Check out some open houses!
In fact, I just had time to go through a few, but here are a couple stray observations:
–The Southwestern equivalent to the Midwestern “ranch” or “rambler” is a “villa-style” one story (Spanish architecture, tile roof, open floor plan, lots of patio’s and sliding doors, etc.).
However, with no basement or upper level, a Scottsdale home (pictured above) with 4,000 finished square feet actually has a foundation size of . . . . 4,000 square feet!
By contrast, in the Midwest, a typical 4,000 square foot home would be a two-story, with perhaps a 1,700 square foot foundation.
The much more vertical floor plan would then typically have about 800 FSF in the lower level, 1,700 on the main, and the remaining 1,500 up.
–How do you tell if the agent hosting the open is accurately reporting traffic?
Put it this way: if the open is advertised as 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and you arrive at 3:40 p.m. to find the Realtor hitting all the lights . . . it wasn’t great, no matter what they say.
That’s especially the case if they don’t appear to be especially stressed or rushing somewhere — in other words, you can rule out an emergency for their having to leave early.