3 Ways to Determine the Value of Your Home



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Did you know there are three different ways to determine the value of your home? If you plan on selling your home in the near future, this is crucial information. 



  1. Online: We have a link that will take you to a website that will use your address to find recent comparable sales in the area. The numbers are plugged into an algorithm to come up with a low average and a high average. This is all based on assumptions of the condition or quality of your home and is the least accurate way to find the value of your home.
  2. Appraisal: This is done by a licensed appraiser with the state of Washington. Appraisers simply put a value on properties, they don't sell them. They use the comparable sales approach, taking a look at the age, location, and size, among other things, of recently sold homes in the area to come up with a value for your home. Lenders use this approach when you go to refinance your home.
  3. Broker analysis: The final way to find your home's value is to have an expert broker, like myself, come out and give you a comparable market analysis. We do exactly what the appraiser is going to do, but also look at what your home will sell for now given current competition and other market conditions.


If you're curious about the true value of your home, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help you achieve your selling goals.

What's so Great about New Construction?



Selling your North Central Washington Home? Free home value report
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When most people decide to buy a home, they want to go the traditional route of buying an older, previously lived-in home. What a lot of people don't realize is that you have another option with new construction, and it's not as expensive as you may have been led to believe. If you are looking to purchase a new home, you have some exciting opportunities here in North Central Washington in which to do so. 

Most new construction homes have great designs, with modern layouts, open concepts, and larger rooms. When you buy a new home, you don't have to have anything repaired or remodeled because you get to choose what is built, and the builder will often give you a warranty to fix anything if it pops up. With a new home, you also have new appliances and new systems throughout the home. 

When people buy older homes, they don't realize the difference between price and cost. With older homes, the initial price is lower, yes. However, the cost of maintaining the home is much greater than the cost associated with new homes. Conversely, the price on a newly built home is going to be higher than an old home, but the cost is still going to likely be around the same. 

Also, if you build a new home in our market, it is going to appreciate greatly. If you were to build one now and pay for it, in 4 months when you are ready to move in, it's going to be worth more than you paid. Just another advantage of a high-appreciating market. 

New construction does have some costs associated with it you should be wary of. Some new homes don't include landscaping or blinds, among other things. 

Building a new home is a great option in today's market. One of our new favorite neighborhoods out there with some freshly built homes is Cherry Meadows. The builder is incredible and they have some beautiful properties, ranging from $269,000-$319,000 in value. 

If you have any questions for us about new construction, feel free to give us a call or send us a quick email. We look forward to hearing from you!