Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (Ryan Homes)

January is passing by fast and I’m down to my last two Braemar market reports. Today the focus is on houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. In this edition of the Braemar Property Value Report for Ryan Homes we will see how values, and other telling stats, ended the year.

During the months of November and December there were two Ryan homes that sold. Their sold prices were nearly one hundred thousand dollars apart. Ryan Homes built a large variety of homes from mid-size single family to much larger homes. The details of those sales are right below this paragraph.

The first thing to note is that neither sold for their list price. List price in these reports is the original list price. The Bainbridge model on Moss Tower had one price reduction, took twenty-five days to go under contract and gave a $20,250 closing cost credit to the buyer. The Avalon model on Ballagan never reduced its price, was under contract in six days and gave nothing in seller subsidy. Setting the right list price is much more important now that the buyer frenzy is gone.

Taking these sales and combining them with all the Ryan home sales back to January 2022, the six and twelve month markers tracked in this report are updated.

In the sold price column we see that both six month values are above their corresponding twelve month values. This would be indicative of values still pushing up in what is still a seller’s market. Just because buyers aren’t acting in a frenzy with mutiple offers within days, there is not enough inventory to meet demand. The rise of mortgage interest rates just made buyers act more deliberately.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) has definitely increased over the last six months. Both six month values are higher than their respective twelve month values. Some sellers are even offering seller subsidy while sitting on a list price the market is rejecting. My advice to my sellers on offering any concession in the MLS is clear–don’t do it! Your buyer may not need it, but once it is offered, they are taking it anyway. Believe me, if a buyer needs closing cost help, they will ask you.

Days on market is showing increases in the last six months, which is not a surprise with buyer behavior having changed. Sellers can still set themselves up for a faster, more profitable sale by making sure they are priced right, their home is properly prepared for the market and that their listing agent is committed to professional marketing. Getting buyers enthusiastic about your home is where you hit the top of the market.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could expect your home to be under contract in about two weeks. Seller subsidy requests are more likely these days, but remember, lifting buyer enthusiasm and making buyers fear they will miss out on a great find is where your negotiating power lies.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Between now and then, if you have been thinking of selling your home, let’s talk. I have been helping Braemar sellers reach the top of the market, no matter market conditions, for eighteen years. Put my considerable experience and well honed skills to work 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (NV Homes)

Happy Monday! This is my favorite day of the week. It helps that I absolutely love my job as real estate agent. I do remember dreading Mondays in virtually every job I held before finding my calling.

In today’s Braemar Property Value Report the focus is on houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood and the sales activity from the last two months of 2022. During November and December, there was only one NV Home that sold. Details are listed below.

It hadn’t been an issue in deciding which list price to choose in 2019 to late last year because homes sold so quickly that sellers were not faced with lowering their prices. That’s not to say that sellers were able to get any price they slapped on a property. Some still had to come down in price, but none that I took note of in my BPVRs. Recently, as mortgage interest rates have gone up, and seller expectations are having a hard time catching up, I find myself in a position to make a determination when choosing list price. I decided it would be best to go with original list price.

In the sale above, it really does show how over pricing from the beginning can hurt a seller. Sellers may hear that they will be lucky to get a full list price offer then decide that they will go with a higher list price. Some think they need negotiation room. Believe me, there is no need for negotiation room in a market where buyer demand is still outpacing supply. This seller chose to list at $825,900. After twenty-seven days on the market and two significant price reductions, this home made a deal for $752,900 and the seller ended up giving seller subsidy (closing cost help.) Racking up days on the market is not a good thing. It makes buyers wonder what is wrong with a home if a property sits longer than two weeks.

Taking this sale and all the NV Home sales in Braemar that happened in 2022, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below.

The six month average sold price is slightly higher than the twelve month average sold price. This would be great if echoed by the six month median being higher than the twelve month median. Unfortunately, the six month median sold price has fallen significantly below the twelve month median sold price. It is far too soon to say that prices are softening. More information is needed. The market has definitely shifted away from buyer frenzy to more deliberate buyer actions.

Seller subsidy is higher in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. This is not surprising given the mortgage interest rate increases. Closing cost help is not an uncommon request from buyers struggling with affordability from both high prices and rising interest rates. However, a well prepared and professionally marketed home that is priced right will always set a seller up for the best negotiating position, possibly even avoiding seller subsidy.

Days on market have crept up significantly in the six month values compared to their corresponding twelve month values. With buyer behavior having changed, and some sellers still employing tactics of overpricing, the result is sitting on the market longer. Again, sellers hiring an agent who has experience beyond 2020 and 2021 and that buyer frenzy will stand a much better chance at not making mistakes that would have them linger on the market and sell for less than list price.

If you placed your Braemar NV home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in two weeks to one month. (More likely two weeks if you hire an experienced, local agent.) You can expect seller subsidy requests. You are also unlikely to be working with more than one offer at at time. The key to getting buyers off the fence is creating buyer enthusiasm.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Until then, if you want to investigate what a sale in 2023 could mean to you, please reach out and let’s talk. With over eighteen years experience getting Braeamar sellers top of the market (no matter the market) I would love to do the same 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (Heritage Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (Heritage Series)

Before the weekend, booked with showings for my buyer-clients, I am getting out this most recent Braemar Property Value Report focused on Heritage Series homes in our neighborhood. Heritage homes are the mid-sized single family homes, built by Brookfield Homes in our neighborhood.  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 (before Brookfield Homes took them over) in Braemar North Gate are also included in this group, as they are similar in size.

This report looks back to November and December 2022. During that time there were three Heritage homes that sold. Details are listed below.

First thing that pops out to me is that every one of these listings sold below their original list price. It seems as though sellers have been overly optimistic recently and feel they need room to negotiate. Unfortunately, if a listing is overpriced when it hits the market, you can bet on the fact that as the days on market kees going up, buyers are wondering what is wrong with the home. Pricing right from the beginning is the best strategy. Accumulating too many days on the market doesn’t equate to making more money in the long run, but less.

When combining these three sales and combine them with all the Heritage home sales in Braemar for 2022, the six and twelve month data points tracked herein are updated and reveal a shift in the market.

In the sold price column we find that both the six month sold prices have fallen below their respective twelve month sold prices. This is the first time we have seen this in a long time. Could be the beginning of softening values, but we need to see more sales in the next reports. Believe it or not, despite how it may feel, we are still in a seller’s market based on the fact that there are more buyers in our market looking than homes available to buy.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) requests are more likely now due to the increase of mortgage interest rates we saw in the last six months of the year. Two out three of the most recent sales gave seller subsidy. Perhaps the best news is that with both median seller subsidy values at zero, more than half of sellers in both time frames did not give any seller subsidy.

Days on market are creeping up in both six month values compared to their corresponding twelve month values. Buyers are no longer acting in a frenzy, but are more deliberate when house hunting now.

If you placed your Braemar Heritage home on the market, priced to current conditions you could expect it to be under contract in about two weeks. As for whether or not you would have to give seller subsidy, a lot of that depends on the negotiating position you put yourself in. Setting a list price that isn’t over reaching, making sure your home is properly prepared for the market and having a local, full-time agent like myself that is committed to professional marketing is what gets buyers enthusiastic about your listing. And when buyers are afraid they are going to miss out on a home, you can get them to act quicker and ask for less in their offers for fear of losing a great property.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in March. Between now and then, if you want to know what a 2023 sale would mean for you, I would love the chance to consult with you. With over eighteen years experience in this business, it is my pleasure to put my skills to work for my fellow Braemarians and get them the max the market will allow. 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 2022 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: November-December 2022 (Arista Series)

It is a sunny, but windy and cold Sunday in Braemar today. I am quite happy to be sitting at my desk and typing up this latest Braemar Property Value Report. In this edition the focus is on sales of the Arista homes in our neighborhood during the months of November and December. Arista homes were the largest homes built by brookfield Homes in our neighborhood and include the Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury floor plans. The Canterbury is by far the most commonly seen in Braemar.

During the last two months of 2022, there was only one Braemar Arista home that sold. Detials of that sale are posted below.

It is great to see that this Canterbury, with a finished basement, five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms sold at list price. This was a rare occurrence in our neighborhood of a home having a pool as well. Just as good to see as a full list price sale is the fact that the sellers gave no seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer.) And it was under contract quickly in six days.

Taking that sale and combining it with all the Arista home sales in Braemar dating back to January 2022, the year’s worth of sales is broken out into the six and twelve month data points tracked in this report.

It is good to see that sold prices are still going up. It may not be by leaps and bound, but upward growth is upward growth. This is discerned by seeing both the six month sold prices above their corresponding twelve month sold price. This is indicative of still being in a seller’s market.

Seller subsidy is absent in all values except the twelve month average value. This tells us two things. Braemar Arista home sellers in the last six months have given no closing cost help. And in the last twelve months, more than half of Braemar Arista home sellers gave none. Pretty amazing to see despite the increase we have seen in mortgage interest rates. Another sign of a continued seller’s market where demand is higher than supply. Frenzied buyer behavior is the only thing has changed to be more deliberate. The days of multiple offers going ten percent or more over list price are gone.

Days on market are creeping up a bit, as evidenced by both six month values being longer than their respective twelve month values. Nothing here to panic about, just note the change in buyer behavior again. Buyers are acting much more deliberately than they did in 2020 and 2021.

If you placed your Braemar Arista home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect that it would be under contract in two weeks or less. Just based on the buyer demand I see happening now in January, you may be under contract in a week. You may also get away with not giving closing cost help, but your property had better be properly prepared for market and professionally marketed to lift buyer enthusiasm. The goal is to get a buyer so excited to act that they don’t delay and don’t over-ask in their offer for fear of losing your home.

If you have considered buying an investment property in our neighborhood, or have a friend or family member looking for a townhouse in Braemar, please stop by he open house at my new listing at 10158 Pale Rose Loop today, Janaury 15th (2023) from 1pm-3pm.

The next Braemar Property Value Reports will be out in March. Until then, it does seem that the beginning of this year will be strong for sellers. If you want to investigate what a sale would mean for you, please reach out for your complementary consultation. With over eighteen years experience in our market, it is my pleasure to put my skills to work in getting you the top of 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
www.ChrisAnnCleland.com

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2022 (4th Quarter)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly. This report focuses on the semi-detached/semi-attached homes located on Tarvie Circle behind Safeway. These homes are attached to one neighbor and only at the rear load garage.

Unfortunately, for the second report in a row, there were no Reflection homes that sold in Braemar. Not at all unusual considering these homes make up such a small portion of the the larger neighborhood.

Below are the updated six and twelve month data points tracked this report.

With no six month values to compare to the twelve month values, let’s just talk a bit about what is happening in the market.

Braemar is still experiencing a seller’s market. It is not the frenzied mess we saw in 2020 and 2021. However, supply is still not meeting demand. Sellers who price their homes right, prepare them for market and hire a listing agent that markets them professionally, are getting great outcomes. The pitfall for sellers right now is that so many are still stuck in the mindset of the ten percent over list price offers, and multiple offers, that they are overpricing their homes despite changing behavior of buyers.

Buyers are acting much more deliberately since mortgage interest rates have climbed up a bit and threaten to climb more. However, properties that lift buyer enthusiasm are still hitting values consistent with upward growth.

Just the other day, I placed a Braemar townhouse on the market. Since then, there have been ten showings scheduled. I will not be surprised if the sellers have more than one offer to choose from, but I don’t think setting an offer deadline is in order at this time.

If you have been considering what the sale of your Braemar home may mean in 2023, get in touch with me for your complementary consultation. It is one of my greatest business pleasures to get my Braemar neigbhors the top of whatever market in which they are selling. 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: September-October 2022 (NV Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (NV Homes)

In this short week before the Thanksgiving holiday arrives, I am proud to bring you another Braemar Property Value Report. Being at the top ecelon of Braemar real estate agents gives me tremendous satisfaction. There are a any number of cut and paste market reports that pertain to Bristow. However, no strictly computer generated report will never be able to put a market report together for Braemar due to how convoluted the developer made this community when it came to recording our various legal subdivisions. Here are a few of our legal subdivisions that you may not even realize make up Braemar: Rivenburg, Albrite Property, Ducharme and Saybrooke (not to be confused with the neighborhood of Saybrooke that is legally registered as Villlages at Saybrooke and The Villages at Bristol.) Those are the “legally registered” subdivisions that make up our neighborhood, in addition to those properly registered as Braeamar. Taking the time to put this reports together myself gives you the most accurate information about what’s happening in our neighborhood and keeps me on top of our market trends.

Today’s report focuses on the houses built by NV Homes in our neighborhood. Brookfield Homes was the developer of Braemar and built the majority of homes here. However, when it comes to single family homes, they did sell some lots to NVR, which includes NV Homes and Ryan Homes. These two companies within the umbrella of NVR brought two very different feeling home styles and trim levels to Braemar. That is why I still report these two builders in separate reports.

During the months of September and October, there was only one NV home that sold. Details of that sale are listed below.

Taking a quick look at this sale, we see that it sold for less than its original list price, gave seller subsidy (closing cost help to the buyer) and took just under one month to go under contract. The market has been experiencing a shift due to rising mortgage interest rates. Buyers are no longer acting in a frenzy, though demand still is outpacing supply, which technically makes it a seller’s market. However, the shift in buyer behavior is noticeable and feels as though we are moving out of a seller’s market. We are not. Conditions are stabilizing.

When this sale from September and October is combined with all the NV home sales dating back to November 2021, the updated six and twelve month value points tracked in this report are updated as seen below.

Looking first at the sold price column, it is good to see the six month average sold price above the twelve month average sold price. This report, compared to last report, there was even a larger gap between the two, in favor of the six month average. This is an indicator that values are still trending up. However, our six and twelve month median sold prices reporting the same $790,000, is actually a lower six month median value than we saw last report. And if you look to last report, you will notice the sales that closed in August started the trend of sellers closing below original list price. Is that something to be concerned about? Not necessarily. Some sellers are still pricing optimistically.

Seller subsidy is definitely moving in a buyer favored direction and it is no surprise. Both the six and twelve month average values are higher than they were last report, with the six month average above the twelve. This means more closing cost help has been given in the last six months. However, the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values are still at zero. This means that more than half of sellers in both time frames didn’t have to give any. With the more than doubling of mortgage interest rates this year, buyers had their affordability squeezed at two ends. Many buyers requested seller subsidy to help with interest rate buy down. Still if a home has created enough buyer enthusiasm, there is a shot that buyers would dive in and offer without requesting any closing cost help, for fear another buyer would swoop in with better terms. Again, our market still doesn’t have enough homes to meet demand.

Days on market shows an increase in both average values since last report, with the six month average being nearly two weeks. The six and twelve month median marketing times are still just over a week at eight days. This means more than half of sellers in both time frames sold in eight days or less. As I am watching more and more houses taking two weeks or more to sell, I suspect days on market will continue to increase in these six and twelve month measurements next report.

If you placed your NV home on the market, priced to current conditions in Braemar, you could reasonably expect to be under contract in two to three weeks. Sellers are no longer seeing multiple offers, but dealing with one buyer at a time. Seeing seller subsidy requests should no longer be a shock, but is avoidable if buyers are excited about your home. That starts with having a well prepared property that is properly priced and professionally marketed. These are the keys that get my Braemar sellers top of whatever market conditions in which they are listing.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Between now and then, enjoy your holiday season. In the meantime, whenever a home sale want or need arises for you, my business is open year round. Get in touch and let’s set up a time to talk so we can find the right strategy to suit your time frame and needs. 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: September-October 2022 (Arista Series)

Braemar Property Value Report: September-October 2022 (Arista Series)

November and the switch back to standard time sure did seem to get here sooner than my internal calendar was telling me it should. Yet another circumstance of life that is beyond our control. All we can do is adjust our surroundings and attitude. Leaving a lot more lights on at home and starting a vitamin D supplement are great plans of attack for those who feel themselves internally sinking this time of year.

Staying focused on my work as a Top Producing Braemar Real Estate Agent keeps me going at all times. Today I bring you the first in the latest series of Braemar Property Value Reports, all researched and produced by me. I am a real estate geek through and through. This report details recent sales with the Arista Series. These are the largest single family houses built by Brookfield Homes in our community and include three floor plans: Allister, Buckingham and Canterbury. By far and away, the Canterbury is the most prevalent in Braemar. Let’s dive right in.

There was only one Arista home that sold during the current report period of September and October 2022. Details of that sale are listed below.

This particular sale, given the steep rise in mortgage interest rates that happened in the third quarter, is actually filled with good news. It sold above list price, gave no seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer) and was under contract in fifteen days. Fifteen days may feel like forever compared to the three to five days we had been seeing during the buyer frenzy of the seller’s market of the past two to three years. However, having done the research for each of the Braemar Property Value Reports yet to be published, I can tell you this was a sale that occurred in a very reasonable time frame.

Combined with the Arista home sales going to back to November 2021, the six and twelve month data points presented in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, the gap is narrowing between the six month value and their corresponding twelve month values compared to last report, but six month values are still higher. Our Braemar real estate market is not experiencing decreasing prices at this time, but a leveling out at worst or a more sustainable rate of growth. With mortgage interest rates more than doubling since the start of 2022, home values were not going to follow suit and gain ten percent in a matter of a month or two.

Seller subsidy is something I am seeing in the overall market, but not really represented in the Arista Series average values here. Don’t expect that to continue if mortgage rates continue to climb. Good news at this moment is that rates have come down from the sevens and are back in the sixes.

Days on market is in a good overall place for Arista homes. The six month average marketing time is actually faster than the twelve month average marketing time. And the median values are identical at eight days. Single digits is not something I expect to continue seeing in future reports, but how long it takes to sell a home involves a lot of factors. Our buyer demand is still high enough to be considered seller favored. As we continue to build inventory, this may shift to a more stable market.

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 or so. You may be able to get away with giving no seller subsidy, but you better be offering a home that builds buyer enthusiasm. That can be achieved with proper preparation and professional grade marketing. Of course, landing the right list price given the current conditions is more important now.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in January. Until then, I wish you every happiness the year end holidays have to offer. If a move is something you find on your short term horizon, don’t panic. Our market moves year round and our year end selling season is a very powerful one. It would be my pleasure to help you take advantage of it. 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

Typed with this gorgeous girl resting on my arm.

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: July-September 2022 (3rd Quarter)

The Braemar real estate market is shifting as mortgage interest rates climb. Suprisingly, home values, while not steeply increasing as they had done since 2020, are still seeing upward growth. In this edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly, the focus is on the semi-attached/semi-detached homes located off of Tarvie Circle.

During the third quarter of 2022, there were no Reflection homes that sold. Having no Reflection sales to report is not that unusual. These homes make up a very small percentage of homes in our overall Braemar community. What is new information is the updated six and twelve month data points tracked in this report. This is information based on two sales in the past year.

Starting with the sold price column, the six month average and median values are higher than the corresponding twelve month values. Completely in line with what I am finding throughout the vast majority of my Braemar market reports thus far. Home values have not begun to drop at this point in our market shift. We are really just seeing more deliberate actions by buyers. They are not prone to acting in a frenzied manner.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyers) was zero down the line. While this also the majority of cases in Braemar sales recently, as mortgage interest rates increase, this will likely become a request from Braemar buyers who are looking to buy down their mortgage interest rate.

Days on market was single digits down the line. Had there been more recent sales in the third quarter, they would likely have shown about two weeks on market before going under contract.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you would be looking at approximately two weeks marketing time. You are also not likely to be dealing with multiple offers, but one buyer at a time. Waiving contingencies is not a thing anymore. Buyers are coming in with inspection contingencies, appraisal contingencies, and in some cases, home sale contingencies. As the market shifts, it is going to be more critical to get back to the basics and not assume any house will sell despite marketing or preparation. Proper pricing, preparing your home for market and making sure it is professionally marketed will all lift buyer enthusiasm.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in January. Right now, it looks like there may be no sales to report, but there is still time. Don’t be surprised if this report turns into a semi-annual report if that trend continues.

Between now and January, if you have a need to sell your Braemar home, get in touch with me for a complementary consultation. We can discuss your potential takeway from the current market, how long it would take to achieve that and what projects would be advised prior to list. It is always an honor to help my Braemar neighbors. 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

Selling a Braemar Single Family Home in October

Selling a Braemar Single Family Home in October

The Braemar real estate market has been shifting amid rising mortgage interest rates. What is happening in Braemar is no different than the surrounding Bristow/Gainesville market or the larger Northern Virginia market. Having been from Frederick County to Fairfax County representing sellers this year, I have to say that Western Prince William and our sweet spot of Braemar has been outperforming some other locales. Of course, a quick look in the MLS today at single family home activity in Braemar between September 1st to October 4th revealed that the success I had with 9528 Ballagan Court may not be what is now typical.

Since September 1st, there have been seven single family homes in Braemar sold. They average sixteen days on the market. There are two Braemar homes under contract, averaging eleven days on market. Currently available single family homes in Braemar are averaging twenty-one days on market…and there are two more Coming Soon listings that will be hitting the market soon. More concerning are the two Braemar single family homes that have been temporarily removed from active status and one home that was withdrawn from the market entirely. Mortgage interest rates increasing (most recently to 7.5%) has had a chilling effect. Yet, 9528 Ballgan Court went under contract in only two days on the market.

The sellers of 9528 Ballagan Court contacted me earlier in the summer about listing for sale. However, they had some home work to do. De-cluttering was a must. Installing new carpet upstairs and flooring in the basement was another must. Finally, a gorgeous, expansive deck needed to be refurbished or demolished. Refurbished was the best plan of action.

When all the work was done, the sellers allowed me to come in and spruce up a few areas with light staging prior to professional photos being taken. The result was the professional marketing that I love to present on behalf of all of my sellers that lifts buyer enthusiasm. Of course, not getting overly optimistic on price was another saving grace. The market for frenzied buyers had passed by the time this home hit the market. It was no the moment to press for a higher price in a home with little cosmetic updating. We looked over the numbers, found what we thought was a fair number and sure enough, a buyer in the market thought it was fair too. The deal was struck in only two days on the market.

My sellers were thrilled to give nothing in closing cost help and have to make absolutely no repairs from their home inspection. They were also relieved to get a rent back at no charge, allowing them to stay in the home until their next home can get to closing.

The Braemar real estate market is changing and anyone looking to sell needs to be sure to engage an actively engaged, full-time real estate agent in the area that knows the pace of the market at any given moment. Nothing makes me happier than getting my Braemar sellers properly prepped for the market, priced right and getting professional marketing behind the process. A home doesn’t need to be the most updated on the block, but a buyer must be able to picture themselves in the space.

When the time comes to sell your Braemar home, I would love to tell you how your home fits into the current resale landscape and how you can improve your takeaway. 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: July-August 2022 (Ryan Homes)

Braemar Property Value Report: July-August 2022 (Ryan Homes)

The last weekend of September has brought partly sunny skies and cooler temperatures. Fall is definitely in the air and many of our Braemar residents are enjoying Braemar Day at Clareybrook Park today. Thank goodness it is isn’t raining.

Before the end of the month, this Braemar Real Estate Agent is finishing up my Braemar Property Value Reports. Not many real estate agents are motivated to put together their own market reports and present them like this. Our industry is one where the individual agents are able to determine how much they will and won’t do for their prospective clients. Personally, I love knowing the ins and outs to the most specific detail in our Braemar real estate market. My colleagues consider me a real estate geek and I am fine with that. The devil is always in the details.

Today’s Braemar Property Value Report is focused on houses built by Ryan Homes in our neighborhood. I was so happy to represent sellers earlier this month with a Ryan home that beat the expectations of marketing time. However, you won’t hear about that sale until next report, as it closes next month. Right now, we are looking back to the Ryan home sales from July and August. Those sales are detailed below.

What a difference in outcomes. One home sold well above its list price. The other sold over $100,000 below its original list price. Yikes! I would think it was a typo, but there were price reductions along the way vs. one change to put a seven as the lead number. What’s the difference between these two? Proper pricing, having a well prepared listing and professionally marketing it. Sadly, some sellers are stuck in the mindset that, while this is still a seller favored market, they have to do very little to prep their home for sale and can get the top of the market no matter who they hire. If Top Gun Maverick was filmed with a home movie camera, it wouldn’t be a top grossing film. Not all agents are the same, because not all agents approach the listing process the same.

Taking these two sales and combining them with the Ryan home sales dating back to September 2021, the six and twelve month data points followed in this report are updated as seen below.

Starting in the sold price column, we see that both the six month average and six month median sold prices are significantly higher than their respective twelve month values. This means Ryan homes in Braemar are still climbing in value. It may not be by huge leaps and bounds, but upward growth is upward growth. Inventory is still not meeting buyer demand. The factor that is giving us more modest appreciation is the increase of mortgage interest rates. They were at 6.5% for a thirty year fixed conventional loan when I checked them on Friday. Jumbo loans were at 5.875%. These increases are pinching buyers affordability.

Seller subsidy is where we learn how much closing cost help buyers were able to negotiate from their sellers. In the sales above, the one that sold so much lower than their original list price gave over ten thousand in seller subsidy. I am not surprised being that one of the opening photos was of carpet colors for a buyer to choose. Proper listing preparation and professional marketing can help minimize this expense to sellers. The six month average and twelve month average values are higher than last report.The best news is that in both the six and twelve month time periods represented in this report, more than half of Braemar Ryan home sellers gave none.

Days on market appears unchanged in the average and median values comparing time frames. Looking at the most recent sales above, six days is a fast sale given that July and August are not times when buyers are as engaged in the market. They tend to focus on fun in the sun. However, it should not take any Braemar seller that is well prepared, properly priced and professionally marketed forty-five days to sell.

If you placed your Ryan home on the market, priced to current conditions in Bramear, you could expect it to take two weeks or less to go under contract. Seller subsidy requests are not uncommon, but avoidable if your home is creating buyer enthusiasm. The days of multiple offers is over. You are more likely to be dealing with one buyer at a time, but you can still make sure that buyer is ready to make a serious deal.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in November. Until then, I hope you enjoy the beauty of this fall season. No matter what time of year, I am here to help you size up the listing process and take the market head on to maximize your profit. It is never too early to talk. When a move in on the horizon, get in touch for your 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
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