How Proximity Affects Your Home Value
Location, location, location.
You’ve undoubtedly heard that these are the three most important things about real estate — and that's because it's true! Location is a crucial factor when it comes to the value of your home. Not only does what part of town you are in matter, but what is physically near you can actually help or hinder your property value. Bob put together a list of the most important proximity factors that will increase as well as decrease your home value.
Factors that increase home value
Homebuyers who have children are willing to pay more to live in a home that is closer to schools, especially ones that have a good reputation and high academic scores like those in Jefferson County in Evergreen and Conifer.
In most cases, homes that tend to be in walking distance or a short drive from entertainment opportunities like old downtown Evergreen or the Wild Game, the golf courses-especially Hiwan, and Jeffco Open Spaces usually sell for more money than homes farther away.
Homes with a close proximity to grocery and shopping stores usually sell for more. Being close (but not too close) to a popular grocery store like Safeway or King Soopers has shown to increase your home value and in some markets having a 24-hour Walmart less than half a mile away has shown value increases of 2-3%.
Having great open spaces and access to outdoor recreation like Elk Meadows or Staunton State Park, Evergreen lake or along a creek, or Three Sisters/Alderfer open space almost always increases a home’s value.
Here in the Foothills, things like views of Mount Evans, Pikes Peak or both, or golf courses tend to increase value and even help sell your home faster.
Starbucks & Dunkin
We all love a good cup of joe in the morning, especially if you like to make a quick stop on the way to work. According to Forbes, homes that are within a quarter-mile of a Starbucks, have appreciated 96%. Luckily we have lots of good coffee shops!
Factors that decrease home value
Aside from being an eyesore, toxic emissions released from power plants will not only decrease the air quality but the value of your home. In fact, the University of California at Berkeley has found that homes within 2 miles of power plants could be worth 3-7% less. Luckily our power arrives magically with no power plants nearby. ;-)
Although being close to, airports, and busy intersections is convenient for when you need to leave, it can be pretty noisy when you are at home which could drop the value of your home. Homes overlooking Evergreen Parkway, I-70 or US 285 have a significant value deduction when compared to similar homes without road noise.
Areas and neighborhoods with higher crime rates tend to decrease home values. The American Economic Review has found that if a registered sex offender were to move into your area, it could reduce your home value by 12%.
As we said above, the top-rated schools are a big priority for some home buyers so homes located in areas with a low-ranking or closed down school could result in a home value reduction of up to 22.2%.
Cemeteries & Funeral Homes
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the thought of living near a cemetery or funeral home is a bit eerie. According to Realtor.com, homes with a cemetery close by could be priced 12% less than homes in other nearby areas.
You may think that being right around the corner from a hospital is a good thing in the case of emergency, but with hospitals comes ambulances and sirens. And there’s no telling what time of day or how many times a day you might hear these noises. Hospitals in close proximity have decreased home values by around 3%.