Yes there is something that can be done.You put a sign up on the mail boxes in that neighborhood and have a meeting with all home buyers,if he did it to you he did it to them.You all measure your homes foundation from the outside and dont include any garage exterior walls or porch areas,and calculate that sqare footage.If it is more than 2% different you all agree to hire the same lawyer and start a class action law suit against the builder,he also may be criminally responsible for fraud so notify the RCMP or Police,he will likely just close that company and open a new one,but at least you will have brought it to the attention of people.This happens more than you would like to hear,but car dealers are better regulated than builders,but that does not mean they can operate outside the law.Good luck and the wheel of justice take time to turn but think about the future of the reputation of that builder,he wont be able to do it again.... more
The square footage should only include living space above ground, it does not include garages, basements, attics and rooms not walled in with 4 walls, heated have a door and a window. check with the asessors office what they have for a suare footage. Check your appraisal what they used for an appraisal and compare.... more
I had this problem with my home purchase. the house measured by appraiser 500 sq ft less than the MLS.
The MLS stated the source came from tax record, but the county tax record showing different number.
The problem is the appraisal value is a bit higher than the purchase price. So I can't use my appraisal contingency to back out from the contract.
I'm now trying to pursue renegotiation route with the seller. My broker said I might loose the earnest money if I back out.... more
With all due respect Tom, it was the BUYER that did the careful reading of section 13, first pointed out where the seller's choices and actions were out of contract with regard to unilaterally moving forward on non-mutually agreed to repairs, engaging in work which required permits and notification of the town code enforcement officer, neither of which was done. Installing windows in such a way as to void their warranty and repairs to structure in violation of the local code.
The REALTORS, both Buyer's and Seller's agents were focused on "the deal", NOT the hidden flaws in the home, facilitating clear and timely communication between buyer and seller,nor dotting and crossing the contractual i's & t's.
Just because someone is a "qualified" REALTOR, does not in and of itself mean that someone will do their job, or do it well, nor prevent them from being a total dolt. Nor. does my being on these pages as a "Real Estate Pro" mean I'm a Realtor, or, acted as one in this transaction.
You are certainly entitled to your opinion, and, I'm sure there ARE GOOD buyer's agents out there. Somewhere.... more