It is my understanding that agents previously quoted square footage to buyers. Buyers then had an appraisal (or measured) and were pursuing legal action against brokers for square footage they "purchased" that never existed.
We can quote you square footage with the disclaimer that, "the tax records say it's x square feet."
As others mentioned, our means of obtaining square footage if primarily the tax records, which are public domain and pretty easily accessible to anyone with a computer - or the desire to go to the county courthouse!
Hope this helps!
I think Lee explained it best! Agents or Brokers don't want to get sued for 5 SQFt of home because one person measured a closet and the other didn't.
Tax records can be fairly accurate to give you a good idea of the size of the home. In many cases it can help you if someone finished out a basement or something and it's still recognized as unfinished Sq. Ft. then your taxes may not be as high.
LIABILITY....plan and simple. Some o' bad rotten apple ruined the whole bushel!
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I agree with you that Georgia is a "GREAT" state and after living in over 15 states and 2 locations overseas, I would not live anywhere else!
As for your question, Bob is correct. The MLS service is the culprit. This is due to all of those in todays world that look for small miscues so that can file a lawsuit. But, if you or a buyer do want to know the square footage of a property, it can almost always be found on line at the County's Tax Accessor's web site. Some newer properties may not have the complete information, but the majority will of existing homes will. You can access the information using the address, owner's name, parcel number, etc. Another method would be to go to the county office and search the records there. The folks that work in these offices are always very helpful.
I would caution you that as a seller, I would not quote square footage to a buyer. Also, initial buying prices and motgage amounts are listed in tax records and providing this information to buyers may give them an advantage in the negotiation process. If a buyer wants "all" of the particulars, let them or their agent gather that. You should be concerned with staging, curb appeal, comparables and pricing, accurate property disclosures, etc.
Have a great "Georgia" day and if you need any additional information, let me know.