After 16 years in sales, I have seen many descriptions of property that may not exactly fit the actual home. Some agents take a "salesmanâ€™s license" and fluff the property making it out to be more than it is. Others try to accurately describe it given the limited amount of ad space available. I don't have any quick reference as to any "legal" authority, although an appraiser would probably be a good source. Many terms/calculations/descriptions have been commonly used through the years and there meaning have sometimes changed as new styles of housing have been developed. Terms are also regional in nature. Something commonly referred to on the east coast may be referred to differently on the west coast. When reading ads, remember they are designed to get your attention and hopefully get you to view the property. If you don't believe what is in the ad, you probably won't want that home. Read ads with a grain of salt. They provide good information, but may not always be entirely accurate.
I guess my definition of a bedroom would be 4 walls a ceiling and door plus it would need a closet and a window. Now here are some examples of what might be construed as a bedroom. Lets say you have a finished room in a basement with no window. Is it a bedroom? In many communities, the "loft" is actually a bedroom in a different floor plan. The loft version gave an open room. It is a simple construction project to wall it off if you want a "true" bedroom instead of the loft. While I'm thinking of it, there are other areas of home description open to interpretation. What constitutes a 2/2.5/or workspace area garage? What constitutes sq/ft? Is it gross living area? do you include the basement?, Is it your floor plan? What constitutes a deck? Is it an 8x8 minimal slab, or should it be bigger? Is a covered porch just a slight bump out over the door, or should it be a full canopy?
I guess to sum things up, there are no "ad police". The board of realtors reviews the BLC ads for compliance for fair housing laws, but actual descriptions can vary in accuracy.
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