Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2021 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2021 (Carriage Series)

Spring has sprung in Braemar and our community is greening up. I always love seeing the trees, flowers and lawns come back to life after winter. You may not realize it, but the Bristow real estate market really doesn’t go dormant in winter. Buyer demand is still present then and was off the charts even during the holidays. It has only gotten more intense with the coming of spring. What inventory we do have coming on the market is not even close to meeting demand.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report I am going to fill you in on what has happened in the Carriage home market. Braemar Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home, accessed by a private driveway off of the street, or off of a shared alley in the back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

During our current reporting period of March and April, there were three Braemar Carriage homes that sold. The specifics of those sales are listed below:

The sold prices are getting up into the five-hundred thousands, which is uncharted territory for these homes. Sure, the builder sold them in the fives and during the top of the market you may have caught some selling just over five, but these sold prices keep going higher than we have previously seen.

Taking these three sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column we see that our six month average and six month median sold prices are much improved over their respective twelve month values. With this demand and limited inventory, sold prices are getting higher and higher, driving up values.

In the seller subsidy column we see how much closing cost assistance buyers were able to negotiate from their Braemar Carriage home sellers. Not surprisingly, both the six month seller subsidy figures are at zero. The only value not at zero in this column is the twelve month average seller subsidy with is below one-thousand dollars. Buyers are having to come in with no seller subsidy requests, and even having to drop inspection requests, just to get accepted in a multiple offer situation.

Days on market hasn’t changed much. The six month average is two days shorter than the twelve month average. The six month median and twelve month median are identical at five days. Braemar Carriage homes are always one of the hottest sellers in any market and have been selling quickly for a year or more now.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to have multiple offers with no seller subsidy requests. Some buyers are even waiving all contingencies, including inspections, appraisal and financing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if the need or desire to sell your Braemar Carriage home arises, get in touch with me to find out how a well prepared and professionally marketed home still gets even more money in this seller’s market. Getting my Braemar sellers the absolute max the market will bear 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
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Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2020 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2020 (Carriage Series)

Come rain, sleet, snow or quarantine for a virus epidemic, this Top Braemar Real Estate Agent is here to bring you the latest information on our neighborhood real estate market in my Braemar Property Value Reports.  Today’s report focuses on Carriage homes  which are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

Looking back to the first two months of the year, there were two Braemar Carriage homes that sold.  Both were Oakdale models and there wasn’t much of a difference in their final sold prices.  Details of both sales are listed below:

Taking the most recent sales data and adding it to the last twelve months of Carriage home sales in Braemar, our six and twelve month data points are updated.  This is where we get a glimpse at what changes are happening in our market.

Looking first at the sold price column, it is great need to see both the six month average and six month median sold prices above their twelve month counterparts.  That means that Braemar Carriage homes have continued to rise in value.  With the demand that our market is still experiencing, I suspect this won’t be the last tick up in value.  The virus epidemic may impact our demand a bit, but I think the worst we will see in the short term is a leveling off of values.

The seller subsidy column reveals a trend that is definite, but certainly not one that favors would-be Braemar Carriage home sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy is higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar Carriage home sellers are giving more closing cost help to their buyers.

Days on market gives us conflicting information.  The six month average marketing time is three days shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is two days longer than the twelve month marketing time.  Neither is a big change, so it seems that the marketing time of a Braemar Carriage home is holding steady.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks.  Is that true during the time of quarantine?  Time will tell.  There is still massive buyer demand in our market thanks to the expansion of Micron in Manassas.  As for seller subsidy, you could expect to give nearly 2% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Hopefully, our daily lives will be back to normal by then, or at least nearing normal.  The important thing is to try to protect our communities by remaining distanced until this virus gets under control.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about our real estate market, or what a sale might look like for you in the near future, don’t hesitate to reach out.  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 (Carriage Series)

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

There is no question about it–fall is here.  Overcast, low temps and the hint that leaves are changing color.  With summer behind us, let’s take a look at the most recent Braemar home sales in the Carriage Series. If you don’t know what homes fall in the Carriages Series, they are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

There were three Carriage homes that sold in July and August.  The details of all three sales are listed below:

Oddly, the lowest sold price at $376,000 was the largest home, but it was a home that had been vacant for over five years and finally sold as a foreclosure.  The sale highlighted in pink was my listing, and for a three bedroom Carriage home, it got a fantastic price.

Taking these recent sales and combining them with the last twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, the updated six and twelve month values give us insight as to market conditions.  Below are the updated values.

Looking first at sold prices, we see that both the six month average and median sold prices are above their respective twelve month sold prices.  This means Braemar Carriage homes are still pushing up in value.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance to buyers, is going down.  The six month average is below the twelve month average.  And the scant amount we saw in the twelve month median is now zero in the six month median.  Buyers are minimizing their closing cost requests to get under contract in this seller’s market.

Days on market, which I call marketing time, shows that both six month values are lower than their twelve month counterparts.  This means Braemar Carriage homes are selling faster.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement, in about two weeks.  You could also expect to pay less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost assistance.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you have been considering the sale of your Braemar Carriage home, don’t under estimate our fall market.  There are still serious buyers out there and very little competition.  Give me a call to learn all about the advantages of our fall 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

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Braemar Carriage Home SOLD… Again

Four years ago, September 29, 2015 to be exact, I sold the Norwood model at 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace Though the buyers that ended up purchasing the home did come through my open house, they had an agent that they were working with.  Even if they had not a buyer’s agent, my business practice is to NEVER do dual agency, which is representing both sides of the transaction.

In June this year (2019,) I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from those buyers that became the owners of 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace.  They were interested in selling and wanted to hire me.  They had been impressed with my professionalism during their purchase.  Staying in touch with my Braemar Property Value Reports was helpful, but what sealed the deal for my being their future listing agent happened at the closing table during their purchase of the home in 2015.  They recounted to me that when they were twenty dollars short to purchase a home warranty, and had no checks or cash to make it up, I reached into my wallet and handed the attorney a twenty dollar bill.   I don’t recall this gesture, but they will never forget.

Fast forward to the current listing, which I was thrilled to get.  They had certainly improved the home with granite counters, stainless appliances and lots of smaller updates to lighting and fixtures.  We looked at the comps and listed on June 15th for $435,000.  Our price was on the upper end of the comparable sales, but I don’t back down from the chance to sell for as much as possible.  That is my job.

The first two offers on the home were not bad, but were far from fantastic.  Being a sellers market, the sellers felt there were better offers ahead, so they passed..  The third offer was the charm and only took two weeks to come in.  The buyer gave the sellers what they wanted in price and what they needed in terms of closing date.  After all, the sellers were also going to be buyers and needed time to find a home.

This Norwood model at 13174 Kirmichael Terrace sold (again) for $437,000 on August 9th, 2019.   

If you have been wondering what your Braemar home is worth in the current market, give me a call.  Getting the market max for your Braemar home is what I do 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 Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (Carriage Series)

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

Here we are in the middle of May. School will be out before you know it.  Summer vacations are on the horizon.  And likely, there are some Braemar home sellers that will soon be hitting the market.  While we can’t predict what the market holds, we can look to the most recent sales history and see what has been happening.

Right now, it is time for the Braemar Property Value Report detailing sales of Carriage homes between the months of March and April.  Braemar Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

There were three Braemar Carriage home that sold between March and April.  Final sold prices ranged from $395,000 to $435,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Refreshing the six and twelve month data points by including these most recent sales into the rolling year’s worth of Braemar Carriage home sales, here is what we find:

Let’s take a look at the sold prices.  The six month average and median sold prices have fallen below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Our last few reports have had conflicting trends when comparing these six month values to their twelve month counterparts.  One would indicate increasing values.  The other would indicate a softening of values.  While not a big difference, the fact that both six month values are below the twelve month values could be the beginning of softening Carriage home values.  We’ll only know when we get a look at the next Carriage home report.

Another trend that does not favor Braemar Carriage home seller is that seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is higher in both six month values over the twelve month values.

Days on market (marketing time) gives us a mixed bag and still having apples to oranges comparisons until we get to the fall with one year’s worth of days on market data from our new MLS, these numbers may not be entirely reliable.  As they present, the six month average marketing time is longer than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is shorter than the twelve month median marketing time.  Rest assured, when it comes to figuring out long it will actually take to sell your Braemar Carriage home, I will calculate recent marketing times by hand during our listing appointment.

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract, and well on the way to settlement, in three to eight weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to the buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, let me know when you are getting ready to sell your Braemar Carriage home.  Maximizing your profits is a job I do very well.  It all comes from outstanding marketing, negotiating and unparalleled neighborhood market knowledge. 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 (Carriage Series)

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

As the thaw out from winter is underway in Bristow, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report, detailing sales of homes in the Carriage Series.  This edition focuses on the activity in January and February.   Braemar Carriage homes are characterized by the lack of an attached garage. When these homes have a garage, it is detached and sits in back of the home.  The floor plans, from smallest to largest, are: Maplewood,  Norwood,  Oakdale and  Parkdale.

During the first two months of the year, there were two Carriage homes that sold.  Both were three bedroom Norwood models.  Their sold prices were $402,000 and $425,000.

Taking these sales and combining them with the last twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  

When it comes to sold prices, the six month average sold price is slightly below the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile the six month median sold price $1,000 above the twelve month median.  Neither change is notable, so we can determine that Braemar Carriage home values are stable.

Seller subsidy also shows some mixed information.  The six month average seller subsidy is less than the twelve month average.  At the same time, the six month median is exactly the same as the twelve month median. Relative stability in what sellers are giving their buyers in closing cost help is what we can infer here.

Finally we look at marketing time, or days on market. The six month average and median marketing times are both above the twelve month values.  Because we switched to a new MLS that calculates these values differently in the fall, it’s going to be until next fall that we have an apple to apples comparison.

If you placed your Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in about a month and a half.  You could also expect to give $5,000 to $6,000 in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late May.  Until then, if you want to know what your Braemar Carriage home is worth, get in touch with me for a free market analysis.  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