Carlene, Other/Just Looking in 30345

Are sunrooms part of the gross living area of a house, and should they be counted as additional sq.footage?

Asked by Carlene, 30345 Thu Jun 17, 2010

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Hank Miller, Agent, Alpharetta, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
Areas considered in gross living area must be heated and cooled and fully above grade. There are other requirements, but for a sunroom those are most applicable.

Hank
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David - Appr…, , Maricopa, AZ
Thu Jun 17, 2010
That depends on how it is constructed and what amenities is has within its area. As others have stated, heating/cooling. Also power (elec). It may be if the construction makes it completely enclosed (not just screened in) with framing and solid or glass walls or windows. Also if it was added space, were permits issued making it legal
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Mark Lackey, Agent, Norcross, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
If they are heated and cooled they are considered unless below grade then it shows as basement.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Thu Jun 26, 2014
I've heard that if they are enclosed and heated they can be. Should also have a certificate of occupancy pif a permit was needed.

Chris
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Sally English, Agent, Atlanta, GA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
Can not be a window unit in order to count as part of gross living space- correct?
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Kawain Payne, Agent, Seal Beach, CA
Fri Mar 22, 2013
If the room is permitted, and up to all building and safety codes it can be counted in the square footage of the home, and will add value to the home..

Best Regards,
Kawain Payne, Realtor
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James Dudley, Agent, Suwanee, GA
Fri Jun 18, 2010
Carlene,

I think you have your answers from the previous posts.

Mark,

What will need to take place to correct the SF problem is that it will have to start becoming a part of our listing paperwork for agents and brokers to measure and account for.

Or just get rid of it all together. This method of using tax records is in-accurate and confusing for home buyers and sellers. If it's going to be implemented into our listing data then it needs to be done correctly and not half A$$.
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Terry Turner, , Atlanta, GA
Fri Jun 18, 2010
Carol,
That is what you need to find out. Pull your tax card and see what the difference is between the tax records and your appraisal. It could mean a LOT of money for you.

Terry T.
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Carol Wilson, Agent, MARIETTA, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
I just had an appraisal done this week and the sunroom did not count as square footage. The room had a painted plywood ceiling, the exterior wall of the home was one wall, it was heated and cooled with a "motel" type unit and the windows were more porch like than those found in the house. It IS considered as square footage on the tax records. It is very confusing.

~Carol
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Terry Turner, , Atlanta, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
Mark, That is just what I am talking about. The tax records are WRONG! 99% of the time. BUT, the game is $MONEY$ if your paying TAXES on Square Feet you do not have, that is WRONG!

Get your customer to verify and make sure. I also can do just a house Sketch.
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Mark Lackey, Agent, Norcross, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
An interesting thing came to mind with your question.

In Georgia we never quoted square footages, but now the data shows up on FMLS. It is coming from the tax records which many times are wrong. Now the issues of the wrong numbers is coming to life and causing me issues.

I have a listing the tax records show as 5,508 sf when it isn’t much over 4,000 sf. Buyers think their getting a deal on price per sf. I have another shown at 2,991 sf by the tax records and the last appraisal shows 3,405. Those buyers feel ripped off on the price per sf. Even crazier, a full basement on a 3,000+ sf home showed as 728 sf but the appraiser measured 1,314 sf.

Goes to show you square feet around Atlanta may not mean much after all. And, I don’t know how to get them all corrected since each county has their own tax folks inputting data.

Mark Lackey
Atlanta Housing Source at
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Tean Wong, Agent, Boston, MA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
Is it finished? Heated? if yes, it can be counted as living space.
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Terry Turner, , Atlanta, GA
Thu Jun 17, 2010
Hank and Mark have answered correctly! You need to check the Tax Card to make sure they have your information correct! The Square Footage, age and site size. All of these, if incorrect, can cost you money in Property Taxes.

http://www.FairTaxAppraiser.com
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