How To Price A Home

Dated: June 29 2020

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When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison.

 1. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.

 2. Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It‘s best to use the most recent sales data available.

 3. Home build: Look for homes with similar architectural styles, numbers of bathrooms and bedrooms, square footage, and other basics.  Even the cost difference between a 2 and 3 car garage can be substantial.  

 4. Features and upgrades: Remodeled bathrooms and kitchens can raise a home’s price, and so can less flashy upgrades like a new roof or HVAC system. Be sure to look for similar bells and whistles.

 5. Sale types: Homes that are sold as short sales or foreclosures are often in distress or sold at a lower price than they would receive from a more typical sale. These homes are not as useful for comparisons.

Some of this information you can ask your neighbors about or find online.  The easiest thing you can do is call me for a free home evaluation! Right now inventory is low so it could be a great time to sell your home.

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Jeff Rose -- ICON

As a fourth generation native New Mexican and lifelong Albuquerque resident, Jeff Rose has a unique vision for the Albuquerque Real Estate market. He earned a BBA in Human Resources and Marketing fro....

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