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Bill White, Home Buyer in 02703

Can you include the sq ft of a finished basement in a raised ranch as livable space?

Asked by Bill White, 02703 Tue Sep 1, 2009

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Yes, as long as it is disclosed in the listing. A bank appraiser, however, may not count the lower level in the square footage. This can make it difficult to obtain financing. I would suggest you consult with a real estate professional to see what similar homes have sold for...and what type of financing those buyers used.

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Yes you can as long as it is disclosed in the listing.
An appraiser will give more value if is above grade living space.
It is also a good idea if you are listing the space to say whether it has windows or a walkout basement.
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Hello Mr White,

I recently read an article that there is no law anywhere in the country that defines what you can or cannot as square footage of a property. I do not remember the source of the article. I would caution that just because there may not be a law or ordinance, does not mean that there is not a guideline or standard of practice in your town. You should check with your building inspector, Assessor and Town Clerk to make sure they do not have any guidelines.
Typically a lower level on a raised ranch does have an area that is considered living space.

Ray Cardoza
Keller Williams Realty
508 558-9619
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