Today, we’re talking all about buying the right house at the right price point in
the neighborhood that you love.
We all love looking at houses, that’s why we are all so hooked on HGTV. My personal favorite show is Million Dollar Listing, I love looking at those LA modern mansions, they are basically what dreams are made of.
If you’re anything like most of my buyers, you’ve likely had your eye on your ideal neighborhood for some time now. Maybe you’ve taken drives through it or walked down its streets. Maybe you’ve even toured a few open houses and are still waiting on your dream home…
But sometimes that dream house might not be the best investment. I’ll explain why.
Here’s the thing about houses…although they are places where we make our nests, they are also massive investments. Often the biggest investment you’ll ever make. So despite the warm fuzzies that come with the idea of THE HOME, you still want to look at it as an investment, which means resale value should always stay top of mind. So it’s important to consider the following:
#1 Buyers Want Mid-Range Homes
A lot of people want that big expensive house, but they know the mortgage that comes with it. So many people compromise with a lower-priced home in their ideal neighborhood. This means that there are more buyers looking for mid-range homes. And when demand goes up, so do the price. This is why mid-range homes often command a higher price per square foot than bigger homes in the same neighborhood.
#2 Your Home Value is Determined By The Homes Around You
If you have the least expensive home in the neighborhood, the other homes will actually drive your home value up. But the opposite is also true. If you have the most expensive house, the other homes will drive your home value down. This is another reason why mid-range homes tend to have a higher price per square foot than the fancier homes down the street.
#3 Your Home Will Be Harder to Sell In Tough Times
If the market shifts, and it does about every 7 years, you may be stuck at the top of the market in your area. When times are tough, buyers will opt for a less expensive home in hopes of getting a better deal.
This is where having a good agent is incredibly important. it’s imperative that they understand the importance of resale value. and help you to understand resale while we are looking at homes. We won’t run around pointing out the negatives of a home, but we will help you to understand the potential quirks of the home you just fell in love with.
If you’re thinking of buying a home, I can show you what characteristics to look for, in order to help you get the maximum resale value if you sell down the road. You can start your search HERE
If you’re thinking of selling, I can help you determine the current value of your home by giving you a complimentary market analysis. You can get an instant one HERE