Joe Duggan, BROKER/OWNER's Blog
Comparative market analysis is a tool that helps sellers to know about how much their home is worth. It gives an overview of what a good price for the home is in the current market based on comparable properties. Different realtors have different practices as to how they present this information. CMAs can vary from a two page list to a 50-page guide. The reports vary as to how in-depth they get as well. The important things is the information that they contain.
What Data Does A Comparative Market Analysis Contain?
- Active listings of homes currently for sale
- Homes that are pending being listed
- Homes that have sold in the past 6 months
- Off market homes
- Homes that have withdrawn from the market
- Cancelled listings
Why Homes May Have Been Taken Off The Market
Homes can go on and off the market for a variety of reasons. These reasons include seller’s remorse, high pricing, requests for repairs, or the seller may have hired a completely new agent.
Looking At Comparable Sales
Comparable sales are the homes that have recently sold and are most closely related to your home. You’ll want to find the homes on the list that are most like your home. When finding comparable homes, take the following into consideration:
- Similar square footage
- Same rough age
- Comparable condition
- Similar upgrades
- Close proximity to the same neighborhoods, schools, and amenities
It’s important when you’re using these comparative reports that you find homes on the list that are very similar to your own. You don’t want to be comparing the price of an 8-room split level with an 11-room colonial. You also need to keep in mind that there are some neighborhoods that are more desirable than others. If one house is much closer to a sought after school than your home, you’ll need to take that into consideration for a price point.
Location may be one of the most valuable things about your home that you can’t really change. Buyers seek to live in a certain area of town and are willing to pay top dollar to do so. If you find that nearby homes are selling for much more or much less than homes even closer to yours, the location of your home may be a huge factor.
The comparative market analysis is just one tool that your real estate agent uses to help you price your home just right and use the right marketing tools to sell it. These reports help you to be an informed seller. Comparative market analysis reports are just one more good reason that you need a real estate agent to help you sell your home.