I took some audio a while back of the sound of a train while on an appraisal inspection. While standing in the backyard of a property, I made the recording below. Do you think this would be a big deal for buyers? Listen to the video HERE if you cannot see it in your RSS or email subscription.
In appraisal terminology, this sound would be categorized as “external obsolescence” because it’s something external to the property that imposes on the property. One ineresting thing to me about external obsolescence is that there is a different reaction in the marketplace to locational challenges depending upon the market. For example, in a market with high demand and low supply (with increasing property values), you’ll find that many buyers will tend to overlook certain location and/or condition issues, whether close proximity to an airport, train tracks, fire station, etc… But in a downward market with less demand and a greater supply, buyers will tend to be picky and pay less for properties with locational issues. So if you are selling your property, know your market well and then set the price accordingly.
I’d love to hear your thoughts or stories about homes with external issues like this. Have you ever purchased or sold a house with a locational challenge? What’s it like to live by such a location? Do you tune it out after a while or does it gnaw at you day after day?
One other thing to consider too is that often times properties with locational challenges are not assessed properly because the Assessor’s mass appraisal process may not really capture negative features of a property that might make it worth less (backing to commercial, next to a gas station, located on a busy street). If you have any appraisal questions or needs due to location, please contact me at 916-595-3735.