If you’re fortunate enough to live in North Texas you’ve no doubt seen plenty of media stories about our region’s rising home values. So, it’s only natural if you’ve been wondering, “What’s my home worth now?”
The reality is there’s more than one answer. Your home actually has three potentially very different values:
If your home is destroyed, by say, a fire or tornado, replacement cost is what it would take to remove debris and rebuild. Most experts agree that homes should be insured for 100 percent of the minimum estimated replacement cost. If your home is not, you run the risk of coming up short if the cost to rebuild is more than your coverage will pay.
Property Tax Value
This is the number taxing authorities use to calculate your property tax bill. Typically, property tax values are meant to approximate a home’s market value, though sometimes there are large discrepancies between the two because of outdated assessments or mistakes by assessors.
If the property tax value of your home exceeds the market value, consider contesting the value with your taxing authority.
This is the measure most of us think of when trying to estimate our home’s value. Determined in part by the price people have paid or are willing to pay for similar houses in your neighborhood, market value is not based on what you paid for the home or how much it cost to remodel that beautiful new kitchen or master bath.
Determining market value is a job for a properly educated real estate professional. If you’re considering offering your home for sale, we recommend contacting an Ebby agent to determine the current market value of your property. To get started, visit the website voted one of the industry’s best by the Web Marketing Association, ebby.com.