Monday, November 19, 2012

A Home Value Checklist to Use When Shopping for a Property in Long Beach California

LB Pic for edge sitesWhen you search through the latest listings of Long Beach homes, you first find those that fit your top-line needs. Then you narrow down that list. Some of the candidates will seem more appealing than others; and some will seem to be over- or underpriced. Use this home value check list to use when shopping for a property in Long Beach.

Before making a final judgment on which homes bear a closer look, the most successful homebuyers also factor in qualities that may not be at the top of their own personal priorities list, yet which make a difference to the majority of homebuyers. In other words, they keep in mind the most important qualities that add value in market terms – that add investment value to Long Beach homes that are principally your personal residential choice.

Some of the more important ones are:

 Location has a huge impact on a property's long-term price. Are amenities close by? Close enough to walk. Are homes in the immediate area well maintained? Is the property on a desirable block, or located next to a busy road?

 Taxes impact the overall cost of long-term cost – and when homes are listed, those figures are significantly displayed. Also important is whether there are any pending issues you should be aware of -- like a sewer bond or other pending taxes.

 Condition will become a major factor in years to come -- forward thinking will pay off in terms of overall value. A 20-year-old water heater, for example, is going to cost sooner rather than later. Homes with excellent roof and foundation condition can add exceptional long-term value.

Long Beach homes with potential are homes with unrealized value. With smaller properties, it’s worthwhile to consider how doable it would be to add rooms or expand its square footage. Even if you don’t end up adding square footage, if homes are small for the neighborhood, a future buyer might.

This November’s historically low mortgage rates make it a terrific time to give me a call … 562-882-1581. Together, we’ll find the Long Beach homes that are good fits for your family – as well as great long-term values. Also, take a look at my on-line digital magazine and feel free to search for homes on the MLS.

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