Does a pool in the Willow Glen San Jose area diminish the value of the property (for homes under $1.2M)? Thx.

Asked by Sam, Bay Street Viaduct Area, Savannah, GA Sat Jul 11, 2009

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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Mon Apr 2, 2012
I don't think a pool would diminish the value greatly if other factors in the neighborhood are positive, however, I will admit that about half of my buyers over the years did not want a home with a pool. Now, if that house with pool was in their coveted school district, they would go ahead and buy the house.
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Mark Burns, , Cupertino, CA
Sun Jul 12, 2009
For people who don't want a pool, yes. For people who do want a pool, no. It's a simplistic but common sense answer.

In my experience there are ceratin percentages of buyers who: a) want a pool b) will tolerate a pool if it is already there or c) will not buy a house with a pool, period. The percentages change (get smaller for the 'pro-pool' contingent) every year. I'd say that less than 50% of buyers in Silicon Valley are actively looking for a home with a pool or are tolerant of having a pool. It could be as low as 30% or even 20%. I have no scientific data on that. My figures come from 24 years of experience and over 500 homes bought and sold in Silicon Valley.

Appraisers will likely tell you that a pool will add little or no value to a property when it is being appraised.

The negative impacts of a pool are:
1) Weekly maintenance ($75-$200+ a month for chemicals and monitoring).
2) The electric bill for the pumps that need to run daily for filtration, pool sweep, and solar.
3) Increased liability (you'll want a $1M, $2M, $3M or more umbrella policy when you own a pool).
4) The cost to repair decking, resurfacing of the pool, equipment maintenance, solar maintenance, etc.

You can remove (or fill in) an existing pool (usually with a required permit and the appropriate removal process) for a cost range of $8K to $25K. That's what clients of mine have paid in the past to do that.

There are a lot of positive aspects of having a house with a pool. But those are of a personal nature and something someone chooses, despite the costs and maintenance involved. Some people love pools.

And to answer your question more directly: No. With the caveat that if it is an old pool in need of high maintenance and costly repairs down the road, yes. Or if it is a pool that eliminates all other uses for a backyard (no lawn, no trees, all concrete, etc.).

Are you thinking of getting a home with a pool?

Mark Burns, Realtor
Coldwell Banker - Premier
DRE #00896552 - licensed since 1985

PS I just had buyers purchase a home with a pool and they basically turned down everything that didn't have one. It was a high priority for them.
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charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Mon Apr 2, 2012
Mark Burns gave you an excellent answer.

I am a former real estate appraiser.

My experience as a Real Estate Appraiser was that we often had to adjust the value of a property with a pool downward to reflect the negative contribution to value of the pool to the Fair Market Value of the property. This is particularly true if the pool was more than a few years old, and took up most of the yard, making the yard unuseable for other purposes..

Essentially, the pool is often seen by potential buyers as a portential hazard and an unnecessary liability. Also the pool requires a great deal of maintenance.

The result is that the pool often has a negative influence on the Fair MArket Value of the property.

As a Real Estate Broker, I am often asked by my clients, how much it will cost to have a contractor fill in the pool and restore the property to it's original state.

Although it is very true that I do have some clients who insist on a house with a pool, most do not, and many of my clients will refuse to even consider a property with a pool.

Essentially, the answer is yes, in most cases a pool will diminish the Fair Market Value of the propertyand will make the property much harder to sell.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
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