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10 states with the biggest houses | Inman News

10 states with the biggest houses

Realtor.com: More than half of states with largest median home size are in West

By Inman News, Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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Six of the 10 states with the biggest homes are in the West, based on the median square footage of homes for sale on Realtor.com in September.

Realtor.com reported that the median size of homes for sale in Utah was the largest in the country that month, at 2,305 square feet. Utah was also the only state to post a median four bedrooms for the typical home; every other state posted a median three bedrooms. Washington, D.C., was the only area in the country where homes for sale at Realtor.com had a median two bedrooms.

The six Western states among the top 10 with the largest homes are: Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. Three of the states are in the South: Texas, Georgia and Maryland. One Midwest state is on the top 10 list: South Dakota.

Median lot sizes among the 10 varied widely, from just under 10,000 square feet in Texas to a median 74,000 square feet per for-sale property in Montana.

Median prices also varied, from $165,000 in Georgia to $299,900 in Maryland, though both states had roughly the same median house size. The median price data reflects all for-sale property listings on Realtor.com, including land, single-family homes, condos and co-ops. (View the full list of median house sizes for all 50 states and Washington, D.C.)

State: Utah


Median house size (sq. ft.) 2,305
Median lot size (sq. ft.) 10,019
Median price $219,900
Median beds/baths 4/2.5

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With Utah leading the way!!!
The top ten list from Inman news and Realtor.com includes:
#1 - Utah - 2305 sqft
#2 - Colorado - 2126 sqft
#3 - Wyoming - 2052 sqft
#4 - Montana - 2040 sqft
#5 - Texas - 2031 sqft
#6 - South Dakota - 1984 sqft
#7 - Georgia - 1963 sqft
#8 - Idaho - 1932 sqft
#9 - Maryland - 1920 sqft
#10-Washington - 1903 sqft

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The foreclosure next door: saving your neighborhood | Deseret News

It is easy to spot.

The grass is crispy brown. Backyard weeds peek over the top of a 6-foot-tall fence. The trees are dead and swarming with insects. Fading notices are duct taped to the broken garage door and to the front door. Old newspapers and a sack of phonebooks sit on the sagging porch. It is the foreclosure next door — a symbol of pain and sadness and a harbinger of property values dropping.

Gaynell Instefjord is a real estate agent working in foreclosures. Instefjord shows how the kitchen cupboards were stripped from a foreclosed home by the previous owner of a home in Midvale.

Gaynell Instefjord is a real estate agent working in foreclosures. Instefjord shows how the kitchen cupboards were stripped from a foreclosed home by the previous owner of a home in Midvale.
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Gaynell Instefjord has seen it all. For more than a dozen years the associate broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Sandy, Utah has worked selling foreclosed houses for several bank clients. In the best of circumstances, she says, it is a long process.

But it isn’t the best of circumstances right now. In Utah, where Instefjord works, foreclosures totaled 6,567 during the third quarter, ranking the state in 6th place for the most filings. Foreclosures fell 39 percent from the previous year. Nationwide, foreclosure filings fell 38 percent to 214,855 in September.

This means that few people don't have a foreclosed or abandoned home in their neighborhood. There are things that neighbors can do, however, to preserve property values and maybe even get the home sold.

The Process

The process to foreclose takes time. The bank has to wait for three consecutive missed payments before it can issue a notice of default. Then another three months go by to give the homeowner a chance to fix the problem. The bank then files a notice of trustee sale. About 30 days later the trustee sale occurs and the foreclosure is complete. In all, it's a seven-month process. "That's the quickest it can happen," Instefjord says. "The process is dictated by the trust deed and note the borrower signed when purchasing the property."

But it doesn't have to go that fast.

Some banks, particularly with the high number of defaults these days, may wait for more than 12 months of missed payments before starting the process.

This means the bank is not the owner of the abandoned home until it is foreclosed. It can't keep weeds down and secure the property against vandalism. It can't board up broken windows and tarp a leaky roof to protect the house against further damage.

"Neighbors get upset that the house sits and looks bad and they wonder why somebody doesn't do anything about it," Instefjord says. "The reality is as long as the consumer owns the property, the bank can't do anything to it at all."

Behind Foreclosed Doors

Kitchen cabinets are torn down. Sinks and bathtubs are taken out. The baseboards are ripped out. Heating elements are removed from water heaters. Bleach is poured on carpets. Some people are not happy about losing their home.