Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2020

Hard to believe that we are nearly in June.  Time flies, even when you are under a shelter-in-place order.  My goal is to always get my Braemar market reports out before the end of the odd numbered months.  There is no question I’m cutting that self-imposed deadline close by publishing this edition of the Braemar Townhouse Report on May 30th.

This particular Braemar Townhouse Report covers sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of March and April 2020.  For the purposes of this report, a traditional townhouse is one that is attached on the sides, is three levels and has a back yard.

During this current reporting period, there were fourteen Braemar townhouses that sold.  The details of these sales are listed below:

One of the first things you notice above is that the second sale listed is highlighted in pink. Whenever I personally list and sell a home, I highlight it for you to see that I do more than property reports.  I help a lot of Braemar home sellers.  In this particular sale, the sellers were on their second contract.  They had a higher price with no seller subsidy with their first buyer, but when you get someone who gives you exactly what you want, beware the home inspection.  It was over the top with requests.  So the sellers made an offer, but the buyer voided.   That left the sellers to go back to their back up offer.  Again, a higher offer than noted here, but appraisal had it coming it below the sales price offered.

Taking these fourteen Braemar townhouse sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

The sold price column looks great when you see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their twelve month respective values.  This means Braemar townhouses are still gaining value.

In the seller subsidy column, we find more good news for Braemar townhouse owners that may be thinking of jumping into the market very soon.  Seller subsidy is also known as closing cost help to buyers.  Both the six month average and six month median values are below their respective twelve month values.  That means Braemar townhouses owners, on the whole, have been giving very little, if any, seller subsidy when entering contracts.

Finally, when it comes to days on market,  or marketing time as I like to call it, we see another great trend for Braemar townhouse sellers.  The six month average marketing time is 10 days shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  The six month median marketing time (only 4 days) is 2 days shorter than the twelve month median marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse 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 give 1% of the sales price or less in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in July.  Until then, know that our Braemar real estate market is as strong as ever.  Our buyer demand is not being met by the supply of homes, which means we are still experiencing seller market conditions.  If you want to sell, now is a great time to do it…pandemic and all.  Give me a call and I’ll be happy to talk with you about my marketing techniques and the new COVID showing precautions I’ve had my sellers put in place to remain safe while their home is on the 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 Townhouse Report: January-February 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2020

While this is the last of my Braemar Property Reports, it is certainly not the last of my days of self-isolation thanks to COVID-19.  It has been unsettling to see empty store shelves and empty restaurant and gym parking lots when I am out on the rare day I need to run an errand. Still, as a daughter of an 88 year old mother with COPD, I am grateful to all that are doing their best to stay inside and practice social distancing.  It may not feel like you are making a difference, but you are.

Now to my specialty, presenting you with another Braemar Townhouse Report.  Townhouses, for the purposes of this report, are traditional townhouses with three levels and a back yard.  They may or may not have a garage.

There were eight Braemar townhouses that sold during our current reporting of January and February 2020.  Final sold prices ranged from $305,000 to $376,000.  The details of the sales are listed below:

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

Starting with the sold price column, it is great to see that both the six month average and six month median are above their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar townhouses are still pushing up in value.

The seller subsidy column shows a trend not favoring sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are higher than their respective twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help.  However, according to our most recent sales listed above, half of Braemar townhouse sellers aren’t having to give any closing cost help.

In the days on market column, we see a bit of conflicting information.  The six month average marketing time is five days shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile the six month median marketing time is 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 it to be under contract in no longer than two weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

This report would not be complete this particular go round without answering the big question on most prospective Braemar townhouse sellers’ minds.  Will the precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 affect our Braemar real estate market?  It would be foolish to think there wouldn’t be some sort of impact, but I don’t think it will be as noticeable.  Even before this virus, our supply of townhouses for sale was not enough to meet demand.  Surely, some buyers and sellers will pull out of the market for economical reasons or reasons of general fear.  However, there is still a big influence on our market demand.  The expansion of Micron in Manassas is adding thousands of jobs to our local area.  More jobs than Amazon brought to Virginia.  Relocating workers will need housing and they are buying in all kinds of price ranges.  And even during these times when we are to shelter in place, our Governor understand that real estate is an essential business.  I have been busy taking new listings and helping buyers these last couple weeks.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in May.  Until then, if the need or want to sell your Braemar townhouse arises, get in touch with me for the most thorough analysis of your home’s value and the most professional approach to marketing your home.  No matter the market condition, I am here to help you maximize your home’s value.  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: Three Bedroom, End Unit, Garage Townhouse in Braemar for $386,000

Just Sold: Three Bedroom, End Unit, Garage Townhouse in Braemar for $386,000

On January 23rd (2020,) I had the pleasure of introducing 9619 Innerwick Place to the market, priced at $384,900.   Being that there were NO Braemar townhouses on the market at that moment, I knew it would be a quick sale.  Three finished levels in a garage, end unit townhouse with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two powder rooms, a two level bump out, fenced back yard, deck, patio and hot tub hitting the market was like throwing chum in shark infested waters.  And the prep my sellers had done with refinishing their hardwood floors, installing new carpet and neutralizing the interior paint made it possible to increase their projected list price before we ever hit the market. Not surprisingly, my sellers had an offer the very first day.

Having one offer was great, but my sellers wanted to go through the first weekend,  have two open houses, THEN  see what they were being offered.  After fourteen showings and twenty-two buyers through the two open houses, they were left to review three offers.  There was one that stood out as highest and best, so they accepted it.  However, as I often caution sellers in this seller’s market, when a buyer gives you exactly what you want with higher price and no closing cost help, home inspection can be a very painful point of renegotiation.  In the case of that first contract, that painful point of renegotiation ended up with a dead deal.

Just as sellers need to understand that buyers have expectations when they overshoot list price and don’t ask for closing cost help, buyers also need to understand that homes aren’t going to be rebuilt for them just because they were the highest offer.

Thankfully, the first offer was in back up offer position and the sellers were able to move seamlessly into the next deal.  It was a buyer with a need for a lot of closing cost help, FHA loan with a low down payment, but was grateful that they had finally gotten under contract.  The home inspection on the second deal was way more reasonable and kicked up very minor issues.

This townhouse went to closing today for a final sold price of $386,000.

When the time comes for you to sell your Braemar townhouse, hire wisely.  Having an Associate Broker with a decade plus of experience in many different market conditions will benefit you no matter what happens during your sale.  My expertise and commitment to top notch marketing, from staging to professional photography, will get you the absolute most the market will bear.  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: November-December 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: November-December 2019

Bringing up the rear in latest editions of Braemar market reports is this Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular report looks back to sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of November and December 2019.  Let’s get right to it.

There were six Braemar townhouses that sold during the last two months of 2019.  Their sold prices ranged from $315,000 to $385,000.  The details of each sale are listed below.

Combining all six of these sales with the entire year’s worth of Braemar townhouse sales from 2019, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that the six month average is only fifteen dollars less than the twelve month average.  That would indicate stability in Braemar townhouse prices.  However, looking at the six month median sold price being three thousand higher than the twelve month median, we are left with information that Braemar townhouses are continuing to push up in value.  Having recently listed a Braemar townhouse, I can tell you that demand is there to keep prices going up.  We’ll see what our next report shows us.

Next up is the seller subsidy column.  Seller subsidy is also known as closing cost help to buyers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are above their respective twelve month values.  This means, in the more recent sales, Braemar townhouse buyers are asking for, and receiving, increasing amounts of closing cost help.

The last column is days on market, or as I like to call it, marketing time.  Here we see that marketing time has ticked up in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  I call tell you from recent listing experience, Braemar townhouses are in high demand.  I expect to see this number fall in our next report or two.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in no more than two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in March.  Until then, if you have been waiting for the spring 2020 market to list, spring has already sprung.  Demand is there, but your competitors are not.  Now is the time to get going.  Give me a call and let’s talk price, timing and marketing to get you the absolute most the market will bear.  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: September-October 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: September-October 2019

It is a good thing that I’m not an avid retail shopper.  If I were, being under the weather on Black Friday would be torture.  As it stands it is a rather convenient day for a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent to get sick because this is not a prime real estate day.  What it is a great day for is to share with you my latest Braemar Townhouse Report.  This one details the sales of traditional Braemar townhouses during the months of September and October.  And in case you were wondering, a traditional townhouse is one that has three levels, is attached only on the side (s) and has a slight backyard.

There were ten Braemar townhouses that sold during our current reporting period.  Sold prices ranged from $300,000 to $385,000.  The details of all ten sales are listed below:

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

Starting with sold prices, it is great to see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values.  This means that Braemar townhouse values are continuing to push up.

Unfortunately, we also see an across the board increase, though not dramatic, in the seller subsidy column.  Seller subsidy is closing cost help that sellers give buyers in a sale.  Both the six month average and six month median are higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar townhouse buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help from sellers.

When it comes to days on the market, there has been no change in marketing time from the six month median to the twelve month median values.  Meanwhile, the six month marketing time is only one day shorter than the twelve month marketing time.  Braemar townhouses are selling as fast as they have been the last year.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to take no more than four weeks to go under contract.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in January.  Until then, I wish you every happiness this holiday season.  Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar townhouse before the next report, don’t hesitate to call, text or email me. I sell homes for top dollar no matter the season.  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 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