But we are seeing the same thing in this area. One story homes seem to have a shorter time on the market than two story homes - there are plenty of older buyers looking for homes and thinking ahead to retirement and the ease of single story living. I'd love to see days on market for one story vs two story homes sold over the past few months.
( Greater Sacramento area ) that were between 2400 square feet and 2500 square feet. The average size was 2450 square feet.
The average list price is $417,000, The median list price is $399,900
Then I surveyed 142 one story single family homes. in the same size range.
The average list price is $494,00. The median list price is $484,000.
These statistics imply that single story homes of similar square footage are valued at premium of about 15% to 17% above same sized two story homes. (ON AVERAGE)
Your answer is: If two homes of the same size were equally desirable in every other way, the one story home would sell for more money. (on Average)
Ask your Tampa Realtor to run a statistical analysis for your area to see what the discount for the two story is to the one story (Or inversely the premium for a one story over the price of a two story)
I am in TX and I usually see one-stories go faster than 2nd because of several reasons. Some of the basic ones include:
1. No STAIRS
2. Usually lower utility costs
3. Cleaning is easier
4. Maintenance is easier
it has been my experience that anyone can really live in a one story, but a two story may be off limits to certain consumers (handicap, elderly and the physically challenged). In Tampa, if there are alot of empty nesters and snow birds, then one story may be the way to go?
You will obviously want to consult a LOCAL Realtor for more case specific advice.
I'd bet that ranches(one story) is preferred in most markets.