I will have to agree with all those that answered below based on my experience. However the Winter Haven area numbers reflect a different due to the range of age and size of the properties. For the last 60 days only 19 - 2 bedrooms sold compared to 85 - 3 bedrooms. Average days on market for 2's was 43 days and 65 for the 3's.
Keep in mind those numbers are affected by the long time to close short-sales and the high end homes that take longer to sell.
Charles Rutenberg Realty
Three bedrooms are looked at more, sell more often than 2s. How much faster? If I could answer that with any certainty, then I would be advising kings and queens instead of kissing a lot of frogs until a prince comes along.
But with 17 sales last year under my belt, I think you can trust me to say, TURN THAT ROOM INTO A BEDROOM by simply adding a closet. If someone wants it for a den or an office, well goodie, but another bedroom is always welcomed in Florida where one ends up with more guests than envisioned.
If you have some friends who want to buy in Sarasota, I'm your gal. Please send them my way and I promise they will thank you.
Frank Dolski MBA, ABR, e-PRO
CARTUS Certified Relocation Specialist
Previews Luxury Home Specialist
Coldwell Banker Hearthside Realtors
IKEA has inexpensive closet systems.... buy one and screw it into the wall and you've got your 3rd bedroom! You should get back much more than the cost of the closet and a quicker sale. Even empty nesters want a master, a guest room and a computer/office room. Many Realtors don't bother looking for 2 bed plus a den and will only look at 3 bedrooms so this should immediately boost your showings--as long as you are priced correctly.
To price correctly, do not simply rely on a Realtor. I highly recommend you put out the $300-$350 to pay for a full appraisal from an experienced appraiser, ideally one that lives in your neighborhood.
All my best,