4 Signs Your Home Has Increased in Value Since You Bought It

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All signs point to a hot housing market this year. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), home prices are on the rise. And thanks to a healthy jobs market and low interest rates, so is affordability. That’s good news for everyone!

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, now’s a great time to do it! Of course, before you start packing, there’s one question you need to answer first: Can you make more on your home than you paid for it?

Let’s look at a few signs that point to yes.

1. Business Is Booming in Your Neighborhood

Ah, there’s nothing like the sound of business being built in the morning! What’s that? You don’t like waking up to pounding hammers and buzzing saws?

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Well, what if we told you that’s the sound of money?

It’s true! Think about it: Businesses don’t open their doors in stagnant parts of town. They plant roots in areas with potential for growth. If new businesses are popping up all around you, your community’s destined for an upswing.

Need proof? A recent study found that home values in areas with a strong small-business core rose 54% more on average than those without one.

2. Neighborhoods Near You Have Spiked in Value

Now that we’ve covered the business side of things, let’s dig into a few details. We’ll start by looking at neighborhoods near you. The question is: Have they gone up in value?

Trulia and Zillow both provide simple tools for exploring home value trends near you. Just ignore any estimates you see and study sale prices instead. Why? Because it’s a true indication of actual market value.

Look for homes that have sold in neighborhoods near you. You can gauge which direction values are headed by comparing a home’s recent sale price with its pricing history. If neighborhoods near you are fetching more today than they did a few years ago, yours could do the same!

3. Your Next-Door Neighbor’s Home Sold in a Week

You could have sworn Bob and Betty put a For Sale sign in their yard just last week. But today, it’s gone. Did they change their mind, or could their home really have sold that quickly?

There’s a good chance it’s the latter. The latest NAR data shows inventory remains low. If For Sale signs are disappearing faster than lightning, you probably have more buyers than homes available. And when demand goes up, prices follow.

4. Your Real Estate Agent Says So

If you’re looking for a sure answer, there’s only one place to go: straight to the source! We’re talking about a tried-and-true professional who knows your market like the back of their hand (or maybe even better!)

Ask an experienced real estate agent to provide a free comparative market analysis (CMA) to get you started. Your agent has the inside scoop on homes like yours that are either on the market or have sold in recent months. They’ll assess various factors for each comparable property, including:

  • List vs. sale price
  • Time on the market
  • Square footage
  • Home features and improvements

A true pro will take time to walk you through the results so you understand exactly how your home stacks up to the competition. With this information in hand, you can work with your agent to set a competitive price that’s based on fact, not emotion.

Looking for advice you can trust? We can introduce you to the top real estate agents Dave recommends in your area.

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