How To Determine Home Value

Settling on an offering price shouldn’t be done lightly. Determining your home value can be emotional and daunting. Once you’ve set your price, you’ve told buyers the absolute maximum they have to pay for your Laguna Woods home. The trick for the seller is to get a selling price as close to the offering price as possible. If you start out by pricing too high, you might not be taken seriously by prospective buyers and their agents. A price too low can result in selling for much less than you had hoped for.

Setting your Laguna Woods home’s sale price can be a fairly easy process. If you live in a subdivision comprised of homes with similar or identical floor plans, built in the same time period, then all you have to do is look at recent sales in the neighborhood to give you a good ballpark figure. But many people live in older neighborhoods that have changed quite a bit over the years. Every home in your Laguna Woods neighborhood may be different in minor or substantial ways—the house next door may have added another bedroom, for example, or the one across the street might have been built recently to fill a vacant lot. As a neighborhood evolves over the years, you may find that there aren’t any homes that are truly comparable to your own.

If you decide to sell your Laguna Woods home on your own, the most common way to set a value is to look at homes that have sold in your neighborhood within the past six to 12 months, as well as those now on the market. That’s certainly how prospective buyers will assess the worth of your Laguna Woods home. You can usually learn what Laguna Woods homes have sold for in your neighborhood by making a quick trip to City Hall; home sale information is in the public records in most communities (but not all). If this sounds like a lot of work, you may decide to hire a Realtor.® Your Realtor® will do all the market research and provide you with comps showing where your home should be priced to best meet your goals—a fast sell, maximum profit, etc.

A good Laguna Woods Realtor® is attuned to nuances in the market that may not be apparent from comparable sales and listings.

This is Tip 3 of a series of 29. Watch Melanie Callahan's blog for upcoming helpful tips on how to maximize your return on investment when you do sell your Laguna Woods, Palmia, Laguna Woods Village or Casta del Sol home.

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