Biggest house in a small house neighborhood...

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I'm looking at a house that is considerably larger than most of the other houses in the neighborhood.  The whole area is a total mixed bag--building years from 1959-1983 and square footage anywhere from 1000-1900. The house I'm considering was built in 1975 with 2900 sqft on a corner lot... In all the markets we've bought and sold houses, I've never quite seen that variety of building years and sizes in the same area before, so this is unfamiliar to me. The house needs some major cosmetic rehabbing--and seemingly more than most of the surrounding neighbors, so who knows about the unseen.  I'm in the internet trolling phase--I haven't asked for comps yet, but I will if it gets to the tour with a realtor phase. This is just the research and asking for wisdom while I'm shopping.

I've been told it's better to buy the smallest house in the neighborhood for investment purposes. I'm wondering how significant this is overall regarding resale, and whether I should adjust the MAO to be lower than 70% to accommodate the location--or expect a lower ROI at sale. Thoughts?

Generally, you don't want to be the biggest or nicest house on the block. In this case, the surrounding properties could drag down the value of yours. It will be difficult to get top dollar for the large house when everything around it is renting for cheaper. Yours would likely attract large families while the neighbors would be small families, singles, or couples with no kids.

It doesn't sound attractive to me but everything is a good investment if the price is right!