In our MLS we have the option to input the heated/cooling sq ft and also the garage sq ft but they are separate fields which I think is a nice feature so the buyer has all the information on the property. But it is up to the Realtor to input both fields in and the heating/cooling field is required and not garage.
Brad, Tim and Juli, thank you for the input. I have been looking in Southern Az and it seems some Realtors don't bother to determine the heated/living area separate from the garage. I believe on occasion some garages are heated so the living area sq footage would be more definitive. I would think the Board of Realtors ethics guidelines might recommend that approach. Misleading listings on Trulia or other websites do not reflect in a positive manner y on the Real Estate profession. I realize most Realtors have accurate listings but the few that don't muddy the waters.
That would be great if we had garage.. I don't know of any property listing that combines the garage and living sq ft. Not sure where youâ€™re looking but most will be just heated and cooled living area. (Taxable area)
Technically, the only square footage that should be shown for a house is heated, living square footage. This should not include the garage. It is misleading to buyers when garage square footage is added in as this makes a price per square foot look more advantageous.