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Shelly, Other/Just Looking in Oakland, CA

We are getting ready to sell our house. We bought it as a four-bedroom, but have since turned that bedroom into an office.

Asked by Shelly, Oakland, CA Wed Apr 17, 2013

Should we sell it as such or use the “four bedroom” feature in our ads?

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Hi Shelly, Unless you did something drastic structurally, such as removing the closet, window or doorway, it is still considered a legal bedroom. This applies even if you put in "built-ins" for office furniture since these can be used or removed by the next buyer. Feel free to give me a call if you'd like to discuss further, I work with many Oakland homeowners to help them get top dollar, often months before they actually are ready to put the house on the market.
Highland Partners
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Disclosure is always a big part of the dynamic. What do the tax records say? You may have a bought it as a 4 bed, but it could "legally" be a 3 bed. Are the tax records correct? Unpermitted work? To sell it as a 4 bedroom if it in fact is not (or lack of disclosure thereon), could expose you to liability.

Also - when you say "turned... into an office." what exactly does that mean? Simply use that room as an office... or did actual alterations to the room/house.

Marketing considerations - yes, 4 beds is likely to have more appeal than less bedrooms.

So there's a few issues here, but not enough info about your particular situation that any of us here can give a definitive answer to.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Hi Shelly,

Is the closet still there? Does it have a window and a door? If you are just using the actual bedroom as an office without making any changes to it, you can call it a 4th bedroom.

Are you looking to sell your home on your own as a For Sale By Owner? That is not a very good idea since there is so much to know and there are so many hurdles when selling your home. You should for sure have an agent look out for your best interest, give you the best advice and guidance throughout the transaction.

At our Company (Help-U-Sell), we charge a set fee for our services, as opposed to the traditional 6 percent commission, which, in turn, helps you to retain a greater amount of equity while still receiving all the real estate services you expect.

Our agents are fully licensed professionals, members of the local Board of Realtors and of the National Association of Realtors®, work with both Buyers and Sellers, and provide a full range of real estate services.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Do you still have a closet in the office? If so, it sounds like it could still be called a bedroom.

It would probably be best to have an agent look at the whole house and give you their marketing plan, including what to call the 4th bedroom.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Shelly, you should be able to still sell the home as a four BR as long as you have a window and closet. I have sometimes used the office idea for potential buyers so you could even keep it as an office/bedroom. This just gives buyers ideas of how to use the room.

Hope this helps!

Beth Seifart
Keller WIlliams Realty - Leesburg, VA
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
Thank you guys so much, all of your answers are super helpful! :-)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 24, 2013
Go with whatever your tax records say. It the office has a closet - then it is still considered a bedroom. If it does have a closet, absolutely advertise it as a 4 bedroom. You'll get more takers.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
It is still a four bedroom. You can use it anyway you like, but if it meets the city's requirements for a bedroom (these vary but usually there are egress requirements, heat and other health and safety conditions) than you still have a four bedroom house.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Are you working with a Realtor, Shelly? If not, call me 510 393-5283. Katie O'Shea
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 17, 2013
Unless you took out the CLOSET,
it is still a 4 bedroom place.
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