This is a shared responsibility..one that calls on the listing agent to provide complete, accurate and up to date information and the buyer's agent to varify this and work with the buyer, helping them to become as informed as possible.
Best wishes with your home purchase.
A listing agent is hired by a seller to market and advertise a property on the open market to attract as many buyers as possible. A buyer's agent takes the information offered and confirms to a buyer it is correct to the best of their ability. It is perfectly fine to ask a buyer's agent where they got the information to confirm it is indeed accurate if they do not offer this to a buyer first.
I typically give the information to my buyer clients in writing via email. Doing this eliminates agent disclosure issues that may arise when working with buyer clients. Mistakes happen when there is a lack of disclosure and information that a buyer needs to make a good decision on a purchase.
Good luck and best,
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The buyer is provided the rules and regulation and HOA document for this exact purpose. You really, really should read them. Your agent may be unaware that a Prohibition of motorcycles would be an issue for you....for example or that our pocket puppy is in reality an aggressive breed...for protection of course. It is very likely you did or will notate that you received and reviewed those documents.
The data regarding the home represents the best effort to determine the square feet. It will be noted if the source of the data was from tax records or other sources.The appraiser that you will pay will make the actual measurements.
Taxes, in many cases involve independent taxing authorities which means taxes can only be approximated. There may be tax adjustments based on owner qualification and ownership structure. Only the buyer knows all these details. Again, the buyer needs to verify what taxes they may be required to pay, exempt from and credited.
For more information read the disclaimers on the documents you have. Of great importance is the statement at the bottom of each page that reads something like: "Elements deemed of material value should be verified by the buyer."
You are in New York. Why have you left the attorney out as a responsible party?