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

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

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

While this top Braemar Real Estate Agent has been busy with various stages of selling Braemar homes, I am sure that a lot of you have been prepping for the opening of the Braemar pools.  There were several emails that came through about the change of the pool passes.  Getting the new pass, swimsuits and sunscreen have been projects for many Braemar households.   Meanwhile, the pool I’m playing in is Braemar real estate market data.

This Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of NV Homes in our neighborhood during the months of March and April.  So without further delay, let’s get to it.

There was only one NV Home in Braemar that sold during our current reporting period.  It is detailed below:

The way I used to do these market reports, having one sale for a reporting period could make our values seem to go up and down like a yo-yo.  Now, by taking this most recent NV Home sale and placing in with the sales of NV Homes in Braemar for the last year, we can derive six and twelve month data points and get a better sense of where values are heading.  Here’s what those data points look like, updated with the sale above:

In a rising market, the six month sold prices are higher than the twelve month sold prices.  Here we see our six month average is higher than the twelve month average, but the six month median is below the twelve month median.  What does that mean?  It means values are holding steady.  In the meantime, the seller subsidy (closing cost assistance) values in the six month data points are lower than the twelve month data points.  That’s great news!  Seller subsidy is going down, meaning Braemar sellers are keeping more money when they sell.  Marketing time is another story.  The six month average is double the marketing time we see in the twelve month average.  However, this doesn’t panic me when I see the six month median is only one week, compared to about two weeks in the twelve month median.  There was one sale in the last six month that took 314 days to happen and it is throwing that average value.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current market conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in a week or two.  You could also expect to pay about one percent or so of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Hope you enjoy some fun in the sun at the pools between now and then.  And as always, if you want to know the value of your specific home in our Braemar market, give me a call.  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 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Heritage Series)

Being a Top Braemar Listing Agent, it is just as useful for me, as it is for you, to run these Braemar Property Property Value Reports.  It keeps me up to date on the latest happenings in the market, which is a must.  Buyer agents, with a desired price in mind to offer, will cherry pick comps and try to beat Braemar sellers down.  Not my Braemar sellers!  When I run market comps, they are solid, but that’s because I study the market by doing these reports and helping so many Braemar sellers.  Going over Braemar comps to me is like Rocky running up and down those steps in Philadelphia.  It keeps me in top listing condition as your Braemar expert.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report focuses on Heritage Series homes. Heritage Series 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.

In the months of March and April, four Braemar Heritage Series homes sold.  Details of those sales are listed below:

When we take these sales and put them in with the Heritage homes sale in the last twelve months, we get a fresh set of six and twelve month data points that look like this:

With the six month average and median sold prices being higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices, we can see that Braemar Heritage home prices are still pushing forward.  Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is remaining about the same at about one percent of the sales price.  Marketing time is also about the same, maybe a little faster.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to three weeks time.  You could also expect to pay about one percent of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, when you want a thorough look at your Braemar home’s value in today’s market, give me a call.  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 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Courtyard Series)

Another dreary day means another perfect opportunity to share the latest information on Braemar home values.  Today’s Braemar Property Value Report will focus on Courtyard homes.  Braemar Courtyard homes are one of three different floor plans that share a private courtyard driveway and have limited outdoor space.  Models include the Arlington, Clarendon and Ballston.

There were two Braemar Courtyard homes that sold between March and April.  The details of those sale are below:

Taking these two sales and adding them to the rolling twelve month pool of Braemar Courtyard home sale data, here is what we get:

First of all, the great news is that most recent sales at the top are both ABOVE the six and twelve month average and median sold prices.  That is indicative that will we will be seeing an increase in values.  Right now, comparing our six month average and median sold prices to the twelve month average and median sold prices we see hardly any movement.  Where do see change is that the six month average and median seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyer) is up from the twelve month average and median seller subsidy.  Not a trend future Braemar Courtyard home sellers like to see.  Nor is the increase in marketing time in the six month values vs. the twelve month values.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about one month.  You could also expect to pay three percent of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, if you want to know that the current market conditions mean to your home’s specific value, give me a call.  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 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Carriage Series)

Feel like you’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest?  Me too.  Cloudy, drizzly day after cloudy, drizzly day in Bristow is making me a bit stir crazy.  The good news is that the lawns and flowers in Braemar are thriving.  Thank goodness I don’t have any listing waiting for exterior pictures this week.

Rainy days are great times to do my Braemar Property Value Report.  This one details sales of homes in the Carriage Series between March and April.   In case you don’t know what defines a Braemar Carriage home, they are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

There were eight Braemar Carriage homes that sold between March 1st and April 30th. The details of each sale are listed below:

The one highlighted in bright pink was my own listing.  While it isn’t the highest sales price, it is significantly higher than previous Parkdales with unfinished basements with no exits have gotten in their sold prices.

When we take these eight sales and freshen up our rolling twelve month pool of Braemar Carriage home sales, here’s what we find:

The six month average and median sold prices are higher than the twelve month counterparts.  That means Braemar Carriage home values are still moving up.  How much higher can they go?  Well, I do have some insight with one of my current listings that will sell at the end of May for a record for high sales price in the neighborhood.  You’ll have to wait for that one.  Meanwhile, seller subsidy (closing cost assistance) is lower in the six month average and median compared to the twelve month average and median.  Short terms marketing time frames are faster than they are when you look at the long term marketing time numbers.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a few days or a week and a half.  You could also expect to pay out about one percent of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar Carriage home, give me a call to get the max the market will allow.  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 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2018 (Arista Series)

In client conversations, we are already talking about the end of the school year.  That’s an important date on many buyer and seller timelines.  Hard to believe it is just around the corner.  The calendar seems to move much faster as you get older.  Nothing you can do about it, but enjoy every minute, every hour, every day.

When the calendar hit May, my Braemar real estate brain had an alarm sounding.  Time for more Braemar Property Value Reports.  A lot of Bristow real estate agents may occasionally update you on market conditions, but not me.  I’m your dedicated Braemar Real Estate Agent and I take keeping you apprised of your home’s value seriously.  I know if I don’t take my job seriously, I won’t be on your mind when it’s time to sell your Braemar home.  And while I’m great at market reports, I’m even better at selling Braemar homes.

This Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of the larger single family homes built by Brookfield Homes known as the Arista Series.  Floor plans in this series are the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

Two Canterbury model homes sold during the months of March and April.  The details of those sales are listed below:

You can see that in black and white, these homes are not much different, even though the sold prices are vastly different.  The locations in the neighborhood are quite a bit different.  Lot can make a big impact on your home’s value.  So can professional marketing of your listing.  Even if you are lacking a desirable lot, professional marketing can bring you more money in that one and only chance you get to sell.

When we take these sales and put them with the rolling sales data for the last year, here’s what we find:

You can see the six month average and median sold price are both higher than the twelve month average and median sold price.  It may not be by leaps and bounds, but these homes are continuing to inch forward in value.  It’s not taking any less time to get under contract, but the closing cost help (seller subsidy) does seem to be coming down in the six month values.

 

 

If you placed your Braemar Arista Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in as little as a month and a half.  You may also sell without having to pay much of anything in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar home and need to maximize your profit, give me a call.  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

Four Bedroom Home on Cul-de-Sac Lot in Braemar for $508,000

Four Bedroom Home on Cul-de-Sac Lot in Braemar for $508,000

Every home has a story to tell.  Did you know that this particular home, at 12146 Millbill Court, was the fifth house built in Braemar?  Back then, Coscan was the builder, soon to be taken over by Brookfield Homes.  It is why some of the floor plans found in the older section of Braemar are not found elsewhere.  Brookfield Home tweaked a few, but developed their own floor plans.  This particular floor plan, a Chatham, was a Coscan design and is one of only twenty-one Chathams in the neighborhood.

Nestled on a tree lined cul-de-sac street, this home is ready for you to move right in.  The original owners have meticulously maintained everything about this home, with plenty of updates in the recent years.  We’ll get to those later.  Right now, I really want to just show  you about this fabulous home.

Formal living and dining rooms sit to the left of the large foyer entryway.  The living room is a much cozier feel, being one of the only carpeted rooms on the main level.  It is open to the dining room, accented by a bay window.

As you would expect, the dining room passes through the kitchen.  Once you enter the kitchen, the floor plan really opens up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to a lovely cooking space with granite counters/island and stainless steel appliances, the kitchen boasts a breakfast nook and is open to the family room.

The family room is sunken and has a soaring, vaulted ceiling.  There is even an overlook from the upper level hall.

Upstairs is a master suite, complete with a reading nook and attached luxury bathroom.

The remaining three bedrooms are down the opposite side of the hall.  Queen beds fit in them easily.  The upper level also is where the laundry area is conveniently located.

The walk out level basement is fully finished and includes a large recreation space, wet bar, den and full bathroom.

The outdoor space at 12146 Millbill is like an oasis.  It includes an expansive deck, concrete patio and lush lawn.

Since I can’t show you everything, here is a link to the virtual tour.  And as previously promised, here is a list of updates to this home done in the last four years:  New A/C unit, new roof, new gutters, new windows, new sliding glass doors, new hardwood floors, new carpet, interior and exterior paint, new deck, new appliances, new water heater, new humidifier, granite added to kitchen and bathrooms.  When we tell you this one is move in ready, we mean it.

If you would like to schedule a tour, call me.  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