Pkolvik, Home Buyer in New Fairfield, CT

Why does the square footage not include the lower level on raised ranch's there are large family rooms located on the lower level?

Asked by Pkolvik, New Fairfield, CT Tue May 22, 2012

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The real question is why does Danbury include it, but no other town (that I know of) does. Check out vision appraisal.com and look at raised ranches in Danbury. Lower level is included in total square footage in Danbury. In New Fairfield it is listed as RR Lower level x sq feet. But it's a separate line item. Not in the total square footage Kind of deceiving if you're house shopping and you think you're comparing apples to apples between the two towns, or between Danbury and any other town. Ps Danbury apparently includes finished basements in square footage always. Regardless of style.
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The real question is why does Danbury include it, but no other town (that I know of) does. Check out vision appraisal.com and look at raised ranches in Danbury. Lower level is included in total square footage in Danbury. New Fairfield lists it as RR Lower level x sq feet. But it's a separate line item. Not in the total square feet. Kind of deceiving if you're house shopping and you think you're comparing apples to apples between the two towns, or between Danbury and any other town! Especially since the same appraisal company has been contracted by both towns.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 29, 2012
In the description of a property with a basement, unless a walk out basement, should be included in the general text description of the property to let the potential buyers know what they are buying.
Like for example.... this wonderful 3000 sq. feet home also boasts a 1500 sq.ft. finished basement with a full bath, bedroom and rec room.....

If you work with a Realtor he will be able to find out from the listing agent....

The multiple listing services where Realtors post their listed homes, have specific requirement of what Realtors can and cannot post, and there are fees if they stray from those rules.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 24, 2012
Hi,

Building sq. ft. is governed by appraisers. Their guidelines include: even if the floor level is only slightly below ground on 1 or more sides of the structure, it is not considered living space.

Diane Rocconi, Your Next Home LLc
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New Fairfield, CT 06812
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 22, 2012
If the lower level is below grade, it is not considered livable area, and there may not be a certificate of occupancy that includes it.
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