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

 

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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: 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

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

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

A rainy weekend is always a great time for this Top Braemar Real Estate Agent to crunch numbers for new Braemar Property Value Reports.  The first report in the series is for the Arista Series.  Why? From the inception of this report, I have start with detached homes, alphabetical by the series.

In the event you are unfamiliar with what exactly an Arista Series home in Braemar is, they are the three largest single family homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood.  The floor plans are the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  If you aren’t sure what floor plan your Braemar home is, feel free to send me an email with your address and I’ll be happy to let you know.

During the months of March and April, there were two Braemar Arista homes that sold.  The details of those sales are below:

Unfortunately, the sale at 9530 Laurencekirk was a foreclosure in rough shape.  Having personally toured it, I wondered why the bank would not even bother with a simple house cleaning.  There was filth that left your mind to imagine all kinds of horrible scenarios in the master bathroom and the kitchen.  The powder room on the main level must have had a water issue because the drywall on the lower half of the framing had been removed.  It was such a sad sight.  And honestly, I’m shocked anyone paid $463,000 for the home with the amount of work that needed to be done.

When I updated the six and twelve month data points with our newest sales in the rolling twelve months of Arista home sales, here is what I came up with:

The six month average and median sold prices are both below their twelve month counterparts. I would love to tell you that this is due to that very sad foreclosure sale, but the truth is that Arista homes haven’t had six month values above the twelve month values since our September/October 2018 report.  It seems that Arista home values have been trending down, despite the frenzy of buyer demand in our area.  Buyers are gobbling up homes under $500,000.  The larger homes are not experiencing the same conditions.

When it comes to seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers,) there is good news.  It seems that buyers are getting less in seller subsidy in the six month values than we see in the twelve month values.  That’s a good trend for Braemar Arista home owners.

Days on market, is one where we see no change in the six month median to twelve month median values.  However the six month average marketing time is a little shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.

If you placed your Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two months.  You could also expect to give a minimal amount in closing cost help, if the current trend holds.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, if you want to know what your Braemar Arista home is worth in the current market, give me a call or send me an email.  Selling Braemar homes is my specialty.  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: January-February 2019 (Arista Series)

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

As I type up this most recent Braemar Property Value Report for home sales in the Arista Series, it is St. Patrick’s Day.  Will the luck of the Irish be with us in this report? Thankfully, luck has nothing to do with the market.  It’s all supply and demand.  Keeping regularly tabs on the market stats gives us the best idea of where supply and demand are trending.

Before we get to the report itself, if you don’t know what a Braemar Arista Series home is, they are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in Braemar.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

During the current reporting period of January and February, there were no Arista homes that sold.  Supply problem or demand problem?  Hmm.  We’ll know next report because there are currently quite a few Arista homes on the market.

What we can do is take a look at the refreshed six and twelve month average and median values. 

Unfortunately, the six month average and median sold prices have fallen below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Values had been slipping in recent sales near the end of the year.  That is an indication that demand for the largest homes in the neighborhood was waning.  Only time will tell if that continues.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is much lower in the six month values compared to the twelve month values.  Buyers in the most sales did not require large amounts of closing cost help.  That’s good news.

When it comes to days on market (marketing time) we see mixed information.  The six month average marketing time is lower than the twelve month marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is higher than the twelve month median.  Neither change is very dramatic.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, these numbers indicate that your home should be under contract and well on it’s way to settlement, in eight to ten weeks.  You could also expect to pay a small amount in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, if you would like to know what your home would be worth in today’s market, call 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

www.UncompromisingValues.com