Real Estate Tips August 23, 2023

How Much is My Home Worth?

How much is my home worth?  How does a Realtor determine the Market Value of your home?  Realtors determine the market value of a home through a combination of factors, data analysis, and their expertise in the local real estate market.  Of course, many people like to check out the Zillow estimate – to find out why I wouldn’t recommend that, click here.  Here’s an overview of the process I typically follow:

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA):

This is the primary methods realtors use to determine a home’s market value. I research recently sold properties in the same neighborhood or similar areas that are comparable to the subject property.  I look for home similar in terms of size, age, features, and condition.  By comparing recent sales prices, I can estimate a range within which the subject property’s value might fall.

Property Inspection and Condition: 

In order to do a proper assessment, I need to see a home in person.  I consider the current condition of the property. I assess factors such as the age of the home, its architectural style, the quality of construction, any recent renovations or updates, and the overall maintenance level. Have there been updates to the kitchen, baths, flooring, lighting, appliances, HVAC, roof, hot water heater, etc.  These factors can impact the value of the property.


The location of a property is a crucial factor in determining its value. Realtors consider aspects like proximity to schools, shopping centers, parks, beaches, and the overall desirability of the neighborhood.  Whether the home is waterfront or water view.

Current Market Trends:Market Trends

I stay updated on current real estate market trends. I analyze whether the market is currently favoring buyers or sellers, the supply and demand dynamics, and whether property values are increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable.

Local Market Knowledge:

Location is importantExperienced realtors have in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market. They understand the unique characteristics of different neighborhoods, including historical trends and potential future developments that could impact property values.

Comparable Listings:

In addition to recently sold properties, I also consider active listings that are currently on the market. These listings provide insights into what other sellers are asking for similar properties, which can help realtors gauge the competition and adjust their valuation accordingly.  I look at how long those homes have been on the market.

Economic Factors:

Broader economic factors, such as interest rates, unemployment rates, and local economic conditions, can also influence property values.

Appraisal Reports:

While not determined by realtors themselves, they often consider recent appraisal reports when assessing a property’s value. Appraisers provide an independent estimate of a property’s value based on a similar set of criteria.  I collect as many appraisals as I can to keep up with how much value an appraiser attaches to specific items.  For example, how much is a 3-car garage vs a 2-car garage worth?  Are appraisers giving value for solar panels?


I make adjustments to the comparable properties I use in my analysis to account for differences between the subject property and the comparables. For example, if the subject property has an extra bedroom or a larger lot size, adjustments are made to reflect these differences.

Professional Judgment:

Finally, realtors apply their professional judgment and experience to weigh all these factors and arrive at a reasonable estimate of the property’s market value. This is where my expertise in the local market plays a crucial role.

It’s important to note that while realtors are highly knowledgeable, the market value they provide is an estimate, and the actual sale price of a property can vary based on factors such as negotiation skills, buyer interest, and economic changes. If you’re looking to sell your home or find out how much your home is worth, it’s a good idea to consult with a local real estate professional.  Call me at 850.974.0869!