Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (NV Homes)

This fall weather feels delightful.  Soon, we’ll see the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows as the leaves turn.  In the meantime, I have another Braemar Property Value Report to share with Braemar home owners.  This one focuses on homes built by NV Homes in our neighborhood and covers sales from the previous two months.

There were two NV Homes that sold between the beginning of July and end of August.  The details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of NV Homes sales we get updated six and twelve month data points.  These will give an idea of trends in our NV Homes values.

Starting with the sold price values, we see that both the six month average and median sold prices are above their twelve month average and median counterparts.  It’s only by about $3,000 in each category, but an increase nonetheless.  This means NV Home values in Braemar are still inching up.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance from sellers to buyers, does not reveal a good trend for would be NV Home sellers in Braemar.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values have increased from their twelve month respective values.  This means that buyers of NV Homes have been asking for, and receiving, higher amounts of closing cost help in the more recent sales.

Days on market, or marketing time as I like to call it, does have a slightly encouraging trend that favors sellers.  The six month average and median marketing times are both below the twelve month average and median marketing times.  Buyer demand and lack of inventory is lending itself to much quicker marketing times.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current values, you could expect to be under contract in about two weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 2% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you worry that you may have missed the action of this spring’s and summer’s market, give me a call and I’ll share the surprises found in the year end market.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

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Just Sold:  Another Braemar Home Above List Price by Chris Ann Cleland

Just Sold:  Another Braemar Home Above List Price by Chris Ann Cleland

10024 Naughton Court in Bristow went under contract in 1 Day.

It all began about two years go.  Yep.  Two years ago.  That’s when the seller of this Waverly model in Braemar, located at 10024 Naughton Court, first reached out for me to give her an idea of what she would need to do to get her house ready for market.  She knew that there was a lot of updating that needed to be done and knew that she wouldn’t be able to do it over the course of a few months.  So we met and talked about what buyers expect when they are buying a home in Braemar.  Updated kitchens, new carpet, fresh paint and sometimes updated bathrooms.  Wanting the top of the market, the seller got to work over those two years.

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook

The kitchen was remodeled with granite counters, a gorgeous tile back splash and stainless steel appliances.  The white cabinets were also given updates to make them fresh again.  The basement flooring was replaced with luxury vinyl plank.  The master bathroom got a fresh face of ceramic tile and new fixtures.  And windows and doors in need of replacement were taken care of.  Even the exterior light fixtures were changed from the worn out brass to an oiled bronze.   The result was definitely a crowd pleaser.

Master Bathroom

Ideally the seller wanted to move in June, so her thought process was to list in late May and accommodate that.  We talked about the current state of the market in early 2019 and I counseled her that April was a better choice if she could do it.  Buyers were knocking themselves out to get Braemar homes, offering longer settlement dates and rent backs.  No real estate agent has a crystal ball, but who knew what would happen as we got closer to school being out and summer.  Past years indicated we could expect more homes flooding to market and longer marketing times as buyers were more interested in summer vacations.  So the seller listened to her experienced Braemar Listing Agent and put the home on the market April 13th.  Sure enough, within one day she had two offers both above her list price of $529,000 and both accommodating her desired settlement date in mid June.

Family Room, where a recliner was moved for the best picture.

On June 17th, this Waverly model in Braemar sold for $536,000.  The seller had to give no closing cost assistance and had a smooth transaction from start to finish with her buyers.  The only real kerfuffle in the deal was done at the hands of the Braemar covenants inspector.  Having the ear of our portfolio and general managers on-site, I was able to remediate one of the issues with a simple phone call.  A little common sense goes a long way.

When the time to sell your Braemar home is looming on the horizon, don’t think you are asking too much to meet with your listing agent well in advance.  The best agents in the business understand that it is never too early to get professional advice on updating your home.  And my knowledge of our neighborhood real estate market is a skill I hone daily.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (NV Homes)

As I type this on the gorgeous Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, I can close my eyes and picture the giggles and splashing happening at the Braemar pools.  Summer is here, even if it isn’t official on the calendar.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report featuring sales of NV Homes in our neighborhood during the months of March and April.  As it turns out, there were only two NV Homes that sold during that time frame.  Final sold prices were $539,900 and $582,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these two NV Homes sales and combining them with the previous twelve months of NV Homes sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with sold prices, we see the six month average and median values are the same, and both significantly above their respective twelve month values.  This mean NV Homes are gaining value.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance from seller to buyer, is an area not so seller friendly.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are significantly above their twelve month counterparts.  Unfortunately, this means on average, NV Homes sellers are giving more in closing cost help to their buyers in recent history.

Days on market is going to be unreliable until we get to the reports coming out in January.  Our new MLS, which we switched to in November last year, stops counting days on market when contingencies are removed if sellers are still willing to accept showings in pursuit of back up offers.  Therefore, it is not surprising to sell the six month days on market numbers nearly double the twelve month days on market.  Not to worry. When the time comes to sell, when I am looking at comps, I hand calculate how long it has been taking comparable homes to go under contract.  One day our MLS will understand that is the only number sellers care about.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in a little less than two months.  You could also expect to give about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, when the time to sell your home is on the horizon, reach out and let’s start talking.  My unparalleled knowledge of the neighborhood and marketing expertise is the perfect combination to get you the absolute most for your Braemar home.  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: January-February 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2019 (Heritage Series)

Anticipation and excitement of the spring season on my part is usually hampered by the allergic reaction to pollinating trees, shrubs and flowers popping up in Bristow.  It’s an easy enough problem to solve with some Zyrtec.  As a Top Braemar Listing Agent, this is the time of year when more than just flowers are blooming.  So are listings, which will be a relief for buyers looking for homes in Braemar.

This edition of the Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of homes in the Heritage Series. 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.

During the first two months of the year, there were two Heritage homes that sold.  Final sold prices for these two Yardleys could not be more different.

The sale for $414,000 was a bank owned home, having been to foreclosure.  The market didn’t care for the property at the list price of $449,900.  The other sale at $485,000 was a recently renovated Yardley that, as you will see, sold $10,000 above it’s asking price.

Taking these two sales together with the previous year’s worth of Heritage home sales, the updated six and twelve month value points give us a sense of current market conditions.

Both the six month average and median sold prices are below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This indicates a softening of values in the Heritage Series.  We’ll have to wait and see what next report tells us.  The demand for these homes is incredible.

When it comes to seller subsidy, there’s a clear trend when you see the six month average and median values higher than the twelve month values.  That means buyers are requesting and getting higher amounts of closing cost help from sellers.

Days on market (marketing time) is a slightly longer in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  However, due to the change to a new MLS system in November that calculates this value differently, we won’t have apples to apples comparisons until we have an entire year’s worth of data under the new system.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in a little over two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for your specific home’s value in the current marketplace.  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: November-December 2018 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2018 (Heritage Series)

As I look at the calendar, I can’t believe it is almost the end of January.  Time marches by quickly.  Thank goodness I still have time before the end of the month to get out my Braemar Property Value Reports.  It is always my goal to have them published online before the end of odd numbered months.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood during November and December 2018.  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.

During the last two months of 2018, there were two Heritage homes that sold in Braemar.  The details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these two sales, along with all the Heritage home sales in 2018, the six and twelve month data points we follow in this report are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold prices, we see that both the six month average and median sold prices are above their twelve month counterparts.  That means values of Braemar Heritage homes are still inching upwards.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) gives a bit of conflicting information.  The six month average seller subsidy is higher than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  That would indicate Braemar Heritage home sellers are giving more closing cost help recently.  However, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values are identical.  Let’s call this one stable for now.

When it comes to days on market, we also have conflicting trends.  The six month average is certainly a shorter time frame from the twelve month average marketing time.  However, the six month median marketing time is longer than the twelve month marketing time.  In all honesty, it is going to be one full year before we have reliable data in this category and that’s because our region switched to a new MLS system in November which calculates days on market differently.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in about five weeks.  You could also expect expect to give a little more than 1% of the sales price in closing cost assistance.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late March.  If you would like to receive a digital copy of the actual report, which is much like a financial statement of your home’s value, send me an email at ChrisAnn@LNF.com.  Of course, when it is getting time to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for a free market analysis.  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

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2018 (Arista Series)

You know it’s cold outside when you are layering your clothing while you are in your home office.  What can I say?  I love my Braemar Arista Series home, but Brookfield Homes certainly skimped on insulating the rooms over the garage in my model.  If you live in any home long enough, you find the flaws.   There is no such thing as the perfect home.  You learn that quickly as a Bristow Real Estate Agent.

This post isn’t about the quest for a perfect home, it’s about telling Braemar Arista home owners the current market values.  Of course, if you aren’t sure if you are a Braemar Arista home owner, the Arista Series floor plan include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  Still not sure if this is for you.  If you email me your address, I can certainly tell what model you have, and what report is meant for you.

There were two Braemar Arista homes that sold in the last two months of 2018.  There were both Canterbury floor plans.  The details of each sale are listed below:

Taking these two most recent Arista home sales and update our rolling twelve months worth of sales and updating the six and twelve month value points, a read on the market emerges.

Let’s start with the most important column to Arista home owners–sold price.  The six month average and median sold prices are both below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This is not great news.  It is indicative of a slight decline in Arista home values.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers,) it the six and twelve month median are exactly the same.  In better news, the six month average seller subsidy is less than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  It seems that while prices are lower, at least closing cost help given did not also go up.

Finally, we come to days on market.  The six and twelve month median are the same.  Good news in this column is that the six month average marketing time is faster than the twelve month average marketing time.  I don’t expect this trend to stay the same.  In mid-November, our region switched to a new MLS system that calculates DOM differently.  The most recent sales listed here were likely unaffected by that new algorithm  But in the coming reports this year, don’t be shocked if DOM goes up.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in about ten weeks.  You could also expect to give a little less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late March.  These reports will continue to be published on SellingBraemar.com and shared on my Braemar Facebook Page.  However, if you want electronic copies emailed to you, that you can print out and save like a financial statement, send me an email at ChrisAnn@LNF.com.

Until next time, if you want to know what your specific Braemar home is worth, contact me for a free market analysis.  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: September-October 2018 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Heritage Series)

Driving through Braemar, I notice more and more houses displaying holiday lights, or Christmas trees in the window.  It all brings a smile to my face. Eventually, I’ll get up the motivation, after watching enough Hallmark Christmas movies, to get up my own tree, but for now, my motivation lies in getting the latest in property value news out to the neighborhood.  This Braemar Property Value Report focuses on homes in the Heritage Series.  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.

This particular reporting period, covering sales between September and October, comes up with only three Braemar Heritage homes that sold.  the details of these sales are listed below:

As you can see, there is quite a difference in the lowest sold price and the highest sold price.  Big difference like that can throw off a tracking of average and meidan values.  That’s one of the reasons I have adjusted the way I do these reports and look at those values.  What happens next is I simply replace the data from September and October 2017, with these three sales in my rolling twelve month data store.  Then I parse out the six and twelve month values, giving us this:

For starters, looking at the six month average and median sold prices we see that they are both falling below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  that’s not great news and could be an early indication that Heritage home values are starting to slip.  At least two of the current three sales reported above fall about the six month median.  Only one falls above the six month average.  Time will tell if this is truly a slip in value, or a momentary anomaly.  After all, with news that Amazon is basing one of its headquarters in Arlington, a boost in market value in our entire metropolitan marketplace is expected.

The six month average seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is a tad higher than the twelve month average.  However, the six month median seller subsidy is lower than the twelve month seller subsidy.  Looks like Braemar Heritage home owners continue to give about the same amount of closing cost help in their deals.

Finally, days on market shows that the six month average and median values are below the twelve month average and median values.  In the cast of the median, it is only by one day.  This means that it is taking about the same amount of time to sell a Braemar Heritage home as it has for the past year.

If you placed you Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month. You could also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January and will detail our year end market, which happens to be one that I believe in very strongly.  It gets a bum rap from most real estate agents, but there really is a something magical in finding a home during the holidays.  And that kind of emotional pull by buyers, with limited inventory, can do wonders for a seller.  Want to explore the option of selling in the off-spring 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