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How to Use Comps to Price Your Home Correctly

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

The most important aspect of listing your home for sale is the asking price. Unlike many other items we purchase, home prices are based on what a willing and able buyer would pay for the property.

Sounds complicated, right? This is why real estate agents bring comps (short for comparable properties) information with them to the discussion. Yet are you using the right comps to successfully sell your home?

The idea is to gather information about comparable properties that have sold recently that are similar to your own. The goal is to compare apples to apples. In other words, the properties should be as close to the subject home as possible. This includes things like ·

1. Location

How far is the property from yours? Comps are used to estimate a home's value by comparing it to comparable homes sold in the same neighborhood or in a location that is as close to the subject property as possible. 2. Size

Square footage is an important aspect of value. The number of bedrooms/bathrooms – even if the square footage is close, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms can have a large effect on price.

3. Style, view, street, yard

Even the exact same floorplan can have vastly different values based on the street it’s on or the view. The size of the yard and privacy are also critical components of value.

4. Amenities

Private or community pools and other amenities can affect the value as well. Your agent will bring recent sales for homes that compare to yours. As you look through these listings, you can add or subtract values based on the differences. This is the same process an appraiser will use to approve the loan.

While this is more of an art than a science, the right comps can help you properly price your home for a smooth sale.

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