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Art Petersen, Both Buyer and Seller in 85648

Some Realtors seem to fudge on sg ft in that they include the garage . To me this is misleading . In some cases Trulia will have a square footage

Asked by Art Petersen, 85648 Tue Sep 14, 2010

figure that differs from say Realtor.com. Realtors should be more diligent when providing info on the web

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Sandra Paulow’s answer
The square footage of a property is up to the buyer to verify if it is of importance to the buyer. Real Estate professionals are not appraisers and it isn't the Real Estate professional's responsibility to verify square footage. For the most part Real Estate professionals use the County Records for square footage amounts. If the County Records are not correct the professional is not responsible. You shouldn't put too much store in square footages from Trulia or Zillow or other resources either. Square footage can vary a great deal from one property to another, even if they are the same model and floor plan. If square footage is of concern to you as a buyer, it is up to you to pay a professional appraiser to verify it.
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differnt counties and states have different ways to measure sq. footage, rarely, anymore, does an agent measure for sq. footage because it can be so litigous. and ther are differnt accepted ways of measuring sq footage. the architect generally is measuring the perimeter of the home and on the other hand a appraiser has a whole different set of rules, that usually does not include any nonliving space, and are usually dictated by which kind of loan the purchaser is getting, ask a trustworhty agent in your area
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 15, 2010
On the majority of listings in Maricopa County, the square footage listed comes directly from the county assessor. The assessor does not include the garage as it's not livable space; typographical errors do happen from time to time, however.

If square footage is a material issue to you, hire a professional to walk the home and verify.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 15, 2010
In the greater Boston area we only display living area of home not including finnished basement area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 14, 2010
Usually the county only includes "livable" square footage not basements or attics or garages.
At least in Cook County Illinois...
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I agree with the other 2 posters, and I strongly recommend checking out that kind of info during your inspection period.
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i agree with Sandra, if sq footage is an issue for you check with county and make the seller prove it. In our mls it gives the source of the sq ft. County, Appraiser, Builder, or Owner.
Your right garage space should never be advertised.
Talk to the broker of the Realtor.. this usually gets things straitened out.
Web Reference: http://bradbergamini.com
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