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

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

Looking out my window the past few days, the reality that spring is here is evident in the blooming of my American Fringe Tree. As a Top Bristow Real Estate Agent, I’ve been running like crazy since the beginning of the year. Time has a tendency to fly by. With March and April behind us, it is time for me to get to my Braemar Property Value Reports. Today’s edition is for Arista homes in the neighborhood, which are the largest, built by Brookfield Homes, in Braemar. Braemar Arista homes include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury models by Brookfield Homes.

There were two Arista homes that sold during our current reporting period of March and April 2021. The details of those sales are detailed below:

Wow! There is a big difference in price between these two Canterburys. Just a stroll through the listing photos revealed the sale from April 16th could have benefited from refinished hardwood floors. When they show worn in a photo, they are probably even more so in person. That may have helped them over come their lot which has an unobstructed view of the cell phone tower. Both had done nothing to neutralize colors, but the one that sold on April 20th had upgraded kitchen counters, flooring in better shape and more finished space in the basement.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the previous ten months of Arista home sales to give us one year’s worth of data, the six and twelve month values are updated and show a very noticeable difference.

The sold price column will have Arista home owners jumping for joy. The six month average sold price is nearly ten percent higher than the twelve month average sold price. The six month median sold price is almost fifteen percent higher than the twelve month median sold price. Braemar Arista homes are sky rocketing in price.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer from seller) is at zero in both six month values and even the twelve month median. You have to go to the twelve month average to see anything at all. A glance at the Arista homes sold in the past year revealed that seller subsidy seems to have gone completely absent as of September last year. Buyers are having to come in with very few requests of sellers these days to get accepted in multiple offer situations.

Days on market shows the six month average and six month median both at two days. Not a big change in the median days on market when compared to the twelve month time frame. The twelve month average was about a week and a half. Homes are going super fast these days.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a matter of days after multiple offers and be confident you will give nothing in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, get in touch with me when a sale of your Braemar home is on the horizon. Any home will sell in a seller’s market, but well prepared and professionally marketed, your home would sell for even more than homes with little preparation and/or poor marketing. It still matters who you hire to list your home in this 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2021 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2021 (Ryan Homes)

It’s been a dreary, drizzly day in Braemar today. Nonetheless, the real estate market is ticking right along. I’ve talked to two potential Braemar sellers and shown property to a Bristow buyer in search of a townhouse today. Our market seems completely oblivious to passing events like weather and even the pandemic.

In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report the focus is on resales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. Our reporting period for sales is the first two months of the year. Let’s get right to it.

There was one Ryan home that sold during our current reporting period. The details of that sale are detailed below:

At first glance, I find it odd that a home would sell for anything less than list price during this frenzied seller’s market. Especially a home that was only the market for six days. Nonetheless, it wasn’t that far off of its list price. Taking this sale and combining it with the entire past twelve months of Ryan Home sales, the six and twelve month data points in this report are updated as seen below:

Everything looks completely as I would expect seeing the six month average and six month median sold prices above their respective twelve month values. This means that Ryan Homes in Braemar are continuing to increase in value.

The seller subsidy column is where we see how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from Ryan Homes sellers in Braemar. Not surprisingly, the six month average seller subsidy has decreased significantly from the twelve month average. Meanwhile the six month median is at zero…quite a change from the $4,000 twelve month media seller subsidy. Buyers are having to go with more seller favored terms in their offers to get accepted in multiple offer situations lately.

Days on market shows single digits down the line, five being the highest. No analysis needed. Ryan Homes are selling FAST.

If you placed your Ryan Home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect multiple offers with buyers dropping many typical contingencies and seller subsidy requests in an effort to be chosen.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar home, find out what my unparalleled market knowledge and top notch marketing can do for you. Sadly, even in a seller’s market there are homeowners leaving money on the table. 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: November-December 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2020 (Ryan Homes)

The end of a very long week has arrived. This day alone has felt like three days with the amount of phone calls I am getting on a Gainesville single family home listing that hit the market this morning. Buyer demand is beyond belief. We’ll talk about it in this installment of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales activity of properties built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.

This report looks back to November and December for sales activity. There was no Ryan Home that sold in these months because none where on the market. Had they been, they would have been bowled over by buyers. Despite the lack of activity, however, we have updated six and twelve month data points for the Ryan Homes sales activity in 2020. It looks like this:

Starting with the sold price column, we see both the six month average and six month median values are higher than the twelve month average and median values. This means that in the most recent sales, Ryan Homes were still pushing up in value.

The seller subsidy column is where we find out how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their Ryan Home sellers. The six month average seller subsidy is well below the twelve month average seller subsidy. Meanwhile, the six month median is at zero from $5,000 at the twelve month median mark. What that zero six month median means is that more than half of Ryan Home sellers in the last six months have given nothing in closing cost help. That’s what I am seeing across the board as more buyers compete in multiple offer situations in Braemar.

Days on market is stable down the line. The six month average marketing time is only one day shorter than the already short twelve month average marketing time. The six month median and twelve month median marketing times are identical.

If you placed your Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to pay nothing in closing cost help, given the way the market is gobbling up houses.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, when the time comes to sell your Braemar home, call me for a free market analysis. My sellers do better than they expect with my professional marketing and unparalleled neighborhood 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Having closed out September and October, it is time to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Today’s report focuses on the houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.

There were two Ryan homes that sold during the last two months. As you will see by the details of both sales below, there is quite a bit of difference in their sold prices. What is not noted is the square footage of the homes. However, you have probably rightly guessed by now that the Chandler model is a lot larger than the Victoria model.

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

Everyone loves to start with the sold column, and so do I. Here we find that both the six month average sold price and the six month median sold price are higher than their respective twelve month sold prices. This means that Ryan homes are continuing to gain value in this seller’s market.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost cost assistance from seller to buyer, is another column that shows seller favored trends in the more recent sales. Both the six month average seller subsidy and the six month median seller subsidy are lower than their twelve month counterparts. In particular, I am loving the six month median $1,500 seller subsidy. This value means that of the Ryan home sellers in the last six months, more than half of them gave $1,500 or less. That’s another product of the intense buyer demand and scarce inventory we are facing.

Days on market shows us how long it took Ryan homes to go under contract. The six month average marketing time is nearly two weeks faster than the twelve month average marketing time. Better yet, both the six and twelve month median marketing times are in agreement at four days. This means that in both time periods, more than half of Ryan home sellers were under contract in four days or less.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect to give very little in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you all the best this holiday season. Of course, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our year end market is a very powerful time to sell. You may find waiting until spring to list unnecessary. Get in touch and I’ll be happy to show the benefits of listing in each market and we’ll figure out what works best for 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: September-October 2020 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2020 (NV Homes)

Showing property on a rainy day can be messy. Thank goodness for hooded rain jackets with deep pockets. Helps to not have to carry an umbrella. All part of being prepared when you are Top Real Estate Agent in the area. Another part of being a Top Agent, at least as far as I am concerned, is having a grasp on market data. One of the things that started me doing these Braemar Property Value Reports back in 2005 was a want to know what was happening my neighborhood. Being able to compile these reports and share them with you is something I take pride in.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the NV Homes in our neighborhood. During the months of September and October, there was only one NV Home that sold. The details of that sale are listed below.

Combining that one sale with the entire past twelve month of NV Home sales in Braemar, the six and twelve month data points are updated as reflected below.

Looking first at the sold price column, what indicates rising values are six month values higher than their respective twelve month values. In the case of this NV Home report, those six month values are falling below their twelve month counterparts. Having seen this in the Arista Home report, of equivalently large single family homes are featured, I’m not necessarily surprised by this. Could be a blip. Could be we are seeing the softening of the real estate market start here in the larger single family homes. When we had our slide in 2008, that’s where it started was larger single family home values. Unfortunately, all we can do is wait for the next report to see if this was a blip, or if the same happens next report.

The seller subsidy column is where we learn how much closing cost help sellers gave to their buyers. Her we find exactly what I would expect to find in the strong seller’s market we have been experiencing. The six month average seller subsidy has decreased more than half of what the twelve month average seller subsidy was. And the six and twelve month median values are in agreement at zero. This latter one is more telling because it means more than half the sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help.

Marketing time is showing conflicting information. The six month average days on market was two days shorter than the twelve month average days on market. That indicates that NV homes were selling faster in the shorter term. Meanwhile, the six month median has doubled compared to the twelve month median. However, the six month average and six month median marketing times are in agreement.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in two weeks. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January and will detail how we ended 2020. In the meantime, I wish you every happiness this holiday season. And if the need arises to sell your Braemar home, don’t hesitate to call me. Our year end selling season is one of the most powerful times of the year to sell and I would be happy to tell you why. 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 (Courtyard Series)

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

Seems I am usually scrambling near the end of the odd numbered months to get these Braemar Property Value Reports together. This month, I am definitely ahead of schedule. And what a great month to be getting an early start. It will leave time for Thanksgiving planning and holiday decorating.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report focuses on the Courtyard homes in our neighborhood. Braemar Courtyard homes are the single family homes located on Orland Stone, Pentland Hills and Playfair.  Five homes share a courtyard driveway and have a strip of yard separating them from each other.  I often refer to them as city homes or executive style homes, as they require the most minimal lawn maintenance and have very contemporary floor plans named the Arlington, Ballston and Clarendon.  What they lack in lawn, they more than make up for in generous bedrooms sizes.

During our current reporting period of September and October, only Braemar Courtyard home sold. The details of that sale are listed below:

Being a much smaller percentage of home styles in Braemar, it is not unusual to see sparse sales of Courtyard homes in any given time period. However, combining the current reporting period with the prior ten months of Braemar Courtyard home sales, we get an entire year’s worth of information that we can break into six and twelve month data points. This is what lets us know what’s been happening in the market.

Starting with the sold price column, we see healthy increases in the six month average and median values compared to their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Courtyard homes have been gaining value in the most recent sales.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help sellers gave to buyers in their transactions. The six month average seller subsidy is down a good chunk of change compared to the twelve month average. Meanwhile, both median values are at zero. The latter means that in both sample sizes, more than half of the sellers didn’t give any closing cost help at all. Buyers are having to make extremely competitive offers to get under contract.

Days on market is the final column and where we learn how long it took for Braemar Courtyard homes to go under contract. The six month average was two days quicker than the already fast six days seen in the twelve month average marketing time. Both median values are in agreement at four days. Braemar Courtyard homes, like just about every home style, are getting gobbled up fast in this low inventory/high demand market.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to give nothing in closing help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness the holiday season has to offer. If you find yourself with the need to sell between now and then, don’t hesitate to reach out and find out the benefits of our year end market vs. waiting for spring. 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 Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2020 (2nd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2020 (2nd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

It is time for another Braemar Reflection Quarterly, featuring sales of homes on Tarvie Circle that are semi-detached.  What does that mean?  This single family homes with rear load garages are attached to one neighbor only at the garage.

During our current reporting period, which includes the months of April, May and June, there were no Reflection homes that sold.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a peek at our updated six and twelve month data points.

The six month average and median sold price is based on one sale in March.  That value is below both the twelve month average and twelve month median sold prices.  Not enough to say that Reflection home values are waning for sure.  We’ll need more data.  What I can tell you is that our Braemar marketplace has record high demand at the moment and any home priced right and in good condition is flying off the shelves.

When it comes to seller subsidy, the sale making up our six month values gave none.  That’s definitely what I am seeing more and more in our market.  I suspect this is something we will continue to see in most price ranges, with the exception of entry level homes.

Days on market was lower in the one sale making our six month average and median values.  Only five days to go under contract.  That is certainly in line with what I would expect right now.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it would be under contract in a week or less.  You could also expect that you would not have to pay a buyer’s closing costs.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, if the sale of your Braemar home is on the horizon, give me a call for the most accurate 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

Another Late June Day, Another Braemar Home Sold

Another Late June Day, Another Braemar Home Sold

Yesterday I wrote about the Braemar home I sold at 9658 Granary Place Today, I’m here to tell you about the Braemar home I sold at 9725 Kinloss Mews.  While 9725 Kinloss Mews listed before 9658 Granary Place, as one of the largest homes in the neighborhood, I expected it would take about two weeks for it to go under contract.  It hit the market on May 15th (2020) priced at $610,000.  Sure enough, fourteen days later, it was under contract.

While the initial offer left a lot to be desired, the sellers decided that rather than reduce their price to catch another buyer, they would make a counter offer to the buyers who had taken the time to express interest.  The buyers accepted.

While the pandemic didn’t really affect our real estate market, it has impacted some supporting industries.  HVAC repair and service is one of them.  At least, that’s what Beltway Air Comfort Service would have us believe.  They failed three times to get the right parts over the course of weeks and, the day before settlement took five and a half hours to get the parts installed.  Didn’t even give my sellers a receipt.  When Mrs. Seller called to get a copy, she was told off by the owner of Beltway Air Comfort Service.  The owner was mad that he had to eat a 3% charge normally charged to customers paying by credit card (nothing I’ve heard of from the HVAC companies I recommend) because it wasn’t disclosed before my seller left town with her checkbook.  She was going to mail a check, but THEY made the choice to eat the charge.  They did the right thing and then blew all the good will by telling her off.  Then they went on to tell her they would de-prioritize her anytime she called for future service.  Who does that?  Once again, Beltway Air Comfort Service.  Note it and call any other company to service your HVAC if you want decent, professional service that knows how to treat their customers.

Thank goodness that even crappy contractors can get the job done, and despite taking a long time, it was done before the buyers signed for the home on June 26th.  Whew!

The final sold price of this Canterbury was $600,000.

If you are considering the sale of your Braemar home, we are experiencing high buyer demand and very low inventory.  That means we are in a seller’s market.  Give me a call for a free market analysis and my professional marketing plan that will get you top dollar and do it safely.  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 Single Family Home Sold Above List Price

Braemar Single Family Home Sold Above List Price

In the early days of the COVID quarantine, I met with the sellers of 9658 Granary Place They had purchased another home and were in a position to sell, regardless of the pandemic.  We looked at numbers and came to a number for a list price that was optimistic, but took into account the unfinished basement.  That list price was $485,000.

The sellers signed up with me the same day as our meeting.  That was April 2, 2020.  The home was vacant, lightly staged and professionally photographed by May 26th, when the listing became active on the market.  This was the first mid-sized single family home I had put on the market since the pandemic had hit our area.  I had been a bit nervous as to what kind of response it would get.  Larger homes were still taking a bit longer to sell.  Not this one.  The market response was overwhelming.  It felt like I had started a feeding frenzy in shark infested waters.

Within the span of three days, we had received five offers, and there were still interested buyers ready to throw their offers on the pile.  What they didn’t know, but I did, was the pile was amounting to a steep number thanks to the escalation clauses.  When we hit a pie in the sky number, the listing was pulled temporarily off the market to put a halt to the madness.  The sellers had decided they had enough offers to make a decision.

When the pie in the sky offer ($525,000) withdrew after cold feet and a good talking to from their dad who was providing the down payment, it was really down to two offers.  One that escalated to $503,500 and another that escalated to $502,000.  Neither had asked for closing cost help.  Numbers alone would have you pick the first one.  But what you need to know is the $502,000 did two smart things.  1) They had a home inspection with the right to void in a very quick time frame.  2) They offered a low appraisal guarantee of $7,000.  If the home didn’t appraise for $502,000, they would make up to $7K of difference.  That extra $1,500 sounded good, but didn’t come with any kind of assurance the buyers there would put money out of their own pocket if the home didn’t appraise at sales price.

The $502,000 offer was chosen and it was the smoothest rode to settlement I’ve had in Braemar yet this year.  No issues with termites, inspection, HOA or appraisal.  Today, 9658 Granary Court sold for $502,000, which was $17,000 above its list price.

To say there is limited inventory in our market is an understatement.  We may be living through unprecedented and scary times, but this is a seller’s market.  If you want top dollar for your Braemar home, call me and we can discuss marketing it safely while achieving that max profit for 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

Are Braemar Single Family Homes Even Selling During the Pandemic?

Are Braemar Single Family Homes Even Selling During the Pandemic?

The pandemic has definitely brought a lot of change and uncertainty to our lives.  You may wonder how it is affecting our Braemar real estate market.  Well, to answer that question, I am here to give you a tale of two Braemar homes.

On May 15th 9725 Kinloss Mews (pictured above) hit the market priced at $610,000.  The market didn’t immediately go nuts, but in this upper price range, I never expect it too.  However, the activity did build fairly quickly.  There were a total of 24 showings before they received an offer on May 27th.  The next day, they were under contract with mutually acceptable terms.  I expected two weeks to get under contract for this one and 13 days is right on target.

I didn’t even get a chance to tell you about 9658 Granary Place It hit the market as an active listing on May 26th priced at $485,000.  That price point for a single family home in Braemar was like throwing chum in shark infested waters.  It has two finished levels, an updated kitchen, bonus room in master suite and a blank slate to finish the walk up level basement.  It had 21 appointments in 2 days!!  Once we had 5 offers in hand, we flipped the listing to temporarily off the market to stop the insanity.  There are only so many buyers you need to disappoint when in a multiple offer situation.

Without a doubt, our Braemar real estate market is favoring sellers.  With the expansion of Micron in Manassas bringing thousands of jobs to our back yard, having the Federal government as our primary economic force and mortgage interest rates still at historic lows, there is no end in sight to these conditions.  If you want to sell your Braemar home, give me a call.  I’ll get you top dollar with my top notch marketing and keep you safe during showings with COVID precautions.  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