Braemar End Unit Piggyback Townhouse: Under Contract in 6 Days!

Braemar End Unit Piggyback Townhouse: Under Contract in 6 Days!

On September 26th, it was my pleasure to introduce 13036 Bathgate Way to the Braemar marketplace.  Priced at $355,000, we were optimistic about what we had to offer, but were entering the market competing against two other piggyback townhouses and one patio home that had yet to be chosen.  Didn’t even realize that we hit the market the same day as yet another piggyback style townhouse.  The next door neighbor was a competitor and it had been on the market since late August.  The market wasn’t gobbling up everything right away.  

This is where my seller excelled.  She did everything that she could to make her property marketable.  She painted it inside and took care of wood rot and trim outside.  She even made a fall wreath for the door.  She would have me over to look at the progress and I would give her more pointers.  The last trip over with last minute tips was the one where I thought she would open a window and throw me out.  I suggested removing more of her furniture and rearranging how it was laid out.  This meant more heavy lifting.  No seller likes hearing suggestions when they feel worn down to a nub.  My seller, however, was a champ.  She trusted what I was saying about the market changing and that if she wanted to get this done quickly, she had one chance to make a first impression.

The day I showed up to meet the photographer my seller had transformed her living area by removing the pieces I suggested and rearranging the furnishings.  The home was clean as a whistle and ready to say cheese for the photographer.  After fourteen in this business, I know that professional marketing makes all the difference in getting chosen over your competitors, getting your price, and most importantly keeping your price through the appraisal process.  I hire professionals to take the photos and even hire professionals to install the yard sign.  It is not unusual for my sign to be sitting straight and sturdy next to a flimsy, self-installed post.  I am happy to put my own money where my mouth is and hire out these services and even bring in my own staging items to make a house look more welcoming.  And of course, it my ultimate pleasure to feature my Braemar listings on my Braemar blog.

Our existing three competitors and the one that hit the market the same day as us are still on the market.  Meanwhile, my seller got two offers within four days.  It just took two additional days to button up the deal with the buyer that was the most attractive to the seller.

If everything goes as planned, I’ll be back on Halloween to tell you that this end unit beauty has sold and give you the final details.  In the meantime, when it is time to sell your home, I would be delighted to get the same results for you.  No matter the market, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression on buyers or the appraiser.  Hire the best to get the job done right.  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 Townhouse Report: July-August 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2019

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What gorgeous days we have had this week!  I’ve been out getting two new listings ready for market.  Time to sit back at my desk and bring up the rear of the Braemar Property Value Reports with the final in this series, the Braemar Townhouse Report.

This particular report focuses on traditional Braemar townhouse sales between the months of July and August.   Traditional townhouses, for the sake of this report, are three level townhouses, not condo ownership, with back yards.

There were were nine townhouses that sold during our current reporting period.  Final sold prices ranged from $260,000 to $379,000.  Quite a range of prices.  Here are the details of all nine sales:

Taking all of these most recent sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points which give us an idea what direction the market is heading.  Below are the updated six and twelve month  values:

Looking first at the sold price column, we find that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their twelve month respective values.  This means Braemar townhouse values are still increasing.

When we look at the seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyers, we see that the amounts given in both the six month average and median were below the amounts in the twelve month counterpart.  Buyers are asking for less closing help to compete in this market.

Finally, when it comes to days on market (marketing time) we find another seller favored trend.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are below their twelve month comparative values.  This means Braemar townhouses have been selling even faster.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about three weeks.  You could also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you have been considering selling your Braemar townhouse and moving up, give me a call and let’s talk market conditions and logistics.  Braemar real estate is what I know best.  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 Townhouse Report: May-June 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2019

BWelcome to the Braemar Townhouse Report!  This is the last of the Braemar Property Value Reports that I compile to keep Braemar home owners up to date on what is happening in our real estate market.  This particular report covers the sale of traditional townhouses in Braemar that are NOT condos, have three levels and a back yard.

There were eighteen townhouses in Braemar that sold between the beginning of May and end of June.  Final sold prices ranged from $270,000 to $385,000.  The details of those sales are listed below in chronological order.

Adding these eighteen sales with the previous twelve months worth of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as you see below.

Starting with the sold price column, we immediately see a great trend.  The six month average and six month median sold prices are both above their respective twelve month data points.  That means Braemar townhouses are still pushing up in value.

Seller subsidy, a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers, shows another trend favorable to Braemar townhouse sellers.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy amounts are lower than their twelve month counterparts.  This means buyers are asking for less closing cost in this competitive market when demand is high and inventory is low.

Days on market, or what I call marketing time, is an unreliable category since the change to our new MLS in November 2018.  Our previous MLS stopped counting days on market no matter what contract status a listing agent chose for a listing.  It truly told us how long it took to go under contract.  Our new MLS has two different contract statuses and each one stops counting days on market at a different point.  One when a property goes under contract, another when the buyer’s contingencies have been removed.  If we took these numbers at face value, it seems that the six month average marketing time is a little longer than it has been in the longer term, twevle month average.  The six month median marketing time is only one day longer than the twelve month median marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement within two to four weeks.  You could also expect to pay out about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September.   Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar townhouse, call me for the best results.  Selling Braemar homes for top dollar 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 Townhouse Report: March-April 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2019

It is hard to believe that May is nearly over, school is almost out and summer is upon us.  While we enjoy our sunny summer days, it is time for the latest edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report.  This one features traditional townhouse sales in Braemar during the spring months of March and April.

There were nine Braemar townhouses that sold during our current reporting period.  Oddly enough, there were all one car garage townhouses.  That hasn’t happened that I can recall in the time I’ve been putting these reports since 2005.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these nine sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, our updated six and twelve month data points are as follows:

Let’s start by taking a look at the category that interests all Braemar townhouse owners the most:  sold price.   Even though all but one or two of the nine current sales are above the six month average and median values, the six month value markers have both fallen below their respective twelve month value markers.  Given the aforementioned sold prices from March and April, this is likely a hiccup and nothing to indicate falling values. Time will tell when the next Braemar Townhouse Report is published in July.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance to buyers, is largely unchanged when looking at the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  Clearly, the majority of Braemar townhouse buyers are expecting some amount of closing cost help.

Finally we come to days on market, or marketing time as I like to call it.  Here we see a definite increase when comparing the six month average to the twelve month average, and also when we compare the six month median with the twelve month median.  If we hadn’t changed MLS systems in November, which calculates days on market differently, this would concern me.  It doesn’t right now.  And when we sit down to look at the Braemar market when you are ready to sell your townhouse, one thing I do is manually calculate how long it takes homes to go under contract.  Until the MLS days on market is a reliable value, that’s what any Top Braemar Listing Agent should be doing.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about one month.  You could also expect to give about 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

As noted above, the next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in July.  Until then, if the need or want arises for your to sell your townhouse, give me a call for the most accurate market analysis of your home’s value in the current Braemar 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 Townhouse Report: July-August 2018

Braemar Townhouse Report: July-August 2018

Putting together these Braemar real estate market reports is something I have been doing since 2005.  My intention is always to get them ready for the previous two months, as soon as the second of those months has ended.  Realistically, that means waiting until the middle of the month following the last month of the reporting period.  In this case, mid-September is when I started gathering data for this particular report.  Unfortunately, not every agent that lists and sells a home in Braemar works the same.  Some agents won’t invest in professional photography.  Others won’t meet appraisers at their Braemar listings to make sure the home appraises for sales price and you won’t have to lower your price.  And yes, some wait weeks to report when a sale closes.  The latter impacts me and my ability to report the latest in Braemar sales.  The other two, well, those impact seller’s final sold prices.

Bringing up the rear in the string of Braemar real estate reports is the Braemar Townhouse Report.  This report focuses on the last two months of Braemar townhouse sales.  And a Braemar townhouse, for the purposes of this report, is three level, attached structure with a fence-able backyard.  In other words, a traditional townhouse.

There were sixteen Braemar townhouses that sold during the months of July and August.  The low sold price was $285,000 and the high sold price was $370,000.  The details of these sales are listed below:

When we take these sixteen sales and replace the sales from July and August 2017 in our rolling twelve month pile of data regarding Braemar townhouses, here is what we find/:

The six month average and median sold prices are well above the twelve month average and median sold prices.  That means Braemar townhouse values are continuing to increase.  I’m just as happy to report to that the six month average and median seller subsidy (closing cost help from sellers to buyers) is lower when compared to their twelve month counterparts.  That means Braemar townhouse sellers are having to give less in closing cost help.  Finally, the six month average and median days on market (marketing time) is lower when compared to the twelve month average and median.  Braemar townhouses have been selling even faster lately!

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so.  You would also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in November and will detail sales from September and October.  Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar townhouse, please know that this Top Braemar Listing Agent hires professional photographers, does light staging, meets appraisers at your property and much more to get you the most you can when selling your largest asset.  You only get one shot at selling your home.  There are no do-overs.  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 Townhouse Report: March-April 2018

Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2018

Before embarking on any Saturday fun, which this Top Braemar Real Estate Agent intends to have today, I’m putting out this last Braemar real estate market report.  The Braemar Townhouse Report is always the last in the series of bi-monthly reports that I compile.

There were seven Braemar townhouses that sold during the months of March and April.  The details of those sales are below:

When take these seven sales and place them in the rolling pool of Braemar townhouse sales for the past year, we get updated six and twelve month data points that look like this:

Seeing that the six month average and median sold prices are both higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices means that Braemar townhouse values are still pushing up.  Meanwhile, seeing that the seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) in the six month values is lower than the seller subsidy in the twelve month values, shows that sellers, in this seller’s market, are able to negotiate deals with lower closing costs recently.  That means Braemar townhouse sellers are netting more money from their sales.  The marketing time, however, is the same in the median values in the short and long term, but the average marketing time in the last six months increased compared to that in the last twelve months.  Three days is not an increase to even concern yourself about.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about one percent of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in July.  Until then, when you want to know what our current market conditions mean to your specific townhouse value, 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 Townhouse Report: January-February 2018

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2018

Nothing like cutting it down to the wire.  Being a Top Bristow Real Estate Agent, the best laid plans can go awry when you are dealing with multiple offers on listings during the week of Spring Break.  Normally, I try to get all of my Braemar market reports out by the end of the odd months.  Before I roll out for a family function, I am determined to keep my Braemar readers up to date with this Braemar Townhouse Report.  Let’s get to it.

There were four Braemar townhouses that sold during the first two months of the year.  Their sold prices ranged from $289,900 to $360,000.  Details of these sales are below:

When we take these sales for the first two months of the year and add them into our bank of sales from the last twelve months, here’s what we find:

The six month average sold price is a little higher than the twelve month average sold price.  This would indicate values are still pushing up.  However, the six month median value is below the twelve month median.  That would indicate values may be leveling out.  Only time is going to tell what is happening with values.  Meanwhile, the six month values in seller subsidy, compared to the twelve month values, shows buyers are getting more in closing cost help from sellers.  And while this does show that marketing time is taking longer in the short-term, I’m here to tell you that we have very little inventory when it comes to Braemar townhouses and strong buyer demand.  NOW, is the time to put your Braemar townhouse on the market.  Waiting until school is out is essentially waiting for buyers to be on vacation.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in May.  Until then, give me a call when you are ready to sell your townhouse.  I’m seeing more and more out of the area agents under pricing homes because they don’t know the selling features, or demand, in our neighborhood. I promise not to under price your Braemar home. 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