In most cases, the condo owner/developer provides detailed floor plans with the dimensions of the unit, including details of each room. By examining the floor plans you should be able to determine the actual square footage.
If there are major discrepancies you should have your agent or condo owner/developer explain them. It may be as others have stated balconies and parking are not or are included.
Bonnie Chernin & David Rogoff
Coldwell Banker Mid Plaza Real Estate
Mobile: 1(917) 593-4068
In most cases the square foot listed will include all the space that comes along with ownership of the condo. This includes the closets, balconies and even the space that the heating system occupies in some cases. Usually the parking space is on a separate deed or agreement so it would not be included.
Your best bet is to do exactly what you did, whip out the tape measure and put it to good use! Regardless of what the square footage is, the bottom line is that what you see is what you get.
If I can be of further assistance please let me know. Thanks and good luck!
Mitchell S. Feldman
Associate Broker/ Director of Sales
Madison Estates & Properties, Inc.
Office: (718) 645-1665
Cellular: (917) 805-0783
Good for you in checking this important detail. Different scenerious to look into. First I would pull tax records and see what the tax accessors office says. Even though you can not rely on this 100% but you can see what they have. I would also see what the listing is stating and ask the listing agent where did they get that square footage. Or ask the seller how they came up with the total square footage because most of the time they provide the total sq.ft. under roof and that includes everything including areas that are not heated and cooled. Or sq.ft. has been added and that dear buyer get straight before you buy. You can place a contingency for appraisel. Just remember you want to get what you pay for.
Note: if you have a discrepency after taking all precautions and you still have the 1335sq.ft then divide the price by the sq.ft and that is exactly what you are paying for sq.ft. I hope this helps. Best of Luck.