Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Ryan Homes)

You can almost feel the excitement in the air. A long weekend is just around the corner and summer will be unofficially underway. Is the excitement still in the air in the Braemar real estate market? In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report we look back at what happened with the houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood for the months of March and April. We will also get a chance to see the updated six and twelve month market markers. Let’s get right to it.

There were only two Ryan homes that sold during our current reporting period. There wasn’t a huge gap in sold price with one selling at $690,000 and the other selling at $710,000. Details of both sales are listed below:

The happiest things for would-be Ryan home sellers to see is that seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is at zero in both and days on market is a week or less in both.

Taking these sales and combining them with Ryan home sales in Braemar going back to May 2021, our updated six and twelve month market markers are updated and may indicate a slight shift in the market.

Starting with the sold price column we find that the six month average sold price has increased about one percent from the twelve month average. Increases in six month value are what we have been seeing in the seller’s market conditions of late. However, the six month median sold price has fallen below the twelve month median sold price. We will have to see what next report shows us, because recent multiple offer scrums in the neighborhood tell me we are still seeing very high buyer demand.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help sellers gave buyers. In the case of Ryan home sellers, the amount of closing cost help has been nothing in recent sales. However, the six month average seller subsidy is a little higher than the twelve month average. Not to worry, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values remain at zero. This means more than half of Braemar Ryan home sellers gave nothing in closing cost help in both time frames.

Marketing time has increased in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. This are not big increases. Buyers are being more deliberate in their actions as mortgage interest rates have increased. They are not as susceptible to pouncing on listings immediately.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or so. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. Home inspection contingencies are making a come back, but largely seem to be of the right to void variety from what I am experiencing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate what a 2022 sale would mean for you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a confidential consultation. I have made it my business to be the most informed agent in the neighborhood. And I consider it my best talent to create buyer enthusiasm around my listings, maxing out my seller’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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (NV Homes)

What a gorgeous, sunny weekend! Summer is just around the corner, but the temperatures today make it feel like it is in full swing already. Before we get too far removed mentally from spring, let’s take a look back at the Braemar real estate market as it relates to houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, we look back to the sales activity from March and April and check in on our updated six and twelve month data points.

There were two NV homes that sold between the beginning of March and end of April. Their sold prices are vastly different at $675,000 and $799,900.

How does a home with more square footage, an additional bathroom and loft level sell for $124,000 less than its competitor? The obvious answer to me is that it never hit the open market, instead taking a sight unseen offer. It sold from coming soon status. This happens sometimes when the sellers don’t want to be troubled with showings. However, if you put a price tag on what showings might mean to their bottom line, sellers will often bite the bullet and go to market. It is unlikely that an unfinished basement vs. a finished basement in Braemar has hit a delta of $124,000. Typically, that difference is a max of $40,000 or $50,000. It could also be that the home would not have shown well and selling from coming soon status was a blessing. We will never know why, we will only know that that a cul-de-sac lot home with four levels, one of which being an unfinished basement, sold for a lot less than a smaller, somewhat updated competitor.

Taking the past twelve months of NV home sales dating back to May 2021 to April 2022, our six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting with the sold price column, we see that both six month sold prices are above their respective twelve month values. This means that NV homes in Braemar are continuing to gain value, despite the early year mortgage interest rate increases.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) is zero in all values except the twelve month average. This is a result of one NV home seller out of thirteen in the past twelve months that gave $2,300 in closing cost help. Likely this was a credit in lieu of requested repairs. Certainly, with limited inventory continuing, buyers must write seller favored terms to have their offers accepted.

Days on market, though showing the most minimal increases in both the six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts, remains in single digits. NV homes are continuing to sell fast.

If you placed your NV home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than one week. You could also still expect to give nothing in closing cost help. That may change if mortgage interest rates continue to increase. For now, they are steadied out around five and a quarter percent.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, I hope you enjoy all kinds of sun in the fun. Of course, if the need to sell your Braemar home arises, I would love to consult with you and show you what my proven listing process can do to increase your bottom line buy stepping up buyer enthusiasm. 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 Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: March-April 2022 (Heritage Series)

Welcome to another Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood. If you are not familiar with what constitutes a Heritage home in Braemar, they are the 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.

During the months of March and April, there were four Braemar Heritage homes that sold. The details of those sales are listed below.

With sold prices ranging from $662,000 to $740,000 and all four selling at or above their list price, the Braemar Heritage home market is looking very health. Further support of this, with a quick look, is seeing no seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) in any of the sales and all of these homes going under contract in a week or less.

When taking these sales and combining them with the Heritage home sales in Braemar dating back to May 2021, the six and twelve month market markers tracked in this report are updated.

Starting with 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 sold prices. This is evidence of the continuation of the seller favored market, despite rising mortgage interest rates.

Seller subsidy went down in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. Not surprising given that the most recent sales gave none at all. Of more importance is that more than half of sellers in both the six month and twelve month time frames gave nothing in closing cost help. When buyers are competing over limited inventory, they are having to write seller favored terms to get their offers accepted.

Days on market is holding steady down the line in single digits. Again, limited inventory and many more buyers competing for it is what is driving this market. The mortgage interest rate increase seems to have had little impact so far.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or less. You could also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy.

For the best outcome, even in a seller’s market, having strong representation on your side is a must. It starts with getting the proper listing preparation advice. A well prepared home is one that buyers will be enthusiastic about, especially if it is professionally marketed. Hiring strictly based on the lowest commission and relying on the market conditions for a great outcome is a poor strategy. Sellers employing this technique believe they increase their bottom line by saving commission. They actually leave money on the table with buyers being less enthusiastic about poorly prepared and half-heartedly marketed homes.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in July. Until then, when the time comes for you to sell your Braemar home, I would love to talk with you about how my listing process can increase your bottom line. My Braemar sellers have been hitting the top of the market for many years. Let’s get you to the top of the market too. 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 Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. We wrapped up 2021 last report. Let’s get right to it and see how we are starting off 2022.

There were two Ryan homes that sold during the first two months of 2022. Details are listed below.

At a glance, we see one sold below list price and another above. The biggest difference in the homes on paper seems to be one more additional bathroom that would have been finished in the basement of the second home. If all else were equal, based on numbers alone, this would mean that a full bathroom in a basement is worth only $5,000. That is an example of how market extraction works, which is the method appraisers use to figure out value. That’s another topic entirely.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan homes that sold going back to March 2021, we get twelve month of sales from which the six and twelve month data points we follow are updated.

Starting with sold price, we see the six month average is down compared to the twelve month average. The median sold prices in both time frames are the same. This could be an indication of the single family market changing, but based on what I seen so far this year, it seems that buyer demand is outpacing supply even more so than it did during the last half of 2021. I suspect we’ll see improvement in both six month sold prices over their twelve month values next report.

Seller subsidy has definitely shot up in the six month average over the twelve month average, despite the two most recent sales giving nothing in seller subsidy. When the values for January and February 2021 were dropped, we obviously lost some zero seller subsidy sales. The good news is that the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values both being at zero means that more than half of Ryan home sellers in both periods gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market has gone up in both six month values compared to their twelve month counterparts. The increases in marketing time are not troublesome and are likely to come down as we move into spring if buyer demand continues to outpace supply.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current market conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in about a week. You could also reasonably expect to give nothing in seller subsidy as multiple buyers compete to win your home. Of course, having a skilled negotiator in your corner certainly helps that cause and how much money you make.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Before then, if you would like to investigate what a 2022 sale might mean for you, don’t hesitate to reach out. Simply listing with anyone in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of top of the market in sold price. No matter the market, buyer enthusiasm must be created to reach the pinnacle of the market at any given time. That means proper preparation, professional marketing and skilled negotiating all the way through. These are the foundations of my business and they have not been compromised just because buyer demand is high. l know you still have to earn top of the market and it is my job to get that for each and every one of my sellers. Consultations are free and confidential. As a neighborhood expert, it is my utmost pleasure to help. 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 Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (NV Homes)

On this St. Patrick’s Day 2022, I bring you the Braemar Property Value Report for NV Homes in our neighborhood. This edition looks back to the sales from January and February 2022. We also will get the opportunity to get market trend info from our updated six and twelve month data points.

There was only one NV Home that sold in Braemar during the first two months of the year. Details are listed below:

Immediately my agent eyes go to the biggest stand out factor. This NV home sold for over $50,000 more than its list price. The buyer frenzy that had quieted a bit in the second half of 2021 is back. I’ve witnessed it with my own Listing Agent eyes. Let’s see what market trends can be deciphered from the updated six and twelve month data points, which include NV Home sales in Braemar going back to March 2021.

Starting first in the sold price column it is great to see both six month values higher than their respective twelve month values. NV Homes in Braemar continue to push up in value as we progress through this seller’s market.

Seller subsidy is where we find out how much closing cost help Braemar buyers were able to negotiate from the NV Home sellers. With only the twelve month average having a value more than zero at $153, the answer is very little. Looking at the raw data of the fifteen sales of NV Homes in the past twelve months, only one seller gave any seller subsidy at all.

Days on market, while two to three days longer in the six month values compared to their respective twelve month values, is nothing alarming. In general, NV Homes are selling very quickly.

If you placed your NV Home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect your home to go under contract in less than a week. You could also expect to pay nothing in seller subsidy as so many buyers are out competing for very little available homes.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. In the meantime, if the need arises to sell your home, I would love the opportunity to consult with you. Selling in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of making the max the market will bear. Sadly, I see observe sellers leaving money on the table every time I log into the MLS. My listing process is one that never cuts corners or gets lazy, relying on market conditions to do the work for me. Preparation and professional marketing are key to creating the essential ingredient to max profit--buyer enthusiasm. Skilled negotiation comes into play when vetting multiple offers and working with the buyer you choose. Consultations are confidential and free. Reach out and let’s schedule a conversation. 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 Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Heritage Series)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, focusing on sales of Heritage homes in our neighborhood. Before we get started, it is important to know what constitutes a Braemar Heritage home. They are the 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.

In our current reporting period covering January and February, there were only two Heritage homes that sold. Their final sold prices are very different. Take a look in the details below:

In addition to being well over $100,000 apart in price, I see two other factors that stand out. For starters, the lower sold price actually sold below its original list price. That is not a common occurrence in the seller market conditions we have been experiencing since 2020. That sale also gave seller subsidy (closing cost assistance from seller to buyer.) Again, an uncommon sight in a seller’s market. The homes were certainly different. One was a larger home with four upper level bedrooms, finished basement with a walk up exit and a very private lot with plenty of open space and trees behind it. The other was an odd lot that was positioned to see other homes from virtually every window, had only three bedrooms and no exit from the basement.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Braemar Heritage home sales going back to March 2021, we get twelve months worth of sales. From that, our updated six and twelve month data points give us some interesting waypoints.

Starting with the sold price column, we see upward growth when comparing the twelve month average sold price to the six month average sold price. This is an indication that the seller’s market is still pushing values up. Tempering that is the fact that the six month median sold price has dipped noticeably below the twelve month median sold price. In the last report I shared thoughts on the second half of 2021 vs. the first half. I believe we are still seeing some lingering effects of the second half in this report. My professional experience in the market thus far in 2022 indicates that this year is starting off just like 2021 with that intense buyer demand.

Seller subsidy shows increases in both six month values compared to the their respective twelve month values. Even seeing closing cost help given in the two most recent sales is not a great sign. Negotiation points like these are minimized when you hire a strong negotiator and professional marketer like myself. The best news is that in twelve months of Heritage home sales, more than half of sellers gave no seller subsidy.

When it comes to days on market, the trend is clear that it has been taking longer in the more recent (last six months) sales compared to the past twelve months as a whole. And if close to two weeks is considered a long time, we have been very spoiled by our seller’s market. I suspect this trend will reverse in future reports, particularly since the marketing times for the most recent sales is lower than both the six month average and six month median time frames.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in what should be a week or less. Six month values indicate it could take longer, but my professional opinion is buyer demand won’t allow that if you are properly prepped and marketed. You would be unlikely to have to give any closing assistance is enough buyers were competing for your home, but clearly, seller subsidy seems to be coming back into the discussion.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Until then, if you think 2022 may be the year you sell, it is never too early to start the preparation conversation. Listing in a seller’s market is not a guarantee of getting top of the market price. Creating buyer enthusiasm remains a critical component. You don’t get a second chance to sell your largest asset. Who you hire to list you home matters. Get in touch and schedule your confidential 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: January-February 2022 (Arista Series)

We are into the third month of 2022 and the market is definitely feeling different than when I left you in January with the wrap up from 2021. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, we will look back at the months of January and February and see what happened with the Arista homes in our neighborhood. These homes were the largest built by Brookfield Homes and include the following floor plans: Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury.

During the first two months of the New Year, only one Arista home sold. It was a three level Canterbury that listed and sold for $799,000. More details on that sale are listed below:

Taking this sale and combining it with the entire past twelve months of Arista home sales in Braemar we get the most reliable data in our six and twelve month data points. These show us how the short term compares to the long term. Let’s take a look.

Starting with 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 is a good sign and means Arista homes in Braemar are continuing to push up in value.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help from seller to buyer, has unfortunately gone up in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. The only thins redeeming here is that the most recent sale, though it only sold for list price and took three weeks to get an offer, gave nothing. Perhaps we will see better news in the next report.

Days on market reveals lengthening time frames to go under contract when looking at the six month values compared to their corresponding twelve month values. Sad to see that the most recent sale took even longer. Given what I am personally experiencing in the market at the moment, I think we have woken from the second half slumber of 2021 and buyers are ready to buy. Unfortunately, too few sellers are selling, which makes our buyer demand so crazy.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks max. You could also expect to see minimal closing cost help requests, but given demand, you may see none. Time will tell on this one. Buyers right now are back to the position of having to waive every conceivable contingency just to get their offers accepted.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in May. Until then, if you want to investigate the possibility of a 2022 sale for your Braemar home, get in touch with me for a no obligation analysis. I am an agent that believes in doing all it takes to get you the max profit. Even in a seller’s market it matters. And you only get one chance to liquidate your largest asset. 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 Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (NV Homes)

Happy New Year, my fellow Braemarians. There is no doubt that many of you are wondering what the 2022 real estate market has in store for us. My experience in the market as top producing agent, as well as the time I take to create these market reports, keeps me head and shoulders above my colleagues. Most agents are happy to cut and paste statistics, some without even reading them. I take the time to collect the sales data and compile these reports myself. Real estate is a business of self-motivation. We are not required to do anything to keep our businesses going but to complete continuing education classes. I do these reports because I believe in keeping myself and my neighborhood informed.

This Braemar Property Value Report is focused on houses built by NV Homes. The sales detailed below are from the last two months of 2021.

The first thing I noticed about this sale was that the list price had been changed to match sales price AFTER it went under contract. This is a practice a lot of listing agents started to use in our crazy seller’s market in hopes of getting homes to appraise for sky high prices. I am not in agreement with the practice, only because I was trained by appraisers. They have all the same information I see in the MLS. You can’t fool them with a price increase. The best way to get a house to appraise is to have an appraiser package ready with comparable sales and lists of updates. I included the original list price above. It closed for $50,000 above in its sales price. Obviously, Braemar home sellers are still enjoying our seller’s market.

Taking all the NV home sales from 2021 and updating our six and twelve month data points, we get the best sense of how our market has been trending in the short term, compared to the long term.

Starting with the sold price column it is fantastic to see both six month values above their respective twelve month values. This means NV homes in Braemar are still gaining value. Not surprisingly, as the second half of 2021 cooled the all-out buyer frenzy we had been experiencing since early 2020, the growth rate slowed a bit. I figure that out by dividing the six month value by its respective twelve month value. In this report, the six month average growth rate was 3.1% and the six month median growth rate was 1.4%. Last report, those numbers were both 3.5%. Growth is growth. This year should see more, but at a more sustainable rate.

Seller subsidy, also known as closing cost help from seller to buyer, is super low in the averages and non-existent in the medians. The latter is more important. It means that in both time frames, more than half of NV home sellers gave no seller subsidy.

Days on market remains very fast for homes that are show ready and create buyer enthusiam. Lately, not all homes are going under contract in a matter of days, but the ones prepped and professionally marketed are. One day upticks in the average and medians are nothing.

If you placed your NV home in Braemar on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in less than a week. You also expect to give nothing in seller subsidy. As far as contract contingencies your offers are likely to have the three standards: financing, appraisal and inspection. With the frenzy gone, and a more reasonable seller’s market, buyers were more measured in their actions during the second half of the year.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year you were thinking of selling, there is no time like the present to consult a local, professional agent like me. Getting Braemar sellers top dollar through exceptional listing preparation advice, professional marketing and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Heritage Series)

The first month of our New Year underway. New beginnings are filled with expectations. What should we expect of our local real estate markeet in 2022? My general predictions can be found in this article. Of course, the best information any Braemar home owner can get is hyperlocal, meaning neighborhood focused. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report, I bring you the last two months of Heritage home sales in our neighborhood and bring you updated data points to determine our most likely, near future trend.

Before we get started, it is important to define Braemar Heritage homes. They are the 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.

The only Heritage home sale to report for the months of November and December was actually located in Braemar Northgate. Details are listed below.

Taking the entire past year’s worth of Braemar Heritage home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, the good news is that both six month values are above their respective twelve month values. This means that Braemar Heritage homes are still pushing up in value. However, it is plain to see that the average and median growth rate of these homes is becoming more modest. The six month average growth rate is one-half of one percent this report, compared to two perecent last report. The six month median growth rate is only two-hundrendths of one perecent this report, compared to just under four percent last report. Not surprisingly since the last half of 2021 was a completely different pace than their first half. The all-out buyer frenzy that created dozens of offers from buyers willing to waive every possible contingency and go seven to ten percent higher than list price in the first six months of the year, while still seller favored, changed to a more reasonable seller’s market in the last six months of the year. Typical contingencies were seen in just about every offer. And as you can see from the one sale from the last two months of the year, sellers considered themselves fortunate to get their list price and were thrilled if they got anything above.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help from seller to buyer) increased in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. However, with the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values at zero, we know that more than half of sellers in both time frames gave no closing cost help at all. Despite getting lower than list price, the most recent Heritage home seller did not have to choke up any closing cost help.

Days on market is increasing ever so slightly in both six month numbers compared to their repsective twelve month numbers. The sale from December took longer than all of those figures to go under contract. In my professional opinion, it would be a mistake to blame the yearend market for that circumstance. In my career selling Braemar real estate, I have noticed the yearend market to be a powerful one and even had my own yearend selling success in Braemar again last year.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in a week or two. You could also reasonably expect to give no seller subsidy. As stated earlier, you could expect your offer(s) to include the typical contingencies like financing, appraisal and home inspection.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. It will be interesting to see how our trends are shaping up then. In the meantime, if a sale is in your 2022 future, it is never too early to consult listing agents and make a hiring decision. So much of what we do is to consult on listing preparation that increases buyer enthusiasm. Professional marketing, combined with proper preparation are essential to getting the most for your home. And my unparalleled neighborhood knowledge is just more icing on your max profit cake. 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 Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2021 (Arista Series)

Happy New Year and welcome to the most recent edition of the Braemar Property Value Report (BPVR) for Arista homes in our neighborhood. I simply could not resist putting up a photo taken of our own Allister after one of a few storms during snowmaggedon of 2009-2010. The snow in the wee hours of Monday morning certainly did catch a lot of folks off base. Thankfully, at least in Braemar, there seem to be only some downed trees to contend with and some hastily plowed streets.

In this edition of the BPVR the focus is on the last two months of sales activity for the largest homes built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood. Those are the Arista Series homes and include the following floor plans: Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury. Unfortunately, there were no sales to report in the last two months of 2021, but with updated six and twelve month data points looking back at all the sales from 2021, we do get to see how the year for Arista home values in Braemar ended.

Looking first at the sold price column, the best news is that both six month values are higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Braemar Arista homes ended the year still gaining value. Granted, the rate of increase slowed since last report, but not by too much. Growth rate decreased by 0.4% on average and 0.6% median. Predicitons for 2022 are that homes will continue to rise in value, but by about 3% for the whole year.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help Arista home buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. The six month average seller subsidy has increased compared to the twelve month average, which means there have been some seller subsidy requests increasing that. However, with both the twelve month average and median being at zero, we know that more than half of Arista home sellers in both time frames gave nothing in closing cost help.

Days on market ticked up in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. The latter half of 2021 did see some momentum shift, but the advantage in the market is still with sellers.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two weeks or less. You could also expect a better than fifty percent shot at not having to give any seller subsidy. You should also be prepared for buyers to have home inspection contingencies. The buyer frenzy has chilled to a point where these are back in the norm.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if 2022 is the year a move may be in your future, it is never too early to consult with a listing agent. My Braemar sellers reap the benefits of my listing preparation advice, professional marketing, advanced negotiation skills and unparalleled neighborhood knowledge. No matter the market, it is import to create buyer enthusiasm and keep it throughout the transaction if you are going to get the maximum amount from the sale of your largest asset. Give in touch to set up your free, no obligation 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
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