Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Piggyback Quarterly: October-December 2021 (4th Quarter)

One day down, three-hundred sixty four to go in 2022. What 2022 will bring to our Braemar real estate market is likely nothing dramatic. The best idea of what is ahead always comes from looking at where we have been. In this edition of the Braemar Piggyback Quarterly, the final quarter of 2021 is examined and the entire past year broken into six and twelve month data points. Before we begin, allow me to explain what constitutes a Piggyback townhouse in our neighborhood. Braemar Piggyback townhouses are attached side-to\-side and back-to-back. They are also the only two car garage townhouses in our neighborhood.

During the last three months of 2021, there were two Braemar Piggyback townhouses that sold. The details of those sales are listed below:

From the details above, we see that both Piggyback townhouses that sold were end units and had the same number of bedrooms and bathrooms. They were both also on the market for only a matter of days. From the description, it seems that Sidlaw Hills was a much more updated home. However, one of the most troubling things about the description to me as a listing professional are the agent remarks that the sellers may never have seen. The first three words imply desperation. “Seller says sell.” Is it any wonder the seller ended up giving closing cost help despite having a superior home? Perhaps the agent feared marketing during the end of the year, a troubling misconception that too many agents carry around. I certainly understand the strength of the yearend selling season. Dochart Sound, meanwhile, was very plain with outdated finishes. Though it lack professional photos and staging, it did appear clean and well kept.

Taking these fourth quarter sales and combining them with the entire year’s worth of Piggyback home sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as see below:

Starting in the sold price column, we see that the six month average and six month median sold prices are well above their respective twelve month sold prices. The rate of increase, however, is slowing up a bit since last report. This is something I expect to see continue as we move through 2022.

Seller subsidy shows more closing cost help given in the six month average compared to the twelve month average. However, with both the six and twelve month median seller subsidy values being at zero, we find that more than half of Braemar Piggyback townhouse sellers gave no closing cost help in both time frames.

Finally, days on market shows an uptick in marketing time in both six month values compared to their respective twelve month values. Certainly nothing to be concerned about with the values in the table being single digits down the line.

If you placed your Braemar Piggyback townhouse 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. However, as the buyer frenzy calms down, you are more likely to see home inspection contingencies in your offer(s.)

The next Braemar Piggyback Quarterly will be out in April. Until then, if you think 2022 is the year you want to make a move, it is never too early to enage the services of a local professional. Get in touch with me and find out how my listing preparation advice, coupled with professional marketing, will bring buyer enthusiasm to the forefront in your home sale. That’s how sellers, no matter the market, get the absolute max the market will bear when they sell their largest asset. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

Chris Ann Cleland 
Associate Broker, Licensed in VA
Long & Foster Real Estate