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Your First Lesson Is Critical In Home Buying 101

If Florida State University were to teach Home Buying 101, then the first lesson would be about the importance of preparation.

Too many people start the home buying process simply armed with a few rules of thumb and a quickly gathered list of homes for sale from the internet.

But the Tallahassee real estate market does not forgive the under-informed, and that is why some buyers are finding themselves missing the boat in the best buyer's market ever.

The Critical First Lesson In Home Buying

Recently, a buyer sent a basic list of "needs" and "wants" to her Joe Manausa Real Estate buyer's agent. Included in the list was the usual ... bedrooms, baths, garage, living room, etc. But she also included a requirement that the home be priced below $X.xx per square foot.

This is something that we see rather frequently, and it lets us know that we need to spend more time up front with this buyer. The "price per square foot" is merely a rule of thumb ... a simple way to analyze the overall market in general and to perhaps even compare two homes that are VERY similar. But how would you propose buying a home with a price per square foot budget?

Homes that contain expensive amenities would be eliminated (perhaps even those amenities that the buyer absolutely wants in the home).

Imagine a home with a pool versus the same home without the pool. What is the price per square foot of the pool?

Or how about a home on a quarter acre versus a home on 80 acres. What is the price per square foot of the additional land?

Price per square foot is merely a rule of thumb, and it is important that people buying a home be better armed with information that will ensure they get the right home at the right price.

Home Buying Process For Smart Buyers

Home Buying For Smart People e-CourseI created the Home Buying For Smart People e-Course several years ago to ensure that our readers received the preparation necessary to make a smart purchase in a very troubled market. While the Tallahassee real estate market is improving, the need for this course has not been diminished.

I encourage you to subscribe to the home buying e-Course if you will be buying a home in the next year or two (or even sooner).

Of course, if you are ready for the one-on-one meeting to put the home buying plan together, just drop me a note and we can schedule a time to review your needs and wants.

Frequently Asked Question From Home Buyers

With so many beginning buyers asking about home values in terms of price per square foot, I have created a quick FAQ video titled How Is Square Footage Used In The Valuation Of A Home.

I hope it answers the remainder of any questions about using price per square foot for home buying, if not, please use the comment box following this blog post and we will answer your questions as best as possible.


*Joe Manausa Real Estate is a brokerage company headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida. Its unique business model provides specialists to both home sellers and home buyers, and the results speak for themselves. JMRE has significantly more 5-star reviews on google than any other local competitor. Joe Manausa Real Estate is a leader in internet marketing and utilizes search engine optimization, email marketing, social media and data analytics to get their clients’ home sold faster and for more money than any other Tallahassee brokerage firm. For more information, visit www.manausa.com or call us at (850) 366-8917.

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