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 (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 Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

The Braemar real estate market is shifting as mortgage interest rates climb. Suprisingly, home values, while not steeply increasing as they had done since 2020, are still seeing upward growth. In this edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly, the focus is on the semi-attached/semi-detached homes located off of Tarvie Circle.

During the third quarter of 2022, there were no Reflection homes that sold. Having no Reflection sales to report is not that unusual. These homes make up a very small percentage of homes in our overall Braemar community. What is new information is the updated six and twelve month data points tracked in this report. This is information based on two sales in the past year.

Starting with the sold price column, the six month average and median values are higher than the corresponding twelve month values. Completely in line with what I am finding throughout the vast majority of my Braemar market reports thus far. Home values have not begun to drop at this point in our market shift. We are really just seeing more deliberate actions by buyers. They are not prone to acting in a frenzied manner.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) was zero down the line. While this also the majority of cases in Braemar sales recently, as mortgage interest rates increase, this will likely become a request from Braemar buyers who are looking to buy down their mortgage interest rate.

Days on market was single digits down the line. Had there been more recent sales in the third quarter, they would likely have shown about two weeks on market before going under contract.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you would be looking at approximately two weeks marketing time. You are also not likely to be dealing with multiple offers, but one buyer at a time. Waiving contingencies is not a thing anymore. Buyers are coming in with inspection contingencies, appraisal contingencies, and in some cases, home sale contingencies. As the market shifts, it is going to be more critical to get back to the basics and not assume any house will sell despite marketing or preparation. Proper pricing, preparing your home for market and making sure it is professionally marketed will all lift buyer enthusiasm.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January. Right now, it looks like there may be no sales to report, but there is still time. Don’t be surprised if this report turns into a semi-annual report if that trend continues.

Between now and January, if you have a need to sell your Braemar home, get in touch with me for a complementary consultation. We can discuss your potential takeway from the current market, how long it would take to achieve that and what projects would be advised prior to list. It is always an honor to help my Braemar neighbors. 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: January-February 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. We wrapped up 2021 last report. Let’s get right to it and see how we are starting off 2022.

There were two Ryan homes that sold during the first two months of 2022. Details are listed below.

At a glance, we see one sold below list price and another above. The biggest difference in the homes on paper seems to be one more additional bathroom that would have been finished in the basement of the second home. If all else were equal, based on numbers alone, this would mean that a full bathroom in a basement is worth only $5,000. That is an example of how market extraction works, which is the method appraisers use to figure out value. That’s another topic entirely.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan homes that sold going back to March 2021, we get twelve month of sales from which the six and twelve month data points we follow are updated.

Starting with sold price, we see the six month average is down compared to the twelve month average. The median sold prices in both time frames are the same. This could be an indication of the single family market changing, but based on what I seen so far this year, it seems that buyer demand is outpacing supply even more so than it did during the last half of 2021. I suspect we’ll see improvement in both six month sold prices over their twelve month values next report.

Seller subsidy has definitely shot up in the six month average over the twelve month average, despite the two most recent sales giving nothing in seller subsidy. When the values for January and February 2021 were dropped, we obviously lost some zero seller subsidy sales. The good news is that the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values both being at zero means that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both periods gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market has gone up in both six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts. The increases in marketing time are not troublesome and are likely to come down as we move into spring if buyer demand continues to outpace supply.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current market conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in about a week. You could also reasonably expect to give nothing in seller subsidy as multiple buyers compete to win your home. Of course, having a skilled negotiator in your corner certainly helps that cause and how much money you make.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Before then, if you would like to investigate what a 2022 sale might mean for you, don’t hesitate to reach out. Simply listing with anyone in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of top of the market in sold price. No matter the market, buyer enthusiasm must be created to reach the pinnacle of the market at any given time. That means proper preparation, professional marketing and skilled negotiating all the way through. These are the foundations of my business and they have not been compromised just because buyer demand is high. l know you still have to earn top of the market and it is my job to get that for each and every one of my sellers. Consultations are free and confidential. As a neighborhood expert, it is my utmost pleasure to help. 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: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

On this St. Patrick’s Day 2022, I bring you the Braemar Property Value Report for NV Homes in our neighborhood. This edition looks back to the sales from January and February 2022. We also will get the opportunity to get market trend info from our updated six and twelve month data points.

There was only one NV Home that sold in Braemar during the first two months of the year. Details are listed below:

Immediately my agent eyes go to the biggest stand out factor. This NV home sold for over $50,000 more than its list price. The buyer frenzy that had quieted a bit in the second half of 2021 is back. I’ve witnessed it with my own Listing Agent eyes. Let’s see what market trends can be deciphered from the updated six and twelve month data points, which include NV Home sales in Braemar going back to March 2021.

Starting first in the sold price column it is great to see both six month values higher than their respective twelve month values. NV Homes in Braemar continue to push up in value as we progress through this seller’s market.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to negotiate from the NV Home sellers. With only the twelve month average having a value more than zero at $153, the answer is very little. Looking at the raw data of the fifteen sales of NV Homes in the past twelve months, only one seller gave any seller subsidy at all.

Days on market, while two to three days longer in the six month values compared to their respective twelve month values, is nothing alarming. In general, NV Homes are selling very quickly.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to go under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to pay nothing in seller subsidy as so many buyers are out competing for very little available homes.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. In the meantime, if the need arises to sell your home, I would love the opportunity to consult with you. Selling in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of making the max the market will bear. Sadly, I see observe sellers leaving money on the table every time I log into the MLS. My listing process is one that never cuts corners or gets lazy, relying on market conditions to do the work for me. Preparation and professional marketing are key to creating the essential ingredient to max profit--buyer enthusiasm. Skilled negotiation comes into play when vetting multiple offers and working with the buyer you choose. Consultations are confidential and free. Reach out and let’s schedule a conversation. 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 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (NV Homes)

Happy New Year, my fellow Braemarians. There is no doubt that many of you are wondering what the 2022 real estate market has in store for us. My experience in the market as top producing agent, as well as the time I take to create these market reports, keeps me head and shoulders above my colleagues. Most agents are happy to cut and paste statistics, some without even reading them. I take the time to collect the sales data and compile these reports myself. Real estate is a business of self-motivation. We are not required to do anything to keep our businesses going but to complete continuing education classes. I do these reports because I believe in keeping myself and my neighborhood informed.

This Braemar Property Value Report is focused on houses built by NV Homes. The sales detailed below are from the last two months of 2021.

The first thing I noticed about this sale was that the list price had been changed to match sales price AFTER it went under contract. This is a practice a lot of listing agents started to use in our crazy seller’s market in hopes of getting homes to appraise for sky high prices. I am not in agreement with the practice, only because I was trained by appraisers. They have all the same information I see in the MLS. You can’t fool them with a price increase. The best way to get a house to appraise is to have an appraiser package ready with comparable sales and lists of updates. I included the original list price above. It closed for $50,000 above in its sales price. Obviously, Braemar home sellers are still enjoying our seller’s market.

Taking all the NV home sales from 2021 and updating our six and twelve month data points, we get the best sense of how our market has been trending in the short term, compared to the long term.

Starting with the sold price column it is fantastic to see both six month values above their respective twelve month values. This means NV homes in Braemar are still gaining value. Not surprisingly, as the second half of 2021 cooled the all-out buyer frenzy we had been experiencing since early 2020, the growth rate slowed a bit. I figure that out by dividing the six month value by its respective twelve month value. In this report, the six month average growth rate was 3.1% and the six month median growth rate was 1.4%. Last report, those numbers were both 3.5%. Growth is growth. This year should see more, but at a more sustainable rate.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help from seller to buyer, is super low in the averages and non-existent in the medians. The latter is more important. It means that in both time frames, more than half of NV home sellers gave no seller subsidy.

Days on market remains very fast for homes that are show ready and create buyer enthusiam. Lately, not all homes are going under contract in a matter of days, but the ones prepped and professionally marketed are. One day upticks in the average and medians are nothing.

If you placed your NV home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. As far as contract contingencies your offers are likely to have the three standards: financing, appraisal and inspection. With the frenzy gone, and a more reasonable seller’s market, buyers were more measured in their actions during the second half of the year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you were thinking of selling, there is no time like the present to consult a local, professional agent like me. Getting Braemar sellers top dollar through exceptional listing preparation advice, professional marketing and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge is what I do best. 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 (Heritage Series)

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

The first month of our New Year underway. New beginnings are filled with expectations. What should we expect of our local real estate markeet in 2022? My general predictions can be found in this article. Of course, the best information any Braemar home owner can get is hyperlocal, meaning neighborhood focused. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, I bring you the last two months of Heritage home sales in our neighborhood and bring you updated data points to determine our most likely, near future trend.

Before we get started, it is important to define Braemar Heritage homes. They are the mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes.  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 in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

The only Heritage home sale to report for the months of November and December was actually located in Braemar Northgate. Details are listed below.

Taking the entire past year’s worth of Braemar Heritage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, the good news is that both six month values are above their respective twelve month values. This means that Braemar Heritage homes are still pushing up in value. However, it is plain to see that the average and median growth rate of these homes is becoming more modest. The six month average growth rate is one-half of one percent this report, compared to two perecent last report. The six month median growth rate is only two-hundrendths of one perecent this report, compared to just under four percent last report. Not surprisingly since the last half of 2021 was a completely different pace than their first half. The all-out buyer frenzy that created dozens of offers from buyers willing to waive every possible contingency and go seven to ten percent higher than list price in the first six months of the year, while still seller favored, changed to a more reasonable seller’s market in the last six months of the year. Typical contingencies were seen in just about every offer. And as you can see from the one sale from the last two months of the year, sellers considered themselves fortunate to get their list price and were thrilled if they got anything above.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help from seller to buyer) increased in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. However, with the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values at zero, we know that more than half of sellers in both time frames gave no closing cost help at all. Despite getting lower than list price, the most recent Heritage home seller did not have to choke up any closing cost help.

Days on market is increasing ever so slightly in both six month numbers compared to their repsective twelve month numbers. The sale from December took longer than all of those figures to go under contract. In my professional opinion, it would be a mistake to blame the yearend market for that circumstance. In my career selling Braemar real estate, I have noticed the yearend market to be a powerful one and even had my own yearend selling success in Braemar again last year.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or two. You could also reasonably expect to give no seller subsidy. As stated earlier, you could expect your offer(s) to include the typical contingencies like financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. It will be interesting to see how our trends are shaping up then. In the meantime, if a sale is in your 2022 future, it is never too early to consult listing agents and make a hiring decision. So much of what we do is to consult on listing preparation that increases buyer enthusiasm. Professional marketing, combined with proper preparation are essential to getting the most for your home. And my unparalleled neighborhood knowledge is just more icing on your max profit cake. 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 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Ah Monday…my favorite day of the week. Ever since becoming a Bristow Real Estate Agent, I have loved the start of the work week and today is no exception. While my travels today had me outside of Bristow, helping buyers who had once sold in Braemar, but relocated to Locust Grove, I am happy to end my day doing what I do best…helping Braemar home owners.

What I bring to you today is the Braemar Property Value Report for houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. This particular edition focuses on the sales between May and June, and then provide updated six and twelve month data points that allow us to decipher the direction of the market. Let’s get right to it.

There were five Ryan Homes that sold in Braemar in May and June. The details of those sales are listed below:

There is a large variation in sold price in the five sales, ranging from $536,000 to $740,000. The variation, in large part, comes the variety in home sizes that Ryan Homes offered in Braemar. Another factor, of course, is the finishes each home offers on the market.

Taking these sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Ryan Home sales in Braemar, the six and twelve month data points show signs of a very healthy seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means that Ryan Homes in Braemar are continuing to gain value in the seller’s market.

The seller subsidy column is where we learn how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. In all but the twelve month average, the answer was zero. And the twelve month average only has a value because ONE Ryan Home sale, out of fifteen that happened in the past twelve months, gave $3,000 in seller subsidy. That sale was in September 2020. There has been no seller subsidy given in Ryan Home sales since. In the seller’s market with so little inventory, buyers are having to forego many requests to make their offers strong enough to be chosen in multiple offer scenarios.

Days on market needs no real analysis. Down the line from six month average and median to twelve month average and median, the number of days it took to go under contract was four. Obviously, some of the more recent sales took longer, but average and median values are so steady it is scary.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

As I type this, I have noticed in July that buyer demand is decreasing a bit. Still, buyers outnumber sellers, but not by as much as before. What has likely happened, as does every July and August, is that sellers rush to sell when school is out while buyers go on summer vacation. Expect things to heat back up in the fall.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, if the need arises to sell your home, get in touch with me. Sellers are leaving money on the table in many deals in this seller’s market. By hiring inexperienced, or cut rate agents that put zero effort into marketing a property or giving seller’s notes on getting a home market ready, buyer enthusiasm lacks. My job is to create buyer enthusiasm to get the max ANY market will alow. It is done with proper listing preparation and professional marketing. My efforts don’t wane because buyer demand is high. 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 (Arista Series)

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

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of homes in the Arista Series in our neighborhood between May and June, then looking at updated six and twelve month data points. Arista homes, if you were not already aware, include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury models by Brookfield Homes. Let’s get right to it.

There were three Arista homes in Braemar that sold in the last two months. The details of those sales are listed below:

Each of the three sales were Canterbury models, which is the most prominent of the Arista Series in our neighborhood. Final sold prices ranged from $735,000 to $765,000. When combined with the entire past twelve months of Arista home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated and, not surprisingly, tell the tale of a seller’s market.

Starting with the sold price column, there are significant jumps in value from the twelve month average and median sold prices to the six month average and median sold prices. Braemar Arista homes are in demand by many more buyers than are landing them, which is why prices are leaping upward. Seems the only mistake a seller can make in this seller’s market is pricing too high. Most listings are selling above list price. Price too high and you would be lucky to get your list price. Sellers in a seller’s market should never assume every home will sell above list and escalate their list price expecting even higher.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. Seeing zeros down the line, with the exception of the twelve month average being less than one-helf of one percent of the sales price is typical. Out of the twelve sales in the last year, only two gave seller subsidy. Both of those were within a week of one another at the end of July and beginning of August last year. Those seller subsidy amounts were significant. However, the norm right now is that buyers are having to pay their own closing costs, particularly when a home is in high demand.

Days on the market shows a bit of an uptick in the number of days it takes to go under contract from the twelve month values to their respective six month values. One or two days worth of increase in time on the market is nothing, and our average and median values down the column are all still single digits.

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

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September. Until then, please know that no matter the market you are faced with when selling, creating buyer enthusiasm is critical. Getting advice on the right listing preparation projects and being professionally marketed is key to getting the most any market will bear, even a seller’s market. I’ve been helping Braemar sellers wring every penny out of their home sales for a long time. Get in touch with me and let’s talk. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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