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How Market Value Is Determined

Wednesday, December 6, 2023   /   by Jiselle Bersabe

How Market Value Is Determined

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When it comes to determining the market value of your home, it's crucial to debunk common misconceptions. Contrary to popular belief, it's not about:

  • What you have in your home
  • What you need or want
  • Its appraisal value
  • Your neighbor's recent sale
  • The tax office's estimation
  • Insurance coverage
  • The prices of homes when you decide to move.

The real market value of your home hinges on what a buyer is willing to pay. This is influenced by various factors:

  • Today's Market Dynamics: The current real estate market plays a pivotal role in shaping your home's value.
  • Competitive Landscape: The value is influenced by the competition in the market – what other homes are available and how yours stands out.
  • Financial Considerations: The availability and terms of financing options in today's economic climate impact your home's perceived value.
  • Economic Conditions: The overall economic environment, including factors like interest rates and employment rates, can sway buyer sentiment.
  • Location: The geographical positioning of your property continues to be a key determinant of its market value.
  • Marketing Timing: The duration your property spends on the market is a factor, with a longer time potentially affecting its perceived value.
  • Property's Condition: The buyer's perception of your home's condition is critical. A well-maintained property can be a game-changer.


In the realm of properties that sell in today's market, achieving a "10" on the scale is the goal for optimal market performance. How can you elevate your property's standing to a "10"?

  • Dramatic Improvements: Enhance the condition of your home significantly.
  • Offering Favorable Terms: Providing attractive terms can make your property more appealing to potential buyers.
  • Enhanced Presentation: Improving the way your home shows to make a lasting impression on potential buyers.
  • Strategic Pricing: Adjusting the price strategically based on market dynamics and competition.

As you advance through your marketing period, you may observe some warnings that you need to pay attention to.

  • Realtor Elimination: If realtors aren't previewing or showing your property, it may be getting eliminated from their recommendations.
  • Buyers Elimination: If your property is shown with minimal results, it indicates that buyers are opting for more enticing options, leading to the elimination of your property from their consideration.

Understanding the true market value of your home requires a realistic assessment of current market conditions and buyer perceptions. By strategically addressing these factors, you can position your property as a desirable "10" and increase its chances of a successful sale.

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