Another Late June Day, Another Braemar Home Sold

Another Late June Day, Another Braemar Home Sold

Yesterday I wrote about the Braemar home I sold at 9658 Granary Place Today, I’m here to tell you about the Braemar home I sold at 9725 Kinloss Mews.  While 9725 Kinloss Mews listed before 9658 Granary Place, as one of the largest homes in the neighborhood, I expected it would take about two weeks for it to go under contract.  It hit the market on May 15th (2020) priced at $610,000.  Sure enough, fourteen days later, it was under contract.

While the initial offer left a lot to be desired, the sellers decided that rather than reduce their price to catch another buyer, they would make a counter offer to the buyers who had taken the time to express interest.  The buyers accepted.

While the pandemic didn’t really affect our real estate market, it has impacted some supporting industries.  HVAC repair and service is one of them.  At least, that’s what Beltway Air Comfort Service would have us believe.  They failed three times to get the right parts over the course of weeks and, the day before settlement took five and a half hours to get the parts installed.  Didn’t even give my sellers a receipt.  When Mrs. Seller called to get a copy, she was told off by the owner of Beltway Air Comfort Service.  The owner was mad that he had to eat a 3% charge normally charged to customers paying by credit card (nothing I’ve heard of from the HVAC companies I recommend) because it wasn’t disclosed before my seller left town with her checkbook.  She was going to mail a check, but THEY made the choice to eat the charge.  They did the right thing and then blew all the good will by telling her off.  Then they went on to tell her they would de-prioritize her anytime she called for future service.  Who does that?  Once again, Beltway Air Comfort Service.  Note it and call any other company to service your HVAC if you want decent, professional service that knows how to treat their customers.

Thank goodness that even crappy contractors can get the job done, and despite taking a long time, it was done before the buyers signed for the home on June 26th.  Whew!

The final sold price of this Canterbury was $600,000.

If you are considering the sale of your Braemar home, we are experiencing high buyer demand and very low inventory.  That means we are in a seller’s market.  Give me a call for a free market analysis and my professional marketing plan that will get you top dollar and do it safely.  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 Single Family Home Sold Above List Price

Braemar Single Family Home Sold Above List Price

In the early days of the COVID quarantine, I met with the sellers of 9658 Granary Place They had purchased another home and were in a position to sell, regardless of the pandemic.  We looked at numbers and came to a number for a list price that was optimistic, but took into account the unfinished basement.  That list price was $485,000.

The sellers signed up with me the same day as our meeting.  That was April 2, 2020.  The home was vacant, lightly staged and professionally photographed by May 26th, when the listing became active on the market.  This was the first mid-sized single family home I had put on the market since the pandemic had hit our area.  I had been a bit nervous as to what kind of response it would get.  Larger homes were still taking a bit longer to sell.  Not this one.  The market response was overwhelming.  It felt like I had started a feeding frenzy in shark infested waters.

Within the span of three days, we had received five offers, and there were still interested buyers ready to throw their offers on the pile.  What they didn’t know, but I did, was the pile was amounting to a steep number thanks to the escalation clauses.  When we hit a pie in the sky number, the listing was pulled temporarily off the market to put a halt to the madness.  The sellers had decided they had enough offers to make a decision.

When the pie in the sky offer ($525,000) withdrew after cold feet and a good talking to from their dad who was providing the down payment, it was really down to two offers.  One that escalated to $503,500 and another that escalated to $502,000.  Neither had asked for closing cost help.  Numbers alone would have you pick the first one.  But what you need to know is the $502,000 did two smart things.  1) They had a home inspection with the right to void in a very quick time frame.  2) They offered a low appraisal guarantee of $7,000.  If the home didn’t appraise for $502,000, they would make up to $7K of difference.  That extra $1,500 sounded good, but didn’t come with any kind of assurance the buyers there would put money out of their own pocket if the home didn’t appraise at sales price.

The $502,000 offer was chosen and it was the smoothest rode to settlement I’ve had in Braemar yet this year.  No issues with termites, inspection, HOA or appraisal.  Today, 9658 Granary Court sold for $502,000, which was $17,000 above its list price.

To say there is limited inventory in our market is an understatement.  We may be living through unprecedented and scary times, but this is a seller’s market.  If you want top dollar for your Braemar home, call me and we can discuss marketing it safely while achieving that max profit for you.  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: March-April 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (Ryan Homes)

Yikes!  The end of the month is only a couple days away and I’ve got two Braemar Property Value Reports left to share.  Today, let’s look at the Braemar Property Value Report that I put together for homes built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood.

During our current reporting period, March and April 2020, there were three Ryan Homes that sold.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these three sales and combining them with the entire past twelve months of Ryan Home sales in Braemar, our six and twelve month data points are updated as pictured below.

Starting first in the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means Ryan Homes in Braemar are still gaining value.

Next up is the seller subsidy column.  Seller subsidy is also known as closing cost help that sellers give buyers.  While the six month average seller subsidy is ever so slightly less than the twelve month average seller subsidy, the six and twelve month median values are exactly the same.  Looks like this is a an area that isn’t changing.

When it comes to marketing time we see conflicting information.  The six month average marketing time is longer than the twelve month average marketing time.  In contradiction, the six month median marketing time is a bit shorter than the twelve month median marketing time.  Hmm.  We’ll have to wait and see where this trend goes, but for now we’ll call it stable.

If you placed Ryan Home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect it to be under contract in as little as a week, or as long as a month.  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 July.  Until then, despite the pandemic, we are experiencing a very strong seller’s market.  If you want to take advantage of it, hiring the right real estate agent has never been more important.  My top notch marketing, combined with the COVID showing precautions I recommend to sellers, can get you top dollar and keep you safe at the same time.  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 Single Family Homes Even Selling During the Pandemic?

Are Braemar Single Family Homes Even Selling During the Pandemic?

The pandemic has definitely brought a lot of change and uncertainty to our lives.  You may wonder how it is affecting our Braemar real estate market.  Well, to answer that question, I am here to give you a tale of two Braemar homes.

On May 15th 9725 Kinloss Mews (pictured above) hit the market priced at $610,000.  The market didn’t immediately go nuts, but in this upper price range, I never expect it too.  However, the activity did build fairly quickly.  There were a total of 24 showings before they received an offer on May 27th.  The next day, they were under contract with mutually acceptable terms.  I expected two weeks to get under contract for this one and 13 days is right on target.

I didn’t even get a chance to tell you about 9658 Granary Place It hit the market as an active listing on May 26th priced at $485,000.  That price point for a single family home in Braemar was like throwing chum in shark infested waters.  It has two finished levels, an updated kitchen, bonus room in master suite and a blank slate to finish the walk up level basement.  It had 21 appointments in 2 days!!  Once we had 5 offers in hand, we flipped the listing to temporarily off the market to stop the insanity.  There are only so many buyers you need to disappoint when in a multiple offer situation.

Without a doubt, our Braemar real estate market is favoring sellers.  With the expansion of Micron in Manassas bringing thousands of jobs to our back yard, having the Federal government as our primary economic force and mortgage interest rates still at historic lows, there is no end in sight to these conditions.  If you want to sell your Braemar home, give me a call.  I’ll get you top dollar with my top notch marketing and keep you safe during showings with COVID precautions.  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: March-April 2020 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (NV Homes)

When I am preparing Braemar Property Value Reports, normally I like to space out the reports to appear online every other day.  However, this month has been rockin’ and rollin’.  I’ve got a listing in Braemar that is getting a ton of traffic, one in New Bristow Village that is getting even more and a Braemar listing coming up that I am staging this weekend.  Add to that three listings under contract, one in Haymarket, a townhouse in Braemar and another in Gainesville and there is much to be done.  Meeting appraisers, negotiating home inspections, presenting offers….you get the picture.  So while I have time, I’m putting out another Braemar Property Value Report. This one focuses on the single family homes built by NV Homes in our neighborhood.

Typically, as with other large single family homes in our neighborhood like the Arista Series, there aren’t very many sales in any one reporting period.  In our current reporting period of March and April 2020, there were six NV Homes that sold.  Details of those sales are listed below.

Taking these six sales from the past two months and combining them with the ten months worth of NV Home sales we saw before this reporting period, we get an entire year of sales data.  Our updated six and twelve month data points are pictured below.

Starting with sold price we see that the six month average sold price is over $10,000 more than the twelve month average sold price.  Tempering that great news, we do find that the six month median sold price is $1,500 below the twelve month median sold price.  All in all, it looks like NV Homes in Braemar are continuing to gain value.

Next up is the seller subsidy column, or what is also known as closing cost assistance from seller to buyer.  Both the six month average and median values here are well below their respective twelve month values.  Even in the six sales that occurred in our current reporting period, only one-third of home sellers gave any closing cost help, and when they did, it was minimal.  Clearly, sellers are giving less in seller subsidy thanks to the very competitive market we are experiencing.

Finally, days on market…or as I like to call, marketing time.  Here we have mixed information, but with such slight variation it hardly worth much attention.  The six month average marketing time is two days longer than the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six month median marketing time is one day shorter than the twelve month median marketing time.  This about as stable as you can get.

If you placed your Braemar NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect ti to be under contract in about two and a half weeks.  You could also expect to pay very little in closing cost help, if anything.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, the question I am getting asked a lot right now is, “How is the pandemic affecting our real estate market?”  If you couldn’t tell from this market report, it doesn’t seem to have affected our Braemar real estate market at all.  Buyer demand is still very strong, making this a seller’s market.  It’s no surprise when you consider the thousands of jobs being added by the Micron expansion in Manassas and the historically low mortgage interest rates.

If you want to take advantage of our current seller’s market conditions in Braemar, give me a call.  There are added measures I am taking to make sure you sell your home safely, while still getting top dollar in the market.  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: March-April 2020 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2020 (Heritage Series)

What a gorgeous start to the Memorial Day Weekend.  Doesn’t get any better than blue skies, sun and warm temperatures to kick off a long weekend.  While my fellow Braemar home owners are likely getting stocked up on hamburgers and hot dogs for holiday cookouts, I’m going to share with you another Braemar Property Value Report.  This one focuses on sales of Heritage homes in our neighborhood.  Heritage 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.

There were six Braemar Heritage homes that sold during the months of March and April.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Final sold prices ranged from $460,000 to $556,000.  You will notice that the $556,000 sale on Millbill is highlighted in pink.  It’s highlighted because I was the listing agent on that home.  While I am here like clockwork every other month bringing you property value reports, I also like to share that I do, in fact, list and sell homes in the neighborhood.  My sellers enjoy fantastic results.

Taking these six sales and combining them with the entire last twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points, as shown below:

Looking first at the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are higher than their respective twelve month values.  This means Braemar Heritage homes are still gaining value.

Seller subsidy (also known as closing cost assistance to buyer from seller) doesn’t show as clear a trend.  While the six month average seller subsidy is lower than the twelve month average, the six month median seller subsidy is higher than the twelve month median.  Still, looking at the highest number in this column, we see that seller subsidy is very modest in the current seller’s market.

Marketing time currently shows a trend in one direction.  Both the six month average and six month median marketing times are longer than the twelve month average and median marketing times.  This means it has taken a bit longer for Heritage homes to go under contract in the last six months.  Of course, looking at the most recent sales from March and April, it is likely the trend for marketing time will decrease next report.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in as little as a week, as long as a month.  You could also expect to pay less than half of 1% of the sales price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July.  Until then, the question I get asked most often right now is how the pandemic is affecting our real estate market.  Right now, it doesn’t seem to be affecting anything but HOW we list and tour houses.  Braemar is still experiencing a strong seller’s market thanks to historically low mortgage interest rates, the expansion of Micron in Manassas bringing thousands of jobs to our back yard and the Federal government being the largest economic force in our area.

If you have been considering the sale of your Braemar home, but have been hesitant because of the pandemic, let’s talk.  With my professional marketing and unparalleled knowledge of our market, we can list and sell your home safely and for top dollarSince 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 Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2020 (1st Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Happy Friday!  It may not be the sunniest day, but the temps are great, the sun is in and out of the clouds and it isn’t raining.  Sure is nicer than yesterday.  In fact, when I am done writing this Braemar Reflection Quarterly report, I may just go for a stroll.  That’s the one good thing I see that our shelter-in-place directive has produced…a lot more people taking walks in the neighborhood.

This Braemar Reflection Quarterly covers the sales activity of Reflection homes in Braemar, which are the semi-detached homes located off of Tarvie Circle, for the first quarter of the year.  Let’s dive right in.

There was only one Reflection home that sold during the first quarter.  Details of that sale are listed below:

Taking that one sale and adding it to the previous three quarters of Braemar Reflection home sales, our six and twelve month data points are updated as follows:

Starting with the sold price column, there is an increase in the six month average sold price over the twelve month average sold price.  Meanwhile, the six month and twelve month median sold prices are the same.  To me, this indicates stable values for Braemar Reflection homes.

The seller subsidy column shows decreases in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values.  This means buyers have been having to forego large, or closing cost requests altogether in our competitive market.

Finally, the days on market column shows a slight increase in the six month average marketing time compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  Meanwhile, the six and twelve month median marketing times are exactly the same.  More stability.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in one to three weeks.  You could also expect to pay a very minimal amount in closing cost help to your buyer.

Will the measures our state government has taken to slow the spread of COVID affect our Braemar real estate market?  By the time the second quarter reports are out in July, we’ll have an idea if there is an effect.  Until then, if you find yourself in a position to sell your Braemar home, give me call for a free, professional market analysis.  I can help you sell your home safely and for maximum profit.  Hiring the right listing agent has never been more important.  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 (Heritage Series)

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

As we near the Thanksgiving holiday, you can feel the excitement in the air.  Preparations and plans are being made for celebrations with family and friends.  Some may think that not much would be happening in the world of local real estate.  I am here to tell you that there is plenty happening in real estate.  In the last three days I got two properties under contract.  That’s what a professional, full-time agent does…they sell real estate no matter the season.  And yes, even though this is a lazy Saturday afternoon for many, I am happy to be typing up this Braemar Property Value Report.

This particular report focuses on sales 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.

There were nine Heritage homes that sold in Braemar during our current reporting period of September and October.  Final sold prices ranged from $432,600 to $550,000.  The details of those sales are listed below:

Taking these nine sales and combining them with the entirety of the previous twelve months of Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points that give us a snapshot of the health of our Braemar Heritage home market.  Those updated values are below:

Starting with 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 values for Braemar Heritage homes are still pushing up.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help to buyers, has remained at zero in both the six and twelve month median values.  That means in both sets of sales data, more than half the sales have NOT given closing cost help.  However, the six month average has risen when compared to the twelve month average.  When buyers are asking for closing cost help, it seems that it is more in the recent sales.

When it comes to days on market, there has been no change at all in the six month median and average compared to the twelve month median and average.  It is taking about the same amount of time it did a year ago to sell a Braemar Heritage home.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than two weeks.  You could also expect the odds to favor  you that you land a buyer that does not request closing cost help.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January.  Until, I wish you all the best this holiday season.  Of course, if the need arises for you to sell your Braemar home before next year, don’t hesitate to call me.   I sell Braemar real estate every month of the year for top dollar.  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: July-August 2019 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (Heritage Series)

What’s not to love about a gorgeous fall afternoon?  At least I got to enjoy a bit of it before landing at my desk and typing up the latest Braemar Property Value Report.  This report focuses on the sales activity from July to August 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.

There were two Braemar Heritage homes on that sold in the last two months.  Those sales are detailed below:

While most of my business is listing homes, there is about 25% of that comes from representing buyers.  The reason the sale on Noltland Castle is highlighted in blue is that I represented the buyer on that sale.  Listings that I sell that end up in this report are highlighted in pink.  I was delighted to get such a great deal on Noltland Castle for my buyers.  I had just sold a Waverly on Naughton Court for $536,000, which was better in the kitchen, but less in that it had one less full bathroom and it did not have an exit from the basement.  So if you ask me, my buyers got a great deal.  It certainly pays to have me on the listing side.

Taking these two sales and putting them with the last twelve months of Braemar Heritage home sales, we get updated six and twelve month data points.  Here’s what they are right now:

Looking first at sold prices, we see both the six month average and median sold prices are above their respective twelve month sold prices.  This means values of Heritage homes in Braemar is still inching up.  For how much longer?  I wish I had that crystal ball, but agents in the market can feel a shift coming.

Seller subsidy (a.k.a. closing cost help to buyers) is unchanged in the six month median compared to the twelve month median at zero.  Meanwhile, the six month average seller subsidy fell 10% below the twelve month average seller subsidy.  Buyers have been requesting less closing cost help to get under contract in the seller’s market we have been experiencing.

Days on market, or marketing time as I like to call it, shows a decrease in the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts.  This means that Braemar Heritage homes have been selling even faster.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a week.  You could also expect to pay an average of about 1/2% of the sales price in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, if you are concerned about the talk you are hearing of impending recession, but were thinking of selling, call me to find out why the fall market is strong choice.  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: July-August 2019 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2019 (Arista Series)

School is back is session and the fall season is upon us.  Time to reflect on the last two months of our Braemar summer real estate market and see what happened with Braemar Arista Series home values.  In case you are not familiar with the the name, 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 was only one Braemar Arista home that sold during the months of July and August.  As it turns out, I was the Buyer’s Agent on this deal.  That’s why it is highlighted in blue text.  Details of the sale are listed below:

Even though this was only sale, when combined with the entirety of the last twelve months of Arista home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated.  That gives us a chance to see trends happening in the short term to the long term.  The latest six and twelve month average and median values are below:

Starting with the sold price column, we see that the six month average is slightly above the twelve month average.  Slightly above is still above and heading in the right direction for Braemar Arista home owners to gain more equity in our rising market.  The six month median is well above the twelve month median, a much more visible indicator that property values are moving up for Arista home owners.

Seller subsidy (closing cost assistance to buyers) is notably higher in both six month value points compared to the their twelve month counterparts.  Seems Braemar buyers in this price range are starting to request more closing cost help…and they are getting it.

Days on market has come down in both the six month average and median values compared to the twelve month average and median values.  This means Braemar homes in this higher price range are selling a little faster than they had been.

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 within about five weeks.  You could also expect to pay a little less than 1.5% of the sales price, on average, in closing cost help to your buyer.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November.  Until then, feel free to reach out and learn about the benefits of our year end selling season if you are considering a sale in the next six or eight months.   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