You can euphemize. Wrote vintage instead of dated. Wrote cozy instead of small. Wrote Diamond in the rough instead of big dog fixer.
But, not allowed to round up.
I do that so people looking for at least 2000 sqft don't miss out on a property.
The other thing is a Realtor may disclose actual square footage in the private agent remarks so a buyer's Realtir can tell them.
Maybe there is a room addition that a seller put on that adds 200 sqft extra. The Seller's Realtor may add that 200 sqft on the general MLS and in the private remarks disclose the seller did a room addition adding 200 sqft that not permitted.
But that comes with a caveat. Most often a realtor can state the source of where the information was given to them, but there would need to be further substantiation as to whether it was fact or not. For example, in the case given, an appraiser may measure additional square footage than what is shown in the tax records. The seller would need to disclose if they know for a fact that the addition was done without permit. However, there are situations that the addition was done by a previous owner. Having the buyer review the permits pulled on the home at the county planning department may help determine if the work was done with or without permits.
It comes to reason that any disclosure should be validated by the appropriate authorities. That is never the realtor.
The sources can be, but not limited to:
2. public records
3. measured by:
What you may see on sites like Trulia or Zillow is in no way related to ANYTHING the agent does nor is the agent or brokerage responsible.
You need to use the data your REALTOR provided you.
Best of success,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor University High School distirct