Can Real Estate Stats Hurt Your Buying Experience?

Posted by EdmontonRealEstate.ca Team on Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 11:19am.

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Stats are a common tool used to help you with the purchase of an Edmonton home. They can help you understand the real estate market better. However, they can also inadvertently hurt you, especially if you plan to purchase a luxury property.

You can certainly use statistics to get a good idea of the average price in a specific community. They can also be used to help get a more accurate look at the actual community and to negotiate a better price. However, they can also be used in the wrong way. Here are some of the most common ways stats can trip you up.

Single Sales

Instead of using averages, using single sales can really trip you up. Whenever possible, you want to use the average of at least 10 sales in the neighbourhood or zone. This makes it easier to get a real statistic instead of just one example.

Anecdotal Statistics

You may hear this term, as it's very common, but they don't really exist. These stats come from stories that simply are not true or fact. Make sure you don't use these types of stats at all.

Making Statistics Your Number One Factor

Your most important factors for buying a home should never be stats. Instead, you need to choose something that fits you. Real estate isn't just an investment, but it also offers security and a place for you to actually live. This means you cannot just make this decision based on the stats.

Comparing Apples and Oranges

If you compare homes that are not the same, you will not have good stats to work with. You need to either make adjustments for the differences or find better comparable homes. For example, if you compare a home 20% smaller to another one, you cannot simply look at the sale price anymore.

These are just few of the ways stats can lead you in the wrong direction with real estate. As great as statistics can be, they need to be used in the best way possible.

By Justin Havre

 

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