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Resale value difference of 4BR vs 5BR?

12 years ago

We are building a house. The original floorplan is 5 bedrooms (4 upstairs + 1 basement), but we are interested in knocking it down to 4 bedrooms (3 upstairs + 1 basement).

We are building in a neighborhood prized for its school district, so a 1st floor bedroom is nice, but not essential, for resale.

Our builder is concerned that a 4-bedroom house will be significantly less resalable than a 5-bedroom house. Thoughts?

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