Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Carriage Series)

Coming out of my turkey and gravy induced slumber from yesterday’s Thanksgiving feast, the last thing I want to do is wrestle with shoppers on Black Friday.  No sir.  I would make rather dive back into my routine as a Braemar Real Estate Agent.  When you love what you do, it never feels like work.  Today I will share you with you the latest Braemar Property Value Report for Carriage homes in our neighborhood.  Braemar Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

This particular reporting period covers the months of September and October, during which time we saw five sales of Braemar Carriage homes.  The details of those sales are detailed below:

When we take the data from these sales and update our six and twelve month values for Braemar Carriage homes, this is what we get:

When looking at the six month average and median sold prices compared to the twelve month average and median sold prices, we see that Braemar Carriage homes are still inching up in value.  That’s good to see.  In fact, all but one of the sales from the current reporting period fall above the six month average and median values.  All good indications.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) the six month average and median compared to the twelve month values indicate that sellers have been giving less closing cost assistance.  Again, looking to our current reporting period sales, that is echoed above.  Three out of five sales gave zero seller subsidy.

Days on the market, or marketing time as I like to call it, is another story.  The six month figures are higher than the twelve month, particularly when it comes to median days on market.  Worse yet, the marketing time for the five sales in the current reporting period all took longer than the average and median values noted here.  This is an indication that the buyer demand for Braemar Carriage homes is not as hot as it was.  Values are holding their own and pushing up little by little, but it is taking longer for these homes to sell.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to be under contract in at least a month.  If you looked at the most recent sales, it may take even longer.  You could also expect to pay about 1% or so of your sales price in closing cost help.  Then again, you may luck out like the three of the last five sales have and give nothing.

The Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January.  Until then, I wish you every happiness the holiday season has to offer.  And if you find yourself facing an off spring market sale of your Braemar home, give me a call.  I may be one of the only agents you will ever encounter in our market that can tell you about the secrets that make our year end market a strong one for sellers.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

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Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Arista Series)

Before starting some preparation for Thanksgiving dishes tomorrow, I thought it would be a good idea to put out this Braemar Property Value Report detailing sales of Arista Series homes in our neighborhood for September and October.  Even though it is fall, there is a lot going on in our market, not even mentioning the news that Amazon chose Arlington for its headquarters.  It is likely some of those newly employed by Amazon will be moving to Prince William County and an Arista Home would be a great choice for them.  If you are wondering what Arista homes are,  they  are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans.  

There was only one Arista home that sold in our current two month reporting period.  It was a Canterbury that sold for $570,000.  It had originally listed for an optimistic $615,000.  The final list price, in the details below was $589,900.

When we take this sale and run updated six and twelve month data points, here is what we find:

The good news is that the six month average and median sold prices are higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.  The trend present in comparing the six month values to the twelve month values is that Arista home prices are still going up.  However, it is not great to know that the most recent sale falls below all but the twelve month average.  If future sales continue to slump, this trend will be coming to a halt.

A trend that is not great for seller is that the average and median six month seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is much higher than the twelve month average and median seller subsidy values.  As our marketplace has been dealing with slowing demand, buyers are asking for more and more closing help.  However, there may be a tad of hope that the most recent sale in October gave no closing help.  Unfortunately, I think that may because of the low sales price.

When it comes to days on market, or marketing time, not much has changed in the short term compared to the longer term.  Arista homes are taking about the same amount of time to sell.  Perhaps we’ll get a lift in marketing time and sold prices as those new Amazon employees discover these lovely homes in Braemar.

If you placed your Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to sell in as little as a month and a half or as long as nearly eleven weeks.  You could also expect to pay $10,000 to $12,000 in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in Januaury.  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  If you find yourself in a position to sell between now and then, give me a call.  The year end market has a lot of benefits I would love to share with you.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Let’s wrap up the month of October with the final report of my quarterly Braemar market reports.  This is the Braemar Reflection Quarterly.  It covers sales of the semi-attached homes located on Tarvie Circle, behind the Safeway shopping center, that are attached at the garage only.

There was quite a bit of sales activity in the third quarter, where we saw four Reflection homes sell.  The details of those sales are listed below:

All of the sales in the third quarter were homes that had no egress from the basement.  Come to think of it, I’m not sure there are any Reflection homes with basement egress.  If you have one, I’d love to hear about it and know if it was added after construction.  When we take these four sales and plug them in with the previous three quarters of sales activity, we get new six and twelve month data points, as follows:

The trend we most like to see in the sold price column is higher values in the six month average and median compared to the twelve month average and median.  While the six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average sold price, the median sold price is exactly the same in the six and twelve month median values.  This is mixed information.  Average sold price increase in the six month over the twelve month indicates Reflection home prices are rising.  However, the same value in the six and twelve month median indicates Reflection home prices are stable.  Only time will tell which is correct.

The seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is showing a definite trend.  The six month average and median seller subsidy are both higher than their twelve month counterparts.  That means sellers are giving more money in closing cost help.

Days on market (marketing time) is showing stability and a quickening of the sales of Reflection homes in Braemar.  The six month average marketing time is shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  However, the six and twelve month median marketing times are the exact same.  Which is correct?  We have to wait for the next report to find out.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, if the need to move arises, don’t count out our year end real estate market.  Give me a call for a free market analysis and I’ll tell why the year end selling season is my favorite market.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

Braemar Patio Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Patio Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

It is time for the third quarter installment of the Braemar Patio Quarterly.  Not familiar with Braemar Patio homes?  They are two level quads, attached on the side back and corner.  These are among the only attached homes in Braemar where you can find main level bedrooms and full bathrooms, though not in every Patio home.

There were three Braemar Patio homes that sold in the third quarter.  The details of those sales are listed below.  If you are wondering why one of the sales is highlighted in magenta, that is because that was my listing.  I think it’s important to point out that the home was the least updated of the three sales, and yet is the middle sales price.  I take my job of getting the highest possible price for my Braemar sellers very seriously.

When we take these three most recent sales and combine them with the sales from the previous three quarters, we have an opportunity to look at trends.  The shorter term values in the six month average and median compared to the longer terms values in the twelve month average and median give us an idea what is happening in our market.   Let’s take a look.

Right off the bat we see that six month average and median sold prices are higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.  That means Braemar Patio homes are still pushing up in value.  Of course, hiring the right agent to not only market your home to get the most traffic, and then make sure it appraises, is critical.  From what I understand, a low appraisal on 9863 Earls Ferry is what made that sale so low.  Not the fact that a buyer wasn’t willing to pay closer to list price.  It was a gorgeous home with loads of updates.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is dwindling down in the six month average compared to the twelve month average.  Both the six and twelve month median show no seller subsidy.  If you are lucky, there are buyers in the market that do not need closing cost help.  And if they do, you can usually roll all of it, or some of it, into a higher sales price, just like my sellers did on 9826 Earls Ferry.  They had worked out a deal with all of the closing costs rolled up into the price of the home, netting them a little above the list price.  However, that low appraisal on 9863 Earls Ferry really impacted my sellers too.  They were fortunate to appraise where it did and not any lower.  Every sale that happens in our market affects values.

Days on market, or marketing time as I tend to refer to it, is clearly not changing much.  The six month average marketing time went down one day compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  Braemar Patio homes tend to sell very quickly when they hit the market, particularly if they have the main level bedroom.

If you placed your Braemar Patio home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to be under contract in less than a week.  You could also expect to pay minimal seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Patio Quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, if the fall market is something you want to investigate, give me a call.  There’s no place like home for the holidays and buyers know it.  The year end market should never be counted out.  Give me a call at 703-402-0037 for a free market analysis and I’ll tell you all I have learned working in the Braemar real estate market.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

 

 

 

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

It is time for another Braemar Piggyback Quarterly, detailing sales of Braemar Piggyback townhouses in the third quarter of 2018.  If you are wondering what a piggyback townhosue is, they are not only attached on the sides, but along the back too.  They have no back yards, like traditional townhouses, but have larger bedrooms than a traditional townhouse.  They also have two car garages.

There was one Piggyback townhouse that sold during the third quarter.  Details are below:

That sale alone doesn’t tell us much.  When we take this sale and put it in with the last year of Braemar Piggyback townhouse sales, we do get a chance to look at six and twelve month data points.  Current trends are found in the six month data points compared to the twelve month data points.  These are the current six and twelve month average and median values for Braemar Piggyback townhouses.

For starters, the most recent sale is well above the six month average and median sold prices.  That’s great news.  For trends, the six month average and median sold prices are higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.   That means values of Braemar Piggyback townhouse are still pushing up.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) the six month average is about the same as the twelve month average.  The six month median is a little lower than the twelve month median.  Right now, it seems Braemar buyers are still expecting closing cost help.  And the most recent sale would indicate it could be worse than the average or medians above.

The days on market (marketing time) has increased a little in the six month average compared to the twelve month average.  However, there is a larger increase in the six month median compared to the twelve month median.  Seems it is taking longer to sell Braemar Piggyback townhouses.

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 or a month and a half.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, don’t count our fall market.  If you want to know what your home is worth right now, give me a call at 703-4002-0037.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Condo Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Even though we are nearly to the end of October, I have yet to the see the flash of fall foliage in Braemar.  Maybe the warm temperatures that we thought would never end delayed the color change in the deciduous leaves.  Eventually we’ll see those brilliant fall colors, but right now, it is time for another Braemar Condo Quarterly.

There were three condos in Braemar that sold between July and September.  Details of those sales are detailed below:

When we take these sales from the third quarter of 2018 and put them in with the data collected on other condo sales as far back as the fourth quarter of 2017, we are able to parse the six month and twelve month data points.  When we do, this is what we get.

A good indicator for increasing home values is seeing higher sold prices in the six month average and median when compared to the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Clearly, we are seeing that here, which means Braemar condos are still increasing in value.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is changed a little in the six month average and median compared to the twelve month values.  This is something that sellers like to see.  Buyers may be asking for less in closing cost help to be more competitive when attempting to purchase these condo.

Finally, there is the days on market (marketing time) to compare.  Six month average and median marketing time is higher than the twelve month average and median.  This means that lately, it has been taking longer to sell Braemar condos.  Still, less than three weeks to sell is not as bad as it could be.

If you placed your Braemar condo on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay $3,400 to $4,000 in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Condo Quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, when the time comes for you to sell your Braemar condo, give me a call for a free market analysis.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2018

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2018

Putting together these Braemar real estate market reports is something I have been doing since 2005.  My intention is always to get them ready for the previous two months, as soon as the second of those months has ended.  Realistically, that means waiting until the middle of the month following the last month of the reporting period.  In this case, mid-September is when I started gathering data for this particular report.  Unfortunately, not every agent that lists and sells a home in Braemar works the same.  Some agents won’t invest in professional photography.  Others won’t meet appraisers at their Braemar listings to make sure the home appraises for sales price and you won’t have to lower your price.  And yes, some wait weeks to report when a sale closes.  The latter impacts me and my ability to report the latest in Braemar sales.  The other two, well, those impact seller’s final sold prices.

Bringing up the rear in the string of Braemar real estate reports is the Braemar Townhouse Report.  This report focuses on the last two months of Braemar townhouse sales.  And a Braemar townhouse, for the purposes of this report, is three level, attached structure with a fence-able backyard.  In other words, a traditional townhouse.

There were sixteen Braemar townhouses that sold during the months of July and August.  The low sold price was $285,000 and the high sold price was $370,000.  The details of these sales are listed below:

When we take these sixteen sales and replace the sales from July and August 2017 in our rolling twelve month pile of data regarding Braemar townhouses, here is what we find/:

The six month average and median sold prices are well above the twelve month average and median sold prices.  That means Braemar townhouse values are continuing to increase.  I’m just as happy to report to that the six month average and median seller subsidy (closing cost help from sellers to buyers) is lower when compared to their twelve month counterparts.  That means Braemar townhouse sellers are having to give less in closing cost help.  Finally, the six month average and median days on market (marketing time) is lower when compared to the twelve month average and median.  Braemar townhouses have been selling even faster lately!

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so.  You would also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in November and will detail sales from September and October.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar townhouse, please know that this Top Braemar Listing Agent hires professional photographers, does light staging, meets appraisers at your property and much more to get you the most you can when selling your largest asset.  You only get one shot at selling your home.  There are no do-overs.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com