The Price Per Square Foot Dilemma: How Much Value Should You Place When Making an Offer on a Home?


When it comes to buying a home, one of the most common metrics buyers consider is the price per square foot.  It never used to be that way, but my career pre-dates the websites with online listings that feature the price/per square foot so prominently, which quickly became a lazy way to determine value without really digging in.   On the plus side, it is a value that offers a straightforward way to compare properties and assess their relative value. On

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Why Price Per Square Foot Is a Terrible Indication of Home Value


Look at any home’s listing here in San Francisco or anywhere, and price per square foot will have a prominent spot. That’s because people buying and selling want simple ways to convey the value of a home, and price per square foot, for better or for worse, has become one of them. Unfortunately, price per square foot is a terrible indication of home value. Here’s why. But It’s Easy Math… Start with the price of a home, divide it by

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