Another Braemar Townhouse Sold by Chris Ann Cleland
On September 26th, this piggyback townhouse located at 13036 Bathgate Way hit the market priced at $355,000. As the competition around this listing seemed to be languishing on the market and dropping their prices below where we were hitting, I had to wonder if we would be languishing too. Not at all. It was a delightful surprise to have two buyers with competing offers within four days. Who would have guessed there were multiple buyers who wanted a property like this, priced above its competitors, based on what we saw hitting the market?
Great results start with choosing the best agent for the job. For this seller, and many other Braemar sellers, that is me. I know how to market the various styles of homes in the neighborhood because I am familiar with all of them. I have been a resident of the neighborhood since 2005, and I have served most of those years on an HOA board. My slogan, No One Knows Braemar Better, is most definitely true.
Not only do I know the neighborhood and how to position the listings I have against their competition, I know how to market them professionally to get my sellers the maximum attention from online buyers. Professional photography is a must, but so is preparation prior to photos. That’s where my marketing skills come in handy, helping my sellers edit their “stuff” so their homes show in the absolute best light. Any agent can take your listing, snap some photos and throw you in the MLS. Professional marketing gets the best results. You don’t put a listing up with the phrase, “Immaculately kept” and have towels in bathrooms look as though they were thrown from across the room to land haphazardly on the towel rack. Attention to detail is critical for a listing agent.
Getting under contract quickly, and in an unexpected multiple offer situation, my Bathgate seller got terms that favored her. The next hurdle was getting the home to appraise for the list price the buyer was willing to pay. Remember, our competitors were dropping their prices to get noticed. That’s not a environment that is easy to deal with come appraisal time. As is my business practice, I met the appraiser at the property with information on the home, what set it apart from its competition and comparable sales that we had based our list price on. Low and behold, we were through appraisal with no issue.
The only speed bump this sale hit was in the processing of the buyer’s grant from VHDA. Our settlement date was delayed from Halloween to November 5th (2019.) There is no escaping government bureaucracy, but a great agent keeps their client informed every day as to what is happening….even if that is nothing.
When you are ready to sell your Braemar home, remember that success starts with your choice of agent. Your decision should be based on results and how the agent’s previous listings have been marketed and sold. Of course, an agent who can get you the best results is not going to be cheapest, but they will make you the most money. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!
Associate Broker-Licensed in VA
Long & Foster Real Estate