How Proximity Affects Your Home Value
Location, location, location.
You’ve definitely heard how important this is in 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. We 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.
In most cases, homes that tend to be in walking distance or a short drive from entertainment opportunities like a movie theater, golf courses, and parks 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 to a popular grocery store like Whole Foods has shown to increase your home value and having a 24-hour Walmart less than half a mile away has shown value increases of 2-3%.
Having great scenery and access to outdoor recreation like the ocean, lakes, rivers, and parks usually increase a home’s value.
Depending on where you live, things like cityscapes, lakes, nature areas, 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% while homes near Dunkin Donuts have appreciated 80%.
Factors that decrease home value
Aside from being an eyesore, toxic emissions released from power plants and other manufacturing facilities may not only decrease the air and soil 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.
Although being close to railroad tracks, 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. Plus, this poses a major safety concern for buyers with children.
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 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, sirens and traffic - all day and night. Hospitals in close proximity have decreased home values by around 3%.