What Affects Your Home's Value?

by Barbara Lane 10/24/2021

The difference between home price and home value causes confusion for many buyers and sellers. Both price and value are a combination of many variables that are constantly changing. Understanding what can affect home value will help you understand and navigate the market. Here are the key factors that go into determining a home’s value:

Comps

“Comp” is real estate lingo for a home in your area that’s comparable to yours. Real estate professionals research the value and prices of similar homes and use that as a guide for how to price yours on the market.

Location

Prices in specific locations can affect your home’s value. If your area has become more desirable or popular with a particular group of homeowners, you may see an increase in home value. This is because the desirability of a specific location drives up the prices of the properties.

Size & Usable Space

The size of your home is vastly important in determining valuation. The most commonly used method of pricing based on size is with price by square foot or the total price divided by the available square footage. Price per square foot can vary depending on other factors, but the size and usable space of your property is key in determining the value.

Age & Condition

Usually, newer homes get higher values assigned by appraisers. A lot of this has to do with systems and structure of the home. For example, new plumbing, electrical and modern roof techniques fetch a higher price for their reliability and energy efficiency. Homes that need renovations or repairs before they’re livable may have a lower value, as most buyers prefer to spend more on a move-in ready property.

Local & National Economy

Large-scale trends on a local, state or national level also affect your home’s value. The big picture view of the overall economy might determine whether your home value is higher or lower because of factors like employment rate and wage growth. Staying up to date on the economy and housing market at large will help in determining the value of your home.

Home valuation is not an exact calculation. There are many variables that go into a home’s perceived value and even then, the number is just an estimate. However, the more you understand about these key variables, the more you’ll understand the value of your home.

About the Author
Author

Barbara Lane

I am a professional realtor with several years of experience representing buyers and sellers. Selling homes, condos, villas, new construction and land. A member of the National Association of Realtors, St Charles Board of Realtors for residential and commercial, as well as my CRS designation (Certified Residential Specialist) and currently working on my PSA designation (Pricing Strategy Advisor). I also have a back ground of mortgage lending, was a loan officer for local banks and brokerages firms. Processed Conventional, FHA, VA, MHDC, home equity line of credits and First Time Homebuyer programs. This knowledge is very helpful in understand the process as well as negotiating and supplying the proper paperwork to the correct parties of the transaction. Hobbies include, volunteer at my local church, playing golf, bowling and rooting on the St Louis Blues and St Louis Cardinal teams.