Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2020

Braemar Townhouse Report: January-February 2020

While this is the last of my Braemar Property Reports, it is certainly not the last of my days of self-isolation thanks to COVID-19.  It has been unsettling to see empty store shelves and empty restaurant and gym parking lots when I am out on the rare day I need to run an errand. Still, as a daughter of an 88 year old mother with COPD, I am grateful to all that are doing their best to stay inside and practice social distancing.  It may not feel like you are making a difference, but you are.

Now to my specialty, presenting you with another Braemar Townhouse Report.  Townhouses, for the purposes of this report, are traditional townhouses with three levels and a back yard.  They may or may not have a garage.

There were eight Braemar townhouses that sold during our current reporting of January and February 2020.  Final sold prices ranged from $305,000 to $376,000.  The details of the sales are listed below:

Taking these eight sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of Braemar townhouse sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold price column, it is great to see that both the six month average and six month median are above their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar townhouses are still pushing up in value.

The seller subsidy column shows a trend not favoring sellers.  Both the six month average and six month median seller subsidy values are higher than their respective twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar buyers have been asking for, and receiving, more closing cost help.  However, according to our most recent sales listed above, half of Braemar townhouse sellers aren’t having to give any closing cost help.

In the days on market column, we see a bit of conflicting information.  The six month average marketing time is five days shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile the six month median marketing time is one day longer than the twelve month median marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar townhouse on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in no longer than two weeks.  You could also expect to pay an average of 1.5% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

This report would not be complete this particular go round without answering the big question on most prospective Braemar townhouse sellers’ minds.  Will the precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 affect our Braemar real estate market?  It would be foolish to think there wouldn’t be some sort of impact, but I don’t think it will be as noticeable.  Even before this virus, our supply of townhouses for sale was not enough to meet demand.  Surely, some buyers and sellers will pull out of the market for economical reasons or reasons of general fear.  However, there is still a big influence on our market demand.  The expansion of Micron in Manassas is adding thousands of jobs to our local area.  More jobs than Amazon brought to Virginia.  Relocating workers will need housing and they are buying in all kinds of price ranges.  And even during these times when we are to shelter in place, our Governor understand that real estate is an essential business.  I have been busy taking new listings and helping buyers these last couple weeks.

The next Braemar Townhouse Report will be out in May.  Until then, if the need or want to sell your Braemar townhouse arises, get in touch with me for the most thorough analysis of your home’s value and the most professional approach to marketing your home.  No matter the market condition, I am here to help you maximize your home’s value.  Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

 

 

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2020 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2020 (NV Homes)

It is time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  As the social distancing that has been happening for over a week is beginning to wear on us, I am thankful to have tasks like this to do.  These reports have been part of my bi-monthly routine since the middle of 2005.  This particular report focuses on property values of single family homes built by NV Homes in Braemar.

There were two NV Homes that sold in the first two months of 2020.  The details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these two sales and adding them to the entire past twelve months of NV Home sale data, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Looking first at the sold price column, it is good to see the six month average sold price higher than the twelve month average sold price.  In a conflicting trend, we see that the six month median sold price is lower than the twelve month median.   Hard to say which way values are heading.  Our most recent sales have a wide price gap at $561,500 and $651,000.  We will have to wait and see where we go next report.

The seller subsidy column shows a definite trend.  Both the six month average and six month median sold prices are well below their respective twelve month values.  This means that buyers have been foregoing or limiting requests for closing cost help from sellers in the competitive market that buyers are facing.

Days on market shows very stable average marketing times in the six month value compared to the twelve month value.  Just under two weeks to get an NV Home under contract in both.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is half the already low twelve month marketing time of eight days.  NV Homes are selling quickly.

If you placed your Braemar NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it would take no more than two weeks to go under contract.  You could also expect to pay minimal amounts of seller subsidy, if any.

Will the pandemic we are facing of COVID-19 affect our Braemar real estate market?  Perhaps in the very short term, but likely not as bad as you may think.  Fearful buyers and sellers that do not have to relocate may pull back and put off their real estate plans.  However, there are plenty of buyers coming to our market with the expansion of Micron in Manassas.  Did you know that Micron’s expansion is bringing more jobs to our local area than Amazon’s move to Virginia did to the entire area?  Buyer demand will continue to be there for any seller wanting, or needing to capitalize.

One thing that will change is mortgage interest rates.  We are seeing them begin to increase.  The reason being that mortgage rates are based on the value of ten year treasury bonds.  Whenever a Federal government bailout happens, it is money being borrowed against those ten year treasury bonds, raising mortgage interest rates.  The good news for the market in general is that mortgage interest rates had been so low anyway, it won’t be so damaging.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  By then we will know what affect COVID-19 has had on our market in the months of March and April.  Until then, if the need arises for you to sell, give me a call.  No matter the market condition, I am here to help you maximize your Braemar home’s value.  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 2020 (Courtyard Series)

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

During this time of self-isolation, putting together my bi-monthly Braemar Property Value Reports is bringing me a sense of normalcy.  Even while there is not a lot of foot traffic in stores, restaurants are closed and traffic is minimal, there is still real estate business happening in the background.

This particular Braemar Property Value Report pertains to the Courytard homes in our neighborhood.  If you aren’t sure what a Braemar Courtyard home is, they 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.

There were no Courtyard homes sold in Braemar during our current reporting period of January and February.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have updated six and twelve month data.  By simply dropping the months of January and Feburary 2019 and refactoring the numbers, I get the updated values below.

Looking first to the sold price column, we see a drop in value in both the six month average compared to the twelve month average, as well as the six month median from the twelve month median.  If no new sales bring up values in the coming months, this is not a good sign.  And with economic and safety concerns of COVID-19, who knows what our market is going to be facing.  We do know that Micron adding 8,000 to Manassas has been, and will continue to be, a major market force.

The seller subsidy column shows a better trend than the sales price column.  Both the six month average and six month median values were below their twelve month counterparts.  This means that buyers were having to lower or not request closing cost help to get their offers accepted in the times we were experiencing of limited inventory.

Finally, days on market shows that marketing time has gone up in the six month values compared to their respective twelve month values.  We’ll have to see what happens as market lives through COVID-19 and beyond.

If you placed your Braemar Courtyard home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to take no more than one month to get under contract.  You could also expect to may about one half of 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  By then we will be well into whatever COVID-19 is going to bring to our area.  Given the low interest rates and expansion of Micron, I suspect our demand will remain strong.  If you find yourself in a position to sell, give me a call for a free analysis.  No matter what, I’m here to help you maximize your Braemar home’s 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 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: January-February 2020 (Arista Series)

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

As I find myself practicing social distancing to protect myself, and the community at large, from the spread of COVID-19, I have plenty of Braemar Property Value Reports to keep me busy.  Today I am going to kick off the string of property value reports with this one for the Arista Series homes in Braemar.  Homes known as Arista homes are the largest homes in Braemar built by Brookfield Homes.  The floor plans include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.  The most commonly seen of these floor plans in Braemar is the Canterbury.

During the reporting period of January and Febuary 2020, there were no Arista homes that sold.  No new sales doesn’t mean we don’t have updated values.  With a twelve month rolling store of data from Arista home sales in Braemar, I just freshen up the six and twelve month value points.  When I do, here’s what we get:

Looking first to property values, we see that the six month average sold price is well above the twelve month average sold price.  This would indicate Braemar Arista home values are definitely increasing in the more recent sales.  However, that is before we look at the six month median falling slightly below the twelve month median which would indicate that Braemar Arista home values are more stable in value.  With no new sales to compare to these two values, all I can tell you is that demand for single family homes in Braemar is still high.  Don’t panic.

When it comes to seller subsidy (also known as closing cost assistance to buyers,) there is a more clear trend.  Both the six month average and six month median values are well below their twelve month counterparts.  To win in this competitive market place, Braemar Arista home buyers are having to minimize seller subsidy requests to get their offers accepted by sellers, particularly in multiple offer situations.

Days on market reveals data that shows stability.  The six month average marketing time is a week shorter than the twelve month average marketing time.  However, the six month median marketing time is exactly the same as the twelve month marketing time.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about three weeks time, maybe a bit more.  You could also expect to pay less than 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May.  Until then, know that our area is experiencing very intense buyer demand.  If you have been considering the sale of your own Braemar home, now really could be the best time to sell.  Call me for a free consultation.  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 Braemar Home Under Contract After Multiple Offers

Another Braemar Home Under Contract After Multiple Offers

On March 6th (2020,) I had the pleasure of introducing 12157 Millbill Court to the market.  The sellers had done kitchen and bathroom updates in the last two years.  Before listing they had new carpet installed and worked on de-cluttering and staging the home so would be ready for its professional photo shoot.

While Mother Nature gave us a drizzly and cloudy day for the photo shoot, it didn’t matter.  The interior of the home was smiling widely.  The listing was put in the MLS as “coming soon” and the throng of buyers and their agents was unleashed on my cell phone.

There is no getting into a “coming soon” listing before it becomes “active.”  A listing agent who allows anyone to tour a listing that is coming soon can be subject to a $5,000 fine in our marketplace. 

On Friday, March 6th, the listing rolled to active and the showings commenced.  The very first schedule request we had, toured the property on the 6th and wrote an offer as soon as they left.  Even having an offer that first day, my sellers wanted to wait to review offers until the weekend was over.  By that time, they had three offers.

To say there is intense buyer demand in Bristow is an understatement.  At present, the coronavirus has only impacted our market in that mortgage interest rates are getting even lower, heightening buyer demand even more.  Of course, the Micron expansion in Manassas continues to be a major economic force, bringing more employees to the area.

This Braemar home will go to settlement on April 30th.  You’ll have to stay tuned to this blog for the final sold price.  In the meantime, if you want to sell during this time of intense buyer demand while prices are soaring, I am here to help.  Call me for a free consultation on how to get the best results.  Even in a seller’s market, the agent you hire makes a difference to your bottom line.  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

 

Just Sold: Three Bedroom, End Unit, Garage Townhouse in Braemar for $386,000

Just Sold: Three Bedroom, End Unit, Garage Townhouse in Braemar for $386,000

On January 23rd (2020,) I had the pleasure of introducing 9619 Innerwick Place to the market, priced at $384,900.   Being that there were NO Braemar townhouses on the market at that moment, I knew it would be a quick sale.  Three finished levels in a garage, end unit townhouse with three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, two powder rooms, a two level bump out, fenced back yard, deck, patio and hot tub hitting the market was like throwing chum in shark infested waters.  And the prep my sellers had done with refinishing their hardwood floors, installing new carpet and neutralizing the interior paint made it possible to increase their projected list price before we ever hit the market. Not surprisingly, my sellers had an offer the very first day.

Having one offer was great, but my sellers wanted to go through the first weekend,  have two open houses, THEN  see what they were being offered.  After fourteen showings and twenty-two buyers through the two open houses, they were left to review three offers.  There was one that stood out as highest and best, so they accepted it.  However, as I often caution sellers in this seller’s market, when a buyer gives you exactly what you want with higher price and no closing cost help, home inspection can be a very painful point of renegotiation.  In the case of that first contract, that painful point of renegotiation ended up with a dead deal.

Just as sellers need to understand that buyers have expectations when they overshoot list price and don’t ask for closing cost help, buyers also need to understand that homes aren’t going to be rebuilt for them just because they were the highest offer.

Thankfully, the first offer was in back up offer position and the sellers were able to move seamlessly into the next deal.  It was a buyer with a need for a lot of closing cost help, FHA loan with a low down payment, but was grateful that they had finally gotten under contract.  The home inspection on the second deal was way more reasonable and kicked up very minor issues.

This townhouse went to closing today for a final sold price of $386,000.

When the time comes for you to sell your Braemar townhouse, hire wisely.  Having an Associate Broker with a decade plus of experience in many different market conditions will benefit you no matter what happens during your sale.  My expertise and commitment to top notch marketing, from staging to professional photography, will get you the absolute most the market will bear.  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