Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2019 (Arista Series)

The Braemar real estate market has been busy, busy, busy.  Low inventory and high buyer demand have been the hallmark of 2019.  Right now, we are going to specifically go over the happenings with regard to Arista Series homes in Braemar during the last two months.  Arista Series homes are among the largest homes in Braemar, built by Brookfield Homes.  The Arista Series homes are one of three floor plans:  Arista, Buckingham and Canterbury.

There were four Arista homes that sold in Braemar in the months of  May and June.  The details of those sales are listed below:

The sold prices ranged from $537,500 to $625,000.  The low sold price seems to be due in large part to an unfinished basement.  The remaining three all had finished basements to some degree.  The degree to which they were finished, and type of exit (walk out vs. walk up) seem to make a difference in their sold prices.

When we take these sales and combine with them with the entirety of the last twelve months of Arista home sales, we get new six and twelve month data points, which are pictured below.

Looking first at sold prices, the six month average sold price has dipped ever so slightly below the twelve month average.  It’s a little more than a $1,000 difference.  Certainly not enough to be concerned with, particularly when you see that the six month median sold price is $9,500 higher than the twelve month average.  Arista home prices are holding steady at worst, continuing to push up in value at best.  Either way, it is not bad news.

Seller subsidy is not a great trend in either the six month average or six month median numbers.  Both are above their twelve month counterparts.  This means that in the more recent sales, buyers are getting more closing cost help.

Finally, days on market.  Remember, our new MLS, adopted in November 2019, stops counting days on market at different points than our previous MLS.  This has resulted in higher marketing times in the more recent sales.  However, even given the difference, marketing time in both six month values is below the twelve month values.  It seems Braemar Arista homes are selling faster.

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

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, when the time is approaching to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for the most accurate market analysis and best marketing plan for your home.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

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Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2019 (NV Homes)

As I type this on the gorgeous Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, I can close my eyes and picture the giggles and splashing happening at the Braemar pools.  Summer is here, even if it isn’t official on the calendar.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report featuring sales of NV Homes in our neighborhood during the months of March and April.  As it turns out, there were only two NV Homes that sold during that time frame.  Final sold prices were $539,900 and $582,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these two NV Homes sales and combining them with the previous twelve months of NV Homes sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with sold prices, we see the six month average and median values are the same, and both significantly above their respective twelve month values.  This mean NV Homes are gaining value.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost assistance from seller to buyer, is an area not so seller friendly.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are significantly above their twelve month counterparts.  Unfortunately, this means on average, NV Homes sellers are giving more in closing cost help to their buyers in recent history.

Days on market is going to be unreliable until we get to the reports coming out in January.  Our new MLS, which we switched to in November last year, stops counting days on market when contingencies are removed if sellers are still willing to accept showings in pursuit of back up offers.  Therefore, it is not surprising to sell the six month days on market numbers nearly double the twelve month days on market.  Not to worry. When the time comes to sell, when I am looking at comps, I hand calculate how long it has been taking comparable homes to go under contract.  One day our MLS will understand that is the only number sellers care about.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could reasonably expect to be under contract and well on your way to settlement in a little less than two months.  You could also expect to give about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, when the time to sell your home is on the horizon, reach out and let’s start talking.  My unparalleled knowledge of the neighborhood and marketing expertise is the perfect combination to get you the absolute most for your Braemar home.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 

Associate Broker-Licensed in VA

Long & Foster Real Estate

703-402-0037, ChrisAnn@LNF.com

www.SellingBraemar.com

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

 

How Long Does it Take a Braemar Single Family Home to Go Under Contract?

How Long Does it Take a Braemar Single Family Home to Go Under Contract?

10024 Naughton Court in Bristow went under contract in 1 Day.

The amount of time it takes a Braemar single family home to go under contract depends on many factors.  Buyer demand in the marketplace for the size of home being sold.  Price.  Condition.  And not to be overlooked, the marketing skills of the Listing Agent.

On Saturday, April 13th (2019,) I brought 10024 Naughton Court to the market. It was priced at $529,000 and offered three fully finished levels, four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a renovated kitchen, new carpet, paint, upper level laundry and main level study.  The owner, who had begun listing conversations with me two years previously, had taken a lot of care in getting her home into show ready condition.  The task can be overwhelming, but not if you get started early like she did.

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook

One the final touches were made, I scheduled a pre-picture appointment to make sure that we would not be overlooking any details come picture day. Part of my job as a Top Braemar Listing Agent is to make sure that my listings are professionally photographed and look perfect on picture day.  Sometimes that means staging bedrooms, bathrooms or kitchens a few days prior.  Or it can be as simple as getting items into place on picture day.  Just like your mom used to lick her finger and get a wild hair to stay down on your head before a family portrait was snapped, I’m there to make sure no detail gets overlooked.  One such detail before the front shots were snapped at 10024 Naughton Court was moving ten bags of mulch into the garage.  They had been delivered between our staging appointment and picture day.  Sure my outfit got messy, but the house was literally picture perfect.  That’s what matters.

Family Room, where a recliner was moved for the best picture.

Hitting the market mid-morning on Saturday, I didn’t expect much action, especially since there was an open house scheduled for the next day.  However, three buyer agents called to let me know they would be submitting offers after their showings.  Two of them submitted offers THAT NIGHT.  And both of those offers were over list price.  That’s the power of professional marketing by a Top Braemar Listing Agent.

By the time the open house was over, and dozens of buyers desiring to live in Braemar had been through the home, many of them ill prepared to make a serious offer with homes of their own to sell that weren’t even on the market, this Naughton Court beauty was under contract.  One day was all it took to check all the boxes, and then some, to make my seller happy.

You’ll have to stay tuned for the details on the final sold price.  Closing is set for June 17th.  Until then, if you have been thinking of taking advantage of this intense buyer demand happening our market, give me a call.  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 (Arista Series)

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

As I type up this most recent Braemar Property Value Report for home sales in the Arista Series, it is St. Patrick’s Day.  Will the luck of the Irish be with us in this report? Thankfully, luck has nothing to do with the market.  It’s all supply and demand.  Keeping regularly tabs on the market stats gives us the best idea of where supply and demand are trending.

Before we get to the report itself, if you don’t know what a Braemar Arista Series home is, they are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in Braemar.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

During the current reporting period of January and February, there were no Arista homes that sold.  Supply problem or demand problem?  Hmm.  We’ll know next report because there are currently quite a few Arista homes on the market.

What we can do is take a look at the refreshed six and twelve month average and median values. 

Unfortunately, the six month average and median sold prices have fallen below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  Values had been slipping in recent sales near the end of the year.  That is an indication that demand for the largest homes in the neighborhood was waning.  Only time will tell if that continues.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is much lower in the six month values compared to the twelve month values.  Buyers in the most sales did not require large amounts of closing cost help.  That’s good news.

When it comes to days on market (marketing time) we see mixed information.  The six month average marketing time is lower than the twelve month marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is higher than the twelve month median.  Neither change is very dramatic.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, these numbers indicate that your home should be under contract and well on it’s way to settlement, in eight to ten weeks.  You could also expect to pay a small amount in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, if you would like to know what your home would be worth in today’s market, call me for a free market analysis.  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

www.UncompromisingValues.com

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2018 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2018 (Heritage Series)

As I look at the calendar, I can’t believe it is almost the end of January.  Time marches by quickly.  Thank goodness I still have time before the end of the month to get out my Braemar Property Value Reports.  It is always my goal to have them published online before the end of odd numbered months.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report focuses on sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood during November and December 2018.  Heritage Series homes are mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes.  They have two car attached garages and include the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery (a.k.a. Zurich) & Waverly.  The homes built by Coscan in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

During the last two months of 2018, there were two Heritage homes that sold in Braemar.  The details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these two sales, along with all the Heritage home sales in 2018, the six and twelve month data points we follow in this report are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold prices, we see that both the six month average and median sold prices are above their twelve month counterparts.  That means values of Braemar Heritage homes are still inching upwards.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) gives a bit of conflicting information.  The six month average seller subsidy is higher than the twelve month average seller subsidy.  That would indicate Braemar Heritage home sellers are giving more closing cost help recently.  However, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values are identical.  Let’s call this one stable for now.

When it comes to days on market, we also have conflicting trends.  The six month average is certainly a shorter time frame from the twelve month average marketing time.  However, the six month median marketing time is longer than the twelve month marketing time.  In all honesty, it is going to be one full year before we have reliable data in this category and that’s because our region switched to a new MLS system in November which calculates days on market differently.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in about five weeks.  You could also expect expect to give a little more than 1% of the sales price in closing cost assistance.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in late March.  If you would like to receive a digital copy of the actual report, which is much like a financial statement of your home’s value, send me an email at ChrisAnn@LNF.com.  Of course, when it is getting time to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for a free market analysis.  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

www.UncompromisingValues.com

 

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Heritage Series)

Driving through Braemar, I notice more and more houses displaying holiday lights, or Christmas trees in the window.  It all brings a smile to my face. Eventually, I’ll get up the motivation, after watching enough Hallmark Christmas movies, to get up my own tree, but for now, my motivation lies in getting the latest in property value news out to the neighborhood.  This Braemar Property Value Report focuses on homes in the Heritage Series.  Heritage Series homes are mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes.  They have two car attached garages and include the following floor plans:  Exeter, Yardley, Zachery (a.k.a. Zurich) & Waverly.  The homes built by Coscan in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

This particular reporting period, covering sales between September and October, comes up with only three Braemar Heritage homes that sold.  the details of these sales are listed below:

As you can see, there is quite a difference in the lowest sold price and the highest sold price.  Big difference like that can throw off a tracking of average and meidan values.  That’s one of the reasons I have adjusted the way I do these reports and look at those values.  What happens next is I simply replace the data from September and October 2017, with these three sales in my rolling twelve month data store.  Then I parse out the six and twelve month values, giving us this:

For starters, looking at the six month average and median sold prices we see that they are both falling below the twelve month average and median sold prices.  that’s not great news and could be an early indication that Heritage home values are starting to slip.  At least two of the current three sales reported above fall about the six month median.  Only one falls above the six month average.  Time will tell if this is truly a slip in value, or a momentary anomaly.  After all, with news that Amazon is basing one of its headquarters in Arlington, a boost in market value in our entire metropolitan marketplace is expected.

The six month average seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is a tad higher than the twelve month average.  However, the six month median seller subsidy is lower than the twelve month seller subsidy.  Looks like Braemar Heritage home owners continue to give about the same amount of closing cost help in their deals.

Finally, days on market shows that the six month average and median values are below the twelve month average and median values.  In the cast of the median, it is only by one day.  This means that it is taking about the same amount of time to sell a Braemar Heritage home as it has for the past year.

If you placed you Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month. You could also expect to give about 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January and will detail our year end market, which happens to be one that I believe in very strongly.  It gets a bum rap from most real estate agents, but there really is a something magical in finding a home during the holidays.  And that kind of emotional pull by buyers, with limited inventory, can do wonders for a seller.  Want to explore the option of selling in the off-spring market?  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 Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2018 (Arista Series)

Before starting some preparation for Thanksgiving dishes tomorrow, I thought it would be a good idea to put out this Braemar Property Value Report detailing sales of Arista Series homes in our neighborhood for September and October.  Even though it is fall, there is a lot going on in our market, not even mentioning the news that Amazon chose Arlington for its headquarters.  It is likely some of those newly employed by Amazon will be moving to Prince William County and an Arista Home would be a great choice for them.  If you are wondering what Arista homes are,  they  are the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans.  

There was only one Arista home that sold in our current two month reporting period.  It was a Canterbury that sold for $570,000.  It had originally listed for an optimistic $615,000.  The final list price, in the details below was $589,900.

When we take this sale and run updated six and twelve month data points, here is what we find:

The good news is that the six month average and median sold prices are higher than the twelve month average and median sold prices.  The trend present in comparing the six month values to the twelve month values is that Arista home prices are still going up.  However, it is not great to know that the most recent sale falls below all but the twelve month average.  If future sales continue to slump, this trend will be coming to a halt.

A trend that is not great for seller is that the average and median six month seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is much higher than the twelve month average and median seller subsidy values.  As our marketplace has been dealing with slowing demand, buyers are asking for more and more closing help.  However, there may be a tad of hope that the most recent sale in October gave no closing help.  Unfortunately, I think that may because of the low sales price.

When it comes to days on market, or marketing time, not much has changed in the short term compared to the longer term.  Arista homes are taking about the same amount of time to sell.  Perhaps we’ll get a lift in marketing time and sold prices as those new Amazon employees discover these lovely homes in Braemar.

If you placed your Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to sell in as little as a month and a half or as long as nearly eleven weeks.  You could also expect to pay $10,000 to $12,000 in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in Januaury.  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  If you find yourself in a position to sell between now and then, give me a call.  The year end market has a lot of benefits I would love to share with you.  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