MARKET ANALYSIS AND APPRAISALS; How Much is Your Home Worth?

Posted by DB Wilson on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 2:04pm.

When demand for housing is low, or the inventory of available homes is high, buyers are able to make more demands, and the difference between your listing price and your actual selling price can be significant. To speed up the selling process, making sure you list your home at an appropriate price is crucial.

There is more than one way to determine how much your home is worth.  A comparative market analysis and an appraisal are two of the most reliable methods, and often it is worth doing both to get a good feel on where your pricing should lie.  A comparative market analysis is an informal value estimate based on the selling prices of similar properties in your area, usually sold within the past year, as well as the asking price on sales in your neighborhood that are currently for sale. Taking a look at both of these factors—homes in your demographic currently for sale and homes recently sold—is a great way to avoid over or under pricing because, chances are, buyers are going to be looking at those properties, too.

Getting an appraisal by a certified appraiser is another way to get a handle on the value of your home.  An appraiser comes to your property to inspect the types of things that will affect your home’s worth, such as size and square footage, number of rooms, neighborhood statistics and any work that needs to be done on the property. While the appraised value, the price determined by an appraiser, can be different than the market value—or what the house is worth during a given market—getting an appraisal can still be a helpful guideline.

The listing price, what you ask for your home, and the sales price, what your home actually sells for in the end, may be very different, but doing research and finding a realistic selling price right from the start can negate disappointment and frustration while you look for a buyer.

For more information on home pricing, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000.

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in National Real Estate & Relocation magazine. Real Trends ranked them #1 in the Nation for Closed Sales Volume for 2010. Regionally, for the 4th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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