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How much should I discount a house w/ 3 BR upstairs but only 1 half bath?


We like the house, but it has 2 full baths down (1 connected to master BR, another w/ stand up shower at base of stairs).  Meanwhile, there are 3 BR upstairs but only a small half bath.  Based on the layout, it's likely cost prohibitive to put a full bath up.

Primary concern is resale value.  Half bath upstairs is moderately inconvenient for us as well, but our kids are young and otherwise we like the house.
  • December 29 2012 - US
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Your buyer agent should be able to guide you on the offer, there are too many things involved when making an offer, it is not just the 1/2 bathroom, which most likely was taken into consideration when the property was put on the market.  Ask your buyer agent to do a comparative market analysis of the property prior to making the offer..
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If I was looking at a house like that I would consider the cost of adding a full bathroom into my offer.
  • December 30 2012
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If the selling agent has done a good job, the house is priced already to take into consideration the half bath upstairs.    Your agent should be able to pull some comps for the area so you can judge if priced appropriately.  

If the house has been on the market for a long time, you may have more negotiation room than if it is only recently put on the market.

But, beware if you are questioning it as inconvenient now it will continue to be inconvenient.   Kids can bathe downstairs just fine IMHO.   The number of older houses with bedrooms on a floor with no toilet is very high in my area, but I wouldn't even consider purchasing that configuration.

  • December 30 2012
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Your agent is the best one to answer that question. He/she can prepare a competitive market analysis that will determine the fair market value taking these things into consideration.
  • December 30 2012
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The current house could be correctly priced for what it is and what it has now. How can you just assume it must be overpriced? Since we don't know anything about it there is no way we could answer your question. Hopefully you have a Realtor to work with who can help answer that question.

Tim
  • December 30 2012
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You are so wise to be thinking about resale down the road. However, it is impossible to answer your question without knowing your local market. Are all the house in the area laid out the same? Does the house have other amenities that set it apart from the other listings? This might be a house to walk away from, unless you are truly in love with it.
  • December 29 2012
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