I want to sell my house! Now, what's a comp?
	The home you've cared for and loved might seem incomparable to you, but when you sell (or get a home equity loan), someone is going to have to find a comparison.
	In the language of real estate and mortgage that is called comps.
	Comps help answer the biggest question on your mind and a lender's mind when you look to sell your house: What's my home worth?
	The answer? It depends.
	It's important to note that home values boil down to educated -- and sometimes uneducated -- guesses. They are merely opinions, with the one that truly matters being the bank's. Toward the end of the process, the buyer's bank needs to approve of the purchase price in order for the loan to be approved.
	Before then, however, you have a few ways of gathering information. The best is to consult with a real estate professional who can provide you with a figure based on "comps" -- comparative sales. The agent will conduct a comparative market analysis, or CMA, and give you their professional opinion on your home's potential sales value. This is generally a far better option than relying on your neighbor's or your uncle's opinion, as the agent is trained and experienced at comps.
	What goes into a CMA? The agent will find recent sales of similar properties in your location; the best comps are within 90 days or less, though if you live in an area that's less populated, you'll likely use comps from six months back and sometimes longer.
	If your home is ranch style, it should be compared to sales of other ranch homes. A cape or a contemporary is different. Comps also take into consideration the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the acreage, whether there's a garage and a basement, and things like central air and the type of heating.
	The key is to work with someone who understands your specific market and who has a track record of accurately providing figures. Are you considering selling your home this year?  If so, we would like to help.  We have the EXPERIENCE... needed to get the job done to your satisfaction.  We havwe a proven track record, and we know real estate in your neighborhood.  For experienced professionals, call us today! 

John and Donna Bonneau, Broker-Associates 
Tampa Bays Top REALTORS since 2002
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

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