Just Sold: Heritage Hunt Condo for $22,000 Above List Price
On April 24th (2021,) I had the pleasure of bringing a gorgeous Eastport model condo in Heritage Hunt to market located at 7065 Heritage Hunt Drive #103. What makes an Eastport model special, unlike most Heritage Hunt condos, is that there are windows surrounding the kitchen and dining area. They are located on the corners of the building and there are only two per floor. This one happened to be the builder’s model and has special touches like extra trim in the dining room and custom drapery.
Sitting down with the sellers to figure out list price was interesting. I had one of the smallest units under contract, just down the hall from them, for more than the comparable sales suggested I should have and I was still getting calls on it. So when we found the comps pointing us to a max of $330,000, I suggested higher. After all, they were an Eastport, there was nothing else that would be active in Heritage Hunt condos and demand for condos in Heritage Hunt had started to increase.
Not wanting to go above $340,000, the sellers decided $338,000 was optimistic enough for them. Even in a seller’s market, many sellers will still wonder if their home will attract a buyer. It is understandable. I do this two dozen times per year or more. They sell a home once every five to ten years at best.
Initially, we had no offer deadline. Showings were piling up even as we were Coming Soon, awaiting professional photos. First day on market, we got an offer a smidge above list price. The owners were thrilled that someone wanted the condo and suddenly understood what I had been telling them. More than one buyer was going to want the home. So we set an offer deadline and announced it. Wouldn’t you know they got a barn burner of an offer that went $12,000 above list price AND offered an additional $10,000 above that if they signed at an earlier deadline set by this offer. Sticking to the original deadline was not going to happen.
Since Heritage Hunt condos first sold in the resale market, the highest above list price any of them have ever gotten was $12,500. That happened in February 2012. More recently, despite the frenzied seller’s market for single family homes in Heritage Hunt that really ramped up in 2019-2020 and was off the charts in 2021, condos were lucky to sell for their original list price.
In an effort to be fair to those that had shown the unit and were scheduled to show it, I reached out to each agent with the new deadline. The whining and crying in our industry behind the scenes is quite something. Buyer agents often forget that listing agents aren’t there to make life easier for them. We are there to represent the best interest of the sellers. When you get a record setting offer on your listing with an earlier deadline than the one you set, you better believe the sellers are meeting that deadline and making $10,000 more.
Today, May 24th (2021,) Unit 103 in 7065 Heritage Hunt sold for $360,000. That’s $22,000 above their original list price, a new record in the history of Heritage Hunt condos. And they were under contract in only two days!
When the need or desire to sell your Heritage Hunt condo arises, get in touch with me. I’ve been listing them since 2018 when I listed my mom’s unit. (My mother being a decade long owner of a Heritage Hunt condo is how I got to know all about them.) I offer staging advice, light staging in vacant units and professional photography to include those of Heritage Hunt’s community amenities. Being well prepared and professionally marketed is what creates buyer enthusiasm, which gets you every dollar you can pull from that one-time sale no matter the market.
Heritage Hunt remains one of the most sought after Active Adult communities in Prince William County. There are so many amenities and styles of homes to choose from, and condos are part of that. This particular condo at 7065 Heritage Hunt Drive #103 is a particularly hot commodity. That’s because it is a corner unit.
Usually, Heritage Hunt condos have kitchens to the side of the front door entry. That puts them about as far away from natural light as you can get. Not in this Eastport model. There are two windows in the dining room and one in the kitchen that bring loads of natural light to this area.
In addition to being a pleasing corner unit, this particular unit was also the builder’s model. As such it offers special details like custom draperies, ceiling trim in the dining room and a lovely faux finish in the second bathroom.
The current owners have improved the unit with new carpet, new HVAC and a new refrigerator. This two bedroom, two full bathroom unit is move in ready. You can click this link to see the full virtual tour.
If you or someone you know is interested, don’t hesitate to act. A unit like this doesn’t linger.
Arriving at the condo this afternoon with two BJ’s Wholesale bags full of staging stuff, I was greeted by the Heritage Hunt decorating committee of 7065 Heritage Hunt Drive. These ladies love to make their building common areas festive. Unfortunately, they were down to one vase of flowers when it came to the main level lobby. Knowing one of them personally, she introduced me to her fellow neighbors and they asked if they could see the home. Of course! The more eyes on the place the better.
Well, the decorating committee came in and made short work of my staging. It was fun to show them the difference something as simple as a torch lamp on a switched outlet can make to a home. Or how much a cookbook and some towels can warm up a kitchen. Even something like a pop of color on a bathroom counter just makes a property more inviting. I believe they may have found another decorating hobby. And since they live in these condos themselves, their help with rearranging a table to show more space was super helpful.
What a great happenstance to have crossed paths with the decorating committee.
Since becoming a Gainesville Real Estate Agent in 2005, I have only had the opportunity to list a home I had previously sold three times. Each time it has been an honor to help the buyer that purchased my listing, sell when the time came to move. After all, when they bought my listings I did not represent them, so they are choosing a different agent for representation when they call on me to sell.
Today that counter of listing a home I’ve sold before with a new seller hit four. Once again, I am introducing 7065 Heritage Hunt Drive, Unit 101 to the market. You may remember this condo from the summer of 2019 when I first listed it. Today it hits the market for $315,000. The unit is in the same condition it was when it sold last time. That’s because the owner has only been there a handful of times. Turns out, the idea of having a home in another state is a great idea, but harder in practice when you are running your own real estate business in North Carolina. (The owner is a licensed real estate agent.)
The same things that made this home attractive before are the things that make it attractive now. Main level unit with hardwood flooring in all but the second, carpeted bedroom and the tiled bathrooms. Open living area and kitchen with pass thru window to dining area. Cooks will love the stainless steel appliances, Corian counters, maple cabinets and gas cooking.
Anyone who dreads cleaning up after a snow storm like we have just experienced will love the luxury of no exterior maintenance. Snow removal is done by the condo while your car will sit free from the elements in its assigned, underground parking spot. Even your patio is covered by the balcony above. You don’t even need to haul trash outside. Open the trash chute, put in the bag and you are done.
As a condo owner in Heritage Hunt, you will get to enjoy the amenities the community has to offer as well. Indoor pool you can use year round, outdoor pool, fitness facility, tennis, libraries and tennis. There are even two restaurants in the community. The large, formal dining restaurant is in the main clubhouse. Sandwich shop is located in the plantation house further down Heritage Hunt Drive where it intersects Fieldstone Way.
If this condo interests you and you want to take a look, let me know. Please be advised, I do not practice dual agency, so if you don’t have an agent, I will be happy to refer you to an excellent buyer’s agent in our Long & Foster family.