If you re in the real estate market consider what it is your looking for and how long you'll be there. Your intentions for this new purchase and time frame of ownership can affect the value when it comes time to sell. If you re planning on staying a while and this area of the city is known as a 'hot' market now when you buy, the current value may be more than what it will be say 10 or 15 years from now if that area of the city is no longer a desired living area.
Regardless of your purchasing intentions, there are many factors to consider that will affect the reselling potential of your home.
1. Location. The location of your new investment does make a difference and like I stated above different areas of the city can be valued differently.
Here are a few items that will make certain areas of the city more desirable:
A. mature trees
B. wide sidewalks
C. proximity to schools
D. shopping and public transit
These simple location items will help boost the resell value quite a bit more than a house located in areas not offering similar benefits. Population, and up or downward growth trends will also help you too determine desired areas to plunk down your hard earned coin.
2. Demographics. A large portion of society is heading into retirement to live out their golden years so take note that single level houses with wide hallways and rooms large enough to accommodate wheelchairs may become more popular in certain areas, while suburbs filled with young families may put more of an emphasis on large yards and ample public green space and playground facilities. Spend some time finding out about the population before you invest there.
3. Learn the market. By staying current on what the market is desiring you'll know what to look for. Things to keep your eye on are amount of rooms in the house, energy efficient windows, number of bathrooms and their locations within the home, fireplaces, kitchen and related accessories. You might find some trends in the market and by knowing what people are looking for will help you to make the right purchasing decision in the start, which is way easier than trying to renovate down the road.
4. House Life Span. Determining the value of a home according to how old it is will be something you'll need to consult a residential building inspector about. They should be able to give you what's called an inspection report that will help you determine the value of things like the roof, driveway and heating or cooling systems. These items will have to be replaced and repaired at some point so consider that the older these items are the less value you'll have when it comes to reselling. Of course this is just as important to consider if you re in the purchasing mode because you'll need the funds to fix up these items one you take ownership and they become critical.
So whether you re buying a house for personal usage or investment put some thought and research into your investment. It can turn out to be a quicker and easier sale in the end and even turn a handsome profit many years in the future once you re ready to sell. A wise investment is one that considers your current needs while looking forward to future resell value. Quite often this will help you to continually upgrade and move you into bigger and more expensive homes each time you move or invest.