Jojobe, Home Buyer in San Ramon, CA

which property do you think is better?

Asked by Jojobe, San Ramon, CA Wed Nov 5, 2008

comparison of 2 new properties:

#1: 2500 sq ft. 4 bd, 3 ba. 2 car garages, has a drive way. Small backyard
#2: 2800 sq ft. 4 bd, 3.5ba. 3 car garages, no driveway (entry of garage is at a shared alley). 2 connected courtyards. No backyard.

Both are new homes located on the same street.....which one do you think has better resale value? We are concerned that property 1 has no driveway...does it really matter when it comes to resale?

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Jojobe, Home Buyer, San Ramon, CA
Fri Nov 7, 2008
i think you can get down to mid-high 700k...

thx real estate pro for all of your comments!
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James, , Hammond, LA
Thu Nov 6, 2008
I would go with #1 due to it offering the driveway and the backyard. A deck in the backyard can offer some added outdoor living space. Good luck
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Dave Sutton, Agent, Portland, OR
Thu Nov 6, 2008
Most people who want that large a house have kids, and some kind of yard for the kids, That's a bigger issue than the driveway
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Farzin, , San Ramon, CA
Wed Nov 5, 2008
Hi for better resale go for the home with driveway and backyard. Good Luck
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Susan Schall, , Pleasanton, CA
Wed Nov 5, 2008
Go for the home with the driveway and backyard. Single Family homes are way easier to resale than homes that are not percieved to be single family homes. Good luck.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Wed Nov 5, 2008
The house with the driveway will be more desirable than one without however the value for the added square footage and extra garage offset the lack of one. You should simply go by what is more desirable to you, what will suit your needs more than the other. reslae values will be close on bith, but what suits your needs is more important. good luck
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Jojobe, Home Buyer, San Ramon, CA
Wed Nov 5, 2008
Hello "newbuyer"....BINGO! Yup, it is a comparison between Belmaison and Athena.
I see that you are looking for new homes in that area also, have you settled on one yet?
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Bernard Gibb…, Agent, Danville, CA
Wed Nov 5, 2008
It will certainly matter to some people. Many home owners like to keep a car on the driveway. You may also have limited appeal if you have no back yard.

Of course at the end of the day, it is all about price. That will always be the deciding factor for most people.

It sounds like you are not totally convinced about either of these properties. Are you sure you have considered all the alternatives? If you don't have an agent, I would be happy to make sure you know about everything that is available.

Bernard Gibbons

Bernard Gibbons, Realtor, e-PRO Certified Internet Specialist
J. Rockcliff Realtors, 15 Railroad Avenue, Danville, CA 94526
Phone (925) 997-1585
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