Just Sold: Semi-Detached Single Family Home in Braemar

Just Sold: Semi-Detached Single Family Home in Braemar

9684 Tarvie Circle sold for $444,000 on May 31, 2019.

It’s always a great feeling to sell a home for a Braemar seller, and have the buyer that purchased it come back and hire you to sell it again.  As a matter of business practice, I will not practice dual agency, which is where I would represent both sides of a transaction.  No matter what happens, even if a relative wants to buy my listing, I refer the buyer to another agent.  My business practice as a Top Braemar Listing Agents is to stick with my sellers.  So when these buyers that have hired me to sell the homes they purchased as my listings, it is an honor.

In the case of 9684 Tarvie Circle, it was a particularly great feeling because the seller was a licensed real estate agent, whose license was on referral.  Did she know a lot of other agents?  Yes!  Did she have agents that were former business associates she had worked with?  Yes! Yet she called me to sell her Braemar home.  Why?  Because she knows my reputation in the neighborhood and my sales record.  She knew I would get it done right and for top dollar.

Kitchen, 9684 Tarvie

The property had been improved since the owner purchased it in 2016 for $404,000.  The powder room had been completely renovated to feature a floor to ceiling tiled accent wall.  The kitchen was looking great with the new granite counters.  And the modern touch of the ship-lap accent wall in the family room, along with updated light fixtures and brand new carpet on the upper level, took years of this home’s appearance.  In addition to visually appealing updates, the home essentially got organ transplants with two new HVAC units.  Given the amount of updates, listing at $439,000 didn’t seem optimistic at all.  That much gain in less two and a half years is not typical, but these owners really did make the home shine.  If they had finished the basement, they could have listed for much more.

Ridiculous to have to prove those steps down were within the property lines with a survey.

One of the reasons that this seller chose me is my connection to the on-site management staff. Living in the neighborhood and serving on my sub-association board, I have developed relationships with the staff from CMC that allow me to help sellers solve HOA violations quickly.  In this case, there was no getting around the need to physically draw five steps down from the family room to the back yard on a survey of the yard.  When you make modifications to your Braemar home, you need to apply for them.  Rather than spending $350 on a survey to complete the application, thereby correcting the violation, I proposed a solution that made the need for the survey much cheaper for the seller, and very attractive for the buyer.  The seller and buyer split the cost of the survey.  Don’t get me started on why this process of drawing these steps that came about two and a half feet out from the back of the was even necessary.

Not surprisingly, this semi-detached home on Tarvie Circle had multiple offers after two days on the market.  It sold above list price for $444,000 on May 31st.

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, give me a call for a consultation about the market and what you can expect in terms of price and how long it will take to sell.  Selling Braemar homes 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 Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2018 (3rd Quarter)

Let’s wrap up the month of October with the final report of my quarterly Braemar market reports.  This is the Braemar Reflection Quarterly.  It covers sales of the semi-attached homes located on Tarvie Circle, behind the Safeway shopping center, that are attached at the garage only.

There was quite a bit of sales activity in the third quarter, where we saw four Reflection homes sell.  The details of those sales are listed below:

All of the sales in the third quarter were homes that had no egress from the basement.  Come to think of it, I’m not sure there are any Reflection homes with basement egress.  If you have one, I’d love to hear about it and know if it was added after construction.  When we take these four sales and plug them in with the previous three quarters of sales activity, we get new six and twelve month data points, as follows:

The trend we most like to see in the sold price column is higher values in the six month average and median compared to the twelve month average and median.  While the six month average sold price is higher than the twelve month average sold price, the median sold price is exactly the same in the six and twelve month median values.  This is mixed information.  Average sold price increase in the six month over the twelve month indicates Reflection home prices are rising.  However, the same value in the six and twelve month median indicates Reflection home prices are stable.  Only time will tell which is correct.

The seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is showing a definite trend.  The six month average and median seller subsidy are both higher than their twelve month counterparts.  That means sellers are giving more money in closing cost help.

Days on market (marketing time) is showing stability and a quickening of the sales of Reflection homes in Braemar.  The six month average marketing time is shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  However, the six and twelve month median marketing times are the exact same.  Which is correct?  We have to wait for the next report to find out.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay about 2% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January.  Until then, if the need to move arises, don’t count out our year end real estate market.  Give me a call for a free market analysis and I’ll tell why the year end selling season is my favorite market.  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 Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2018 (2nd Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2018 (2nd Quarter)

From the looks of the forecast for today, it seems as though we are going to have a really gorgeous summer day.  Not too hot and not too humid.  Hope you get out to enjoy something fun.  Maybe some time at one of our two community pools in Braemar.  Or a game of tennis at the under-utilized tennis courts.  For me, the outdoor fun can start after I type up this latest edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly.  It focuses on sales of the semi-attached single family homes on Tarvie Circle.

In the second quarter of 2018, there was only one Reflection home that sold.  Details are below:

When we take this one sale and add It to our rolling twelve months of Reflection home sales, here’s what we get:

There is a lot of good news when we look at the six month data points and compare then with our twelve month data points.  For starters, the six month average and median sold prices are higher then the twelve month average and median sold prices.  The seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is lower in the six month average and median values compared to the twelve month average and median seller subsidy.  Finally, the marketing time (days on market) is one week in the six month average and median data points, which is slightly improved from the twelve month median, but drastically improved from the twelve month average.

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

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October.  Until then, if you want to know how the current market conditions are affecting your home’s value, give me a call at 703-402-0037.  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