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What is a Home Worth To You?

For those who are just starting in the real estate industry, there's one question that they ask themselves more than any other: What makes a home worth what it is worth? The answer to this question can have severe implications on your financial and homeownership future, as well as your client's bottom line. So it's essential to understand how home worth works and what factors may impact the value of properties.

When determining the value of a home, there are many things to consider. What makes one home more valuable than another? What factors contribute to a house's overall value? This article will answer these questions and provide further insight into determining the value of homes. Read on below to discover more.

How to Explore an Endless Parade of Homes

Most homebuyers will visit five to ten homes before they decide on one. This is a very repetitive process. As such, it's essential to stay focused on your needs and always be honest with yourself about what you like or don't like about each house as you tour it. Before you step into a home, it's essential to understand what makes it worth what it is worth. So here are some things to help make your house tours productive:

1.  Take Some Notes

When you're out looking at potential houses to buy, be sure to take notes. This will help you when it’s time to negotiate—and believe us; you'll want to bargain. If you don't know what comparable homes are going for in your area, how can you know what your house is worth? Take some time to check out listings and note matching prices. Your notations could include crucial features like location, floor plan, kitchen layout, among others. This will give you an idea of whether or not the asking price is worth it.

2.  Review Your Tour

After your house tour, be sure to discuss the houses you saw with your real estate agent. Which homes did you like, and why? Which ones did you not like, and why? Were there commonalities among which houses appealed to you or not (for example, homes with good curb appeal and a well-maintained landscape)? Ask him to explain what makes it worth what it is worth. An excellent agent should have an answer.

3.  Save the Info Sheets

When you tour a house, ask your agent if it's sold or when it'll be sold, and how much it'll cost. This will give you an idea of what to expect when houses in your area come on the market. Your agent knows the cost of properties in your target neighborhood and which homes have recently sold (often, realtors are privy to sales information before it's made public). When you're considering whether to make an offer on a home, knowing about sales history can help you determine how much you should bid.

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The 3 Components that Determine House Worth

Houses can be sold in about any condition. But even when properties are perfectly livable, there are always features—on their face and to you—that will affect whether or not you'll pay what sellers want for their home. There are several components of a home that go into determining its worth. The appraised price of a home also depends on these same factors. So what makes up your house's value? Three components contribute to how much a house is worth. Let's take a quick look below.

1.  Home Value

Many factors contribute to your home's value, including its size, location, and the inclusions in its current design. To determine how much your home is worth, you'll need to consider two different factors—its appraisal value and its location. Appraisal values take into account factors at a given point in time. Location values are determined by looking at recent sales, available amenities, and area security.

Homes in good, safe neighborhoods tend to have more value and cost a little more than homes in unsafe areas. The more extensive and exquisite the house is, the higher the value. If the home is located in a place where lots of people are looking for housing, you'll be able to charge more rent (or sell for more money) because demand will be higher. This means the home value and cost in such a location will be higher.

2.  Past Expenditures

The value of your target home will be determined by three major things: what the owner paid for it, how much comparable homes are selling for in that area, and how big the owner's down payment was. A well-maintained house can retain its worth better than a less-maintained house. If a homeowner has spent more on repairs than they should have done (or at least what they expected), their home may be valued lower. Any renovations or changes made to a home can also impact its valuation.

3.  The Market Value

A home’s market value is what makes up its worth. If a house is high in demand and unique, it will have high market value. Similarly, homes with a low market or poor condition tend to have lower resale values. The market value can be impacted by many different factors: location, size, quality of construction, proximity to schools and parks, and many other things that we don't always think about at first glance.


There are many reasons people buy homes; they could be looking to upgrade their living situation, relocate to another area of the country or world, or even settle down and raise a family in one place. Whatever your reasoning may be, knowing what makes a home worth the price tag it comes with can help you better determine if the house you're eyeing will suit your needs and prove worth its value.

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