Dunbarton Duplex First Quarter Review 2017

Dunbarton Duplex First Quarter Review 2017

If you were ever wondering what it might be like to live in the Pacific Northwest, I’m sure the last week of drizzly rain and consistent overcast weather has enlightened you.  While my husband would love for us to pick up and move to Seattle, it is days on end of weather like this that makes me love Bristow, Virginia.  This dreary weather is rare, and that’s perfect for me.

There is one thing dreary days are good for, and that is preparing market reports.  This one focuses on the sales between January and March this year in Dunbarton duplexes.  For comparison, we’ll look at what happened in the first quarter of 2016.

HOMES SOLD 

4 duplexes sold in the 1st Quarter of 2017

2 duplexes sold in the 1st Quarter of 2016

In all honesty, this is not what I expected to see.   Bristow, VA has been seeing an inventory shortage this year, which means not enough homes on the market to meet buyer demand.  Seeing more duplexes sell in the first quarter of 2017 than the same period of 2016 is a good thing.

SOLD PRICES

High Sold Price:  $361,130 in 1st Q 2017; $305,000 in 1st Q 2016

Low Sold Price:  $261,250 in 1st Q 2017; $300,000 in 1st Q 2016

Median Sold Price:  $329,750 1st Q 2017; $302,500 in 1st Q 2016

Average Sold Price:  $320,470 1st Q 2017; $302,500 in 1st Q 2016

With more duplexes selling in the first few months of 2017 vs. last year I not surprised to see a much higher high sold price this year.  There was a larger variety of duplexes and one with a basement set the high this year.  And once you get more sales and a much higher price, it is no wonder the sold prices are much more favorable looking into 2017.

CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE

When you are planning on selling your Dunbarton duplex, of course you are going to want to know if you are going to be expected to give any closing cost help to your buyer.  Let’s take a look.

1 of 4 sellers gave closing cost help in 1st Q 2017

0 of 2 sellers gave closing cost help in 1st Q 2016

It’s pretty clear looking at these numbers that giving closing cost help is a rarity when it comes to selling Dunbarton duplexes.  The only seller that gave closing cost help gave $629.  That’s more than likely, something that was negotiated during the home inspection.  Often times sellers will offer a closing cost credit in lieu of repairs.

MARKETING TIME

Knowing how long it will take to sell your Dunbarton duplex is also good to know.

Highest Marketing Time:  55 Days in 1st Q 2017; 88 Days in 1st Q 2016

Lowest Marketing Time:  4 Days in 1st Q 2017; 9 Days in 1st Q 2016

Median Marketing Time:  13 Days in 1st Q 2017; 49 Days in 1st Q 2016

Average Marketing Time:  21 Days in 1st Q 2017; 49 Days in 1st Q 2016

With high buyer demand in our Bristow market, it is no surprise to marketing time coming down.  It seems that your Dunbarton duplex could be under contract in two to three weeks.

When you are ready to put your Dunbarton duplex on the market, call me for a free market analysis.  Since 2005, I have been a full-time Bristow Real Estate Agent.  Put my local knowledge to work for you.

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

Dunbarton Single Family Home First Quarter Review 2017

Dunbarton Single Family Home First Quarter Review 2017

Spring has finally sprung in Bristow, but the cold overnight temps over the last few days may have you going back and forth between your heat and a/c.  Does make for some great days to open up the windows and let in some fresh air.

Right now, it’s time for the first quarter check up on Dunbarton single family home values.  Let’s get right to it and see how the first quarter of 2017 compares with the first quarter of 2016.

HOMES SOLD

3 homes sold in the 1st quarter of 2017

6 homes sold in the 1st quarter of 2016

Clearly, the first quarter of 2017 is not starting out gang busters for number of sales compared to the previous year.  But is it affecting prices?

SOLD PRICES

High Sold Price:  $399,900 in 1st Q 2017; $449,900 in 1st Q 2016

Low Sold Price:  $335,000 in 1st Q 2017; $335,000 in 1st Q 2016

Median Sold Price: $385,000 in 1st Q 2017; $349,000 in 1st Q 2016

Average Sold Price:  $373,300 in 1st Q 2017; $370,400 in !st Q 2016

Well this feels better than just looking at the number of sales.  Sure the highest sold price isn’t as high as it was in the first quarter of 2016, but the median and average sold prices are higher.  That means the demand is raising prices.

CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE

Another aspect of analyzing home sale data is looking at closing cost assistance that sellers give buyers.

1 out of 3 sellers gave closing cost help in 1st Q of 2017

4 out of 6 sellers gave closing cost help in 1st Q of 2016

Looks like sellers in the first quarter of 2017 had a better shot of not being asked for closing cost help this year.  That’s part of the current high market demand.  The more buyers are competing for listings, the less likely they are going to ask for things like closing cost help.  The one that did give help this first quarter of 2017 gave $6,085.  So that would be a worst case scenario if you were thinking of selling anytime soon.

MARKETING TIME

And the last aspect of analyzing home sale date is to find out how long it is taking to sell homes.  So how long is taking to sell a single family home in Dunbarton?

Highest Marketing Time:  43 days in 1st Q 2017; 189 days in 1st Q 2016

Lowest Marketing Time:  7 days in 1st Q 2017; 4 days in 1st Q 2016

Median Marketing Time:  27 days in 1st Q 2017; 72 days in 1st Q 2016

Average Marketing Time:  26 days in 1st Q 2017; 84 days in 1st Q 2016

As I would expect in a market where buyer demand is outpacing supply, the first quarter marketing time for Dunbarton single family homes this year is shrinking overall compared to last year.

If you have been thinking of making a move, selling during a time of low inventory is a great strategy.  Call me to find out other home selling strategies that I can put to work for you.

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

The first quarter of 2017 is behind us, which means more Braemar market reports.  This is the Braemar Reflection Quarterly, focusing on sales of the semi-attached homes located off of Tarvie Circle in New Castle Village.  These homes are attached only at the garage, located in the back of the home.

It is no surprise that there have been no sales of a Reflection home in the first quarter.  Just like Braemar Courtyard homes, these homes make up such a small percentage of home in the neighborhood that sales can be few and far between.  And even going back one full year, from April 2016 to March 2017, there were only two sales during that time period.  The are listed below:

9684 Tarvie Circle listed for $414,900 and sold for $404,900 on November 23, 2016

9688 Tarvie Circle listed for $449,900 and sold for $445,000 on May 25, 2016

The difference between the most recent sale in November and the one in May is simple.  The one in May had an entirely finished basement, upgrades and even an additional two full bathrooms in the property.  Give those difference, it seems the Reflection homes in Braemar are holding steady.  In other words, if you have a lot of finished space with upgrades, you will sell for more than home with unfinished basements and more basic finishes.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in July.  Maybe we’ll have a new sale to report then.  Maybe not.  If you’ve been thinking of selling your Braemar Reflection home, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Better! 

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Are you as happy as I am that it is sunny today?  Too many dreary days in a row bring me down.  Guess I should enjoy this sun while I can.  The extended forecast for Bristow had shown a lot of cloudy days coming up, but I just looked and it seems that some of those days are now showing as partly sunny.  We’ll have to wait and see what Mother Nature gives us.  Predicting the weather may be similar to predicting real estate values.  You can say exactly what is going to happen, but you can have a pretty good idea.

In this Braemar Piggyback Quarterly we will look at the most recent sales activity and how that compares the six and twelve month values compiled.  Of course, let me explain what type of home we are referring to when we say Piggyback.   Braemar Piggyback Townhouses are attached side-to-side and back-to-back.  While they do not offer back yards, they offer large bedrooms and a two car garage.  

There was one Braemar Piggyback townhouse that sold in the first quarter of 2017.  It was located at 12760 Brewland Way and was an end unit, so it had a nice side yard to offer.  It listed for $329,500 and sold for $317,000.  It also took 31 days for it to go under contract.  How does that compare to the six and twelve month values we have?

While there are only two values for the total of the six month period, the most recent sale at $317,000 being one of those, it appears the most recent sale is pulling values up.  The average six month sold price (and median) was $312,300.  The average twelve month sold price was $302,263.  The median sold price in the last twelve months was $308,800.  That makes it obvious that this most recent sale is indeed pulling values up.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to take 20 to 36 days to go under contract.  You could also expect to pay some closing cost help.  The most recent $4,125 average seller subsidy number found in the last six months is probably a great place to set expectations.  Lack of inventory has lead to more buyer competition.  And when buyers compete in real estate, requests for closing cost help often diminish or disappear entirely.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in July.   Until then, if you want to take advantage of the increased buyer demand in Braemar, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com 

Braemar Patio Home Quarterly: January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Patio Home Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Another rainy day in Braemar.   That means no walk for me today, but I must hand it to the gal I saw braving this afternoon’s heavier downpour, jogging along Tartan Hills Parkway.  That is dedication.  While I may not have that dedication to exercise, I definitely have it when it comes to keeping Braemar property owners apprised of their home values.  This particular first quarter report focuses on values of Braemar Patio homes.  Braemar Patio Homes are known to some as quads.  Each is attached at the side, back and corner to another Patio Home.  They have two levels, offering large bedrooms and a modest side yard.

There was one Braemar Patio home that sold in the first quarter.  It was located at 12873 Rannoch Forest Circle and was a four bedroom model, one being a main level bedroom.  It listed for $274,900 and sold for $262,900.  It was noted as needing extensive work, but only took  four days to go under contract.  Clearly, a home in need of extensive work is not going to be typical of most Braemar Patio home prices.  So let’s just take a look at how our six month and twelve month values compare.

The six month average and median sold price values are the same because there were only two sales from October 2016-March 2017.  That includes the distressed property that sold in the first quarter.  So the $281,450 value in those fields is expected to be low.  Therefore, if I were sitting down with a Braemar Patio home owner and trying to figure out value of a move-in ready home I would probably rely more heavily on the twelve month values.  The average sold price over twelve months was $297,878 and the median sold price in the same time period was $302,000.

The best news is that by next report, we should have a higher sale to throw in to offset that distressed property.  There is currently a Braemar Patio home that was listed for $319,900 when it went under contract, and is due to settle May 8th.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you would probably be looking at being on the market for about two weeks before going under contract.    You could also expect to give an average of about $4,000-$5,000 in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Patio Home Quarterly will be out in July.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar home, call me and put my twelve years of neighborhood expertise to work for you.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com 

Braemar Condo Quarterly: January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Condo Quarterly:  January-March 2017 (1st Quarter)

If April showers bring May flowers, May is going to be very colorful in Braemar.  It’s been a pretty dreary stretch, but I’ll take this rainy Monday to catch you up on Braemar condo values for the first quarter.  This report, however, we’re going to do things a little bit differently to give you a more accurate view of what direction values are going by incorporating rolling six month and twelve month figures.

There was only one sale of a Braemar condo in the first quarter.  It happened on March 24th.  It was an end unit townhouse with no garage, located at 10056 Moxleys Ford Lane,  that listed for $264,900 and sold for $260,000.  It was under contract in only 3 days and gave $5,000 in seller subsidy (a.k.a. closing cost help.)  So how does that compare to the rolling six month and twelve month figures?

The sales price is higher than the average and median sales in both time frames.  So it is safe to say this sale is the start of seeing prices lift.  This first quarter sale is included in the six month and twelve month figures.  You can see it is already lifting values.  The median sales price in both instances in still $250,000.  However, the average sales price is over $3,000 higher in the six month value vs. the twelve month value.

If you placed your Braemar condo on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in 6 to 21 days, based on the marketing time frames we are seeing in those six month values.  You could also expect to pay around $5,000 in closing cost help.  You would be very fortunate to pay less than that.

The next Braemar Condo Quarterly will be out in July.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar townhouse condo, give me a call and let’s take a look at current market indicators.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Bettter!

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com 

Another Satisfied Braemar Seller Gives Chris Ann Cleland Five Stars

Another Satisfied Braemar Seller Gives Chris Ann Cleland Five Stars

Since 2005, I have made selling Braemar homes my specialty.  After all, what is more fulfilling than selling homes in the very neighborhood you yourself chose to call home?

Today, I received notification from Zillow that my most recent Braemar seller posted a review about me.  Probably the best way to narrow down your agent search is to hear the experience of others.  Here’s what my most recent Braemar seller had to say:

“Chris Ann was very knowledgeable, honest, trustworthy, reliable, and responsive. During our first weekend on the market she called to see how we were doing because she knew it was hard to get our small children and two big dogs out of the house for the entire day. She was very personable and truly cares about her clients. Listen to her advice even when you may not want to hear it! She knows what she is talking about and you will be happy with the end result. She is an excellent agent and knows the Braemar community best!”

That review is compliments of Tim Brown, former owner of 9450 Cromarty Court. The advice I gave him, that he didn’t want to hear, was that he should paint his home a neutral color.  While we all have our preferred colors, when selling it is best to neutralize your home as much as possible to appeal to a broad range of buyers.  Tim took the advice in stride and three hours after I left I got a text message with a photo of the neutral color I had recommended going up on his walls.

My job is to be straight forward with my clients and share market realities, and strategies for best results.   If you are looking to sell your Braemar home, I’ll be happy to treat you with the same care and respect.

For more reviews, and to see all of my past real estate sales, check out my Zillow profile.  You will quickly understand when you put the two together why I continue to say, No One Knows Braemar Better.

Chris Ann Cleland

 Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com