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Old 02-06-2008, 03:26 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I've only been selling real estate for a year but in that year not one person has asked for a two bedroom. Most are three with an occasional four or five.
Interesting. For me, in the townehomes, price has been always been the most important consideration, not # bedrooms Generally speaking, the 3 bedrooms were larger, and thus more expensive, thus most were happy with 2 bedrooms. For single family detached homes, yup, most have wanted 3 bedrooms, actually, most have wanted 4 bedrooms.
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Old 02-06-2008, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Tucson
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Thanks for the replies. The 2 bedroom in mention is a townhome (detached though I think) with no yard or patio.

I am also looking at more expensive townhomes with patios (3 bedroom) and homes further out of the city (3-4 bedrooms).

Your opinoins have further confirmed what I thought--that buying a 3 bedroom will be better in the long run for resale, especially since I think we could swing the price.

Thanks!
As I know what she's talking about, I can clarify. Both of them are officially SFRs, but the less expensive version is just like a townhome (actually worse than a townhome because at least in Tucson they all have patios; some of them even quite big). They are still detached, though. The more expensive version is a glorified townhome - detached; has a patio, but it's small (the size of a big room).
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Danbury CT covering all of Fairfield County
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In my exprience, 2 identical homes in the same neighborhood with the same everything (square footage, yard, condition, baths) except house#1 has a family room and only 2 bedrooms, and house#2 has 3 bedrooms but no family room will sell between $20-$25k more in my market. Ask your agent what the difference is in your market. Good luck.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:52 PM
 
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what I have learned, and I wanted only 2 bedrooms for the cost factor. I have 3.
one is the computer room, the other I use for a guest room, and storage.some
homes have the 2 bedrooms and one room for a den. that proves to be a popular option
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Old 02-08-2008, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Falling Waters, WV
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Take it from someone who has been there. Years ago my husband and I purchased a little 2 bedroom duplex with a nice yard. Both rooms were a decent size. What we didn't realize is that I was pregnant at the time so basically we out grew the house before we moved in. We started trying to sell it 2 years later and all the reactions were "really nice, if it only had 3 bedrooms" (of course they knew it only had 2 before coming in". That was the same reaction for 2 1/2 years.

Especially now a days, even if a couple doesn't have kids, they would like an office and a spare bedroom. It amazes me seeing a couple in 3000 sq ft. houses with no kids. I personally wouldn't want that much space.

My opinion would be if you are only planning on keeping it for a couple of years than I would go with the 3 bedroom for resale. The only way I would consider the 2 bedroom is if you are planning on staying there for a long time, that way I would go with what you want. This is just my 2 cents, I am no realtor, just lived with the comments about 1 bedroom short.
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Old 02-08-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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Default 2 vs 3 bedroom

Imagine you have a child and a husband - is a 2 bedroom big enough for you now? Probably not. You have high chairs, cribs, bassinets, loads of toys, and more. You need the third room just for storage!!!
Then, imagine the buyer pool as a triangle. At the pointy top of a triangle is a 1 bedroom home, about mid way through the triangle is a 2 bedroom home, and a 3/4 of the way is a 3 bedroom home, and all the way is a 4+ bedroom home. Now, look at the triangle - at the pointy top - there are very few buyers.... but at the bottom with a 4 bedroom home - there are many! Clearly - a 3 bedroom is a much wider and bigger buyer pool. No matter what kind of real estate market you are in - you always want to appeal to the largest pool of buyers.

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Old 02-08-2008, 08:29 PM
 
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Look at new home plans by developers. Three bedroms;two baths and two car garage sale easier and more than pay for themselves in resale.
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Old 02-09-2008, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Sunny SC
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Interesting. For me, in the townehomes, price has been always been the most important consideration, not # bedrooms Generally speaking, the 3 bedrooms were larger, and thus more expensive, thus most were happy with 2 bedrooms. For single family detached homes, yup, most have wanted 3 bedrooms, actually, most have wanted 4 bedrooms.
I agree price is always the most important thing but even with a townhouse, I think a three bedroom is easier to sell then a two bedroom. It might also depend on the area, Ex. near a miltary base, beach, retirement etc...I had a three bedroom townhouse in my twenties and even with no kids would have never wanted a two bedroom. Just not enough space for visitors, exercise gear, desk/computer etc...
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Old 02-09-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I certainly don't argue about 3 bedrooms being better than 2 bedrooms - everything being equal. My only point was that price is frequently the most important thing in for a townehome has been the price, as a lot of first time homebuyers cannot afford a 3 bedroom, because they generally cost more.

I had a listing not long ago for a nice SFR-detached, and the biggest comment was, oh gee, if it only had 4 bedrooms. So, yeh, everyone here is right - the more bedrooms the better. But cost is always a factor, that's all I was trying to say.

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Old 02-09-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Get the 3 br, you can always block the central air vents with magnetic covers to keep the hvac costs down.
People like me looking to buy real estate think in terms of
1. i need a place to live
2. will it retain its value?
3. can i make this pay for itself with legal accessory apts or roomates?

if you've got enough sq footage to start with, more options= more seller pool in future. if you're able to build an addition, you can always add the third br closer to when you plan to move, saving the energy demand while you're in it, and cashing in on sq footage at sell time.
hope that helps.
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