Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2021

Braemar Townhouse Report: May-June 2021

Last, but not least in the series of May-June Braemar market reports, I bring you the Braemar Townhouse Report. This report focuses on the sale of traditional three level townhouses in our neighborhood. Traditional townhouses are those with three levels with a back yard that are NOT condos.

During the months of May and June, there were sixteen townhouses in Braemar that sold. I was so very happy to represent the buyers of the one highlighted in blue. Details of all of the sales are listed below:

There is a wide variety in final sold prices because there is a variety in sizes and styles of traditional townhouses in Braemar. Of the larger one car garage townhouses, my buyers got a fantastic deal on Drum Salute. The home did not show well, but that was a plus for us. It only needed new flooring, some paint and a good cleaning. They were able to negotiate $8,000 in closing cost help to offset that cost, have a home inspection and still get a killer deal. If they turned around and sold the home after the improvements, they could actually make money.

Taking all of the sales listed above and combining them with the entire past year of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points show more seller favored trends.

Starting in the sold price column, it is no surprise to see the growth that happened in the six month average and median compared to the twelve month average and median values. Townhouses have been gaining value quickly in this market with little inventory and an overload of buyers.

Seller subsidy is where we find out what amount of closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to to negotiate from their townhouse sellers. My buyers and one other were the only ones in the sixteen recent sales that negotiated any closing cost help in May and June. Looking at the six and twelve month median, more than half of sellers in both time frames had to give nothing. The six month and twelve month averages show that seller subsidy is becoming more rare. It is highly unlikely to have a buyer request closing cost help if your home is properly prepared for market. Doing nothing in a seller’s market costs a seller.

Days on market shows the seller’s market in all its glory with single digits down the line. Braemar townhouses sell very quickly. Even in the sixteen most recent sales listed, only one took two weeks to go under contract.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your townhouse to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect, if you did the work to make your home shine, to give nothing in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in September. Until then, when you are ready to sell your Braemar townhouse, don’t fall victim to leaving money on the table. Get my expert advise on listing preparation and take full advantage of my professional marketing for the absolute max the market will bear for your home. You only get one chance to get the equity out in a sale. Who you hire matters. 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 Townhouse Report: March-April 2021

12858 Wishing Well Way Sold for $425,000 on 4/5/21

Braemar Townhouse Report: March-April 2021

Today I bring you the most recent Braemar Townhouse Report. This report looks back on the months of March and April this year for the most recent sales of traditional Braemar townhouses and updates six and twelve month value points so we can see how our market has changed. Before we begin, a traditional townhouse is one attached only side by side, has three level and a back yard. Knowing the type of townhouse included in this report, let’s get right to it.

There were fifteen sales of Braemar townhouses in the last two months. Details of those sales are listed below:

First thing you may notice is a sale highlighted in pink. That’s because it was my listing. And if I may say, my seller made out very well. She sold for $31,000 above list price for the third highest sold price of this reporting period. Why not the highest? She had no deck, no fence, an original kitchen, original roof and sunken driveway. What she DID have was brand new LVP flooring on the main level, new carpet, fresh neutral paint and new HVAC. Getting her home well prepared for showings and professionally photography created the buyer enthusiasm that lifted her sold price above where it would have been otherwise. I say that because townhouses that were more updated sold for less because the marketing/photography was lacking. I am not a listing agent that “mails it in.”

The second thing that you will visually notice is zeros all the way down the column in seller subsidy. This means no townhouse sellers gave anything to buyers for closing cost help.

Finally, days on market shows single digits in all but one townhouse sale for the current reporting period. Cell phone photos never do a home justice. This one was gorgeous. And unfortunately, it sat for longer than it probably should and likely, sold for less than it should. Who you hire matters, even in a seller’s market. In this deal, a contract fell through and the property had to go back on the market, making buyers fear something was wrong with it. That’s why vetting offers is so important, as is having a ratified back up offer to go to. You better believe my listing had a ratified back up offer.

Taking these sales are combining them with the entire previous twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, the six and twelve month value points are updated as seen below:

Starting with the sold price column, it is not a surprise to see the six month average and median sold prices higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar townhouses are still going up in value.

Seller subsidy is a little surprising in that the average figures in both the six month and twelve month time frames actually has a value. Only twenty sales of the sixty-eight in the past twelve months have given seller subsidy. The most recent was in January this year.

Days on market shows the trend happening across the board in this seller’s market. Braemar townhouses are selling a matter of days.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to land a buyer willing to go without seller subsidy and possibly a lot of contingencies like home inspection, radon inspection, financing and even appraisal. Buyers are having to be ultra competitive to win in multiple offer situations.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in July. Until then, get in touch with me if you would like to sell your townhouse. As illustrated above, you don’t have to be the best townhouse on the market to get one of the highest sold prices. Conversely, if you don’t take hiring the right real estate agent seriously, you could have a better townhouse and make less money. Well prepared properties that are professionally marketed get the biggest bucks and I’ve been helping Braemar sellers with that for many years. 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 Townhouse SOLD $31,000 Over List Price!!

12858 Wishing Well Way Sold for $425,000 on April 5, 2021

Braemar Townhouse SOLD $31,000 Over List Price!!

On February 26th (2021,) I had the pleasure of bringing 12858 Wishing Well Way to the market, listed for $394,000. Having been helping a couple make offers on Braemar townhouses, I knew the market was out of control with buyer demand. And I had already run comps on this townhouse when my buyers wanted to make an offer on 10123 Pale Rose Loop. That was listed for $380,000. That was an absurdly low list price and I knew it. And sure enough, the agent there said they received two dozen offers and my buyers’ offer at $390K with free rent back was the weakest offer.

By the time we listed 12858 Wishing Well, 10123 Pale Rose had sold for $422,500. Pale Rose had been a home with a lot of interior updates, the most grand being the kitchen. It was an interior unit with a deck and gorgeous main level hardwood floors. It also had updated bathrooms. My listing on Wishing Well was end unit with a new HVAC and updated laminate wood flooring on the main level and upper level hallway, with hardwood on the upper level staircase as a transition. It had no deck, original kitchen and bathrooms. I prepped my seller for an appraised value of $405,000 to $410,000 if we were lucky.

After four days on the market we had eleven offers. Turns out we didn’t need two dozen to hit really high offers. One bid $450,000, but didn’t waive appraisal. That meant it would sell for appraised value. One offered cash at $420,000, but had an outdated, illegible proof of funds and wanted inspection contingencies. My seller made it clear she didn’t want to go through inspections and haggle with repairs. And with a sunken driveway (actually, an elevated sidewalk due to tree roots pushing up the concrete) we eliminated every FHA and VA loan so that wouldn’t get flagged as a safety concern on appraisal. That left one stand out offer– $425,000 with no inspections, conventional loan with financing and appraisal contingencies, but with a $30,000 low appraisal guarantee. That meant if the townhouse only appraised for the list price, it would still sell for $424,000. It was as close to guaranteed money as you could get.

Even though the buyers had expressed their need of an appraisal, but had pre-negotiated the outcome of a low value, nothing was required of me. That doesn’t mean I didn’t still get the appraiser a package of comparable sales, the offers we had received and list of updates. (HVAC and flooring are definitely worth something.) The goal was to keep the buyer’s additional down payment to a minimum. Real estate transactions are best when both parties have a win. My seller was winning with the sales price. Time to help them out. Sure enough, I got it to appraise at the sales price.

Today, April 5th, this one at 12858 Wishing Well closed at $425,000. Higher than a mega new kitchen, updated bathrooms and deck on 10123 Pale Rose Loop. Woo-hoo!

Any agent can get you multiple offers on your home in a seller’s market. I will get you every penny the market will allow. Two times more offers doesn’t always mean more money. Who you hire matters. 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 Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2020 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2020 (4th Quarter)

As this Saturday work day draws to a close for this Braemar Real Estate Agent, I am bringing you another property value update. This installment is the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly and focuses on the fourth quarter sales of the two car garage townhouses in our neighborhood that are attached back to back and side to side. For the record, these are the only two car garage townhouses in our Braemar neighborhood, so if you have a two car garage townhouse, this report is for you.

During the last three months of 2020 there were two Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold. The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these sales from the fourth quarter and combining them with the entire year’s worth of Braemar Piggyback townhouse sales from 2020, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

To start, the sold price column shows a very small increase in average value from the twelve month sold price to the six month sold price. On the other hand, an even smaller decrease is seen going from the twelve month median sold price to the six month median sold price. Had it not been for the most recent Braemar Piggyback townhouse sale of $370,000, I would be the first to say this is what market value stability looks like. However, it seems that we’re likely to see these two car garage townhouses in Braemar continue to push up in value as we move into 2021.

The seller subsidy column reveals a great trend for Braemar Piggyback townhouse sellers. The six month average seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is at zero, down from over $3,400 average seller subsidy in the twelve month average. That means the latter half of the year, as buyers were competing for the limited inventory available, fewer asked for closing cost help. The fact that the six month median and twelve month median seller subsidy numbers are the same at zero tells us that in both of these time periods, more than half of the Braemar Piggyback townhouse sellers gave nothing in closing cost help. Even our most recent sales from the fourth quarter have zero seller subsidy.

Finally, we come to the days on market column. The already very reasonable eleven days on market found in the twelve month average shrunk to six days in the six month average. Meanwhile, the difference in the twelve month median vs. the six month median was only one day less of marketing time in the recent sales. Our market is gobbling up properties very quickly as there is hardly anything on the market.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also expect that would not have to give any seller subsidy at all.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in April. Until then, know that Braemar homes are peaking in value this year. The year 2021 has been predicted to be one more year of low inventory and high buyer demand. We won’t know when we’ve hit the market peak until values start their decline, so if you’ve been waiting to get top dollar for your Braemar home, get in with me and let’s take a look at what the market conditions mean in a potential sale for you. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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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

Yet Another Braemar Townhouse SOLD

Yet Another Braemar Townhouse SOLD

Earlier this year, I sold 9619 Innerwick Place in Braemar.  It was a nice surprise when the neighbor at 9617 Innerwick Place called me to list her townhouse shortly before her end unit neighbor closed.  While I took the listing in early February, it didn’t hit the market until May.  The seller took the listing preparation notes that I had given her and got to work to get the maximum dollar amount for her home.  A quick discussion about selling “as-is” made her realize the work to ready the home was worth the money she would make.

On May 13th, this interior unit townhouse hit the market priced at $375,000.  It only took three days before multiple offers were there for the seller to review.  The one that she ratified went to settlement on June 29th.  It was a full price sale at $375,000 and the seller didn’t have to give any closing cost help.

Right now, despite the pandemic, the Bristow real estate market is hot.  Sellers are in control as there is more buyer demand than there are homes to sell them, particularly in properties that attract first time buyers.  If you have a Braemar townhouse you want to sell, give me a call to find out how I can get you top dollar while marketing your home with safety as a top priority.  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 Townhouses Still Selling During the Pandemic?

Are Braemar Townhouses Still Selling During the Pandemic?

The overwhelming answer to that question is YES.  On May 13th (2020,) I introduced 9617 Innerwick Place to the market.  Priced at $375,000, it was a value for a Braemar garage townhouse.  It has an original roof, HVAC and carpet in need of replacement on the upper level.  However, the home owner did the preparation she could and got the home painted from top to bottom and cleaned.  And with a three level bumpout, fresh sod in the fenced back yard and a replaced patio, there was much to love about the home.

There were a total of thirteen showings during five days on the market.  In the end, the seller got to choose from multiple offers and was delighted with getting under contract so fast.  The obvious fear was that COVID would negatively impact our real estate market.  Clearly, it is not.

This one will close near the end of June.  Of course, I will keep you posted on final sold price.  Until then, if you need to sell your Braemar townhouse, don’t hesitate to call me.  There are a record number of jobs being created by the Micron expansion in Manassas and the workers are eating up our Braemar townhouses.  I can help you safely list and still get max profit.  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: Under Contract in Four Days After Multiple Offers

Braemar Townhouse: Under Contract in Four Days After Multiple Offers

On January 23rd (2020) I was proud to present 9619 Innerwick Place to the market.  Priced at $384,900, this townhouse had a lot to offer buyers..and the market responded.  The first day, the sellers had an offer.  The second day, they had another offer.   The sellers had decided  to wait through the first weekend and two open houses before deciding on an offer.  By that time, there had been fourteen showings with agents and twenty-two buyers through the open houses.  That’s a lot of people looking for Braemar townhouses.  And right now, as I type this, there is not a Braemar townhouse on the market at all.  And in all of Bristow, there are only three townhouses on the market.

After three offers, the sellers went under contract with a very seller favorable offer.  Final details will be revealed when the sale closes in late February, so stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, if you have been thinking of selling your Braemar townhouse, there is no time like the present.  Buyers will gobble it up. Of course, the key to getting the top of the market price is listing prep and professional marketing.  Just click the property address above for the photos of this townhouse.  When you hire me to help you sell your Braemar home, that’s what you get.  No detail is overlooked, because there are dollars in the details.

Give me a call and let’s get started.  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 Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2019 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2019 (4th Quarter)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly.  This particular edition looks back to the fourth quarter of 2019 to Piggyback townhouse sales in our neighborhood of Braemar.  If you are not familiar with what a Braemar Piggyback townhouse is, they are three level townhouses, completely above grade, with attached two car garages.  The townhouses themselves are attached not just on the sides like traditional townhouses, but also along their back wall to another row of townhouses.  What they lack in not having a back yard, they make up for the large bedroom sizes.

During the last quarter of 2019, which started October 1st and ended December 31st, there were four Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold.  Their final sold prices ranged from $332,000 to $355,000.  The details of each of those sales are listed below.

Immediately you notice that one of the sales is highlighted in pink.  That means that I was the listing agent for that home.  Bringing you consistent market reports for Braemar certainly makes me a super knowledgeable agent.  However, I like to show you the results that my sellers, and buyers, get when they hire me.  Not only did the seller of 13036 Bathgate get one of the highest sold prices, she had multiple offers and was under contract in only six days!

Taking all four of these fourth quarter sales and combining them with every Piggyback home sale that happened in Braemar during 2019, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  This is what gives us our market insights.  Our updated values points are below:

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are above their respective twelve month values.  This means that Braemar Piggyback townhouses saw some some increases in recent sales.  However, it is worth noting that two of the four sales in the fourth quarter fall below even the six month average sold price.  That happens enough and values will be on the down turn.

Next up, we see an increase in the six month average and median seller subsidy when those values are compared to their twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar Piggyback townhouse buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help from sellers.  This could be an indicator that our seller’s market is cooling off a bit.

Finally, when it comes to days on market (or marketing time as I like to call it,) we see that there was a slight increase in marketing time from the six month average compared to the twelve month average.  There was only a one day increase in marketing time when looking at the six month median to the twelve month median.  I noticed when I sold 13036 Bathgate that Braemar Piggyback homes tended to be hanging on the market longer.  Truly, hiring the right agent for the job and getting the best advice, puts you in the shorter time frames.  However, overall it is taking a little longer on average to sell Braemar Piggyback homes.  Perhaps another indicator of the cooling of our Braemar seller’s market.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two to four weeks.  You could also expect to paay 2% to 3% of the sales price in closing cost assistance to your buyer.

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in April.  By then, the spring market in Braemar will already be in full swing.  If you want to get on top of it and get the top dollar for your home in the shortest period of time, give me a call.  Since 2005, No One 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 Braemar Townhouse Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

Another Braemar Townhouse Sold by Chris Ann Cleland

On September 26th, this piggyback townhouse located at 13036 Bathgate Way hit the market priced at $355,000.  As the competition around this listing seemed to be languishing on the market and dropping their prices below where we were hitting, I had to wonder if we would be languishing too.  Not at all.  It was a delightful surprise to have two buyers with competing offers within four days. Who would have guessed there were multiple buyers who wanted a property like this, priced above its competitors, based on what we saw hitting the market?

Great results start with choosing the best agent for the job.  For this seller, and many other Braemar sellers, that is me.  I know how to market the various styles of homes in the neighborhood because I am familiar with all of them.  I have been a resident of the neighborhood since 2005, and I have served most of those years on an HOA board.  My slogan, No One Knows Braemar Better, is most definitely true.

Not only do I know the neighborhood and how to position the listings I have against their competition, I know how to market them professionally to get my sellers the maximum attention from online buyers.  Professional photography is a must, but so is preparation prior to photos.  That’s where my marketing skills come in handy, helping my sellers edit their “stuff” so their homes show in the absolute best light.  Any agent can take your listing, snap some photos and throw you in the MLS.  Professional marketing gets the best results.  You don’t put a listing up with the phrase, “Immaculately kept” and have towels in bathrooms look as though they were thrown from across the room to land haphazardly on the towel rack.  Attention to detail is critical for a listing agent.

Getting under contract quickly, and in an unexpected multiple offer situation, my Bathgate seller got terms that favored her.  The next hurdle was getting the home to appraise for the list price the buyer was willing to pay.  Remember, our competitors were dropping their prices to get noticed.  That’s not a environment that is easy to deal with come appraisal time.  As is my business practice, I met the appraiser at the property with information on the home, what set it apart from its competition and comparable sales that we had based our list price on.  Low and behold, we were through appraisal with no issue.

The only speed bump this sale hit was in the processing of the buyer’s grant from VHDA.  Our settlement date was delayed from Halloween to November 5th (2019.)  There is no escaping government bureaucracy, but a great agent keeps their client informed every day as to what is happening….even if that is nothing.

When you are ready to sell your Braemar home, remember that success starts with your choice of agent.  Your decision should be based on results and how the agent’s previous listings have been marketed and sold. Of course, an agent who can get you the best results is not going to be cheapest, but they will make you the most money.   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 2019

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2019

It is time for another Braemar Townhouse Report.  This particular edition features sales of traditional townhouses in Braemar during the months of January and February.

There were four Braemar townhouses that sold during the first two months of the year.  Final sold prices ranged from $318,000 to $345,000.  Details of the sales are listed below.

Taking these four sales and combining with the previous year’s worth of Braemar townhouse sales, new six and twelve month data points come to light.  Here’s what we have now:

Let’s start examining the sold price data. Both the six month average and median are notably below their twelve month counterparts.  This would be an indication that, in the more recent past, Braemar townhouses have been decreasing in value.  However, all but one of the four most recent sales are above the six month average and median sold prices.  The same doesn’t hold true across the board when we take the three highest Braemar townhouse sales reported for January and February and compare them with the twelve month average and median.  Only one of those most recent sales is higher than the twelve month median sold price.  Three are still above the twelve month average though.  While indicators are there that townhouse prices might be softening, we need more reports to see for sure if this is a blip or trend.

Seller subsidy is definitely on the rise.  Both the six month average and median seller subsidy values are greater than the twelve month seller subsidy values.  This means Braemar townhouse sellers are giving more closing cost assistance in the most recent sales to their buyers.

Comparing six month average and median days on market to the twelve month counterparts, we see a spike in average and median marketing times compared to the twelve month values.  Don’t panic.  In November we switched to a new MLS system that stops counting days on market at a much different point, which is well into the transaction.  It is no longer when your townhouse goes under contract.  It will be a full year’s worth of data before we have an apples to apples comparison here if the new MLS does not change their marketing count method.

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 a month.  You could also expect to give about 1.5% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in late May.  Until then, when the sale of your Braemar townhouse looks like it is approaching, give me a call and we’ll start with a free market analysis of your home’s value in the current market.  From there, we’ll develop the best strategy to meet your home sale timeline and goals.  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