Is an end unit townhouse worth more than a middle unit townhouse ?

Asked by E, Annapolis, MD Mon Aug 2, 2010

Is an end unit townhouse worth more than a middle unit townhouse ?
If Yes, how much more, if all else is equal between the 2 homes ?

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Miekeba Jones’ answer
Miekeba Jones, Agent, Silver Spring, MD
Sat Jan 5, 2013
Hi E. It is possible that the end unit may draw more buyers than the middle unit. Price would really depend on many factors. End unit lots may be bigger, but they may not be very functional due to the extra exposure to traffic. Land may not be as expensive as the improvement itself, but can be a factor if it is an enormous lot.
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
Absolutely! In addition to only sharing one common wall, end unit townhomes usually have more windows, more light and sometimes a larger lot. When we are doing a CMA we place a value of $5,000 - $7,500 premium for an end unit.
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Randy Stoker, Agent, Carmichael, CA
Wed Oct 8, 2014
The old but true real estate valuation formula: Location, Location, Location. Yes a end unit is worth more than a middle unit. The end units only share one common wall and normally have a private entrance to living unit.
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Bill Wootan's…, , Waldorf, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
Not always, there may be factors effecting the end unit that makes is less desirable:
1. a larger yard to maintain,
2. perhaps an undesirable area beside the unit.
3. Many times end units are next to the water retension pond (Mosquito hole),
4. Next to additional parking,
5. Next to the lot for parking of campers, boats, etc .
6. Or next to a very undesirable wooded area!

I have seen examples of all the above! Sometimes a middle unit is worth more!

Bill Wootan
Leader of Team One
Century 21 Associates
Waldorf, Md.
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Donnelly Gro…, Agent, Millersville, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
There is both a perceived value and an inherent value. An appraiser does give value to the end unit. There are some end units where the unit has additional windows on the side allow light to flow in. There are some units that are actually larger than the interior units. Then there are some that have additional yard space on the side. Each of these contribute to the increase in sales price from an interior unit vs. an end unit.
Some buyers actually prefer and interior unit as they feel they are insulated on both sides of their home and believe it keeps the cost of electric down.
If that is a consideration for you, it is a good idea to call the local utility company (BG&E most likely) and evaluate the bills on the end units vs. the interior units. Keep in mind the number of people inside of the home and maintaining certain temperatures would obviously contribute to the overall cost and variation in the bills.
Thanks a good luck to you E!!!
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brent mendel…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Bethesda, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
E,

Great answer from Laura. I am not a realtor, just answering as a homeowner. I would pay more for an end unit townhouse. Everything she listed and one less common wall to hear the <possibly> noisy neighbours.
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Sherrell Hay…, Agent, Reisterstown, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
Hi E,

Typically, end units have been perceived to be worth more as they tend to have slightly more square footage or the layout may be different...also you only have one attached neighbor as opposed to two....the difference in price differs on the townhomes and the area....if it's a smaller to medium sized unit, I would start the estimate in price difference to be about $5-$10k...again it depends on the townhome and area....

Hope this helps...

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me.

Thanks,
Sherrell
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Mon Aug 2, 2010
Difficult determine how much more HOWEVER resale many buyers would prefer an end unit than a property in middle.

Of course it depends what is on the other side example view, parking, trash and etc. all come into play

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Kevin Mixon, Agent, ELKRIDGE, MD
Thu Nov 6, 2014
There are many variables related to the relative worth of an end of the line Townhouse. Every property is different! There are no two alike. Always have a professional come out to your property or prospective property to independently evaluate the pros and cons of each and every property before you buy or sell.

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Frank Taglie…, Agent, Severna Park, MD
Tue Oct 7, 2014
When I am asked that question, I differentiate between "value" and "worth."
An appraiser may believe that an end units "value" is some where between $3000-$6000.
However, in light of the fact that an end unit gives an owner a larger yard, one less common wall and typically extra windows, most buyers believe it is "worth" more than what an appraiser will value it at.
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Alex Tower S…, Agent, Annapolis, MD
Fri Feb 14, 2014
If all else is equal between the two homes, the answer is yes. There is an advantage to having fewer walls with neighbors directly on the other side or common walls and most end units have more windows and brighter houses are easier to sell.
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Freda, Home Buyer, 80231
Sun Feb 9, 2014
How much a end unit town home worth
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mjhug, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Sat Jan 5, 2013
Does anyone have percentage figure of how much more a top unit is worth than a middle or bottom unit with all things being equal besides the obvious factors of being on the top for light, views, noise etc.?
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The Roskelly…, Agent, Gambrills, MD
Wed Apr 11, 2012
Absolutely. We normally expect an upward adjustment in the $7,500 range for the difference.
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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Sat Mar 17, 2012
Yes definitely, an end unit is better than a middle unit with neighbors on both sides.

Can be 3-5% more

Good luck.
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Akil Walker, Agent, Upper Marlboro, MD
Sat Mar 17, 2012
It depends. A lot of buyers will place a premium on end units because of the one common wall. They also tend to have a little more sq. footage and of course windows on the side that does not have a common wall.

In terms of vaule or worth,an interior unit can have just as much value but there are varying factors sq. footage, upgrades, etc.

hope it helps.
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Angela K Sams, Agent, Annapolis, MD
Mon Mar 12, 2012
Yes, for several reasons.
1. 3 walls with windows instead of only 2
2. More natural light and air flow
3. Better views
4. More privacy because there is only one shared wall
5. Side yard in addition to back yard
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Donnelly Gro…, Agent, Millersville, MD
Mon Aug 2, 2010
There is both a perceived value and an inherent value. An appraiser does give value to the end unit. There are some end units where the unit has additional windows on the side allow light to flow in. There are some units that are actually larger than the interior units. Then there are some that have additional yard space on the side. Each of these contribute to the increase in sales price from an interior unit vs. an end unit.
Some buyers actually prefer and interior unit as they feel they are insulated on both sides of their home and believe it keeps the cost of electric down.
If that is a consideration for you, it is a good idea to call the local utility company (BG&E most likely) and evaluate the bills on the end units vs. the interior units. Keep in mind the number of people inside of the home and maintaining certain temperatures would obviously contribute to the overall cost and variation in the bills.
Thanks a good luck to you E!!!
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Curt Hess, C…, , 21403
Mon Aug 2, 2010
E - the CONSENSUS answer is yes, yes, and one more yes. How much more? Now *THAT* is debatable. I usually recommend that buyers sign up for a regular update of townhouse prices on my web site (no cost, no obligation), where you will get a regular (as often as daily) update of townhouses, often before many agents are even aware they are on the market: Go to MyAnnapolisHomeFinder.com to check it out.

If you want to see all the under $150k townhouses currently on the market, try this link: http://www.realtorcurthess.com/buyer/THunder150.html

Once you've looked them over, you'll find certain communities you like more than others, and you can see the differences in prices between end and interior units.

Good luck!!
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