These are good times for homeowners. The days of the Great Recession, when prices were falling, are over. Home prices are now trending up in many areas and, in some cases, prices are way up.
Which means it's a good time to sell if you're ready to move on. Or, at the very least, those rising prices can be comforting to know that you, your children and grandchildren are financially secure.
Of course, you hear about home prices all the time. Just watch your local news, and you'll hear how much the "average" home prices in your community are up or down, compared to last month or last year. But averages don't tell you much about your home.
To find out how much your house is worth, you could ask a real estate agent to give you a rough estimate. They'll look at comparable homes in your neighborhood to see how much they sold for, with adjustments made for the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your house.
However, there's an easier and faster to way to do that. There are easy-to-use apps and websites that can tell you how much your house is worth in about a minute or so. Just type in your address, and up pops a photograph of houses in your neighborhood, including yours, with a lot of details about price, sales history, square footage and features that'll catch the eye of home buyers.