You’ve definitely heard how important this is in real estate — and that’s because it’s true!  Location is a crucial factor when it comes to the value of your home.  Not only does what part of town you are in matter, but what is physically near you can actually help or hinder your property value.  We put together a list of the most important proximity factors that will increase as well as decrease your home value.

Factors that increase home value


Homebuyers who have children are willing to pay more to live in a home that is closer to schools, especially ones that have a good reputation and high academic scores. In Guelph, there are 6 catholic and public high schools, including those that participate in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, GCVI and Bishop MacDonell.

The area surrounding the University of Guelph also has a higher than average pricepoint as it’s home to both students as well as staff.



In most cases, homes that are within walking distance or a short drive from entertainment opportunities like a movie theatre, golf courses, and parks usually sell for more money than homes farther away. Guelph attractions such as downtown, Stone Rd Mall and the area around Clair/ Gordon provide residents with solid home prices.



Homes with a close proximity to grocery and shopping stores usually sell for more. Being close to a popular grocery store or a shopping mall has shown to have 5% premium according to this article.

Outdoor Recreation

Having great scenery and access to outdoor recreation like the lakes, rivers, and parks usually increase a home’s value. Depending on where you live, things like cityscapes, mountains, or golf courses tend to increase value and even help sell your home faster. In Guelph, we see valuable views across the city’s many parks and green spaces, and also the ever-popular city views from new Downtown condos, such as the MetalWorks.

Canada is spending billions of dollars on new public transportation infrastructure, and according to this article that has had a positive effect on property values.

Factors that decrease home value


Aside from being an eyesore, toxic emissions released from factories will not only decrease the air quality, but also properties located adjacent to certain kinds of facilities or infrastructure deemed undesirable.

Busy Areas

Although being close to railroad tracks, highways, and busy intersections is convenient for when you need to leave, it can be pretty noisy when you are at home, which could drop the value of your home. However, the area know as the Junction in Guelph is bucking the trend and embracing a mix use opportunity. Home Group Realty’s office is located in the heart of the Junction.


Areas and neighbourhoods with higher crime rates tend to decrease home values. This article explores some of the reasons and consequences.

Low-Rated Schools

As we said above, the top-rated schools are a big priority for some home buyers so homes located in areas with a low-ranking or closed down school has resulted in a lower property value.

Cemeteries & Funeral Homes

Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the thought of living near a cemetery or funeral home is a bit eerie. According to, homes with a cemetery close by could be priced 12% less than homes in other nearby areas.

Bad Neighbours

You may think that your noisy neighbour is just an annoyance, but bad neighbouring properties could be driving your home’s value down. In fact, it could be as much as 5-10% according to this article.