What Causes a Home to Sell for More

Different types of homes sell faster than others (much faster). We provide the research. Whether you're considering adding a bathroom suite or an ADU to your property, we can help you determine what your potential return on investment might be.

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Homes with a Bedroom Suite Sell Faster and for More per Sq. Ft. than Those Without. Annual Report

Waking up and strolling over to a bathroom without entering an open hallway or main living area in your home is a big deal. A bathroom directly connected to a bedroom, an en suite, French for following or after, is a desired convenience that causes homes to sell for more, a lot more. Perhaps you’re […]

Portland, Oregon Homes with ADUs Sell for More per Total Sq. Ft.

We update this article every year to let you know how much more Portland, Oregon homes with ADUs are selling for $X more per sq. ft. than those without. We keep doing this annual update so we can track the value of adding an ADU to a home over time. Keep reading to find out […]

Septic System vs. Public Sewer Home Value Impact, 2023 Report

Most homes within city limits are connected to a public sewer system (but not all). Of course, most homes in rural areas are on septic. Occasionally, the local government might force a homeowner to connect to their public sewer system and decommission their septic system (because they are laying new sewer lines in the area, […]

Single Level Homes Sell for 18% More in Portland, Oregon, 2023 Report

It should be no secret that single level detached homes sell for more per sq. ft. and sell faster on the real estate market. As single level homes become increasingly rare, I imagine the degree to which this is true will only increase (on a macro scale). This is now the fourth year we are […]

How Much More Does a 4 Bedroom Home Sell for Than a 3 Bedroom Home?

Licensed since 2003, one of the trends I’ve noticed is that bigger homes are not as desirable as they were twenty years ago. Large homes still have a market, don’t get me wrong, but household size is down overall. The average household had 3.68 people in the home in 1940. In 2010 that number was […]

Swimming Pools Reduce Home Value in Portland, Oregon, 2023 Report

Swimming pools are a desirable feature in a hotel or resort, but for a owner-occupied home, it isn’t always preferred. There is no doubt that the addition of a swimming pool have a significant impact during the home’s experience on the real estate market. Swimming pools affect home values in different ways, depending on whether […]

New Construction Homes Sell for 16% More Per Sq. Ft. than Resale Homes

Selling homes for more than twenty years now (licensed in 2003), one of the rules of thumb in the real estate market I tell my clients is that new construction homes sell for a lot more per square foot than resale homes. Appraisers would never compare new construction homes with resale homes when conducting a […]

The Bigger the Home, the Less it Sells for Per Square Foot.

After selling homes in Portland, Oregon for twenty years, I’ve picked up on a lot of consistent patterns that helps me to price homes correctly and give my clients the best possible real estate advice. Whether it is the best time to sell or buy a home, knowing the factors that causes a home to […]

Do Solar Panels Increase Home Value in Portland, Oregon?

Updated 05/2024 There have been a number of national studies on the impact installing solar panels has on home value. But, as one might imagine, there is likely a strong regional effect. Installing solar panels in Arizona might be a lot more desirable and have a greater impact on their home values, than adding solar […]

Do Homes Built in the 1980’s or in the 90’s Sell for More?

Let’s have some fun. I’m writing this post for the Portland real estate market out of my own curiosity. Licensed since 2003, my team has sold over 2,000 homes in the metro. Honestly, I couldn’t answer this question prior to doing my own research, nor do I know of anyone trying to answer this question. […]

Portland Homes with ADUs Sell for 11% More per Sq. Ft. 2023 Report

Have you toyed with the idea of putting an ADU on your property or buying a Portland home with an already-existing ADU? More and more, owning a home with extra living quarters is becoming a desire for many. Having extra space will allow you to house extended family or generate consistent rental income. It will […]

Septic System vs. Public Sewer Home Value Impact, 2022 Report

When we think about buying a home, our immediate thoughts usually lead to curb appeal, square footage, number of rooms, lot size, and a long list of other wants and needs to meet our individual tastes and lifestyles. We even give thought to structural integrity—like the age and quality of the roof and condition of […]

Single Level Homes Sell Faster and for 19% More, 2022 Report

Brought to the forefront of American living shortly after World War II, ranch-style homes grew in popularity for their laid-back, easy-living vibe with flowing, open floor plans and easy access to the outdoors. Then came the 1980s. Ranch homes temporarily lost their appeal with homeowners during the building boom of this decade after the country […]

Swimming Pools Make Portland Homes Sell for 14% Less, 2022 Report

Who doesn’t get excited at the thought of having a pool nearby? Most people envision the relaxation, cooling off during the summer, and throwing memorable pool parties! But when faced with actually owning one or looking into what it really means to own and maintain a pool, the glamor of the poolside lifestyle is oftentimes […]

Portland Homes with ADUs Sell for 8% More – 2022 Report

When most people think of adding an ADU to their property, they immediately think of rental income potential. Or maybe they simply want extra living quarters for a family member or for frequent guests. While having the ability to add more space and generate income is a bonus, did you know that having an ADU […]

Single Level Homes Sell Faster and for More in Portland – 2021 Report

Portland is a city famed for its beautiful – and diverse – single family homes. You can find it all here, from gorgeously ornate Victorians to smooth and sleek modern builds. It might surprise you, then, to learn that once again, recent sales data shows that buyers seem to prefer the unassuming single level home. […]

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