Not All Square Feet is the Same

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

It is not unusual for homebuyers to focus in on the number of square feet as part of the home buying experience. Or, they wonder with all things being equal regarding location and schools, what is more valuable (1) A house with 1500 square feet, which has a large Great Room concept, few halls, and well utilized space, OR (2) A house with 2000 square feet with large wide halls and stairways that consume much of the square feet?

An example of a possible square footage hog might be a multiple story home, with an abundance of stairs and halls.  Yet actual room sizes are small.

We place a great deal of value on square feet; but square feet of homes, isn't always equal. The amount of square feet doesn’t always tell the entire story.  It is best to focus on room sizes, and how they will be utilized by you or your family.

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Rainmaker
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Tony Lewis
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You are right, layout is a major consideration.  Many homes have many square feet of unusable space.

Jul 18, 2018 11:36 PM #21
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Kimo Jarrett
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Buyers should rely on the square feet of the living areas, the exception, I've learned is with the closet for the woman of the house. It seems the master bedroom closet whether walk-in or otherwise is never big enough to satisfy their expectations. 

Jul 19, 2018 07:56 AM #22
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Patricia Feager
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Myrl Jeffcoat 

Congratulations! I'm happy to see this one featured! It's a topic that consumers need to be educated on and you did a great job explaining it thoroughly!

With life experiences, you have a wealth of knowledge! And you're greatly appreciated too!

 

Jul 19, 2018 07:59 AM #23
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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SF can often be incorrect, esp in an older home that has been expanded. Unless you have a written appraisal, can be difficult to estimate.  I do think pricing per SF can be helpful

Jul 19, 2018 08:45 AM #24
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Curtis Van Carter
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Myrl

Between being Featured and Make It A Double, you be hip and not square at all, cheers cvc

Jul 19, 2018 09:21 AM #25
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Kathy Streib
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Myrl- love this and glad it was featured!  My husband always says it's not the square footage, it's how it's laid out. I can remember a friend's home that lived a lot larger than the 2100 square feet that it was. 

Jul 19, 2018 06:43 PM #26
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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You are absolutely correct. Perhaps we should start counting "usable" square footage.

Jul 20, 2018 05:06 AM #27
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Elizabeth Y. Foulds
Long & Foster Real Estate - Saint Michaels, MD
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Great post.   Yes, square footage can vary so much.  That is why I like using professional photographers and pay extra for the mouse pad with room sizes included so that buyers can see the layout of each room in the home.

Jul 20, 2018 08:56 AM #28
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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Great post and so true it his how the square footage is utilized. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoy the weekend.

Jul 20, 2018 10:43 AM #29
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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You bring up some good points. Here on Maui the focus on square feet is not so pronounced. I find people are very interested in the outdoor living areas instead. Rarely do I get a buyer who compares the price per SF from house to house. Maybe more so when comparing condos.

Jul 20, 2018 02:45 PM #30
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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The biggest home I've owned had the least living space. It was all bedroom space. Next home was smaller in square footage but had far more usable space!

Jul 21, 2018 06:10 AM #31
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Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
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Having completed many Broker Price Opinions in the past I may have a different take on the square feet.  ALWAYS go to the County records and check what the ABOVE and Below square feet are.  I have found a number of mistakes on the square feet with the county but most are accurate.  The problem in Portland, OR is with Accessory Dwelling Units, ADU's.  I found one house where the owner was paying property taxes for two units. Then there are tri levels and split entries which are another topic altogether.

Jul 22, 2018 02:17 PM #33
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Hi Myrl

This is such a key topic, and one I often talk with buyers about when they seem set on having certain square footage. It really becomes an issue of how the space is configured, if it is 1 or 2 stories, and other issues. Two homes with very similar SF can feel quite different. And every now and them you hear of a legal matter, including the one Ron and Alexandra mentioned, that arise and create problems. The other issue is the difference in what the appraiser might say versus what is in the public record, espeically when there has been some remodeling.

Congrats on a well-deserved feature.

Jeff

Jul 22, 2018 02:19 PM #34
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Debbie Reynolds
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This is so true and a conversation I have with buyers. The floor plan matters so much more than the sq. ft. 

Jul 24, 2018 08:35 PM #35
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Kathy Clulow
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What I always laugh at are those who relate sale prices one to another by the square footage with out considering all the other factors that go into the value of a home.

Jul 25, 2018 01:11 PM #36
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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They for sure are not !

Jul 27, 2018 02:40 PM #37
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Nina Hollander
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This is so true, Myrl. You can have fewer square feet that have a home feeling and living as more. And also, there are differences in how square feet are calculated... so that's also a potential impact.

Jul 28, 2018 04:41 AM #38
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It is all about the right size and space for your needs. I love your simple explanation that size does always matter, it how it is utilized. This many be a topic for my radio show. Thank you Myrl Jeffcoat 

Jul 29, 2018 07:52 AM #39
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Square footage can become a "bone of contention" if an appraisal shows the home has less square footage than originally stated. But I agree with your intent. What should matter is whether the home accommodates the furniture and lifestyle of the buyer. 

Jul 29, 2018 03:50 PM #40
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Myrl Jeffcoat Enjoyed talking with you and catching up. Thanks for allowing me to use this post as part of my radio show today.

Jul 29, 2018 06:52 PM #41
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