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 (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

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Having closed out September and October, it is time to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Today’s report focuses on the houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.

There were two Ryan homes that sold during the last two months. As you will see by the details of both sales below, there is quite a bit of difference in their sold prices. What is not noted is the square footage of the homes. However, you have probably rightly guessed by now that the Chandler model is a lot larger than the Victoria model.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months worth of Ryan home sales in Braemar, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Everyone loves to start with the sold column, and so do I. Here we find that both the six month average sold price and the six month median sold price are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This means that Ryan homes are continuing to gain value in this seller’s market.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost cost assistance from seller to buyer, is another column that shows seller favored trends in the more recent sales. Both the six month average seller subsidy and the six month median seller subsidy are lower than their twelve month counterparts. In particular, I am loving the six month median $1,500 seller subsidy. This value means that of the Ryan home sellers in the last six months, more than half of them gave $1,500 or less. That’s another product of the intense buyer demand and scarce inventory we are facing.

Days on market shows us how long it took Ryan homes to go under contract. The six month average marketing time is nearly two weeks faster than the twelve month average marketing time. Better yet, both the six and twelve month median marketing times are in agreement at four days. This means that in both time periods, more than half of Ryan home sellers were under contract in four days or less.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give very little in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you all the best this holiday season. Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our year end market is a very powerful time to sell. You may find waiting until spring to list unnecessary. Get in touch and I’ll be happy to show the benefits of listing in each market and we’ll figure out what works best 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 (Heritage Series)

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

A rainy fall day is a good day to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Of course, from where I sit as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, I think any day is a good day for Braemar Property Value Report. Today’s report focuses on Heritage homes in our neighborhood. Heritage homes are 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.

Looking back to September and October, there were eight Heritage homes that sold in our neighborhood. The details of those sales are listed below:

At a glance, we see that sold prices ranged from $515,000 to $586,000. Only three of eight sellers gave any seller subsidy and there is only one double digit days on market (DOM.) Taking these eight sales and combining them with the entire twelve months of Braemar Heritage home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column, we find both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This means Heritage homes in Braemar are still gaining value. No surprise in our scarce inventory/high demand market.

Next up is the seller subsidy column, where we learn how much closing cost assistance sellers gave to buyers in their transactions. The six month average seller subsidy is slightly lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy. The six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy values are in agreement at zero. That means in both those time period of sales, more than half the sellers gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market shows an already healthy twelve month average marketing time shrinking by one week in the six month average. As for the median values, they are both at five days. That means more than half the sellers in each of those time frames got under contract in five days or less.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week. You could also expect that you would not have to give any seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness this upcoming holiday season. Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home between now and next report, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our year end market is incredibly powerful and may be just what you need. I am happy to conduct a free consultation to explain what a year end sale could mean to 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 2019 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2019 (Ryan Homes)

On this Thanksgiving Eve it is my pleasure to present another Braemar Property Value Report.  This particular report covers the sales of homes built by Ryan Homes in Braemar during the months of September and October.

There were two Ryan Homes that sold.  Sold prices were substantially different at $475,000 and $512,000.  The details of both of those sales are below:

Combining these two sales with the entire past twelve months of Ryan Home sales in Braemar, our six and twelve month data points are updated to reveal the following:

Looking first at the sold price column, it is great to see both the six month average and six month median sold price above their respective twelve month values.  This means the values of Ryan Homes in Braemar are still pushing up.

When it comes to seller subsidy, which you may know as closing cost help to buyers, we see a trend that doesn’t favor sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy figures are higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means buyers have been requesting, and receiving, more closing cost help in the more recent deals.  This could be an early indication of a shift from a seller’s market coming our way.  Seller subsidy tends to decrease in seller favored markets.

Finally, the days on market column reveals not much of a change in marketing times from the six month average value from the twelve month average.  And there could not be more evidence of stability in marketing time than seeing that the six month median and twelve month median marketing times are identical.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in under three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1% of the sales price or so, in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January.  I hope you will enjoy your holidays in the meantime.  Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home before you next hear from me with another of these reports, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  I work every month of the year getting top dollar for my Braemar sellers.  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 2018 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2018 (NV Homes)

The opening sentence of my Braemar market reports always seems to be the hardest to get past.  Sure I’ve examined the sales and crunched the numbers myself, which puts me way above what most Bristow area agents are willing to do for their market area.   Somehow, the most intimidating factor about the reports is the open.  It’s a good thing we are past that part now and this Top Braemar Real Estate Agent can share some valuable information with you.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the sales activity of NV Homes in Braemar during the months of May and June.  That activity includes four NV Home sales, all of which are listed in detail below:

After laying out the data for the two month reporting period, I then go back and put these sales for May & June 2018 in place of the May & June 2017 sales.  That gives us twelve months worth of data points that I slice into six month and twelve month average and median values.  Here’s what we get with the updated values:

The way to compare six and twelve month data samples is see what changes are happening in the short term (six months) compared to the long term (twelve months.)  Well, the first thing we examine are the sold prices.  Both six month values are above the twelve month values, which is fantastic.  There is a particularly larger jump from the twelve month average sold price to the six month average sold price.  Values of NV Homes in Braemar are going up.

Another good trend for Braemar NV Home sellers is the decrease of seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) in the six month values to the twelve month values.  Likewise, a reduction in time it takes to go under contract in the six month values is great to see compared to the twelve month values.  In particular, the six month average days on market is substantially lower than the twelve month average.  All good news for NV Home owners in Braemar.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your property to be under contract in a little more than a week.  You could also expect to pay about one half to three quarters of one percent of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, when you want to know the value of your home in today’s market, or the optimum time of year to sell, give a call at 703-402-0037.  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 Property Value Report: May-June 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report:  May-June 2018 (Arista Series)

In my comings and goings out of the Tartan Hills Village section of Braemar, I have been noticing a lot of Canterbury style homes on the market.  While the activity happening right now won’t show up in this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, the Arista Series home sales that happened between May and June will be covered here. If you don’t know what an Arista Series home is, it is the larger single family homes in Braemar, built by Brookfield Homes, and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans.  These homes are found in New Castle Village, Highland Village and the Tartan Hills area of Braemar.

There were two Canterbury models that sold during May and June.  The details of those sales are listed below:

When we take these two sales and combine them with our rolling twelve months of Arista Series home sales and update our six and twelve month data points, here is what we see:

The first thing you may notice is that both sales that happened in our current reporting period have higher sold prices than the six month average and median sold prices.  That’s great.  And that is probably what is pulling the six month average and median sold prices up over the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Higher sold prices in the short term (six month range) compared to the long term (twelve month range) means increasing home values.

When it comes to seller subsidy, the six month average and median are a little lower than there twelve month average and median values.  This is also a good trend.  It means Braemar Arista Series sellers are giving less in closing cost assistance to buyers. Unfortunately, the marketing time seen in the six month average and median values is higher than the twelve month marketing values.  While home values are increasing, it may be taking longer to get under contract.

If you placed your Braemar Arista Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about three months.  However, if the current trends I am seeing with Canterburys on the market, sporting under contract riders on the sign posts in a matter of a one a week or two is any indication, this number may be higher than what we are currently experiencing in our summer market.  This report also indicates you could expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be in September.  Until then, if you want to know how the current market is affecting your specific home’s value, give me a call at 703-402-0037.   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

 

Another Braemar Single Family Home Goes Under Contract

Another Braemar Single Family Home Goes Under Contract

On May 5th, I had the pleasure of listing 12146 Millbill Court in Braemar.  Pride of ownership was so obvious in this cul-de-sac charmer.  All the windows, sliding doors, hardwood floors, carpet, roof, gutters, deck and appliances had been replaced withing the last four years.  In that same time frame, the owners had updated the lighting and fixtures in the bathrooms, and added granite counters there and in the kitchen.

Initially, the home was priced at $508,000.  After three weeks on the market, the sellers received their first offer, but what the buyers wanted and the seller would accept were not intersecting at all.  After that, the sellers and I knew that a price improvement to $499,900 was in order.  A month after their first offer, another offer came in.  Again, no intersection between buyers and sellers, so there was no deal.

There were a handful of false starts with other buyers who expressed interest and then disappeared. Not every home goes under contract in less than five days, nor should it.  In this case, it took sixty-six days for the sellers to encounter a buyer that was willing to terms acceptable to them.  It took time and determination from this Listing Agent and the Sellers to prove to the market why this home was worth more than a lot of buyers thought.

This lovely home will close on August 31st, at which time the final sold price will be revealed.  Until then, if you want to know what your Braemar home is worth in the current market, give me a call at 703-402-0037.  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 Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Ryan Homes)

The Braemar pool opening weekend is here!  Hope you’ve got your pool pass, swimsuit and sunscreen ready to go.  And don’t forget a brightly colored beach towel.  Even as an adult, picking out a fashionable beach towel is fun.

When you enjoy your work, like I do as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, even time spent doing these market reports is satisfying.  Yes, I could be on my front porch in an Adirondack chair, adult beverage in my hand, watching the world go by right now, but I would feel bad enjoying myself when it is time (by my own self-imposed calendar) to do another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one focuses on sales of homes built by Ryan Homes.

There were two Ryan Homes that sold between the beginning of March and end of April.  The details of the sales are below:

When we take these two sales, and freshen up the data for the past year of Ryan Homes sales, here’s what we find:

The first thing I notice looking at these numbers is that the six and twelve month median sold prices are the same.  That means values are holding steady.  However, the six month average value dipping below the twelve month average is not something I necessarily like seeing.  The good news is that it is a small dip and not likely to be a negative indicator.  The best news is that seller subsidy in the six month average and median value has gone down compared to the twelve month seller subsidy values.  That means sellers are paying less in closing cost assistance to buyers in the last six month.  The thing I don’t like seeing is that the marketing time has increased in both the six month values compared the twelve month values.  Still, looking at the raw data, some homes, like the second sale noted above, happen in a week or less.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you might set your expectations to be under contract in about two months.  If it happens quicker, you won’t be disappointed.  Plus, we are heading into the slower summer selling season.  You could also expect to pay an average of nearly 1% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will out in July.  If you have specific questions about selling your home in the meantime, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!  

Now, if you’ll pardon me, it’s time for me to enjoy that glass of wine on the porch.  Wonder if there will be any deer walking along the wood line.

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster REALTORS®

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com