Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Ryan Homes)

On this Thanksgiving Eve I am pleased to bring you the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports focusing on single family home sales in our neighborhood. This report looks at the sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. Let’s get right to it.

There were two Ryan homes that sold in Braemar during the months of September and October. The details of those sales are listed below.

You may be wondering, why is one sale in pink type? That is because it was my listing. On the surface you may also wonder, how does a home with a walk out basement sell for less than a home with no exit from the basement. If you take a look at 9528 Ballagan, you will notice that there was a lack of kitchen and bathroom updates. The hardwood floors were not in the greatest condition, but time was tight getting the home on the market as the sellers had already gone under contract on the home of their choice. Instead of cosmetic updates, the sellers did some deferred maintenance issues, including rebuilding a deck. By the time they hit the market, they had just three days to get their home under contract to remove their home sale contingency in their purchase contract. It got done and without having to complete any inspection repairs on their list side or give any seller subsidy, which the other sale gave. It was a success for the sellers. There are always buyers that will be able to see beyond basic, or outdated, finishes at the right price.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan home sales in Braemar going back to November 2021, the year’s worth of sales data marches forward two months and the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, both the six month values are still above their corresponding twelve month values. However, compared to last report, the gap between the six month and twelve month sold prices is narrowing. This is something seen in the majority of single family home reports I have compiled for Braemar this reporting period. Buyer behavior has changed with rising mortgage interest rates. They are not acting in a frenzy. Multiple offers is no longer something you can expect. One buyer at a time is what most sellers are encountering. As a result, the growth in value by leaps and bounds has become much more steady, but hopefully, more sustainable.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has increased in the six month average compared to last report, but decreased in the twelve month average when looking at last report. More importantly, with both the six and twelve month median values at zero means more than half of sellers in both time frames gave none. This is good news, as many agents and lenders are advising sellers to advertise seller subsidy to help with buying down the rate for a buyer’s mortgage. My professional opinion, as my sellers know well, is not to offer anything in seller subsidy. If a buyer needs it, they will ask. If they don’t need it, you will never know as you are giving it regardless if you offered.

Days on market, not surprisingly with buyer behavior changing, is creeping up compared to last report. While there are still not enough homes to meet buyer demand, we are still in a seller’s market. However, there are plenty of agents out there thinking we have entered a buyer’s market. That understanding on an agent’s behalf would result in lower offers on behalf of their buyers, or poor advice to their sellers, like lowering list price if their home hadn’t sold in five days.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in two weeks or so. Seller subsidy requests are certainly becoming more common, but every choice made about preparing your home for market, how to price and whether or not you hire a listing agent that believes in professional marketing, it is going to affect buyer enthusiasm. The more excited buyers are about your home in any market, the more likely you are to sell faster than your competitors and get terms that favor you.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. I do hope you enjoy Thanksgiving and the rest of our year end holidays, spending time with friends and family. And if a move looks like it is on your horizon, know that my business runs year round. Get in touch and set up your complementary consultation whenever the the need arises. In fact, the more time you have to plan listing projects the better. In other words, you can not contact me too early. 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Heritage Series)

A rainy fall day is a good day to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Of course, from where I sit as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, I think any day is a good day for Braemar Property Value Report. Today’s report focuses on Heritage homes in our neighborhood. Heritage 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.

Looking back to September and October, there were eight Heritage homes that sold in our neighborhood. The details of those sales are listed below:

At a glance, we see that sold prices ranged from $515,000 to $586,000. Only three of eight sellers gave any seller subsidy and there is only one double digit days on market (DOM.) Taking these eight sales and combining them with the entire twelve months of Braemar Heritage home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column, we find both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This means Heritage homes in Braemar are still gaining value. No surprise in our scarce inventory/high demand market.

Next up is the seller subsidy column, where we learn how much closing cost assistance sellers gave to buyers in their transactions. The six month average seller subsidy is slightly lower than the twelve month average seller subsidy. The six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy values are in agreement at zero. That means in both those time period of sales, more than half the sellers gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market shows an already healthy twelve month average marketing time shrinking by one week in the six month average. As for the median values, they are both at five days. That means more than half the sellers in each of those time frames got under contract in five days or less.

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 that you would not have to give any seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness this upcoming holiday season. Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home between now and next report, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our year end market is incredibly powerful and may be just what you need. I am happy to conduct a free consultation to explain what a year end sale could mean to you. 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2020 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2020 (Arista Series)

The chill of fall is in the air and reminding me why I love this time of year so much.  Brightly colored leaves will be a welcome sight next month.  Unfortunately for buyers, it seems the coming of fall doesn’t seem to have lightened demand for housing.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report, detailing sales of homes in the Arista Series.  Arista homes are the large single family homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood and are one of three models:  Arista, Buckingham or Canterbury.

During our current reporting period of July and August, there were four Arista homes that sold.  The details of those sales are listed below.

Combining these four sales with the entire previous twelve months of Arista home sales, back to June 2019, our updated six and twelve month value points are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median values are both higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means that Arista home values in Braemar continue to push upward.

The seller subsidy column is where we see how much closing cost help sellers are giving.  While the six month median and twelve month median values are identical, indicating no change, the six month average is slightly higher than the twelve month average.  As our market demand continues to increase prices and move homes quickly, buyers in upper price ranges may be struggling to afford every cost associated with buying them.  We see that half of the sellers in our current reporting period gave closing cost help, the other half gave none.

The last column shows us how long it has been taking to sell Braemar Arista homes.  Both the six month average and median marketing times are faster than their twelve month counterparts.  This means Braemar Arista homes are selling faster.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week.  You could also expect you may have to give some closing cost.  Expect the worst, hope for the best.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you have been looking for the top of the market to sell your Braemar home, we are nearing that point.  We will only know we’ve hit the top when we start to see prices falling.  Now is an excellent time to sell.  Get in touch with me if you want to investigate the sale of 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: July-August 2019 (Arista Series)

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

School is back is session and the fall season is upon us.  Time to reflect on the last two months of our Braemar summer real estate market and see what happened with Braemar Arista Series home values.  In case you are not familiar with the the name, Arista Series homes are among the largest homes in Braemar, built by Brookfield Homes.  The Arista Series homes are one of three floor plans:  Arista, Buckingham and Canterbury.

There was only one Braemar Arista home that sold during the months of July and August.  As it turns out, I was the Buyer’s Agent on this deal.  That’s why it is highlighted in blue text.  Details of the sale are listed below:

Even though this was only sale, when combined with the entirety of the last twelve months of Arista home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated.  That gives us a chance to see trends happening in the short term to the long term.  The latest six and twelve month average and median values are below:

Starting with the sold price column, we see that the six month average is slightly above the twelve month average.  Slightly above is still above and heading in the right direction for Braemar Arista home owners to gain more equity in our rising market.  The six month median is well above the twelve month median, a much more visible indicator that property values are moving up for Arista home owners.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is notably higher in both six month value points compared to the their twelve month counterparts.  Seems Braemar buyers in this price range are starting to request more closing cost help…and they are getting it.

Days on market has come down in both the six month average and median values compared to the twelve month average and median values.  This means Braemar homes in this higher price range are selling a little faster than they had been.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within about five weeks.  You could also expect to pay a little less than 1.5% of the sales price, on average, in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, feel free to reach out and learn about the benefits of our year end selling season if you are considering a sale in the next six or eight months.   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