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Rosemary Lee, Home Buyer in 94579

I'v notice that several properties have noted that square footagedoes not agreed with tax records. Is this?

Asked by Rosemary Lee, 94579 Sun May 31, 2009

legal. I have not seen this posted in the mainland.


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This happens all the time, and is not abnormal. A buyer should not rely on either the listing info or tax info. An appraiser is the best person to determine the sq ft of any home.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 25, 2013
In my recent experience, I found it especially challenging getting a loan for such properties especially if the appraiser does their job well and dismisses illegal add-ons or even notes them. Lender's don't like words such as non-conforming when underwriting time comes.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 1, 2009
There are two reasons why you see this a lot here
1. It is illegal to advertise a certain number of square feet if they do not actually exist.
2. We have a lot ot "Ohana" living situations, where lanais are enclosed, decks are built and rooms are added on.
These are not always done by getting permits, especially 20+ years ago. This a good reason for a home inspector to look over everything carefully. Even in homes where the square footage is the same, you may see bathrooms modified, walls constructed or removed and some suspect electrical connections.

When in doubt, verify everything including square footage. Ask lots of questions.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 31, 2009
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