Gingercushing, Home Buyer in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

When Trulia lists $/ft2, does that include garage and lanai in the calculation, or is it simply air conditioned living area? Thanks

Asked by Gingercushing, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Sat Mar 24, 2012

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Kim Sandberg, Agent, Ponte Vedra, FL
Sat Mar 24, 2012
Yes, the living area (i.e. heated/cooled space) is what should be used for total square footage when they calculate this. Which would exclude your garages, porches, patios and even lanais. Some people try to use their "florida rooms" as add'l square footage because they have an a/c window unit in them...I was told this is a no-no. It needs to be under roof. fully ducted air & heated space to count 100% in SF and I'm sure other appraisers would also argue that.

And remember price per square foot is only one way to calculate value. I would much rather use true sold comparables to the subject property and look good/hard at the upgrades, condition and location of the property in order to give you a better feel for market value rather than simply using a general cost per sf. Just think if you had a home that had all new hardwood flooring, updated kitchen with higher end appliances and fully remodeled baths on a lake with a new roof vs. same SF home in same neighborhood with laminate flooring, older kitchen/baths, original roof and backed up to the busy highway. One should have a lot more value than the other agree? Great example why just using cost per SF would NOT be a fair comparison of these two homes.
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I was not aware what the definition of living space was. It would make sense that being able to be heated and cooled is a part of the definition. Being able to cool off or heat up a house is really a big part of why some places are liveable and others are not.
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Sat Mar 24, 2012
Square fottage includes LIVING AREA; which excludes Garages, Patios, Walkways and usually Basements. For a single story house, it is the FOOTPRINT of the house, which includes walls, closets and ducting areas.
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Walter 'Skip'…, Agent, Brea, CA
Sat Mar 24, 2012
It should only include living space. Rather it does or not is something else.
Good luck,
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