Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Here we are mid-week into the second full week of 2023. January is an exceptionally busy month for this Top Producing Braemar Real Estate Agent. Having made a committment to bring the neighborhood market reports quarterly and bi-monthly, January is a time where they are all “due.” I’ve said many times that the job of a real estate agent is only as serious or intense as they want it to be. No one tells us how to run our businesses. I produce these market reports because I love details and staying informed of our neighborhood real estate market. And while these are happening in the background, I’m still taking on listings and buyers as is typical for this time of year. Spring happens early in real estate.

Today I bring you the latest Braemar Piggyback Quarterly. Piggyback townhouses in Braemar are the only two car garage attached homes in the neighborhood. They are known as Piggyback townhouses because they are attached side to side and back to back. They have no rear yards, as traditional townhouses do. However, what they lack in outdoor living space they certainly make up for with the size of the bedrooms inside.

During the last three months of 2022, only one Braemar Piggyback home sold. The details of that sale are listed below.

This sale was one in which listting agents were changed and a second attempt at the high list price of $469,000 was made. After forty-four days on the market between the two listings, the home finally went under contract. Based on other reports I have done thus far for the fourth quarter, this is a long time to go under contract. Not surprisingly, it sold well below original list price.

Taking that sale and combining it with all the Braemar Piggyback sales for all of 2022, the six and twelve month data points that are tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

For the first time in a long time, the six month average and six month median sold prices have fallen below their respective twelve month sold prices. This indicates that prices of Braemar Piggyback townhouses have softened. This may be the start of decreased values, or a blip on the radar. Only time will tell. The rise of mortgage interest rates hasn’t helped.

Seller subsidy still shows zero down the line. This means that no Braemar Piggyback townhouse seller in the entire past year has given any closing cost help. That is rather impressive.

Marketing time is increasing when you see the steep increases in the six month average and six month median days on market compared to their corresponding twelve month values. In a market that started to build inventory in the fourth quarter, perhaps Braeamr Piggyback townhouses were not as desirable as traditional townhouses to the buyers in the market.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month. And despite the rise of mortgage interest rates, you may just get away with not having to give closing cost help. Obviously, the days of multiple offers from frenzied buyers has past. Pricing right, being properly prepared for market and professionally marketed as more important than ever to create buyer enthusiasm for your listing.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in April. Until then, if you want to investigate what the sale of your home would mean in 2023, it is never too early to reach out for a complementary consultation. It is most utmost pleasure to bring my years of experience and well honed skills to your home sale. 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 Patio Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Patio Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Happy New Year! I hope that 2023 is treating you all well so far. With 2022 behind us, it is time for another Braemar Patio Quarterly, detailing sales of the Patio homes in our neighborhood. Braemar Patio homes are two level, quad style attached homes with an attached neighbor on the side, corner and back. They are all end units and enjoy a side yard that can be privacy fenced if the owner wishes.

During the last three months of 2022, only one Braemar Patio home sold. Details of that sale are listed below.

What is good to see is that this Braemar Patio home got its full list price after being on the market for only nine days. What is disappointing to sellers that there was a closing cost credit (seller subsidy) in the amount of $11.225. As mortgage interest rates have increased and home prices have done nothing more than slow their rate of increase, a lot of first time buyers are finding themselves needing seller subsidy in order to make a deal happen.

Combining this sale with all the Braemar Patio home sales from 2022, the six and twelve month data points followed in this report are updated as seen below. You will notice immediately that the six month average and six month values are identical. This is because the only Braemar Patio home sale in the past six months has been the one above. Nonetheless, we’ll see how it compares to the entire year’s worth of sales.

Starting with the sold price column, we see that this most recent sale is higher in value than the both the twelve month average and median sold prices. This is consistent with what I am seeing throughout the market, which is a more measured rate of increase in values. Our market is not crashing and does not yet favor buyers. Quite the opposite. It is technically a seller’s market. The buyer frenzy has just cooled due to the increase in mortgage interest rates.

Seller subsidy obviously increased significantly in this sale compared to the twelve month values. We will see what the first quarter of 2023 bears out with respect to this. Only then will know if it is a trend, or one off event.

Days on market was only two days longer in the most recent sale, compared to both twelve month values. Single digit days to go under contract is still phenomenal.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks or less. We are likely to see more homes coming on the market as we march into spring. Calendar spring happens a lot later than real estate spring, which is gearing up right now. You could also expect that a buyer may need closing cost help. However, if you price your home right, have it properly prepared for market and hire a professional, local marketing agent like myself, you can lift buyer enthusiasm to a point where you may be able to negotiate closing cost help away, sell over list or even get a couple of buyers bidding on your home.

The next Braemar Patio Quarterly will be out in April. Until that time, if you would like to know what a sale would mean for you this year, it is never too early to reach out and schedule a complementary consultation. Helping Braemar sellers is my pride and joy. It gives me tremendous satisfication to put my considerable skill set and eighteen years experience to work to get you 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 Condo Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Condo Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Happy New Year, my fellow Braemarians! Here’s hoping that 2023 has gotten off to a fantastic start for all of you. Today, I bring you the latest Braemar Condo Quarterly, focused on the last quarter’s activity in 2022.

Every time I publish one of these condo reports, there is inevitably a reader that is stunned to know that there are condos in Braemar. The connotation of a condo for many is that of a flat, or apartment, you own in a larger building. In reality, condo is really a form of ownership, not the type of structure. The condos in Braemar are townhouse structures…some with garages and others without. However, they were incorporated at the state level as condominium ownership. These townhouse style condos are legally known as the Barrhill at Inverness Village Condo.

During the last three months of 2022, there were only two Braemar condos that sold. Details are listed below.

A quick glance at these sales and I notice that both were interior units, both had garages and both sold in single digit days. While they were both listed at the same price, one did sell for five thousand dollars more. However, when you notice that the higher sale gave five thousand in closing cost help (seller subsidy) to the buyer, it turns out they both sold for the same net sold price.

Taking these fourth quarter sales and combining them with the entire year’s worth of Braemar condo sales in the neighborhood, the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated and still narrowly reflect upward growth.

Starting in the sold price column, both six month sold prices are just slightly above their respective twelve month value. The leaps and bounds of value growth is no more. Supply and demand still indicate we are in a seller’s market, but the frenzy is over. Right now, our market is beginning to stablize where values are concerned.

Seller subsidy is becoming more commonplace again in contract negotiations. The six month average value being higher than the twelve month average tells us that. However, better news is that both median values remain at zero. That means that more than half of Braemar condo sellers in both time frames have given no closing cost help.

Days on market has changed very little and is one of the more prominent places where we can still see the seller market conditions on full display. When a Braemar condo hits the market, it doesn’t last long.

If you placed your Braemar condo on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or less. You could expect to get closing cost help requests from buyers as mortgage interest rates are still lingering around six and seven percent. In some circumstances, a Braemar seller may still receive multiple offers, but those days are no longer the norm.

The next Braemar Condo Quarterly will be out in April. Between now and then, if you have been thinking of moving up from your Braemar condo, don’t hesitate to reach out for your complementary consultation. Helping Braemar sellers increase buyer enthusiasm through proper pricing, listing preparation and professional marketing is what gets my sellers top of whatever market conditions happen to be. 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

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2022

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2022

The day after Thanksgiving is one I used to dread when I worked in fine jewelry retail. Black Friday deals would bring throngs of shoppers to the counter. Obviously, fine jewelry retail is a job in which each customer must be handled individually, with careful attention to controlling the items you are showing. It is not a place for impatient shoppers. However, here is a pro-tip for anyone that may get sucked into Black Friday deals on diamond stud earrings. They are crap diamonds full of noticeable flaws and are yellow in color. Personally, I always found white sapphires a better value. Visually, no one can tell a difference and at least they are real gemstones. You truly get what you pay for in this world, and the lesson applies to everything for which you are shelling out money. The perception of saving money is often greater than the cost realized with sub-standard items, service, etc. Boy does it apply big time to listing agents.

Rather than spending the day amidst the frenzy of consumers at shops, I am more than happy to be working as your Braemar real estate resource again, bringing you the latest Braemar Townhouse Report. This particular report focuses on the sale of traditional townhouses in our neighborhood. Breaking that down one step more, traditional townhouses are three levels, have a back yard and are not condo ownership.

There were nine Braemar townhouses that sold between the months of September and October. Details of those sales are listed below.

At a quick glance, only one third of the townhouse sold below their original list price. Original list price is used for this report, not list price at the time something went under contract. It is an important distinction to note. And the three townhouses that sold below their list prices also took the longest to sell. For sure, the first townhouse owner had outlandish ideas of what their townhouse was worth on the open market if they sold seventy-five thousand dollars below their original list price. Others were closer. Another thing immediately evident is that two-thirds of sellers gave seller subsidy (closing cost help.)

Taking these most recent sales and combining them with the Braemar townhouse sales dating back to November 2021, the six and twelve month values tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price category, it is great to see that both the six month sold prices are higher than their corresponding twelve month sold prices. Values are still trending up, just not by leaps and bounds. The gap between each set of sold price values this report, is closing compared to last report. Buyer behavior has changed with the increase of mortgage interest rates, but market conditions measured by the number of buyers compared to the homes available for them to purchase is still considered a seller’s market.

Seller subsidy is most certainly rising in the six month and twelve month average values. Many buyers are requesting closing cost help to assist with mortgage rate buy downs. Heck, some sellers are offering it vs. lowering list prices. (This is a strategy that will cost you regardless whether buyers need it or not.) In our current six and twelve month median values we find that more than half of sellers in each time frame gave nothing in seller subsidy. If future sales follow the same trend as those this report, the median values will soon be repeating values other than zero in this column.

Days on market are ticking up. Again, this goes with the change in buyer behavior. The frenzied behavior we saw in 2020 and 2021 that led to quick sales after multiple offers with no contingencies is over. Buyers are acting much more deliberately. They are less enthused about piling on in a multiple offer scenario and taking the time to mull homes over before rushing to write offers. All in all, the marketing times are still representative of a seller’s market.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks. You could also expect that a buyer would request some closing cost help. Finally, it is more likely you will be dealing with one buyer at a time. However, gets buyers excited about your home involves making sure it is well prepared, properly priced and professionally marketed. Even outside of multiple offer scenarios, buyer enthusiasm is ultimately where sellers tip negotiations in their favor.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in January. Between now and then, I wish you every happiness the year end holiday season has to offer. Of course, if the need to list arises between now and then, as it did today for Braemar townhouse sellers that reached out on this holiday weekend, do not hesitate to get in touch. My business is open year round. I am always delighted to get my Braemar sellers the top of the market when they sell. 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 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Ryan Homes)

On this Thanksgiving Eve I am pleased to bring you the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports focusing on single family home sales in our neighborhood. This report looks at the sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.

There were two Ryan homes that sold in Braemar during the months of September and October. The details of those sales are listed below.

You may be wondering, why is one sale in pink type? That is because it was my listing. On the surface you may also wonder, how does a home with a walk out basement sell for less than a home with no exit from the basement. If you take a look at 9528 Ballagan, you will notice that there was a lack of kitchen and bathroom updates. The hardwood floors were not in the greatest condition, but time was tight getting the home on the market as the sellers had already gone under contract on the home of their choice. Instead of cosmetic updates, the sellers did some deferred maintenance issues, including rebuilding a deck. By the time they hit the market, they had just three days to get their home under contract to remove their home sale contingency in their purchase contract. It got done and without having to complete any inspection repairs on their list side or give any seller subsidy, which the other sale gave. It was a success for the sellers. There are always buyers that will be able to see beyond basic, or outdated, finishes at the right price.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan home sales in Braemar going back to November 2021, the year’s worth of sales data marches forward two months and the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month values are still above their corresponding twelve month values. However, compared to last report, the gap between the six month and twelve month sold prices is narrowing. This is something seen in the majority of single family home reports I have compiled for Braemar this reporting period. Buyer behavior has changed with rising mortgage interest rates. They are not acting in a frenzy. Multiple offers is no longer something you can expect. One buyer at a time is what most sellers are encountering. As a result, the growth in value by leaps and bounds has become much more steady, but hopefully, more sustainable.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has increased in the six month average compared to last report, but decreased in the twelve month average when looking at last report. More importantly, with both the six and twelve month median values at zero means more than half of sellers in both time frames gave none. This is good news, as many agents and lenders are advising sellers to advertise seller subsidy to help with buying down the rate for a buyer’s mortgage. My professional opinion, as my sellers know well, is not to offer anything in seller subsidy. If a buyer needs it, they will ask. If they don’t need it, you will never know as you are giving it regardless if you offered.

Days on market, not surprisingly with buyer behavior changing, is creeping up compared to last report. While there are still not enough homes to meet buyer demand, we are still in a seller’s market. However, there are plenty of agents out there thinking we have entered a buyer’s market. That understanding on an agent’s behalf would result in lower offers on behalf of their buyers, or poor advice to their sellers, like lowering list price if their home hadn’t sold in five days.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in two weeks or so. Seller subsidy requests are certainly becoming more common, but every choice made about preparing your home for market, how to price and whether or not you hire a listing agent that believes in professional marketing, it is going to affect buyer enthusiasm. The more excited buyers are about your home in any market, the more likely you are to sell faster than your competitors and get terms that favor you.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. I do hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and the rest of our year end holidays, spending time with friends and family. And if a move looks like it is on your horizon, know that my business runs year round. Get in touch and set up your complementary consultation whenever the the need arises. In fact, the more time you have to plan listing projects the better. In other words, you can not contact me too early. 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 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (NV Homes)

In this short week before the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, I am proud to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Being at the top ecelon of Braemar real estate agents gives me tremendous satisfaction. There are a any number of cut and paste market reports that pertain to Bristow. However, no strictly computer generated report will never be able to put a market report together for Braemar due to how convoluted the developer made this community when it came to recording our various legal subdivisions. Here are a few of our legal subdivisions that you may not even realize make up Braemar: Rivenburg, Albrite Property, Ducharme and Saybrooke (not to be confused with the neighborhood of Saybrooke that is legally registered as Villlages at Saybrooke and The Villages at Bristol.) Those are the “legally registered” subdivisions that make up our neighborhood, in addition to those properly registered as Braeamar. Taking the time to put this reports together myself gives you the most accurate information about what’s happening in our neighborhood and keeps me on top of our market trends.

Today’s report focuses on the houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood. Brookfield Homes was the developer of Braemar and built the majority of homes here. However, when it comes to single family homes, they did sell some lots to NVR, which includes NV Homes and Ryan Homes. These two companies within the umbrella of NVR brought two very different feeling home styles and trim levels to Braemar. That is why I still report these two builders in separate reports.

During the months of September and October, there was only one NV home that sold. Details of that sale are listed below.

Taking a quick look at this sale, we see that it sold for less than its original list price, gave seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and took just under one month to go under contract. The market has been experiencing a shift due to rising mortgage interest rates. Buyers are no longer acting in a frenzy, though demand still is outpacing supply, which technically makes it a seller’s market. However, the shift in buyer behavior is noticeable and feels as though we are moving out of a seller’s market. We are not. Conditions are stabilizing.

When this sale from September and October is combined with all the NV home sales dating back to November 2021, the updated six and twelve month value points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Looking first at the sold price column, it is good to see the six month average sold price above the twelve month average sold price. This report, compared to last report, there was even a larger gap between the two, in favor of the six month average. This is an indicator that values are still trending up. However, our six and twelve month median sold prices reporting the same $790,000, is actually a lower six month median value than we saw last report. And if you look to last report, you will notice the sales that closed in August started the trend of sellers closing below original list price. Is that something to be concerned about? Not necessarily. Some sellers are still pricing optimistically.

Seller subsidy is definitely moving in a buyer favored direction and it is no surprise. Both the six and twelve month average values are higher than they were last report, with the six month average above the twelve. This means more closing cost help has been given in the last six months. However, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values are still at zero. This means that more than half of sellers in both time frames didn’t have to give any. With the more than doubling of mortgage interest rates this year, buyers had their affordability squeezed at two ends. Many buyers requested seller subsidy to help with interest rate buy down. Still if a home has created enough buyer enthusiasm, there is a shot that buyers would dive in and offer without requesting any closing cost help, for fear another buyer would swoop in with better terms. Again, our market still doesn’t have enough homes to meet demand.

Days on market shows an increase in both average values since last report, with the six month average being nearly two weeks. The six and twelve month median marketing times are still just over a week at eight days. This means more than half of sellers in both time frames sold in eight days or less. As I am watching more and more houses taking two weeks or more to sell, I suspect days on market will continue to increase in these six and twelve month measurements next report.

If you placed your NV home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could reasonably expect to be under contract in two to three weeks. Sellers are no longer seeing multiple offers, but dealing with one buyer at a time. Seeing seller subsidy requests should no longer be a shock, but is avoidable if buyers are excited about your home. That starts with having a well prepared property that is properly priced and professionally marketed. These are the keys that get my Braemar sellers top of whatever market conditions in which they are listing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Between now and then, enjoy your holiday season. In the meantime, whenever a home sale want or need arises for you, my business is open year round. Get in touch and let’s set up a time to talk so we can find the right strategy to suit your time frame and needs. 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 2022 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Heritage Series)

It certainly did get bone chillingly cold in short order. And if you listen to talking heads about what rising mortgage interest rates are doing to the real estate market, you may see a metaphor coming. Not from me. Buyer activity has changed, but we are still in a seller’s market. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focused on Heritage homes in our neighborhood, the news will be one-hundred percent local, analyzed by me, who actually works full-time in the field.

Before we begin, let me clarify what qualifies a house in Braemar as a Heritage home. They are the mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood.  They have two car attached garages and include the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery (a.k.a. Zurich) & Waverly.  The homes built by Coscan (before Brookfield Homes took them over) in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

During the current reporting period of September and October, there were two Heritage homes that sold in Braemar. Both were Yardleys with partially finished basements. Details of those sales are below.

The sale highlighted in pink text was my listing. I was surprised to see another Yardley sell for more just days later, but once I saw the difference in the home, I understood. In fact, the difference between these two sales is a great lesson in “market extraction,” the method appraisers use to determine what an upgrade or feature in a home is worth. First, they must find homes similar. One without the feature(s) and one with the feature(s.) The difference is the “market extraction” for the feature or upgrade. In this case, if an appraiser wanted to know what hardwood floors on the entire main level and a walk-up exit from the basement were worth, that would be $22,000. While my listing did go under contract quickly for what was happening at the time, and get a great price, it did not have an exit from the basement and there were three types of flooring on the main level: hardwood in the foyer and dining room, carpet in the living room and family room and a one sheet vinyl installation in the kitchen and breakfast nook. We did talk about lifting the value with updating the flooring to LVP throughout, but what they would have spent would not have made up for it. They still didn’t have an exit from the basement. They got what they had in great shape and did very well on the market.

Taking these sales and combining them with the Heritage home sales dating back to November 2021, the six and twelve month data points are updated and still show a seller favored market.

Starting with an examination of the sold price column, both six month values are higher than their respective twelve month values. However the gap between them, compared to last report, is narrowing. The steep increase in mortgage interest rates has affect buyer behavior, but demand is still outpacing supply. Buyers are simply no longer prone to a feeding frenzy that has them bidding above list and waiving contingencies. Our values are still trending up, just not steeply.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assitance from seller to buyer) is surprisingly absent from the six month median values, unlike a lot of reports I have prepared for the same time period. It is not surprising to see small values in the six and twelve month average values. Mortgage interest rate buy downs are being requested by buyers, and in some cases, offered by sellers in lieu of lowering list prices.

Days on market shows a two day uptick in the six month average marketing time compared to the twelve month average marketing time. Meanwhile, the six and twelve month median marketing times are the same at six days. Despite the change in buyer behavior, homes are not taking very long to go under contract.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks. You could also expect buyers to not be shy about asking for seller subsidy. You don’t need to offer it. If your home is well prepared, properly priced and professionally marketed, it should create enough buyer enthusiasm that a buyer may act without asking for closing cost assistance. Getting buyers excited about a listing in any market is the key to getting the best terms in the shortest amount of time.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January and will let us know how we ended the year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this upcoming holiday season. If a move pops up on your horizon, know that my business is open year round, connecting buyers and sellers no matter the season. Get in touch and let me know when you are planning to list so we can get a head start on creating that buyer enthusisam. 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 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Thanks for joining me for another Braemar Property Value Report. Before we begin, let’s talk seasonal business. Have you taken time to winterize your hose bibs yet? Temperatures are dropping and you don’t want to find out in the spring that you have a plumbing leak that could have been prevented. If you haven’t yet completed that task, there is no time like the present, while your local neighborhood expert is nagging you. Now let’s get to the real area of my expertise, the Braemar real estate market.

Today’s report focuses on the sales of Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. If you are not familiar with what constitutes a Braemar Courtyard home, they are located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five detached homes share a courtyard driveway and have a strip of yard separating them from each other.  I often refer to them as city homes or executive style homes, as they require the most minimal lawn maintenance and have very contemporary floor plans named the Arlington, Ballston and Clarendon.  What they lack in lawn, they more than make up for in generous bedroom sizes.

During the current reporting period of September and October, there was only one Courtyard home that sold in Braemar. Details of that sale are listed below.

Right off the bat I am delighted to see that this Braemar Courtyard home sold at its list price. I am disappointed for Braemar Courtyard home owners to report that the sellers of this home gave 2.5% in seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer.) As mortgage interest rates have increased and home values are still trending upward as well, just not as steeply, buyers are feeling the pinch. This money likely went to a mortgage interest rate buy down to make the mortgage less expensive for the buyer. Some sellers are actually advertising incentives for mortgage rate buy downs rather than lowering their price. It is not a strategy I encourage as market value is still market value, no matter the incentive offered. If a buyer needs closing help, they will ask you for it. Price right from the beginning.

When combined with all the Courtyard home sales in Braemar dating back to November 2021, the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, it is good to see that both six month values are still higher than their respective twelve month values. Home prices are not increasing by leaps and bounds, but with market conditions surrounding inventory and demand favoring sellers, values are still trending up. What I am noticing is that the gap between the six month value compared to its corresponding twelve month value is narrower than it was last report. It’s still a wider gap than I have seen in some reports I have prepared this reporting period.

Seller subsidy is definitely different than we saw last report. The average values in the last report were below one thousand dollars and the median values were both at zero. Now we have substantial figures to report in the average values and even the six month median value is registering seller subsidy. It won’t be too many more reports before the twelve month median value is reporting seller subsidy given in more than half the sales as well.

Days on market still shows the six month average being faster than the twelve month average, but not by as many days as we saw last report. More interesting to this Braemar Real Estate Agent is that the six month median is noted at thirteen days. That means more than half the sellers in six months took thirteen days or longer to sell. The increase of mortgage interest rates have changed buyer behavior. They are acting more methodically and deliberately. The days of frenzied buying in 2022 are over. Maybe it will return in the New Year if rates drop as many in the industry are expecting.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks. You should prepare yourself to not see multiple offers and expect that odds favor your buyer asking for seller subsidy. You can put yourself in the best position to avoid this, make the most money and not linger on the market by making sure your property creates buyer enthusiasm. It starts by getting proper preparation and pricing advice and hiring an agent, like me, that will professionally market your home. It’s hard to get excited by photos taken by a cell phone and not edited for perfection in post production, when that is exactly what your listing is competing with. When a buyer is excited about a home and doesn’t want to lose it, they figure out ways to make their offer more attractive to you.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you all the best this holiday season. Know that if a move pops up on your horizon, my business operates every month of the year. No matter the season, it is my pleasure to help my Braemar sellers reach 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