Jamesr, Home Buyer in Chicago, IL

Is a south facing condo with plenty of sunshine provide greater value than one that is not?

Asked by Jamesr, Chicago, IL Mon May 21, 2012

Realtors talk about the importance of lots of light and brightness necessary to sell your condo, which you cannot get when the sun does not shine directly into your windows.

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what you are talking about is called a preference and that is all it is..its valuable to you
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
Hi James,

Different things matter to different buyers. View is usually more valuable than light, but no view usually means no light. You can have a north exposure and still get great indirect light without the heat of a west or south view.

Ivan Sagel
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
Everyone buys condos for different reasons. If the view is fabulous, then it may not really matter. What people must realize about south views is that the real heat of the sun is going to be most present in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky (in the south). This could actually be a good thing because it will keep your condo warm. East and west views during certain parts of the day could have the same issue. Whenever I show a condo, the people always walk towards the windows first. The unit could be a mess, but a great view can close the deal.

A spectacular view will definitely will keep your property value strong.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 11, 2012
Direct sunlight can be a negative in the summer. It causes a huge heat gain which results in high air conditioning cost, faded furniture & carpets, depreciated artwork, and require window treatments that compensate for it. Summer sun exposure from the south can be relentless, even all day long on a sunny day. Large window areas make for large heat loss in the winter, increasing heating costs. It's a matter of degree - most everyone likes a bright apartment- especially real estate agents who are selling them. But from the buyers' perspective one has to take other, non upfront costs and comforts into consideration, unless of course money is no object, or if one is buying a unit just to flip it. Great views are impressive, too, but after a few months the only people who actually notice them will be your guests. Also remember that if you can look out at other buildings in the view, they can look in to your apartment and don't mind using binoculars and telescopes to do so. (I've attended apartment parties where the binoculars were the main entertainment.)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 4, 2012
...for a vampire, this would be a big negative
...for a nomad from the Mongolia who is outside all day, this would be a big positive.

All buyers have their own personal preferences.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 8, 2012
Depends if what you mean by light entails the sun shining directly into your face.

Have you ever noticed the miracle of nature, that you can be facing away from the sun, maybe east, or west, or north by northeast, and it's still bright?

Outside of the small niche market of Gothic Trenchcoat Garden unit dwellers, most buyers prefer some Vitamin D rays in their diet. How that light gets into the apartment doesn't matter unless you are growing edibles on your balcony.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
Do you have an unobstructed Lake view?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
Living in a space with a lot of natural light is a great selling point., but it's also a preference. Some owners keep their window treatments closed because they don't like a like of natural like or their work schedule maybe a non traditonal 9a-5p shift.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
People love natural light, but you can get natural light from units not facing south.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
Yes, 'light' does help. Most buyers like/want it, but I have seen many North facing units that are bright and very nice also. There can be other things that help value and mitigate the lack of light.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 21, 2012
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