We all look at the INSIDE of a home when we think about what affects value, and that's rightly so. But it's easy to overlook the important neighborhood factors that also have a significant impact on a home's value.
- Schools and their quality
- Public transit access
- Walk Score*
- Front Porch
- Low maintenance exterior
- Parks and/or dedicated open space
*Walk Score is a 0-100 rating based on how close a home is to shopping, restaurants, library, coffee shop and the like. It's something probably half of the Portland buyers I work with rate as one of their top three most important factors. It's at http://www.walkscore.com/ or there is a link on my home page.