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The housing market in the United States has experienced so many shifts of late that it has practically rewritten the classic real estate business model with home buying and single family homes in mind. The conventional and most popular home sale is the single family house, a detached unit with separate electrical and plumbing setups. The house remains the ne plus ultra in nostalgic American culture as a mark of "arriving", of being able to provide for one's family, and for family security and shelter.

houses and homesA house for sale in the United States has an excellent chance of resale if there are amenities and improvements to the property since the last recorded sale and the market shows signs of competitive value in that location. Proximity to schools, freeways, attractions, shopping. and social interaction make a suburban house desirable. In the city, location to light rail, subway, and major metropolitan elements like airports and sports venues can factor into price.

Home prices within a suburban neighborhood or development, community or region can settle a standard for house value that the house appraisal will follow. Houses with an extra bathroom, considerable additional landscaping, a paved driveway and/or a pool that were not there during the previous sales cycle can bolster an appraisal at house resale time. However, many house buyers in the United States look to realize value on homes without the amenities and try to negotiate a lower price for the proverbial "fixer upper" house for sale.

An American house takes its architectural starting point from the living style popular at the time of its construction and the type of living the family or owners wanted to make happen. Thus a Federalist home in Massachusetts will have regular bedrooms and servants quarters of cramped size, while a Craftsman bungalow house in Southern California might have open plan rooms and very little privacy due to exterior wall windows. A Colonial house located in a similar neighborhood in Charleston North Carolina might fetch $800,000 on the open market, while equivalent real estate in a suburb of Oregon might be valued around $560,000.

Land values in the United States answer to demand and likely potential development value in commercial or residential projects. Slivers of difference per element in home appraisal and cash values of land and those differentials, as well as school districts and zip codes determine the type of American experience likely to come with the house. A Spanish style home located north of Doheny will sell for millions more than a similar type home located in Blythe, Arizona. Desert siting and standalone off-grid amenities in a house might seem exotic to buyers in an industrial Nevada town, yet in resort areas like Sedona or Palm Springs these house dynamics have real estate value common to their markets.

houses for saleA Plantation home in Alabama might be priced at $1 million but have only two bathrooms, and a house in Malibu, California might have one bathroom but be worth $2.4 million due to the land value and ocean view. A house located near a popular cave exploration trail might be considered valuable, but a house located near a road to a local landfill will not. Chemical and industrial plants, electrical engineering, and heavy commercial processing facilities are likely counterintuitive to high dollar house value. A house in the heights of Rolling Hills Estates with three bedrooms might fetch US $2 million, yet the same square footage two miles down the road near San Pedro might be unlivable due to industrial odors and air pollution.

Regional shifts and subsequent development can spell very different home amenities in houses for sale of comparable actual dollar value across the United States. Storm screens and storm windows, reinforced siding and tornado cellars are amenities in many Southeast states of the "Twister" belt, while the house located in the Northeast features alternative heating like oil or gas to weather winter extremities. Western homes in the United States will utilize solar heating and wind power, siting wind turbines and organizing sustainable alternative energy sources as needed.

The bedrooms of a farmhouse in Danbury, Connecticut may seem tiny to an Aspen town home owner, because the exigencies of living when the Danbury farm home as built was not on the luxury scale of an Aspen town home developed who expects the owner to always afford the high heating cost. A $ 3 million colonial two-story house in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania may have curling stairway banisters but no pool, while the same $3 million in Beverly Hills, California buys half that footprint with a pool. House values depend on location, situation, amenities, and design.

Relative house values of American homes for sale in the United States can vary from city to city and locale to locale. A 300,000 square foot Beaux Arts mansion in Beverly Hills might be listed for sale at $60 million, while that same home size for sale in New Orleans might cost $600,000 and have seriously deleterious property risks. A house in New York City will have a very high cost per square foot, yet a comparable metropolitan area such as Los Angeles will be zoned too densely and developed too commercially for a house to exist.

The house of the general style of the neighborhood will resell best, unless premium architectural concepts and building standards have been utilized. The "cottage cheese' midcentury ceiling treatment and porous tile should have been replaced by now with vault or board materials. Hardwood floors in many Western parts of the United States showcase green design using materials like bamboo. The Pacific NorthWest especially will have pleasing exterior designs like Japanese garden style or unfinished cedar.
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