Braeamar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2022 (1st Quarter)

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Braeamar Reflection Quarterly: January-March 2022 (1st Quarter)

Welcome to another edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly. This report details sales of the semi-attached/semi-detached homes on Tarvie Circle. While they look like detached single family homes from the curb, in the back they are attached to one neighbor in a duplex-like fashion, only at the garage. These homes make up only forty-four of the over two-thousand, eight hundred properties in Braemar, so sometimes it feels like quarterly reports are even too frequent. If we go too many quarters without a sale this year, I may make this a semi-annual report.

We get to start off the year examining the sale of one Reflection Series home that sold in January. Details are listed below.

There are many thing about this sale that show the presence of the seller’s market. Selling above list price is one of them. Two others are giving no seller subsidy (closing cost help to buyer) and going under contract in only two days.

When combined with the Reflection home sales from the second, third and fourth quarter of 2021, we have a total of only three sales. However, taking the six and twelve month data points from that pool of data our market markers are updated.

Being the only sale in the last six month, our most recent Reflection home sale makes up both the six month average and median values. Compared to the twelve month average and twelve month median sold price, we still see upward growth in home values. Not surprising since our market continues to have very high demand and limited inventory.

Seller subsidy is zero down the line in all but the twelve month average. That is because one sale out of three in the last year gave $8,000 in closing cost help. One out of three sales giving closing cost help is not great, but still keeps the median values at zero. Your odds of having to give closing cost help if you sell your Reflection home have been slim, but with rising interest rates, don’t be surprised to see seller subsidy increase this year.

Days on market shows that Reflection homes are selling even faster. Again, this is due to high demand and very little inventory.

If you placed your Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect to be under contract within a week. And whether or not you gave any seller subsidy may depend on large part who you hire to represent you. Relying solely on seller market conditions and hiring low rate agents who do very little to drive up buyer enthusiasm will cost you more than you save in commission every time. Even in a seller’s market, you can leave money on the table. Creating buyer enthusiasm through proper listing preparation and professional marketing keep you at the top of what any market will bear.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in July. Until then, if you would like to investigate the 2022 sale of your Braemar home, get in touch for a no obligation analysis. We can discuss current demand and how rising interest rates may or may not be a factor for you in your next purchase. 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 2021 (4th Quarter)

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

The first Monday of 2022 means it is time for the Monday-Friday employees among us to get back to work, though for many it will be virtual thanks to Mother Nature’s gift of snow. It won’t surprise many of you to know that, as a Top Braemar Real Estate Agent, I worked putting together quarterly market reports all weekend. Real estate is a self-motivated career. As independent contractors, we each have the ability to do as much, or as little as we want to keep our businesses going. I choose to go above and beyond the typical norm in our area and inform my fellow Braemarians of property values regularly.

Today I bring you the fourth quarter report for Reflection Series homes in our neighborhood. Reflection Homes in Braemar are located off of Tarvie Circle. They are the semi-attached/semi-detached homes that are attached to one neighborhoring property at the rear load garage.

Because Reflection homes make up a very small number of homes in the overall Braemar community, home sales are not as common as they are in other types of homes. This report has been done quarterly in hopes that is the appropriate interval to notice changes. I will be paying attention in 2022 and may adjust this report to be the only semi-annual if need be. For now, we’ll end the year the way we went through it, with a quarterly report.

There were no Reflection homes that sold in the last three months of 2021. That means the six and twelve month data points relied on in this installment were made up of only the other remaining sales from 2021. Both were in the last six months, making six and twelve month values the same.

This market report then is relying on my experience in preparing the other market reports and my extensive knowledge in working with two dozen buyers and sellers in 2021.

Market prices have been going up, but the growth rate is not as steep as it had been earlier in 2021.

Seller subsidy (closing cost help buyers negotiate from sellers) has seen a bit of a comeback. It’s still not the norm to see the majority of sellers giving any seller subsidy, but it is not absent from the market at large either.

Marketing times are not changing greatly, but I have noticed some sales taking way longer than they should. Poor marketing is usually the culprit. Even in a seller’s market, having a properly prepared home and professional marketing is the only way to get buyers enthusiastic about your home.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection 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 to get away with no seller subsidy if your home has created that all important buyer enthusiasm. You could also expect your buyer to have a home inspection contingency. These made a come back in the second half of 2021.

The next Braemar Reflection market report will be out next spring. Until then, if you would like to read my real estate market predictions for 2022, you can do that by clicking here. If you have been thinking that 2022 is the year that you want to make a move, there is no time like the present to have that initial conversation. Get in touch and let’s chat. 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: April-June 2021 (2nd Quarter)

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Braemar Reflection Quarterly: April-June 2021 (2nd Quarter)

Today I bring you the last of the Braemar quarterly property value reports for the second quarter of 2021. This edition of the Braemar Reflection Quarterly focuses on the sales of Reflection homes in Braemar located off of Tarvie Circle that are single family homes, attached only at the garage, and adjoined as such to one neghboring property.

There was only one Reflection home that sold in the second quarter. That’s actually good news because the last time there was any Reflection home sales to report was the fourth quarter of 2020. The details of the second quarter 2021 sale is listed below:

Seeing a jump from a list price to sold price of $10,000 is nice to see. It offsets the $8,000 seller subsidy request (closing cost help to buyer.) Taking this quarter’s sale and combining it with the last three quarters of sales, the six and twelve month data points are updated as seen below:

Because there was only one sale in the six month data range, both the six month average and median data points are identical. The sold price price column does show an increase from both the twelve month average and twelve month median sold prices compared to the six month values. Like everything else in this seller’s market impacting Braemar, Reflection homes are continuing to increase in value.

The seller subsidy column is where things are bit different for Reflection homes. In just about every other report I have compiled for Braemar property values, average and median seller subsidy is absent in the six month values and might be around $1,000 or less in the twelve month average as buyers ask less and less of sellers just to get under contract with so liittle inventory on the market. The Reflection homes are still seeing substantial seller subsidy requests.

Days on market is a literally a day or two longer in average and median values in other Braemar property reports. Still six to eight days is not a long time to be on the market. My guess is that buyers are weighing a semi-attached home against detached options that may be available at the time. It is an unusual configuration and clearly, not enough to stall buyers for too long.

If you placed your Reflection 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 about 1.5% of the sale price in seller subsidy.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in October. Until then, when the time comes to sell your home, the preparation and marketing will be critical in creating buyer enthusiam. It is buyer enthusiasm that wrings every penny and the absolute best terms the market will bear out of your home. Outstanding listing preparation advice (lowest dollar outlay for the biggest bang on the market) and professional marketing are standard in my business no matter 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 2020 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2020 (4th Quarter)

Reflection Series Home

Wrapping up the Braemar market reports for this weekend, I bring you the Braemar Reflection Quarterly. This report focuses on the sales of the semi-detached homes located on Tarvie Circle that are attached to one other home only at the rear load garage. This particular edition covers the activity from the fourth quarter of 2020.

Thankfully, there were two sales of Braemar Reflection homes in the last three months of the year. There were two quarters of absolutely no Reflection home sales in 2020. The details of the fourth quarter sales are listed below:

The first thing you may notice is that the first home, with one more bedroom and bathroom on the loft level, sold for a little less than a home without a loft bedroom/bathroom. It is important to note that one, located at 9560 Tarvie, was a bank owned property. It was not in great condition.

Taking these fourth quarter sales and adding them in with the only other Reflection home sale that happened during 2020, we have a total of three Reflection home sales from which to pull our updated six and twelve month data points. They are listed below:

Starting with the sold column we see that the six month average sold price is well above the twelve month average sold price. However, the six month median sold price is a little over $200 above the twelve month average. At worst, this means semi-detached homes in Braemar are holding steady in value. At best, it means they are gaining value. Only more sales in 2021 will tell us which is correct, but I would place my money on values going up giving the low inventory and intense buyer demand that our marketplace is experiencing right now.

In the seller subsidy column we get to see how much closing cost help buyers negotiated from sellers. With the bank sale above giving an enormous amount of closing cost and only parsing these numbers from three Reflection home sales for 2020, these numbers are higher than what I am finding in other Braemar market reports. While the six month average seller subsidy here is higher than the twelve month average, it is probably more fair to look at median seller subsidy in the twelve month time range. This tells us that two of three of the Braemar Reflection home sellers (traditional home owners, not banks) gave absolutely nothing in closing cost help. Because of the nature of the home sale that gave that enormous seller subsidy being a bank sale, it is not going to be a comparable sale for any traditional equity sale where a home owner sells their property. I only hope that bank owned properties don’t start popping up more frequenting in the market.

When it comes to the days on market (DOM) column we see both the six month average and median values are longer than their respective twelve month values. Clearly, the marketing time of nineteen days taken by the banked owned sale is skewing these figures, Looking to the twelve month median days on market, we see that two of three semi-detached Braemar home sellers had their homes under contract in five days or less last year.

If you placed your Braemar Reflection home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract a week or less. You could also expect, if higher buyer demand and limited inventory continue in 2021 (which is exactly what we are finding right now) to pay nothing in seller subsidy as buyers compete to win your home.

The next Braemar Property Value Report will be out in April. That’s when we will know what kind of a start our Braemar Reflection home market got off to in 2021. Until then, if you want to investigate the sale of your home while our Braemar home values are peaking this year, get in touch with me. Since 2005, No One Knows Braemar Better!

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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 2019 (4th Quarter)

Braemar Reflection Quarterly: October-December 2019 (4th Quarter)

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Welcome to another Braemar Reflection Quarterly.  While we are well into 2020, this report looks back to the fourth quarter of 2019 and details sales of the semi-detached single family homes on Tarvie Circle in Braemar.

From the beginning of October to the end of December, there were two Reflection homes that sold in Braemar.  The details of those sales are listed below.

While both homes were Annan floor plans with fully finished, below ground basements, one of these homes had a loft which brought an additional bedroom and full bathroom for an additional $25,000 in final sold price.

Taking both of these sales and combining with every Reflection home sale that happened in 2019, we get an entire year’s worth of data.  Breaking out the six and twelve month data points is how we are able to get a sense of how our market changed over the year.  This is the only way to project what the first quarter of 2020 may have in store.

Looking first at the sold price column, we see the six month average and median sold prices are both above their respective twelve month sold prices.  That means that semi-detached homes in Braemar are continuing to push upward in value.

Next, the seller subsidy column bears some good news.  The six month average and median seller subsidy (also known as closing cost assistance to buyers) is substantially lower than the twelve month average and median seller subsidy values.  While one of the sales from the last quarter of 2019 did have a buyer asking for and receiving $7,275, the other was a sale where no closing cost help was given.  Time will tell if the latter may be occurring more frequently.

Finally, days on market (also known as marketing time) reveals that the six month average marketing time has decreased by four days compared to the twelve month average marketing time.  The six month median marketing time, however, is nearly twice as long as the twelve month median marketing time.  Again, time will tell which is a trend and which was a fluke.

If you placed your semi-detached Braemar home on the market, priced to current conditions, you could expect it to be under contract in about a month. You could also expect to an average of less than 1% of the sales price in closing cost help.

The next Braemar Reflection Quarterly will be out in April.  Until then, enjoy our transition into spring and know that if you want to hit the spring market with your Braemar home, NOW is the time.  Give me a call for a free, in-depth marketing analysis and learn how my professional marketing gets my Braemar sellers top dollar in the shortest amount of 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