Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2018 (Arista Series)

It always makes me smile to see the leaves start to change into their brilliant fall wardrobe. The trees on the east side of Native Rocks Drive are always among the first to start going from green to gold.  Of course, I have no idea what kind of trees those are because my specialty is not landscaping, but selling homes.  As a top Braemar Real Estate Agent, it is one of my favorite jobs to periodically look at the most recent sales data and share it with you.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report covers sales of Arista Series homes in Braemar.  Those are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans.

Between the months of July and August, only one Braemar Arista home sold.  It was a four level Canterbury with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms.  It listed and sold for $599,900 and took only twenty-one days to sell.  Details of the sale are listed below:

To get an updated account of how Arista homes in Braemar are doing overall, we take this sale and put into a rolling twelve month collection of previous Arista home sales.  Then we parse that data out into six and twelve month markers.  When we do that, here’s what we find:

What we want to see in a six month to twelve month comparison in values is increased sold prices in the six month values, and lower seller subsidy (closing cost assistance) and days on market (marketing time) in those six month values compared to the twelve month values.

Looking at sold prices for the Arista Series, the six month average and median sold prices are both above the twelve month average and median sold prices.  That’s great news.  Values for Arista homes are continuing to rise.  However, the seller subsidy figures are higher in the six month average and median, compared to the twelve month average and median.  That means sellers are giving more of their net proceeds to buyers as closing cost help.  As for the marketing time, those numbers give us a mixed picture.  The six month average days on market is higher than the twelve month average days on market, but only by five days.  The six month median is twelve days shorter than the twelve month median.  All in all, those variations show that it is taking about the same amount of time as it has been taking, to sell Braemar Arista homes.

If you placed  your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in three weeks to two and a half months.  You could also expect to spend 1.5% to 2% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then,know that you  can’t start to preparing to sell too early. When you are starting the thought process of moving, 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

 

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

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

It may not have felt like all that bad of a thunderstorm, but the storm we had around 2pm today in Bristow knocked a big tree down off of Tartan Hills Parkway in Braemar.  Thankfully, the tree isn’t blocking the road, but it is blocking the path on the Broadsword Drive side of Tartan Hills Parkway.  I was on my way to re-stage a listing that just came back on the market when I saw that downed tree.  Turns out our neighborhood is great at keeping our on-site managers informed.  I called as soon as I drove past the tree, but the staff was already aware and had phoned it in to BrightView.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one focuses on single family dwellings built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.  And while there were no sales of Ryan Homes to report in May and June we still have updated data from the past year to review.

There is some contradictory sold price data when we compare the six month sold prices to the twelve month sold prices.  Increase in six month over twelve month sold prices means values are going up.  Decreases in six month compared to twelve month sold prices means values are slipping.  Well, the six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average, but the six month median is lower than the twelve month median.  Since neither marks a huge change in either direction, this is a sign of stability in sold prices of Ryan Homes.

The seller subsidy in the six month values is a good chunk below the seller subsidy in the twelve month values.  This means sellers of Ryan Homes have not been giving their buyers as much in closing cost help.  Another good trend is that days on market is down in the six month values compared to the twelve month values.  This means it is taking less time to sell Ryan Homes in Braemar.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a month.  You could also expect to pay less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost assistance.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, if you want to know how the most recent sales activity in Braemar is affecting your home’s values, 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: January-February 2018 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2018 (NV Homes)

It is the second day of spring and the residents of Braemar are experiencing a snow day.  Seems nuts, but it happens.  I’m a lifelong resident of Northern Virginia. March snow storms are not completely out of the ordinary.  They don’t happen every year, but every five or eight years, you get hit with one.

For a top producing Braemar Real Estate Agent, a snow day is a great time to put together another Braemar Property Value Report.  Today’s “snow day” report focuses on homes built by NV Homes in Braemar.

Unfortunately, for the first two months of the year, there were no NV Homes that sold.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a look at what the updated six and twelve month values tell us.

When we look at the six month median and average sold price values, we find that they are lower than the twelve month median and average sold values.  That’s not great news.  Then again, we are really going on only two months of home sales making up the six month values.  Those were in November and December.  We can’t truly determine a pattern until we consistently have more information.

What we can determine from those six month values is that if you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so.  It might take a tad longer, but I doubt it would take the 109 days showing in the six month average. That number is skewed by an NV Home that lingered due to poor marketing and too high a price.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost to the the buyer (seller subsidy.)

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your NV Home, 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: January-February 2018 (Courtyard Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2018 (Courtyard Series)

What’s a top Braemar Real Estate Agent do on St. Patrick’s Day?  Prepare another Braemar Property Value Report of course!  Keeping Braemar home owners up to date on property values is what I do…that is, when I am not selling Braemar homes.  Tracking Braemar property values is important and it affects me too as a Braemar home owner.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the sales of Courtyard homes in the neighborhood in January and February.  If you don’t know, 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 three Braemar Courtyard homes that sold during the first two months of the year.  The details of those sales is listed below.  And if you are wondering why the first sale is highlighted in pink, that is because it was my listing.  It also happened to be the very first sale of the 2018 in Braemar.

Final sold prices of the three sales ranged from $409,900 to $415,000.  I’m very pleased that my listing garnered the highest sold price for this report, lowest marketing time (DOM) and lowest closing cost help (seller subsidy.)

When we put these sales into our rolling six and twelve month values, what we find is that the Braemar Courtyard home market is inching forward.  The increases in average and median sold prices in the six month values compared to the twelve month values are minor, but they are upward activity nonetheless.  Unfortunately, closing cost help and marketing time are increasing as well, and by larger margins.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a little over a month.  You could also expect to pay 2%-3% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, if you are looking for the highest possible sales price for your Braemar home, 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: January-February 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2018 (Arista Series)

It’s about that time again.  Time to bring you up to speed with our Braemar real estate market, more specifically, what’s happening with the Arista Series homes in our neighborhood.  Arista Series homes are the large, single family homes built by Brookfield Homes.  Floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

When I pictured what mid-March would be like in Braemar, I didn’t picture gray winter skies, harsh winds and cold temps.  I also didn’t picture a contracted real estate market with still so little for buyers to choose from.  In all of Braemar, as I type this right now, there are only seven active listings for sale.  Homes are going off the market nearly as quickly as they are coming on.  Buyer demand is still high, but don’t let that fool you.  Buyers are still passing up overpriced listings.  Buyers want move in ready.  Carpet and paint done.  No projects.

For about half a year now, there’s been an Arista Series home lingering on the market.  With nothing else to choose from, buyers have passed it over time and again.  Other large homes that come on the market get gobbled up nearly immediately. Price and condition make a difference, even in a seller’s market.  So while there is at least one Arista Series home for sale, there are no sales to report for the months of January and February.  However, we can glean some information on what the market trend is by dropping our January and February sales from 2017 and taking a look at our six and twelve month value markers again.

Right now,  the six month average and median sold prices are slightly below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  This could be an early indicator that prices could be near peak in these large Braemar single family homes.  Or, it could be a sign that the market is cooling off to this big homes.  Only time is going to tell.

If you were to place your Braemar Arista Series home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month and a half.  You could also expect to pay out at least $5,000 in closing cost help to a buyer. Marketing time and seller subsidy have been fairly consistent over the last year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  By then, we may have some new sales to report in the Arista Series. Until then, when you are ready 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

 

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2017 (Heritage Series)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report.  This one details sales of homes in the Heritage Series during the months of September and October.  Before we get started, let’s specify what defines a Braemar Heritage Series home.  Heritage homes 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.  

There was quite a bit of sales activity during the last two months in the Heritage Series.  Here are the details of those sales.

You may notice that one of those sales is highlighted in purple.  That is a home I listed and sold.  It was the highest sold price of the reporting period.  Also the lowest marketing time at two days on the market.

When we freshen up our rolling six and twelve month average and median values, here’s what we find:

The six month average and median sold prices are higher than their twelve month counterparts.  That means Heritage home values are still pushing up.  Unfortunately, seller subsidy (closing cost help) is a little higher too in the short term.  Marketing time is stable short term compared to long term.

If you placed  your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to three weeks, maybe a tad longer.  (My two most recent Braemar Heritage home listings went under contract in eleven and nineteen days.)  You could also expect to pay about $5,000 in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in the New Year.  Until then, if you find yourself needing to list your property now, don’t panic.  Call me!  I work year round and LOVE the off spring market.  And 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 2017 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report:  May-June 2017 (NV Homes)

The weather the last few days in Bristow, VA has felt sweltering.  High temps.  High humidity.  It makes being outside during the mid-afternoon unpleasant.  These are the dog days of summer and great days to spend at the Braemar community pools.  Of course, I’m still plugging away at my Braemar Property Value Reports.  Three more left to churn out and this NV Homes update in one of them, so let’s get to it.

Between the months of May and June there were four NV Homes in Braemar that sold.   The details of those sales follow:

When we combine the sold prices with our rolling six and twelve month data, what we find in terms of value is good news. Both the six month average and median sold prices are above their twelve month counterparts.  This means values are still pushing up.

Unfortunately, it also appears that seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is rising too, but the big number that is going to be throwing off the average here is that $23,000 seller subsidy given on the sale of 10039 Three Sisters.  You’ll also notice that the sold price on that home is much higher than the list price.  Well, in talking with the Listing Agent of that property, when the appraisal came in much higher than the agreed sales price, the buyer’s lender suggested something out of left field–raising the sales price and the seller subsidy.  Truly a strange move and one that is going to throw off NV Homes closing cost assistance averages for the next year.  So for now, let’s rely on the median.  Marketing time seems slightly faster in the six month figures compared to the twelve month values.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to give about $7,000 in closing cost help.  You could also expect to be under contract in about four to five weeks time.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late September.  Until then, if you
want to know how these most recent sales are affecting your 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®, Manassas VA

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

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