Real estate experts know that homes in desirable locations or within the boundaries of top schools will sell at a higher price. The location is an important factor in determining the price of homes. What are the factors that can lower the home’s value? What makes a neighborhood less desirable?
Bad Schools. Young families are looking for homes that are zoned for the best schools. Homes with low school ratings aren’t highly sought-after. Property values are affected more by living within the limits of schools with poor ratings than any other factors. According to Great Schools, the median home price for zip codes with schools rated 1 through 3 out of 10 is $155,000.
Strip Clubs. This one seems to be the most expected on this list. A young family would not want to live near a club with an adult theme. These clubs often have loud music blasting and unsavory people hanging out outside. Realtor.com surveyed many areas with strip clubs in large metropolitan areas. One neighborhood had 10 clubs. Washington Park, East St. Louis, IL. This neighborhood has only seen a few homes sell in the past three years, and the median home price is $10,000.
Lots of Rentals. Is it possible for a neighborhood with high levels of rental units/buildings to lower its property value? Although it is difficult to do an exact analysis of this factor, the research revealed that higher property values were associated with areas with more rentable homes.
Homeless Shelters. Shelters for homeless people can often be seen as the unloved misfits of a community. Although there isn’t any hard evidence to prove that homeless shelters bring in more crime than others, shelters can attract a diverse group of people and emergency calls numbers go up in areas close to shelters. The property values of areas with homeless shelters are almost 13% lower than those without them.
Cemetery. Cemeteries can be quieter than other neighborhoods, but there are still people who don’t want to live in close proximity to the living. The median home price in zip codes with cemeteries was 12% less than the neighboring zip codes.
Factors that Bring Down Value less than 10%
These last factors bring down property values less than 10%, but are still worth noting.
- Funeral Homes- 6.5%
- Power Plants- 5.3%
- Shooting Range-3.7%
While location is important when it comes to real property, there are many other factors that can help homes sell for top dollar. With the help of an expert selling agent you can get your home sold for a great price.