I’m sure you’ve heard the question, “What are the first three rules of real estate?” The answer that many real estate professionals will tell you is “Location, Location, Location.” While this may be true, when it comes to valuing your home, appraisers typically use comparable homes with similar locations. When the comparables have similar locations, what else factors
- Living square footage:
Several factors come into play when valuing a home. One of the most important features of your home that affects value is the living square footage. Basically, the more living square feet you have, the more your home is worth. There are some instances where a home can be over-built and have too much square footage. However, most of the time, the more square footage you have equals more value.
- Renovations and updates:
Another factor that can increase the value of your home is
- Other important factors:
Several other factors can affect the value of your homes: lot size, views, bedroom and bathroom counts, covered parking, amenities, etc.
Ultimately, the local market decides what factors influence the value and by how much. It is important to have the assistance of a local real estate professional to analyze the market and to determine which factors are/are not important in your market area. If you are considering buying or selling a home and want a reliable opinion of value, contact me at 337-254-2215.
Lane Duplechin, AGA
Candidate for Designation with the Appraisal Institute