Buy vs. Build

Is it cheaper to upgrade to a bigger house or add space on your current property?

The answer depends on real estate trends in your local area, including current home prices, labor, and material costs trends. Realm’s exclusive cost per square foot index uses up to data data to help you determine if it is better to buy a bigger house or build more square feet in your county.

If you do live in an area where it is cheaper to build more space than to buy a bigger home, look up your property at Realm for a free analysis of cost & ROI for various home addition projects.

To get started, search for your county in the table below. Note: a county with a ratio > 100% means it is more expensive per square foot to buy than to build. We only include counties with enough data to have a significant sample size for this calculation. Feel free to email us at learn@myrealm.co if you are looking for data on a county not shown below.

Note: we only include counties with enough data to have a significant sample size for this calculation.

If you live in an area where it is cheaper to build vs. buy, check out our guide to home additions and learn more about how much you can build and at what cost at myrealm.co.

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