How to tell if you're buying good resale value in a home

While most people buy their homes primarily as places to live, there's no question that investment value and resale potential are major factors too.

In a piece on HGTV's FrontDoor.com, Dian Hymer offers some tips for how you can tell whether the home you're buying will have good resale value: Buy a home with a convenient location, don't buy the smallest or largest home in the neighborhood, look for good natural light and a strong floor plan, and avoid homes without a bathroom on each level.

This advice is good as far as it goes, but there's just one problem: It won't help you determine whether you're overpaying or buying in a market that is poised for exceptionally weak price appreciation.