Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Gorgeous sunny fall days are here. It was a pleasure to help host our Long & Foster Grand Reopening in Gainesville yesterday. Today I am taking it easy and bringing you this latest Braemar Property Value Report for 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 bedrooms sizes. This particular report looks back to the last two months of summer.

During the months of July and August there was only one Braemar Courtyard home that sold. Details of that sale are listed below.

Fourteen days on the market seems like an eternity after seeing homes barely make it to three or four days on the market in the months and years before. It is also not what we are used to seeing when you notice the sold price is five thousand below its list price. Finally, three-hundred dollars in seller subsidy (closing cost help) is not something we are used to seeing. We have seen mostly zeros in that column for a long time now. Is the market changing? The only way to truly quantify that is to take this sale along with all the Braemar Courtyard home sales dating back to September 2021 and pull out fresh six and twelve month data points.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month average and six month median sold prices are still higher than their respective twelve month values. This indicates we are still experiencing a seller favored market. It may not be with the same frenzy that buyers are acting, but there are certainly not enough homes to meet buyer demand.

Seller subsidy shows low numbers in both average values. The more important note is that the six and twelve month median values are still at zero. That means more than half of sellers in both time frames gave no closing cost help. If your home is properly priced, well prepared and professionally marketed, it does create buyer enthusiasm. That’s what can makes buyers want to act quickly and decisively to make a deal. This is how you avoid superfluous seller subsidy requests and buyers chopping your price in the offers they write.

Days on market shows not a lot of change since last report. Both six month values are still faster than their respective twelve month values. While buyers have been a little slower to act, there are still ways to entice them to act quickly. It all comes down to what you have to offer and how it is being presented.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or two. You could also expect to give very little, if anything in seller subsidy if your home is one buyers don’t want to lose. It always comes down to proper pricing, being well prepared in terms of condition and professionally marketed.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November. Until then, it is never too early to have a chat about what listing preparation you might have in store to create buyer enthusiasm. Getting Braemar sellers the top of the market is one of my favorite accomplishments in my career as Top Producing Bristow Real Estate Agent. Get in touch for your complementary consultation. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Courtyard Series)

Sunny spring days are something just about everyone can agree is a good thing. We have most definitely hit the spring season, but our sunny days may actually be outnumbered by overcast and rainy days lately. Perspective can mean a lot in how we process information. Those drawn to bad news will inevitably see the negative and vice versa.

With regard to the Braemar real estate market, this Braemar Property Value Report actually breaks it down into understand numbers. This edition focuses on the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. Courtyard homes 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 bedrooms sizes.

There were three Courtyard homes that sold in Braemar during the months of March and April. The details of those sales are listed below.

The low sold price at $583,000 is quite a ways off of the high sold price, repeated twice, at $630,000. Taking these sales and combining them with Braemar Courtyard home sales going back to May 2021 for one year’s worth of data, our six and twelve month market markers are updated and reflect the continuation of a seller’s favored market.

The six month average and median sold prices are most definitely higher than their respective twelve month values. This is the trend we have been seeing for a while now. As buyer demand has increased and inventory has not met the need, the market has driven up prices. Even in the face of rising interest rates, buyer demand remains strong.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is zero down the line. This means for at least one year, no Braemar Courtyard home seller has had to give any closing cost help. Multiple offer situations certainly help. Making sure your home is creating buyer enthusiasm helps with an increased price and not paying seller subsidy.

Days on market is the only place we may see the beginning of a shift. The six month average marketing time increased by four days. The six month median marketing time increased by only one day. Still, the most recent sales were under contract in single digit days. Only time will tell if this is a trend that will continue.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. As mentioned above, the key to the highest price and best terms is very much dependent on how your home is prepared and marketed. Who you hire to sell your home matters.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate the sale of your home, I would love the chance to show you what I do for my Braemar sellers that get them to the top of the market. Consultations are free and come with no obligation on yoru part. 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: November-December 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Courtyard Series)

January is always filled with anticipation, particularly for those with plans to buy or sell in the New Year. Even in the midst of the 2021 holiday season, many asked what I thought the local real estate market had in store for 2022. In a recent online article, I did make some real estate market predictions for 2022. Obviously, the more local the information, the better. And since looking back, helps us see where we are headed, I make it my priority to keep my fellow Braemarians informed of our neighborhood real estate market through my Braemar Property Value Reports.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report is focused on how Courytard homes fared last year. Braemar Courtyard homes are single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

There were two Braemar Courtyard homes that sold in November and December. The details of those sales are listed below:

There are two indicators in the recent sales that our Braemar Courtyard sellers may be seeing a cooling of the seller’s market. The first is the fact that neither home sold above list price. This is something we saw more of as we moved through the second half of 2021. Sellers maintained the market advantage, but the all out buyer frenzy has calmed down. The second indicator of change is the increased marketing times for these sales. You might dismiss those time frames are being long because of the holiday season. I am here to tell you that Braemar homes of all sizes sell in November and December. In fact, I listed and sold a Braemar townhouse in those two months.

When the sales listed above are combined with all of the Braemar Courtyard home sales from 2021, the six and twelve month data points outlined in every Braemar Property Value Report are updated.

Starting with the sold price column, the good news is that both the six month average and median values are above their respective twelve month values. Braemar Courtyard homes are continuing to gain value. The growth rate is likely to slow down in 2022, but I don’t think we will be looking at losses anytime in the near future.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Courtyard home sellers. Despite even higher days on market in recent sales, the answer is zero and remains zero in all the six and twelve month data points.

Overall, the longer marketing times seen in November and December have not yet impacted the six and twelve month numbers. They are largely the same. The real question will be how we get off the starting blocks in 2022. If Braemar Courtyard homes continue to take longer to sell, we will see overall increases in the six month average and median time frames.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, this report’s average and median values indicate that you would be under contract in two weeks or less. The most recent sales in November and December make me wonder if that time frame might be longer. As for seller subsidy, you could expect to pay out nothing. Finally, you should be prepared to see buyers with home inspection contingencies again. This started to go back to normal in the second half of 2021 when our buyer frenzy calmed.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if a move is in your future, don’t wait to get the conversation started. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge and professional marketing create buyer enthusiasm for all my Braemar listings, making my Braemar sellers thrilled. Getting you absolute max profit from your largest invesment is a job I take very seriously. 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 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Wind sure can make fifty degree weather feel colder than it may otherwise feel. I suppose the same is true for an all-out buyer frenzy making a seller’s market feel even more heated than a typical seller’s market may be. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of Courtyard homes in our neighborhood, we will take a look back at the months of September and October and see the state of our seller’s market. Before we go any further, if you don’t know what Braemar Courtyard homes are, they are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

There was only one Braemar Courtyard home that sold between the beginning of September and end of October. The details of that sale are listed below:

Immediately I see that this home sold barely above its list price. Unusual compared to last report when all four Courtyard home sales were significantly above list price. What is great to see is no seller subsidy (closing cost assistance) and single days on market for marketing time. When this sale is combined with the entire past twelve months of Braemar Courtyard home sales, the six and twelve month data points followed in this report are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column we see increases in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. Braemar Courtyard homes have gained in value yet again. Looking back to last report, the six month average and median growth rate was the same at 2.4% each. This report, those six month growth rates have come down a bit. The six month average growth rate is now 1.7% and the six month median growth rate is 1.6%. Only time will tell if the growth rate continues to come down or go up.

The seller subsidy column shows nothing but zeros all the way down. In one year’s worth of Braemar Courtyard home sales, not one seller has had to give any closing cost assistance. In other reports for this same reporting period, I am starting to see seller subsidy requests coming back. Not in the Courtyard homes. We will see next report if it continues that way.

Days on market is as steady and fast as can be. The six and twelve month averages are the same at seven days. The six month median of six days is one day longer than the twelve month median. Braemar Courtyard homes are going underr contract fast.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help while buyer demand is outpacing supply.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. In the meantime, if the need arises to sell your Courtyard home, don’t panic. The year end sales market in Braemar is a powerful one. The emotions surrounding “home for the holidays” and lack of inventory make for some very motivated and serious buyers. Just remember that no matter the market, even a seller’s market, you can leave money on the table through lack of preparation and poor marketing. It is my pleasure to help my Braemar sellers max out their profit by putting my skill set to work for them. It’s all about creating buyer enthusiasm. My unparalleled neighborhood knowledge and professional marketing are always a recipe for success when selling in Braemar. Get in touch with me for a no obligation consultation. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2021 (Courtyard Series)

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, which makes it a great time to share with you another Braemar Property Value Report (BPVR.) This particular report focuses on Courtyard homes in the neighborhood. Braemar Courtyard homes are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

This particular edition of the Courtyard Series BPVR will cover the last two months of summer, July and August. During that time there were four Courtyard homes that sold. That is a lot of Courtyard home sales for a two month period, as long-time BPVR followers know. Courtyard homes make up such a small percentage of homes in Braemar that is not unusual to have periods of one sale or none at all. The details of the Braemar Courtyard home sales from July and August are listed below:

Taking these sales with the entire past twelve months of Courtyard home sales in Braemar, the six and twelve month average and median data points we use to determine what is happening in the market are updated as follows:

Starting in the sold price column, we see higher values in the six month average and median than compared to their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Courtyard homes are still increasing in value. While the rate of increase in average and median value last report was 3% and 5% respectively, it has slowed to 2.5% in average and median this report. Hey, an increase is an increase. And we all knew the ridiculous growth of the frenzied seller’s market was not/is not sustainable. Buyers taking time off of house hunting to vacation and more sellers coming to market simply made a less hectic seller’s market this summer. It is typical for our market to slow a bit from whatever pace it was keeping in spring when we hit summer.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost help Braemar Courtyard home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. The answer across the board, or more acurately down the column, is zero. As buyers compete for fewer homes in a seller’s market, seller subsidy becomes a non-starter if a buyer wants to get under contract.

Marketing time shows exactly the same thing in the twelve month values as it does in the six month values. Braemar Courtyard homes continue to sell fast. The only recent Courtyard home breaking that norm is the one listed above on Playfair. It went under contract much later in the summer when things were slowing down.

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

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November, where I suspect you will see proof of the strength of our fall market. If you want to find out more about what a year end sale during a seller’s market could mean for you, get in touch with me. 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: May-June 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2021 (Courtyard Series)

Time for another Braemar Property Value Report. Today’s edition focuses on the latest happenings in the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. Braemar Courtyard homes are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

During the current reporting period of May and June 2021, there were five Courtyard homes that sold. The details of those five sales are listed below:

With sold prices ranging from $521,900 to $560,000, I would say that Braemar Courtyard homes are doing quite well. However, to get the best look at what’s been happening, these figures combined with the entire previous twelve months of Braeamr Courtyard home sales allow me to update the six and twelve month data points. They definitely show the effects of the strong seller’s market we have been experiencing.

Looking at the sold price column, we see the six month average sold price has seen a healthy increase over the twelve month average sold price. More impressive is the substantial increase in value in the six month median sold price over the twelve month median sold price. Braemar Courtyard homes have been gaining value quickly with the frenzied buyer demand and lack of inventory.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help Braemar Courtyard home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. All the values, except for the twelve month average are at zero. In fact, the twelve month average only has a value in it because, of the twelve Braemar Courtyard homes that have sold in the past twelve months, one in August 2020 gave about two percent of the sales price in closing cost help. The overwhelming majority of Braemar Courtyard home sellers had to give nothing in seller subsidy to strike a deal with their buyers.

inge days on market shows an interested trend updward in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. That can be explained by two Braemar Courtyard home sales that took double digits to get under contract in the past twelve months, one pictured above in fact. The six and twelve month median days on market are the same at four days. That means that half of all Braemar Courtyard home sales in both time frames happened in four days or less.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, when it is time to sell your Courtyard home, remember that no matter the market conditions, the only way you make the absolute most the market will bear for a home of your size and style is by creating buyer enthusiasm. That happens when a home is properly prepared and professionally marketed. Get in touch with me and ensure you get both of those working for you. 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 2020 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Courtyard Series)

Seems I am usually scrambling near the end of the odd numbered months to get these Braemar Property Value Reports together. This month, I am definitely ahead of schedule. And what a great month to be getting an early start. It will leave time for Thanksgiving planning and holiday decorating.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. Braemar Courtyard homes are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

During our current reporting period of September and October, only Braemar Courtyard home sold. The details of that sale are listed below:

Being a much smaller percentage of home styles in Braemar, it is not unusual to see sparse sales of Courtyard homes in any given time period. However, combining the current reporting period with the prior ten months of Braemar Courtyard home sales, we get an entire year’s worth of information that we can break into six and twelve month data points. This is what lets us know what’s been happening in the market.

Starting with the sold price column, we see healthy increases in the six month average and median values compared to their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Courtyard homes have been gaining value in the most recent sales.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help sellers gave to buyers in their transactions. The six month average seller subsidy is down a good chunk of change compared to the twelve month average. Meanwhile, both median values are at zero. The latter means that in both sample sizes, more than half of the sellers didn’t give any closing cost help at all. Buyers are having to make extremely competitive offers to get under contract.

Days on market is the final column and where we learn how long it took for Braemar Courtyard homes to go under contract. The six month average was two days quicker than the already fast six days seen in the twelve month average marketing time. Both median values are in agreement at four days. Braemar Courtyard homes, like just about every home style, are getting gobbled up fast in this low inventory/high demand market.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness the holiday season has to offer. If you find yourself with the need to sell between now and then, don’t hesitate to reach out and find out the benefits of our year end market vs. waiting for spring. 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: July-August 2020 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2020 (Courtyard Series)

As September is drawing to a close, as with every other odd numbered month, I find myself pressed to get out the latest Braemar Property Value Reports.  Whether you realize it or not, these are report compiled by me.  I don’t get a computer to dump values into a spread sheet.  Nope, I pull the sales, collect the data and prepare this reports for you.  That’s one of the reasons I am a Top Braemar Agent.

Today’s report is for Courtyard homes and looks back on the sales activity for July and AugustIf you aren’t sure what a Braemar Courtyard home is, they are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

There were three Braemar Courytard homes that sold during our current report period.  Final sold prices ranged from $450,000 to $495,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these three sales and combining them with the entire previous twelve months of Braemar Courtyard home sales our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column we see that there is a healthy increase in the six month average and six month median values compared to their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar Courtyard homes are increasing in value.

The seller subsidy column is where we get to see how much closing cost help Braemar Courtyard home owners have been giving in their transactions.  Obviously, in the three sales listed above, only one home owner gave closing cost help.  Looking at the six month average seller subsidy, it is slightly lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  That could indicate that buyers are asking for less.  However, the troubling stat is seeing that the six month median seller subsidy is $3,750 vs. zero in the twelve month median.  That means more than half of Braemar Courtyard home sellers have given something in closing cost help in the more recent sales.

When it comes to days on market, it is not a surprise to see the six month average marketing time has decreased compared to the twelve month average.  Meanwhile the six month median is still at four days, just like the twelve month median.  This means that Braemar Courtyard homes are selling super fast.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week.  You could also expect to pay about 1% of the sales price, or slightly less, in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you want to take advantage of our peaking market and these high sales prices, give me a call.  Even in a seller’s market, professional marketing with an experienced agent is going to find you netting the absolute max the market will bear.  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

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June (Courtyard Series)

Seems the only respite we get from the hot and humid weather  lately are thunderstorms.  Yesterday afternoon’s storm was certainly intense.  Seemed it was instant nighttime as I drove to Gainesville to show property.  The wind was so strong it was pushing my car into another lane of traffic.  Trees were flailing about and buckets of rain were falling out of the sky.  Did that stop us from house hunting?  No.  Inventory all over our area is scarce and buyer demand is high.  We hoped that the storm meant other buyers would sit the day out.  No such luck.  It’s a brutal market for buyers.

What’s happening in the world of Braemar Courtyard homes?  Today’s Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on Braemar Courtyard homes, will seek to answer that question.  If you aren’t sure what a Braemar Courtyard home is, they are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

While there were no new sales of Braemar Courtyard homes in the months of May and June, we do have a change to drop the sales from last May and June and freshen up our six and twelve month data points.  Updated values can be found below.

As you may recall, the last sale we had in our Courtyard Series Braemar Property Value Report was a Courtyard home on a more traditional lot.  That is the only sale represented in the six month data points.  Therefore, I’m hesitant to use its value as an absolute for current Courtyard home trends.

What I can tell you across most recent Braemar real estate sales is this:

  • Homes are increasing in value
  • Seller subsidy (closing cost credit to buyers) is shrinking
  • Marketing time is faster

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard 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 give about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help, if you have to give any at all.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, if the time has come to sell your Braemar Courtyard home, give me a call for the most accurate market analysis of your home’s value in today’s strong seller’s 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

 

 

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (Courtyard Series)

Can you believe that Memorial Day Weekend is THIS weekend?  This shelter-in-place order for the pandemic has made it feel like time was standing still.  Obviously, nothing stops time.  And as it turns out, it takes more than a pandemic to stop our Braemar real estate market.

In today’s edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, the focus is on the recent activity in the Courtyard Series homes in Braemar.  If you aren’t sure what a Braemar Courtyard home is, they are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five 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 bedrooms sizes.

As is typical for our two month sales reporting periods, there was only one Braemar Courtyard home that sold during the months of March and April 2020.  Courtyard homes make up such a small portion of homes in Braemar, it is unusual to see many of them selling in any one reporting period.  The one Courtyard home that sold, is detailed below:

To be honest, I struggled with putting this Courtyard model home sale in this report.  It is an Arlington model, but unlike the Courtyard homes set up around one courtyard, this home was a builder model and located on a much larger lot and set up like a typical Braemar single family home.  It has a private driveway and doesn’t share a courtyard entrance like every other Courtyard home.  However, because the floor plan is the same as the Courtyards, I came to the conclusion it belonged here.  Of course, the higher than typical sold price reflects the difference in lot set up.

Taking this sale and combining it with all of the previous Courtyard home sales in the last twelve months, we see the six month average and median sold prices are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  That’s great news and is what I’m seeing across the Braemar real estate market.  Property values are still rising.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance from seller to buyer) is lower in both six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  This means that in the more recent sales, Braemar Courtyard home sellers, on average, have been giving less in closing cost help.

Finally, when it comes to marketing time, we see mixed information.  The six month average marketing time has shortened by more than half of the twelve month average.  Meanwhile the six month median marketing time has increased a bit compared to the twelve month marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks.  You would also expect to give 1% to 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, the big question on most home owner’s minds is whether or not the pandemic is affecting our real estate market.  So far, it is not having a negative impact.  We are still experiencing a seller’s market thanks to very low mortgage interest rates, the expansion of Micron creating thousands of jobs in our back yard, and of course, our proximity to the Federal government that is always thriving.

If you find yourself wanting to sell your Braemar home, give me a call and we’ll discuss how to safely sell your home while still maximizing your sales price.  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

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