We suspect an illegal addition to a house we wish to purchase in Laguna Hills, CA. Realtors not helping. How can we find this info...anywhere online?

Asked by Alexandra S., California Sun Jul 17, 2011

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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Sun Jul 17, 2011
I don't understand why "realtors are not helping".

Take the address down to the City Planning Office; where ever the Building Permits are issued.
Tell them your problem and they will help you.
They will tell you more than I possibly could.

Good luck and may God bless
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Maryam Farzad, Agent, Chino Hills, CA
Sun Jul 17, 2011
The first step for this inspection item is the assesor office. Just call them. All title records online also show the square footage in accordance to the assessor records. If the records for the assessor shows a different square footage as opposed to the square footage on your appraisal record,then it is only possible that an addition was made without a permit. If you are buying an older property, built 78 or before in Laguna
Niguel, Laguna hills, Mission Viejo, etc.., some of these properties do not have updated records or correct informations in the assesor office, and some are even missing records in the city offices. To correct your property square footage you may call the assesor's office and request a representative to come in and remeasure your house and correct the assesor records. But this will cause your property value to be reassesed or potentially increase also.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun Jul 17, 2011

The county records should indicate the accurate square footage for the home. If the published sale square footage does not match the county records information this may be an indication of an unpermitted addition. Also, any additions to a structure should be approved with a permit that also is part of the public records.

Good luck,

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John Arendsen, Agent, Leucadia, CA
Sun Jul 17, 2011
Nothing worse than a lazy RE agent. Talk to their broker and see if you can't get some cooperation. If you're not already committed to the deal I'd find a more aggressive and assertive agent.
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Sun Jul 17, 2011
City of Laguna Hills Planning and Building Department (949) 707-2600

If you read: http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.a… you'll see that the information is entered into the "Building Module" and issue the permit as a final step to the process. Give them a call tomorrow (they may not be open for questions until 1PM) and you'll find out. To my knowledge there isn't an online database that Laguna Hills has regarding availability of building permits.

The assessor website is http://egov.ocgov.com/ocgov/Assessor%20-%20Webster%20Guillory and http://egov.ocgov.com/portal/site/ocgov/menuitem.4981dc715fc… is the treasury website but I didn't find anything about being able to check the square footage of a home.
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Rebecca Cham…, , Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Sun Jul 17, 2011
If the building and safety department doesn't have a record of it, check with the county assessor's office. They have the plans for all legal square footage and since they don't have a lot of foot traffic, it's easy and simple usually.

This all comes after asking the Seller obviously unless it's a bank owned sale. If you are represented by an agent, they should be helping you as that is part of good representation in my opinion.

If you are utilizing a loan to purchase, unless someone can prove all of the square footage is there legally, the bank may not fund the loan.

Good luck!
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