The absolute worst question in real estate because it is undefined! Cost per sq. ft. what does it mean? Is the land included, are real estate fees included, are city impact fees included, are taxes included, how about builder profit, bank profit & developer profit? What about floor plans, ranches cost significantly more to build then a two story and do we include finished sq. footage of walkout but not a basement? Finally are we talking about just materials or labor and materials? See where this goes and no one has a standard answer for this question! Your best bet is to focus on the value of the home as it relates to the surrounding area and a good full time RealtorÂ® is your best bet in finding a home which represents quality & value. Good Luck!