any seller subsidy, particularly if properly prepared for market.

Days on market tells us how long it took Dunbarton single family home sellers to go under contract. The median marketing times in both time periods is stable at four days. However, the six month average is a day longer than the twelve month average and registers at six days. Again, looking at the most recent sales, there is only one seller out of the bunch that didn’t get above list price, gave seller subsidy and took twenty days to go under contract. Listing preparation and professional marketing are so important.

If you placed your Dunbarton single family home 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 seller subsidy. Furthermore, rising mortgage interest rates (still historically low, by the way) are not affecting the Dunbarton real estate market.

The next Dunbarton Single Family Home Report will be out in October. Until then, if you find yourself in a position to sell, do not hesitate to reach out for your no obligation consultation. The market for Dunbarton home sales is not at all seasonal. There are buyers looking year round. The key to maximizing the sale of your home is to hire a professional, local agent who will give you advice on proper listing preparation and professionally market your home. I am happy to put my years of experience and marketing skills to work for you.

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

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: January-March 2022 (1st Quarter)

Dunbarton Single Family Home Report: January-March 2022 (1st Quarter)

Welcome to the first edition of the Dunbarton Single Home Report. I have been compiling reports for the all ages sister community of Braemar since 2005. As I encounter more and more buyers and sellers in the active adult communities in the area, I thought it would be helpful to publish this report quarterly. It will focus solely on the detached single family home sales in Dunbarton. This particular edition covers the first quarter of 2022, during which time there were six homes that sold. Details of those sales are listed below.

There is only one sale that stand out. It is the sale at 12849 Dunbarton Drive that was the only home to sell below its list price, give any seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and took three weeks to go under contract. All of this things are contrary to the other five sales of detached homes in Dunbarton during the first quarter of 2022.

Taking these first quarter 2022 sales and combining them with the second, third and fourth quarter sales from 2021, I extract six and twelve month data points to track market trends. Those market markers are seen directly below.

Let’s first look at the sold price column. Here we see both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means that Dunbarton single family homes are continuing to gain value. No surprise there given the extreme lack of inventory and heightened buyer demand.

Seller subsidy shows us how much closing cost help Dunbarton buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. The six and twelve month average seller subsidy values show very little. In fact, in twenty-two sales in the past twelve months, only one the one sale listed above at 12849 Dunbarton Drive gave any seller subsidy at all. Likely, the small dollar amount of $375 was a credit for a repair or walk through issue. More importantly, twenty-one sellers in twelve months gave nothing.

Days on market shows single digit days down the line. Certainly, a one day longer marketing time from the twelve month average to the six month average is nothing to think twice about. Dunbarton homes are in high demand and selling fast.

If you placed your Dunbarton home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. My latest listing at 13248 Ormond Drive took only two days to go under contract. And as discussed earlier just a couple paragraphs above, you could expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

The seller’s market we are experiencing, particularly in Active Adult neighborhoods, is not likely to be impacted at all by the sharp increases in mortgage interest rates. Most buyers in these communities are either coming with cash, or a very low mortgage. Mortgages in many cases, are expected to be paid off when the family is sold, if that has not yet happened at the time of purchase. A fifty-five plus buyer is well established and typically asset rich.

When it comes time to sell you Dunbarton home, relying solely on market demand is a poor strategy if you are looking to maximize the return on your investment. Too many sellers are leaving money on the table, even during this insane seller’s market. The only way to guarantee your top position in the market is to hire your listing agent wisely. What I offer is listing preparation advice and recommendations, professional marketing and skilled negotiation.

The next Dunbarton Single Family Home Report will be out in July. Until then, please let me know if I can be of assistance. I would be honored to help you through the sale of your home when the time comes.

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

Veterinarians Close to Braemar

Veterinarians Close to Braemar

As a pet parent, I know the importance of good veterinary care. Living in Braemar since 2005, I have become familiar with just about every veterinarian in the area, but not all. We are very familiar with some, not so much with others. We know specialists in internal medicine, cardiology and ophthalmology. The Cleland cats have their issues, especially as they are getting into their upper years, but have always been well taken care of thanks to our veterinarians.

CARING HANDS ANIMAL HOSPITAL: This is our go to veterinarian for check ups and the first stop for sickness. They are located in the Braemar Village Shopping Center to the left of Safewway. We have interacted with many vets over the years. From their reception, to the techs and the doctors, we have remained extremely satisfied with the quality of care our pets receive. 703-368-7300

OHANA VETERINARY CARE: While I have no personal experience with Ohana, based on the reviews they get from other residents in the area, if Caring Hands were not available, I would have no issue taking my pets to Ohana. They are located off of Bristow Center Drive, to the right of the Harris Teeter shopping center just before Route 28. 571-379-5812

ARTEMIS VETERINARY EMERGENCY & SPECIALTY SERVICES: I am so thankful that we have an emergency vet so close to our neighborhood of Braemar. Before Artemis existed we used to have to take our pets to Manassas or Leesburg. And because of a bad experience with Manassas AGES AGO, when they were under different ownership, we would go to Leesburg. Artemis a is great practice. Located off of Wellington Road behind the Murlarkey Distillery, it is super close. Make sure to call ahead if you are heading to them with something serious so they can prepare. 703-722-9159

MEDVET NORTHERN VIRGINIA: I am most familiar with MedVet and their internal medicine doctors. We have had three cats undergo treatment for cancer there. We have also been there for ophthalmology. They have emergency services as well. They are located off of Route 28, a few blocks east past the downtown center of Old Town Manassas. Their number is 703-361-8287. I have noticed, however, that this phone number doesn’t always work. The alternate I have is 703-361-0710.

PAWS FOR HOLISTIC PET CARE: Dr. Rebecca Verna is a one woman show and a good friend of mine. She used to own Healthy Paws in Haymarket, but decided to sell the practice and get into holistic pet care. We’ve had acupuncture and laser therapy appointments for our arthritic gal. We’ve also had her come and perform in-home euthanasia when our primary vet had shut down in-home visits due to the pandemic. If you are looking for alternative treatment, or a personal goodbye in your own home, Dr. Verna will come to you. Her house calls make her as close as can be, despite her physical location in Marshall. 703-395-0795

LAP OF LOVE: This is a house call hospice and end of life veterinary service. Having known one of the vets that left Caring Hands to join this practice, I can assure you that they among the most compassionate people around. If you need end of life care or in-home euthanasia, this is also an option. 703-870-5489.

I usually keep the phone numbers of veterinary practices saved in my phone, even the emergency vet. You don’t want to be fumbling for a number in the event of an emergency. Been there, done that and won’t do it again.

Here’s to the good health of our furry Braemar and Dunbarton residents.

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

Part of Being a Braemar Real Estate Expert is Being Well Versed in Dunbarton

Part of Being a Braemar Real Estate Expert is Being Well Versed in Dunbarton

Dubnarton is the Active Adult Section of Braemar

Usually when I am called to duty as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, it is because a seller or buyer has found me online, seen an ad, or a yard sign with my information.  I’ve been at this since 2005.  You know my tag line, “No One Knows Braemar Better!”  I take that seriously.  And part of knowing Braemar the best is knowing about the Active Adult section of our neighborhood–Dunbarton.

There I was, minding my own business in our Long & Foster Gainesville office when the phone rang on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  Being one of two agents in the office, the other on the phone, I diverted my attention from my Braemar Property Value Reports to answer.  On the other end of the phone with a man wanting information on a foreclosure listed in Dunbarton, but unwilling to give me any information about himself.  We struck a deal.  I would spend a few minutes tracking down the information on that home and he would call me back for the scoop.  Having been a journalism major in college, getting to the bottom of something is one of the skills I learned early and it serves me well as a Braemar Real Estate Agent.

When the buyer called me back, I told him what I had found and it wasn’t good.  The proposition to buy the foreclosure was a bad deal.  I had inside information on the condition and the situation.  This guy wanted no part of it.  So I asked him what he wanted.  He wanted a small villa style home in an Active Adult community. He had lived in Dunbarton and wanted to live there again.  We struck a deal.  He wasn’t hiring me that minute and that was fine.  But he agreed to think about it if I came back with a home for him to buy.

12921 Fetlar Way is the latest home to be part of my Braemar sales

Within days, I was on the phone with the buyer.  I had uncovered two coming soon listings in Dunbarton.  The first one I was able to get in to see sounded like his dream come true.  Since he was out of the state, there was some going over floor plans via email and phone, determining if this might be a fit.  When we determined it was exactly what he was looking for, he sent his daughter to take a look on his behalf.  The day his daughter saw it and reported back to him, he hired me to represent him buy it.

 

The home in question was 12921 Fetlar Way.  It home had been remodeled.  I had toured it with another buyer a few years earlier when IT had been a foreclosure.  Since then, it had engineered hardwood floors, new appliances and a new roof.  It was really well maintained and listed for $350,000.  It was a steal at that price.

This buyer was thrilled to view the home when he came into town with his wife.  This was exactly what he wanted.  And today, the home became his for $350,000.

Representing sellers in Braemar is only one aspect of my job.  It is my pleasure to represent buyers as well.  And I’m happy to help you find the home you want BEFORE it hits the market.  If you need help buying or selling in Braemar, or Dunbarton, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

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