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Asked by Paul Hu, Pasadena, CA Tue Nov 27, 2007

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Irina Netcha…, Agent, San Marino, CA
Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hi Paul,
I would let price and my family's needs dictate my decision. In Pasadena, we see a lot of 3 to bedroom homes. In my experience, you can not go wrong with either.
Good luck,
Irina
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Jackie Blank…, , North County, SD
Wed Nov 28, 2007
Not always! In a particular complex in Carmel Valley, the 3+LOFT is selling at a higher price than the 4bd units. Reason? The upstairs loft is an added family/living space. These homes are a little over 1,500 sqft so having that extra room for playroom, media room, home office = multi-function room is more valuable than the 4th bdroom. It also is open so it feels more spacious as opposed to you walk up the stairs and you're faced with 4 bedroom doors. I think once you get to the 4bd market, its mainly familes that are looking and 4bd room stuffed into a small sqft homes are just too small for a family of 5. So generally, yes, but you should consider the sqft and layout of the house.
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Karen Miller, Agent, Long Beach, CA
Wed Nov 28, 2007
Paul,

I always advise my clients to buy the home that you LOVE! That being said, a 4 bedroom will generally hold a higher value than a 3 bedroom plus den. The difference in value is minimal at best.

Karen MIller
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Angela Benne…, , Glendale, CA
Tue Nov 27, 2007
All other things being equal (neighborhood, size of house, size of lot, condition of home, etc) then the 4 bedroom home would be the better long term investment.

But a den can be easily converted by the addition of a closet (if it's possible in the homes layout), so choose a house that you like and enjoy it! That's the best way to get value from your home always.
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Kim Pape, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Tue Nov 27, 2007
As the other agents have stated, it is better to buy a 4 bedroom but it depends on where the den is and where the bedrooms are. If you want a den and a 4th bedroom can be used as one, then I say a 4 bedroom is better. When buyers are doing their searches, the 3 bedroom with never come up for someone needing more room.
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Lorie Gould, Agent, Duluth, GA
Tue Nov 27, 2007
A 4 bedroom home is better than a 3 better home if the properties are in the same neighborhood and the neighborhood sells more 4 bedrooms than 3. There are so many important factors that go in to answering this question which could answer it with a yes or a no.

In this situation you are really better off to seek guidance from your agent because your agent knows what is selling in the neighborhood of these two homes.
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Patrick J. T…, , Charleston S.C.
Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hi Paul,

Sounds like a simple question but it is not. Obviuosly a four bedroom home sounds more apealing than a three but the first thing I would ask myself is what type of neighborhood is it ( families, retired ect.). On paper a four bedroom sounds better but the location is important, schools, is it a rental, how many rentals in the neighborhood and the floor plan's flow is vital. Ask your Realtor these questions and I beleive they will be able to direct you in the right direction.

Good Luck

Patrick J Tivnan
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Dave Rivera &…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hi Paul,
If there isn't much difference in price, I'd advise buying the 4 bedroom home. You may only need 3 bedrooms and a den, but when you sell, some of the potential buyers may need 4 bedrooms. For instance, families with 3 children tend to need 4 bedroom homes, not 3 + den.
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