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Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia

Mary Ellen Vanaken

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Mary Ellen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. After graduating from college, she worked on Wall Street for JP Morgan in New York City...

Jan 29 5 minutes read

Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia

Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia By The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team, Keller Williams Realty North Atlanta

Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia

From replacing a rusted out bathroom sink to laying flooring, Alpharetta homeowners are hooked on the DIY craze. Some things, however, are better left to professionals. Establishing your Alpharetta, Georgia home's current market value before putting it on the market or pursuing a refinance is one of those things. To determine the homes value, appraisers and real estate agents will compare your home to those that have recently sold in the area. These are known as "comps". They will adjust the comps' prices up or down, according to how similar each home is to yours.

Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia involves status, location, price per square feet, and condition.


The market value of a home is what a knowledgeable and willing buyer will pay it. This figure is reflected in the sales price of recently sold homes. Appraisers and real estate agents use the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) database to look for homes that have sold within the past six months. Only real estate licensees that pay an MLS membership fee will have access to this database, so a DIY consumer will find it challenging to locate a full and accurate list of sold properties.


Since location is one of the principal indicators of property value, appraisers and real estate agents look for sold homes that are in close proximity to your property. Some lenders give strict location requirements to appraisers, for example a comp in an urban or suburban area must be no more than one mile away, and rural comps no more than five miles away.

Real estate agents, on the other hand, have a little more leeway and will typically begin their research close to the subject property and then widen the area until they've found three comparable properties that have sold in the past six months.

Neighborhood characteristics that influence a home's value include:

Nearby parks

Proximity to shopping

Neighborhood condition

Traffic, airport or other noise

The quality of the school district

Number of distressed properties in the neighborhood

Declining values or oversupply of homes in the area

Price Per Square Foot

You may see sold homes or homes for sale that list the price per square foot in addition to the price of the home. This figure takes into account only the home's square footage and nothing else. Because it fails to account for the diverse aspects and special features of the
house, it isn't an accurate reflection of value. So a larger home will most likely sell for more than a smaller home.


A homes needed maintenance will bring down the value of a home. Maintenance items of need includes all of the items you have been meaning to fix, but never got around to. Examples include:

Leaky faucets

Cracked windows

Loose or missing hand rails

Structural damage

Overgrown landscaping

Dirty or damaged carpets or other flooring

The Process

Your agent or an appraiser may not find a home that's identical to yours, so he or she will need to make adjustments to the sold prices of the comps to account for the differences. If the comparable home is inferior to your home, value is added to bring it up to par. If the comparable is superior to your property, value is removed.

Here's an example of how this works:

The subject property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a pool. The comparable property, located three blocks from the subject, sold three weeks ago for $387,500.

The comparable property has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, but it doesn't have a pool.

The appraiser or agent will deduct value from the comparable for the lack of a pool and add value for the extra half bathroom. The amount to deduct or add depends on the value the local market places on items such as a pool or a half bathroom.

The adjusted price range of the comp will reflect the current market value of your property.

Determining a home's market value requires current, accurate information and some experience with the process. Your real estate agent will not only determine the current market value, but will also give you tips on how to get top dollar for the home.

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For more information on Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia contact The Mary Ellen Vanaken Team with Keller Williams Realty of North Atlanta.

5780 Windward Parkway

Suite 100

Alpharetta, GA 30005


Real Estate Comp Prices in Alpharetta Georgia

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