Just in Time for the Holidays, Another Braemar Carriage Home Sold

Just in Time for the Holidays, Another Braemar Carriage Home Sold

One one month ago today I listed 13236 Daldownie Court, a three bedroom Norwood model Carriage home for $429,000.  It didn’t take long for the buyers in the marketplace to respond.  The sellers had two offers within two days on the market.  Year end demand is not unusual in our Braemar real estate market.

After an uneventful home inspection and appraisal, the only issues left to resolve for the buyers were HOA covenant violations.  Yes, complying with HOA violations is a necessary thing for sellers in any HOA community.  And even though there the sellers didn’t technically violate any covenants, the bookkeeping with the on-site community management is far from the greatest.  These sellers were violated for a retractable awning that the Braemar Community Association said there was no need to apply for, back in the day,  as long as it matched the exterior trim or siding.  The other violation was having flagstone pavers put in by the builder.

What a reasonable person sees as logical, and can prove, is tossed aside by the covenants administrators.  They like applications on file.  So the sellers filled out an application for both and were in compliance.  A grand waste of time, but I did advise the buyer’s agent that the new owner should hold onto the HOA abatement letter stating the items were in compliance.  Heaven knows they will get violated again when it is their turn to sell.

Today, December 6th (2019) this Braemar Carriage home sold for $430,000.  The buyers were fortunate to get some closing cost help, but less than half of what they had requested.  That’s what happens when lack of inventory puts buyers in competitive situations.  Closing cost help requests are negotiated down, or aren’t even made.

If you have been considering the sale of your Braemar home, don’t think there is only one season that will bear out a favorable sales price.  I sell Braemar homes for top dollar all year long.  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: September-October 2019 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2019 (Carriage Series)

There is something so beautiful about the the fall and winter sun. The sunbeams streaming through my windows in the morning this time of year seem so much more substantial. That is all due to the sun hanging lower on the horizon.   Of course, the low position of the sun in the sky can be very dangerous for those heading west in their afternoon commutes.  Where there is a plus, there is a minus.  It’s the same in real estate, which is ultimately what I’m here to talk to you about.

This is the Braemar Property Value Report for Carriage homes in our neighborhood.  In this particular edition we get a chance to see what happened in September and October and how that is shaping the over all Carriage home real estate market trends  If you don’t know what homes fall in the Carriages Series, they 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.

In our current reporting period, there were six Braemar Carriage homes that sold.  When you get a look at the details of those sales below, you will see a very tight grouping of sold prices.  Not unusual since all but one of these homes were three bedroom Norwood models.  Only one four bedroom Parkdale (the largest of the Carriage homes) is in this list.  Unfortunately, either its condition or the the location directly backing to the two power transmission lines did not even get its final sold price higher than the smaller Carriage homes that sold around the same time.

Combining all six of these sales with the rolling twelve months of past Carriage home sales our six and twelve month data points are updated.  This is where we get a sense of our trends.

Looking first to the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and median sold prices are higher than their twelve month respective values.  This means Braemar Carriage homes are continuing to push up in value.

Next we turn our attention to seller subsidy (a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers.) Here we see another seller favored trend.  The seller subsidy in the more recent values, six month average and median, are less than the twelve month counterparts.  Buyers in the Braemar Carriage home market are facing more competition, which means they have to lean out their requests to get under contract with sellers.

Last, but not least, we get to days on market.  This is an important value because when you put your Braemar Carriage home on the market, you want to know how long it is going to take to sell.   Looking at the six month average and median marketing times we see that they are both shorter than their respective twelve month data marketing times.  Braemar Carriage homes are selling faster!  Even my most recent listing of 13236 Daldownie Court , listing in November, received two offers in two days!

If you placed your Braemar Carriage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it be under contract in less than two weeks…or sooner.  You could also expect to pay about 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January.  Until then, I wish you every happiness this holiday season.  As always, if the need arises to sell your Braemar home, no matter the season, give me a call for the absolute best results.  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 Carriage Home SOLD… Again

Four years ago, September 29, 2015 to be exact, I sold the Norwood model at 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace Though the buyers that ended up purchasing the home did come through my open house, they had an agent that they were working with.  Even if they had not a buyer’s agent, my business practice is to NEVER do dual agency, which is representing both sides of the transaction.

In June this year (2019,) I was pleasantly surprised to get a call from those buyers that became the owners of 13174 Kirkmichael Terrace.  They were interested in selling and wanted to hire me.  They had been impressed with my professionalism during their purchase.  Staying in touch with my Braemar Property Value Reports was helpful, but what sealed the deal for my being their future listing agent happened at the closing table during their purchase of the home in 2015.  They recounted to me that when they were twenty dollars short to purchase a home warranty, and had no checks or cash to make it up, I reached into my wallet and handed the attorney a twenty dollar bill.   I don’t recall this gesture, but they will never forget.

Fast forward to the current listing, which I was thrilled to get.  They had certainly improved the home with granite counters, stainless appliances and lots of smaller updates to lighting and fixtures.  We looked at the comps and listed on June 15th for $435,000.  Our price was on the upper end of the comparable sales, but I don’t back down from the chance to sell for as much as possible.  That is my job.

The first two offers on the home were not bad, but were far from fantastic.  Being a sellers market, the sellers felt there were better offers ahead, so they passed..  The third offer was the charm and only took two weeks to come in.  The buyer gave the sellers what they wanted in price and what they needed in terms of closing date.  After all, the sellers were also going to be buyers and needed time to find a home.

This Norwood model at 13174 Kirmichael Terrace sold (again) for $437,000 on August 9th, 2019.   

If you have been wondering what your Braemar home is worth in the current market, give me a call.  Getting the market max for your Braemar home is what I do best.  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: May-June 2018 (Carriage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: May-June 2018 (Carriage Series)

What a gorgeous Friday it was in Bristow.  I hope you enjoyed it because this weekend is going to rainy and stormy.  In fact, I received a weather alert on my phone that the week of upcoming rain may result in some flooding in our area.  Please be careful when driving in low lying areas.

Right now, it is time for another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one focuses on the sales of Braemar Carriage homes during the months of May and June.  In case you don’t know what defines a Braemar Carriage home, they 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.

There were five Braemar Carriage homes that sold during the months of May and June.  The details of the sales are below.  I am very pleased to tell you that the sale of 10143 Broadsword Drive, highlighted in a magenta color, was my listing that set a record high sold price for Parkdale model homes in Braemar.

When we take these five sales and put them in with our rolling twelve months of Braemar Carriage home sales, here’s what we find when pull out our six month and twelve month average and median data points:

The six month average sold price is quite a bit higher than the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month median sold price is a tad higher than the twelve month median.  This means Braemar Carriage home values are going up.

When looking at seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has decreased slightly in the six month values compared to the twelve month values.  That’s a step in the right direction for Braemar Carriage home sellers.  And marketing time is also down a little bit in the six month average and median values compared to the twelve month values.  More movement in a good direction for Braemar Carriage home sellers.

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 or less.  You could also expect to pay about 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in September.  Until then, it is very important to remember that the agent you hire to sell your Braemar Carriage home can mean a substantial difference in your sales price.  If you want the best chance at getting the most from your Braemar homes sale, trust the agent that sets record high prices.  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