Making the most of ADUs
Abstract: Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are all the rage in urban areas, such as Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Portland. The demand is expected to climb as the population ages and younger would-be homeowners are priced out of traditional houses. Not surprisingly, an ADU can boost a property’s value, depending on certain factors that appraisers consider. This article summarizes the basics of ADUs and reviews valuation basics, while a short sidebar covers the differences between ADUs and two-unit properties.