How to Determine Home Value

Use online tools, comparable properties and appraisals to determine value when buying, selling or refinancing.
Barbara Marquand
Beth Buczynski
By Beth Buczynski and  Barbara Marquand 
Updated
Edited by Alice Holbrook Reviewed by Michelle Blackford
How to Determine Home Value

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Wonder what your house — or a house you might buy — is really worth?

The short answer’s easy: A house is worth whatever someone will pay for it. The long answer depends on the market and whether you’re asking a lender, an agent or a county tax assessor.

Knowing how to calculate your home’s value with the help of online tools and trained professionals better prepares you to buy, sell, refinance, tap into your home’s equity — or even negotiate lower property taxes.

Here are five ways to determine home value.

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Better - PURCHASE logo

4.5

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Min. credit score 
620

Min. down payment 
3%

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