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 (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

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

 

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: March-April 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Heritage Series)

12146 Millbill Court sold for $499,800 on April 16th, 2019.

Graduation time is approaching and I know several families with seniors at Patriot High School that are excited to see this time come for their kids.  Of course, the excitement is tempered with a bit of sadness.  Time flies and when something like a graduation marks exactly how much time has gone by, it can give you pause.  Take time to enjoy the moments and celebrate safely.

Speaking of time, enough has passed to present you with another Braemar Property Value Report.   The various editions of the Braemar Property Value Report come out every two months and tracks sales of particular home types in our neighborhood, tracking values along the way.  This report focuses on sales of Braemar 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.

Tied with Braemar townhouses for the most sales in the months of March and April, Heritage homes saw nine sales in our current reporting period.  That’s a lot of sales activity!  The sales are detailed below.

The sales ranged in final sold price from $442,000 to $550,000.  I was pleased to sell 12146 Millbill Court, highlighted in pinkish-purple above.  It is the oldest home on the list and sold above list price, with multiple offers, for the highest price of any of those built in the 1990’s.  And despite the marketing time listed above, it was under contract in two days.  It took twenty-two days to remove the contingencies.  That means our new MLS is still reporting marketing time in a manner in-congruent with what we had been used to, making marketing time above unreliable.

Taking these sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get new six and twelve month data points.   Those figures are listed below.

Starting with sold price, it is fantastic to see both the six month average and median sold prices above their twelve month counterparts.  This means values of Braemar Heritage homes are still increasing.

When it comes to seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance sellers give buyers, the six month average is below the twelve month average, while both the six and twelve month median values are zero.  In the seller’s market, many buyers have been having to forego closing cost help, or settle for lower amounts, to win out in multiple offer situations.  More good news for Braemar Heritage home owners.

Marketing time, as mentioned above when discussing the sale of 12146 Millbill Court, is a number that is not counted the same as it used to be in our old MLS.  Previously, as soon as a home went under contract, no matter variety of contract status was published, the days on market counter stopped in our old MLS. However, in November, we switched to an MLS that only stops the days on market counter if you choose the contract status indicating there are no contingencies in the contract.  It’s a mess.  So when I see that marketing time has increased in both the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts, I am not at all panicked.  Braemar Heritage homes are going under contract fast!

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 closing in fifteen to twenty days.  You could also expect to pay 1/2% of the sales price in closing cost help, if any at all, to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, rest assured that when the time comes for you to sell your Braemar home, I will hand calculate marketing times during our meeting.  I know you don’t care how long it takes to get contingencies removed, but how long it takes to make a deal with a buyer.  And my unparalleled knowledge of our neighborhood and top notch marketing, will get your home under contract for the maximum amount of money in short order.  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