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Old 01-26-2019, 10:27 AM
 
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Wondering it is, whether its gone up significantly in recent years, seems to be stabilizing what.
And yes I know it can vary by finishes/fanciness etc. I'm asking for a general ballpark for a simple design, low to middle "normal" "average" whatever finish per sq foot.
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:38 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I'm asking for a general ballpark for a simple design, low to middle "normal" "average" whatever finish per sq foot.
Any $/SF search or standard is a fools errand.

Somebody recently built two 3BR 2BA 1300SF "raised slab" single level all electric houses on smallish lots.
Nice enough neighborhood, quiet street, etc asked for and got (neighborhood par) of about $150,000.
Comes out to ~$115/sf
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Average here is around $445.
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:51 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Here the state average is $150/sf, but here in the Seattle metro more like $200. The land is also much more expensive, so a typical new home including land at $1.1 million is about $300/sf.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:08 AM
 
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Interestingly I just talked to a friend who is a builder about this recently. He said costs are going up all out of proportion to income and value in our state (TN). Which is probably part of a study I saw this morning that TN is, strangly, one of the lowest cost of living states, yet also one of the least affordable to live in. That is incomes are very low, matching the low cost of living. Yet specifically housing costs have exploded the last few years driving even very basic simply houses out of the income range for many.

In other words, the average income in this state supports an average housing cost of mid $100s. But the actual average cost of basic tract housing is in the mid $200s. The huge building booms around Nashville and Murfreesboro are pushing building costs across the state up, but incomes in those areas are leaving incomes in the rest of the state behind.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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very location-specific.

the cost of materials should be fairly homogenous, though I imagine lumber prices near the source are less than delivered a long distance. It's the labor. and the cost of land (unless you're asking "without the land").

Regardless, it's always location-specific.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:22 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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But the actual average cost of basic tract housing is in the mid $200s.
The actual average selling price of basic tract housing has been pumped up into the mid $200s.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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it appears the OP is in Michigan. As part of location-specific, you have to figure in weather - when is it warm enough to build, what does a foundation/basement cost depending on how common they are, etc.
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Old 01-26-2019, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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In this are (central SC) there are a lot of new developments running about $120 per sq ft, builder grade, formica counters, etc. for 1500sq ft on a small lot. $150 per sq ft get you better fixtures and a larger lot. $200 per sq ft get a large new home, upmarket finishes, on a large lot.

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Old 01-26-2019, 12:01 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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About $125 to $150 a square foot. Just the building, not anything else. No land, no driveway, no utilities.
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