Why Do Homeowners Over Value Their Homes

Many of the homes at Lake Anna are owned by people living in other areas. It is very possible that the market is hotter in some of these areas which can give the owners a scewed idea of the value of their lake property. Thinking that our market is getting multiple offers within days or even hours of a house being put in the multiple listing system gives a false impression. I know that multiple offers are happening in locations not far from here where many Lake Anna second home owners live. 

But it is not happening here and that is why I thought it helpful to share this post.

Why Do Homeowners Over Value Their Homes

I would have to answer that question this way. Mostly because Brokers and news sources all broadcast that home values are close to the all time high. Who can blame homeowners, no one has said that lots of homes in specific locations went up in value but that it does not apply everywhere or specifically to their particular home.

What was left out of all the broadcasting and blogs is that real estate is very local and each area has it's own pricing history and values based on that particular neighborhood.

Even the National, State and Local Associations make the same broader statements about the communities, states general or median values. I think this concept has confused many homeowners and caused them to over value their own homes based on what they read.

An example that comes up a lot is the many neighborhoods and communities that make up the City of San Diego is often from the local news articles. The articles often articulate the median and many use the word average home value. Well, if you are homeowner and have an above average home, you might conclude that it is worth more than the average home value quoted. The reality is these numbers have no specific connection to any one home or more specifically to your home.

So if all this information touted out there is not relevant, why is their so much of it out there about values. The specific home value is unique to where it is located ( what neighborhood), lot size, view or no view, what model or styling and how has the home be ungraded beyond the average or standard construction. Certainly the age and condition also have a great deal of influence on both it's value and marketability. 

Who can blame the homeowners when all the same "blah blah blah" is repeated so often in the press and on line. It seems that very little clarifying of the relevance of the terms, median and average and certainly no specific information is forthcoming that defies the homeowner's assumption of value. When did you last read anything that says, "consult a local real estate specialist in your neighborhood when you want or need specific value information on your property". 

The problem really isn't what is out there as far as information is concerned, it is more specially that the usual information or at least good information that can be relied on, is NOT so plentiful.



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Comment balloon 7 commentsKate Elim • September 17 2015 05:56PM


Kate, we do see that happen often..  20 miles here can sure make a difference in the market price.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 3 years ago

Kate, what a great choice for a re-blog.  I might have missed it otherwise.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Those persimmon trees are priceless. I planted them myself.... My home is priceless. 

This actually came from a former co-worker now lives between two high firms.

He has an acre of farming land and lives in M zoning.... Developers gave up on him....

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

I know no home sellers who do not overvalue their real properties. The realtors are the worst kind and often they can not sell their own home having too much attachment ....,

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) over 3 years ago

Hi Judi...It does take much distance to have very different markets. That is why local information and local agents are so important.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 3 years ago



I find many sellers have owned their house for quite some time and have not updated. They think their house is worth what completely updated houses are selling for.

Posted by David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation, Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential (Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC ) over 3 years ago

Kate Elim We have same problem in Erie, PA when sellers are from others areas.  They don't know the market here, but eventually they realize that their parents house will NOT sell for CA price.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 3 years ago