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Most home value algorithms don’t know the little things that
make your home different. That’s where you come in. Pair
your answers to a few questions with housing market data
from multiple trusted sources and we can predict your
home’s current value with far greater accuracy.

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Get all the important parts of a comparative market analysis,
throw in a list of the top local real estate agents who are
proven to sell homes like yours for more money, and back it
all up with your home’s Simple Sale™ price — typically 90-
95% of your home’s full market value — if you’d rather skip
the listing process entirely.

Kick off your home sale armed with the right information.

How home value estimates are calculated

Online home valuation tools look at millions of transactions to predict what a home is worth but they’re often missing crucial data, making them
inaccurate. By asking a few specific questions about your home, we can add a new layer of information to our estimates and get closer to an accurate
value for your home. But even that can only get you so far.
That’s where our Simple Sale™ price comes in. When you request a home value estimate, we ask our network of buyers to make you a real offer on the
home. They compete for your business and you’re presented with the highest bid. Usually, this offer is around 90 – 95% of your home’s market value.
If you want to get even closer to your home’s true value, we’ll connect you with a top real estate agent near you. Local real estate agents can physically
view the property, they list homes like yours every day, they know the neighborhoods, they know what’s trending, and they can call out unique
characteristics on the property. No online tool can do all of that.

Online Tools

Top Agents

Publicly Available Data

Compile tax records and assessments with other data sources.

Recent Sales History
Combine the home’s last sale price with current market price.
Comparable Market Analysis
Look at recent sales records for other properties in the same neighborhood.
Knowledge of the Area

Nearby schools, trendy restaurants, and the next door neighbor’s dog all come into play.

Characteristics & Condition
A thorough property inspection is done to note any problem or home improvements that may impact the value.
Local Market Conditions

Working in the same neighborhood all year gives agents perspective on local trends.

Buyer Preferences
Agents regularly work with buyers and learn the current housing tastes.
Frequently Asked Questions

You can calculate a home’s value through a free online valuation tool, hiring an appraiser, or working with a real estate agent to get a comparative analysis. Free online home value calculators look at transactions in your area and public data to generate an estimate. But, if you’re looking for a more accurate number, you’ll need to work with a real estate professional who will look at your property’s condition, the market trends in your area, and other factors to calculate your home’s worth.

The most common method for determining home value involves an analysis of comparable sales. With this approach, recently sold homes similar to yours in size, age, and condition are identified as “comps,” which serve as a baseline for calculating your own home’s worth. Any differences in your home that would add or subtract value, such as an extra bedroom or aging roof, will factor into the calculation.

There are different ways to gather the data and information necessary for this type of analysis. Online tools will pull from publicly available records, gather real estate transaction data, and ask users to share updates about their property. An algorithm is able to make sense of those numbers instantly, resulting in a real-time valuation.

A real estate agent will be able to go a step further and access comps from their local MLS and even conduct a walkthrough of the property. These steps give them greater insights into the area and the ability to provide you with a comprehensive comparative market analysis (CMA). Appraisers typically work from the Uniform Residential Appraisal Report and will physically measure the interior and exterior of the home in an onsite visit to make sure the public records are accurate.

What adds value to your home depends on a variety of factors. Some of these variables are external, like a jobs market that attracts new residents to your area, easy access to trails and parks, or the development of local restaurants and shopping centers nearby.

A booming economy and market drivers like a low supply of inventory also work in your favor. These influencers have the potential to boost demand for your home and help it sell for more money.

Other factors are within your control. According to our researchimproving your curb appeal with basic lawn care and cleanup is the number 1 thing you can do to improve the marketability of your home. You can also invest in larger upgrades that add value (just be sure to check on the ROI) and keep the house in great shape with proper maintenance over time.

Finally, to maximize value, be sure to list your home during the best time to sell for your city and make the effort to cleandeclutter, and stage the home to impress.

Generally speaking, automated valuation models (AVMs) run some combination of county auditor and tax assessor records, user-submitted data, and property listings and sales through a unique algorithm to arrive at a home value estimate. These tools are able to comb through millions of pieces of data almost instantly. With HomeLight’s estimate tool, you can simply input your address, and the software will analyze millions of real estate transactions, collect details about your property with a short questionnaire, and pull in the most important elements of a comparative market analysis to calculate your home’s worth. Keep in mind real estate experts advise using these tools as a starting point rather than the final word.

Home value is the amount that buyers are willing to pay for a property, depending on a number of factors, such as the location and condition of the home. Fair market value refers to the price that an average or reasonable buyer would spend on a house when there is no existing relationship with the seller, and no extenuating circumstances endearing the buyer to that particular house.

It’s a good idea to check up on our home’s value periodically and start owning your home’s history and value online. When the time comes to sell, buyers are going to look up your address and if the internet says your home is worth less than you’re asking for, it could weaken your negotiating position.

In the weeks and months leading up to listing the property, looking up your home’s value before you sell gives you an idea of how much you can list it for and how your home compares to other listings in the area at that time. You should also check your home’s value when you’re thinking of making major changes to your property, like renovations or your updating property insurance.

After you receive your estimate, we recommend connecting with a top real estate agent who will conduct a comparative market analysis on your behalf to lock in a pricing strategy. With an estimate in hand, you can also calculate the cost of selling your home and find out the net proceeds of the sale.

Tips and tools to tackle your home sale
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find the smartest way to sell your home – visit our Seller Resource Center

See your home through an appraiser’s eyes with this guide on what to look for in your house—from the outside, in.

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Here’s how to answer the question ‘What will my home appraise for?’ so you can advocate for your home’s worth.

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What our clients say


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Lisa Mcgregor Peters
Sold with a HomeLight agent

a month ago

I live in Florida so selling a home in Valley Village, CA needed to be handled by a reliable, trustworthy, competent team with excellent communication and coordination skills and experience working with a 1031 exchange facilitator. HomeLight met those requirements and worked well with the realtor’s team and the sale was handled quickly, drama-free and flawlessly. I would recommend the HomeLight team for anyone who desires a stress free transaction

William Smith

Sold with a HomeLight agent

a month ago

I highly recommend HomeLight when looking for a realtor. After living in our home for 38 years, I had no idea which realtor to choose to help us with selling our home. HomeLight offered me the names of 3 top realtors in my area. My wife and I decided to go with one of these individuals. It was a smart decision. Our HomeLight realtor was extremely knowledgeable and gave us some good tips as to the things we needed to do before putting our house on the market. Once we completed the improvements to our house as suggested, our realtor was able to get the house on the market right away. Within 2 days, we received a full price offer on our home. And, I just received my commission rebate from HomeLight in the mail yesterday. Thanks HomeLight for making the process of selling our home so much easier!

Buddy Villatoro
Sold with a HomeLight agent

Four weeks ago

As first-time home sellers, we were overwhelmed with advice and recommendations from friends, ads in the mail, unreliable, confusing, contradictory results from online search engines. The well-known real estate sites seemed to complicate the process even more. Turning to HomeLight was just what we needed. Our HomeLight representative was a great help at the start our process. No other site or resource offered that type of attention and service. The search for agents provided two names who knew our neighborhood and our town, and the top choice had just sold a home on our street a few days before. The reviews were clear and objective; the information, reliable; and the results, well presented. We contacted the two agents. Both responded quickly, and both scheduled meetings in two days. We ultimately hired the top choice. And we had a bid on our house in twenty-one days, and the buyers’ appraiser settled on the exact agreed selling price—just as our agent predicted. I highly recommend HomeLight. In just minutes, it helped us find the type of agent we wanted and needed.
MK Siemionko
Sold with a HomeLight agent

Four weeks ago

HomeLight made finding the perfect real estate agent a breeze. By providing me with a listing of proven professionals, I was able to “shop around” to find not only a good real estate agent, but the best realtor for my area and for the sale of my house. Through that realtor I was also able to secure a team of additional professionals to assist me with the sale of my home in New York. By essentially prescreening real estate professionals for me, HomeLight took away any issues that may have arisen via “guesswork” in trying to find the perfect real estate agent, which was incredibly important as I was out of state after listing and required a tried and true expert to help me with the process remotely. If I do end up moving again, I will 100% use HomeLight.
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