Then, add or subtract for upgrades etc. It is somewhat of a guessing game without a Realtor, since they usually pay many fees each year to have these tools ready to help you.
"Sounds like you've had a bad experience with REALTORS :-( "
There is nothing in any of Kellys 7 posted questions to imply that she had a bad experience with a Realtor.
I ask that all "pros" posting to Trulia, pause for a second when posting and ask themselves if their post reflects well on themselves and our industry. There are enough consumers who will make gratuitous and unfounded slams against Realtors without pros doing the same.
I repeat, there is nothing that consumer Kelly said in this questionor any of her other posts to imply a bad experience with a Realtor.
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Sounds like you've had a bad experience with REALTORS :-(
I am wondering about your question. I reviewed your profile. You are asking a lot of questions that point to a person trying very hard to make the "right " decision. Am I correct?
If I were an acquaintence of yours, and you posed that question to me, I'd have to ask:
"Why do you need to know the value?"
And you'd answer.....something.....
And if you continued to be vague I'd tell you:
"If you want me to help you then you need to tell me why. There are different types of value."
Value by an appraiser
Fair market value
replacement value (cost)
I agree with the other posts....what is your concern about asking a Realtor to provide you with some assistance?
We do it all the time.
Alternately, you can pay for an independent appraisal. But appraisals can be "off" on value, too.
So the question is why do you want to know? Curiousity? Have a potential Buyer? In foreclosure? Wanting to get a private loan? An excellent agent will keep your info CONFIDENTIAL.
However, think for a minute--who is most likely to know the true value of your home? The agents who've sold homes in the area and work with Buyers in your area.
The real question is what do you want to do with the number, see if the price offered on ebay is right?
Did you have a bad experience with a Realtor? Talking with isn't that bad! In fact everyday I talk to lots of people about real estate that enjoy my focus and expertise.
I had a bad experience with a dentist once but that doesn't mean I'll never see another dentist, I just won't see that one again.
If you want to know the market value of your home talk to someone that is familiar with your area, can recognize the improvements you've made and most important has experience marketing and negotiating large complex transactions.
If you are no longer working with an agent to help you find your new home, I am afraid you make it unnecessarily difficult for yourself by trying to determine the fair market value without talking to an agent. Real estate agents have access to the most up-to-date market information. There's no website that can offer the kind of information that you need to establish fair market value. Sites like Zillow and Trulia get their information from public records that often are outdated by the time they become available and the sales data does not make the necessary adjustments for property features. Like with everything in life, all things are not equal and real estate is no exception to that rule. Sorry I don't have the magic answer for you. I am wondering why you are so reluctant to get help from a professional. Are we real estate agents really so intimidating?
But there is no way around it, specially in a sensative market like today's the Real estate proffesionals are the best bet.
I'm not certain why you wouldn't want to talk with a REALTOR if you are considering selling your home. If you are simply curious and have no intention of selling and just want a general idea, why not give the local agent (who sends you information in the mail and probably drops off calendars and notepads on your doorstep) a call. They'd be more than happy to give you a few minutes of their time to just give you a general ballpark idea of what your home is worth.
I'd add, forget about zillow. They pick up property transfers and refis, but refis are notoriously high, and transfers don't tell you if a relative bought the house or what the condition is.
You can spend $400 for an appraisal to get a good idea what it is worth, but that is still an opinion,
or you can use a Realtor. Property valuation can not be truly ever done on a computer unless that computer can take all the data known to man, and then crawl around your home, and check out your bathrooms and kitchen, and look for cracks in the ceiling and other miscellaneuos cracks in the street/slab, etc. Some things in life will always have to be done by humans. Pick a good one with the "R" behind their name.
YES - you can get some sort of a number by searching internet sites and databases. Online evaluations might be an Okay starting place to find the broad value RANGE. I recommended you don't give out your personal information though,
Most "online" valuation offers are marketing lead engines for web companies to sell your name and contact information to Realtors to solicit you for a direct market analysis leading to a potential listing.
Why not go direct to a Realtor rather than make him or her pay for the OPPORTUNITY to give you free service?