Do Pools Add Value To Your Atlanta Home? by Joanne Curtin Keller Williams Realty

Alpharetta pool

Home we are currently marketing with a pool in Alpharetta

There are several aspects to consider when it comes to pools and home values. You may be thinking of adding a pool to your existing home or you may be in the market for a home, and wondering if you should consider purchasing one with a pool. With either of these scenarios, you’re probably getting a wide range of opinions from your friends, co-workers and maybe even a Realtor.

There’s a perpetuating myth in the real estate world that pools do not add value to a home. Here’s a fact:

Alpharetta home with pool
According to the National Association of Realtors statistics, pools can add 5-11% in value to a home! The variations come regionally (areas that have longer periods where a pool can be used, tend to see a higher return) and by the type of pool you put in (water features, like a water fall, will add more value).

So why do you frequently hear, “don’t buy a home with a pool” or it’s a waste of money to add a pool to your home?” I believe that it started many years ago when pools required a lot more maintenance than they do today and the construction was such that you had to make frequent and often expensive repairs. With todays advanced design, pool ownership is much more pleasant, requiring less time and upkeep, and therefore has gained in popularity.

We’ve found that there is a larger pool of Buyers looking for a home with a pool in today’s market versus many years ago. Demand goes up, prices will follow. While it’s true that having a pool eliminates many Buyers who don’t want a pool, those Buyers who are in the market, have a limited supply and (typically) will be willing to pay more for a home that already has the pool they want. So we’ve found that we can usually sell a home with a pool faster and recoup some (usually not all) of the owners investment for a well-designed pool.

I don’t recommend you add a pool if you’re only considering resale value. While it’s possible, it’s unlikely that you will gain back more than what you put in. But think of the enjoyment that you and your family will have and the time you’ll spend gathered around the pool. We’ve found that especially with teenagers, a pool can be the attraction families are looking for to keep the kids gathered at your home instead of somewhere else where you can’t see what they’re up to. You’ll likely have more time to provide influence with your children and their friends. What price is that worth to you?

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About joannecurtin

Joanne, Team Leader Who is Joanne Curtin? At first glance you might see her as just the owner of Joanne Curtin team, Inc. with husband and business partner, Tom. What you might not know about Joanne is that she has a masters degree in Education and is a lover of learning (and implementing) fresh ideas. Joanne isn’t content to be one of the Southeast's top real estate groups. Though her Curtin team real estate practice ranks in the top 1% companywide and she is in demand as a Keller Williams team leader, Joanne’s vision is to create and nurture a close community within our big city while educating others about building wealth through real estate. Leaping beyond the systems common in the tradition-bound world of real estate, Joanne’s strategy embraces tech savvy SEO, craigslist, iphones, ipads, blogs, interactive maps, video. Through adoption of technologies, an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to service, and a desire to share the truth no matter what, her true joy comes from improving and enriching the real estate client experience. As an entrepreneur Joanne recognized the opportunity for Keller Williams Realty in Roswell and partnered with 3 other top producers to open the fastest profit sharing office in the Southeast. During the same time that Joanne was opening a new office, she was also investing in real estate. Joanne and Tom own and manage a real estate portfolio in North Atlanta and other Keller Williams market centers. When Joanne isn’t out selling or learning new real estate technology, she is modeling, teaching and consulting with others or learning new ways to wealth build. In her free time, Joanne is busy raising two young children, keeping healthy and giving back to the community. If you spend any time with her you will hear her say, “Thank God for my family and my paid social life.” Tom, Operating Partner Tom and Joanne own and operate the Curtin team together. Prior to real estate sales, Tom managed corporate marketing and sales for DirectTV's Southeast Region. Tom’s business degree, having graduated from the prestigous Honors Program from the University of Georgia, and previous positions focused on marketing and he applies that knowledge to the real estate business. Joanne and Tom are fortunate to have the opportunity to spend so much time together, both professionally and personally. Because of their mutual ambition, they work synergistically to market and sell residential homes, luxury homes and investment properties for their clients. In addition to owning and operating a real estate marketing and sales business, Tom and Joanne own and manage a real estate portfolio in North Atlanta. Joann
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