Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2019 (Arista Series)

Who is out there enjoying the sunshine and temps in the low fifties today?  Sure it’s a weekday and the majority of Western Prince William County is at work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. The sun shining in the windows is lovely.  Too bad the weekend is cuing up to be nasty weather-wise. Just like the real estate market, the weather is beyond our control.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report we take a look back at the last two months of sales activity in the Arista Series in Braemar.  Homes known as Arista homes are the largest homes in Braemar built by Brookfield Homes.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  The most prevalent of these floor plans in Braemar is the Canterbury.

Getting right to it, there was one Canterbury that sold in December.  Details of the sale are below:

I’m sure I am not the only one scratching my head and wondering why five bedroom, three and a half bathroom Canterbury with a fully finished walk out basement sold for only $574,900.  It turned my stomach to see that one.  Well, part of the issue is that the sale was a Short Sale.  Short Sales are distressed sales where the owners of a home are upside down in their mortgage vs. what they will get for the sale of their home.  Even still, as a veteran Short Sale Agent that saw plenty of action in our neighborhood during the market down turn, I can say that the investors on the back end of the mortgage don’t give these homes away.  They usually want market value.  If this is what a bank considers market value for a Canterbury in Braemar, there could be trouble ahead.  The good news is that this shouldn’t be a comparable sale for any seller with equity.  Nonetheless, that isn’t going to stop buyers from pulling it up on any number of sites and getting unrealistic expectations of what a large single family home in Braemar is worth.  The latter could certainly affect our property values.  After all, buyers are half of the equation.

 Updating the six month and twelve month data points with the entire year’s worth of sales for Arista homes in 2019, here’s what we see:

Starting with sold price, we see the six month average is well above the twelve month average sold price.  However, the six month median has barely moved from the twelve month median.  Best case, Arista homes are still gaining ground in terms of value.  Worst case, they are holding steady.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is showing some good trends for Braemar home sellers.  The six month average seller subsidy is a good chunk below the twelve month average seller subsidy.  Meanwhile the six month median is slightly below the twelve month median.  Overall, this means Arista home sellers have been giving less closing cost help.

Days on market shows a trend I don’t like in the averages.  The six month average average marketing time is about fifty percent longer than the twelve month average marketing time.  I would love to blame the Short Sale that sold this reporting period that that one went under contract in twenty-five days!  Once again, however, the median values are where we find stability.  The six month median marketing time and the twelve month median marketing time are exactly the same.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about four to six weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have you been considering a spring sale, now is the time to get started.  By the time we are in the actual spring season, the spring selling season is well under way.  Now is the time to get on the market and get your price when the competition is minimal. Give me a call and let’s talk market timing.  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: September-October 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2019 (Heritage Series)

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, you can feel the excitement in the air.  Preparations and plans are being made for celebrations with family and friends.  Some may think that not much would be happening in the world of local real estate.  I am here to tell you that there is plenty happening in real estate.  In the last three days I got two properties under contract.  That’s what a professional, full-time agent does…they sell real estate no matter the season.  And yes, even though this is a lazy Saturday afternoon for many, I am happy to be typing up this Braemar Property Value Report.

This particular report focuses on sales 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.

There were nine Heritage homes that sold in Braemar during our current reporting period of September and October.  Final sold prices ranged from $432,600 to $550,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these nine sales and combining them with the entirety of the previous twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points that give us a snapshot of the health of our Braemar Heritage home market.  Those updated values are below:

Starting with the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values.  This means that values for Braemar Heritage homes are still pushing up.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyers, has remained at zero in both the six and twelve month median values.  That means in both sets of sales data, more than half the sales have NOT given closing cost help.  However, the six month average has risen when compared to the twelve month average.  When buyers are asking for closing cost help, it seems that it is more in the recent sales.

When it comes to days on market, there has been no change at all in the six month median and average compared to the twelve month median and average.  It is taking about the same amount of time it did a year ago to sell a Braemar Heritage home.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks.  You could also expect the odds to favor  you that you land a buyer that does not request closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January.  Until, I wish you all the best this holiday season.  Of course, if the need arises for you to sell your Braemar home before next year, don’t hesitate to call me.   I sell Braemar real estate every month of the year for top dollar.  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: September-October 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2019 (Arista Series)

There is no doubt that winter arrived early in Bristow.  Snow flurries and freezing temps are here. Brrrr.  I hope you have all winterized your hose bibs.  If not, definitely make it a priority.

For now, my priority is bringing you this Braemar Property Value Report, detailing sales of homes in the Arista Series. Those are the largest series of homes in Braemar built by Brookfield Homes.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  The most popular of these floor plans in Braemar is by far and away the Canterbury.

During the current reporting period of September and October, there was only one Arista home that sold.  The details are listed below:

Even though there is only one sale, that doesn’t mean we can’t get an idea of value and other trends in the market.  This report gives values in increments of six and twelve months based on the entirety of sales for the last twelve months.  Those data points this report are listed below:

Looking first at sold price, it is outstanding to see that the sale of 9946 Broadsword sold for higher than our reported six month average and six month median sold prices.  Furthermore, just the six month sold prices compared to their twelve month counterparts shows that the Arista home sales in the more recent past are higher.  This means values are still pushing up.

Seller subsidy, unfortunately, is always pushing up in the six month values compared the twelve month values.  Seller subsidy is closing cost help that sellers give buyers from their net proceeds at closing.  This number moving up is not a shock given my first hand experience in the market place.  Buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help lately.  If demand in our market wanes, this trend will continue.  If demand increases, we could once again see seller subsidy decrease.

Days on market does show a positive trend.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are below their respective twelve month values.  This means that Arista homes in Braemar are selling in a shorter amount of time by a week or a so in the more recent sales.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to be under contract in a little more than a month. You could also expect to pay 1% to 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, there are still buyers out looking to be “home for the holidays.”  If a need to move has arisen in your household, don’t hesitate to find out why waiting for spring may not be the only answer.  I am here to help you any time of the year.  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: July-August 2019 (Ryan Homes)

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

Another gorgeous fall day is upon us and I couldn’t be happier.  Today is property photo shoot day for a remodeled townhouse listing I have coming up.  And hopefully, tomorrow will be just as lovely for photos of an upcoming Braemar Piggyback townhouse that will also be hitting the market at the end of the week.

Before I head out for the days work errands, I figured I had time to get this Braemar Property Value Report out to you.  This particular report focuses on sales of single family homes built by Ryan Homes between July and August.  Let’s get right to it.

There were four Ryan Homes in Braemar that sold in our current reporting period.  I am so happy to have had one of those sales with sellers that listened to every bit of listing prep and reaped the rewards.  That sale highlighted below in pink.  For an older home with no exit in the basement, they got a great price and before they ever hit the market.  Here’s a list of all the Ryan Home sales during July and August.

Taking these four sales and combining them with the previous twelve months of Ryan Home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  They are listed below:

Starting with the sold price category, we see that the six month average sold price is much higher than the twelve month average sold price.  When it comes to comparing the six month median to the twelve month median sold price, we still see an increase in value in the short term, but not as drastic as the average.  Either way, Ryan Homes are still increasing in value.

Unfortunately, another place where we see an increase is in seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyers.  The six month average is a bit higher than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  However, the six month median seller subsidy is substantially higher than the twelve month median.  Buyers are requesting, and receiving more closing cost help in more recent sales.  My sellers at Hopper Lane were very fortunate to only have to give $200 as a repair credit.

Marketing time shows a trend sellers will love.  Both the six month average and median marketing times are below their respective twelve month counterparts.  This means Ryan Homes in Braemar are selling faster than they have been.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you fear you may have missed the top of the market this past spring with all the talk of recession, give me a call and let’s talk about what’s happening in our Braemar real estate 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

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (Heritage Series)

What’s not to love about a gorgeous fall afternoon?  At least I got to enjoy a bit of it before landing at my desk and typing up the latest Braemar Property Value Report.  This report focuses on the sales activity from July to August 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.

There were two Braemar Heritage homes on that sold in the last two months.  Those sales are detailed below:

While most of my business is listing homes, there is about 25% of that comes from representing buyers.  The reason the sale on Noltland Castle is highlighted in blue is that I represented the buyer on that sale.  Listings that I sell that end up in this report are highlighted in pink.  I was delighted to get such a great deal on Noltland Castle for my buyers.  I had just sold a Waverly on Naughton Court for $536,000, which was better in the kitchen, but less in that it had one less full bathroom and it did not have an exit from the basement.  So if you ask me, my buyers got a great deal.  It certainly pays to have me on the listing side.

Taking these two sales and putting them with the last twelve months of Braemar Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  Here’s what they are right now:

Looking first at sold prices, we see both the six month average and median sold prices are above their respective twelve month sold prices.  This means values of Heritage homes in Braemar is still inching up.  For how much longer?  I wish I had that crystal ball, but agents in the market can feel a shift coming.

Seller subsidy (a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers) is unchanged in the six month median compared to the twelve month median at zero.  Meanwhile, the six month average seller subsidy fell 10% below the twelve month average seller subsidy.  Buyers have been requesting less closing cost help to get under contract in the seller’s market we have been experiencing.

Days on market, or marketing time as I like to call it, shows a decrease in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar Heritage homes have been selling even faster.

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 to pay an average of about 1/2% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you are concerned about the talk you are hearing of impending recession, but were thinking of selling, call me to find out why the fall market is strong choice.  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 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Heritage Series)

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

What’s a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent do on the weekend when they aren’t showing property on Saturday?  Research the market and put out another Braemar Property Value Report of course!  This particular edition focuses on sales of Heritage Series homes in Braemar between May and June. 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.

There were nine Heritage homes that sold in Braemar between May and June.  Exactly the same number of Heritage homes that sold in our last report, by the way.  Sold prices ranged from $425,000 to $539,000.  Details of those sales are listed below.

You may immediately notice that the last sale is highlighted in pink.  That is because that was a home that I listed and sold.  It was great to be able to help the seller of 10024 Naughton Court get multiple offers and sell above list price.  Selling Braemar homes for top dollar is my specialty.

Taking these nine sales from May and June and combining them with the entirety of the last twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  Here’s what they look like now:

Let’s start with a quick look at sold prices.  The six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month median sold price is exactly the same as the twelve month median sold price.  The former indicates rising values.  The latter indicates stability.  Either way, home values aren’t falling.  We’ll just wait to see if there is a more definite trend next report.

In the category of seller subsidy, a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers, there is a definite trend and it favors sellers.  The six month average seller subsidy is lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  While the six and twelve month median values are the same, they are holding at zero closing cost help.  In this market of high demand and low inventory, buyers are having to forego large closing cost requests to win in multiple offer situations.

When it comes to days on market, we have not yet gotten to the point of having twelve solid months of marketing time data from our new MLS.  It won’t be until January 2020 that we do.  So for now, any trend here is unreliable.  That said, this report shows that the average days on market is unchanged from the twelve month value to the six month value.  Meanwhile, the six month median days on market is shorter than the twelve month median days on market.

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 within a week or two and a half.  As for closing cost help, if you had to give any, it would likely be minimal.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, when you are ready to investigate the sale of your Braemar home, give me a call.  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 Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2019 (2nd Quarter)

9684 Tarvie Circle sold for $444,000 on May 31, 2019.

Before my open house at 12849 Rannoch Forest this afternoon, this dedicated Braemar Real Estate Agent has put together the last of my quarterly property value reports.  Today you will learn what happened in the second quarter of 2019 in the world of Braemar Reflection Series homes.  If you aren’t familiar with what a Braemar Reflection home is, they are the semi-detached single family homes located off Tarvie Circle.  They are attached only at the rear load garage to one neighboring property.

Between April and June, there were two sales of Braemar Reflection homes.  I am very pleased to have listed and sold, for the second time, 9684 Tarvie Circle.  Because it was my listing, it is highlighted in pink in the detailed list below.

While my listing was not the highest sold price, for what it offered it sold for a very good price.  The high sold price of $492,500 included four finished levels.  My listing had two finished levels.  It also went under contract in less than a week.

Taking these two most recent sales and combining them with the entire twelve months worth of Reflection Series sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

While the median sold price is unchanged from the twelve month value to the six month value, the average sold price has increased in the six month value compared to the twelve month value.  That means that these semi-detached homes in Braemar are still pushing up in value.  It may not be by leaps and bounds, but an increase is an increase.

A bigger change in the short term, compared to the long term, is a decrease in seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers.)  The six month average and median seller subsidy values are both below their twelve month counterparts.  Being out in the Braemar real estate market helping buyers and sellers day in and day out, it is no surprise given the lack of inventory and high buyer demand, that buyers are having to temper their requests for closing cost help.  In the case of 9684 Tarvie, my sellers were able to offset the cost of that seller subsidy by increasing their sales price.  Not an unusual strategy when a buyer must have the closing cost help.

As you may recall, days on the market has undergone a change in how it is reported in our new MLS, which was adopted by the market in November.  Until we have a year’s worth of the new data, which will be the first report of 2020, these numbers are unreliable.  As presented, the increase of the six month days on market numbers compared to their twelve month counterparts, indicates that it is taking longer to sell a semi-detached home in Braemar.  That is simply not what I am experiencing.  It will be wonderful if our MLS would adopt the same stopping point for counting marketing time that our previous one did.  I won’t hold my breath.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, within a month and half you would be under contract and well on your way to closing.  You could also reasonably expect to about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar semi-detached home is on the horizon, give me a call.  You only get one shot to maximize the profit from the sale of your home.  Since 2005, No One Knows 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