If you're shopping for real estate you need to make sure you're as prepared as possible as it is a big decision with big financial transactions. Especially if this is the first piece of real estate you're about to be buying. Nothing ever goes down perfectly but at the same time being prepared can make the likelihood of later regrets unlikely.
Buying your first real estate property is hard enough already. Not knowing what you're doing can make it even tougher. That's why you need to make sure you hire yourself a real estate agent to help guide you through the process of buying your first home. Whatever questions you have, they will be able to help answer them. Whether you need to know which private mortgage lenders have the best rates, what areas in town are close to things such as grocery stores or pre-schools, or how to make sense of the interest rates and mortgage types you see online.
Real estate agents will be able to help you out with all those scenarios and then some. How much space do you need is a question your real estate agent will ask you even before your start looking at listings. You might not be able to answer them with an exact answer in terms of the square footage you need. It's okay if you're a little confused about that. Your real estate agent will help you figure it out.
How is square footage calculated?
What you need to convey to your agent is what you need in a house or condo. How many bathrooms do you want? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you need a basement or den? Do you want an attic? Answering questions like that will help your agent figure out how big of a house or condo you should be buying. You should also let them know how much stuff you'll be bringing in or eventually buying to fill the place up. Furniture, appliances, boxes, exercise equipment, etc. You probably have a lot of stuff you're going to be bringing with you so you need to determine how much space you're going to need for everything. As well as having enough room to walk around and feel comfortable in.
You and your real estate agent, once figuring out how much space you need, will be able to look at desirable homes and eventually buy the right house for sale that checkes all your boxes!