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can square footage be listed if it is unfinished?

Asked by Joann, Sun Jun 8, 2008

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Joann- Square footage is the most maligned feature in any home listing today, whether in Utah or any other state. Technically speaking, square footage should be the usable inside measurements taken room to room, then added together....but today many Realtors will simply walk the outside of the house and multiply the width by length. This gives them their gross square footage numbers! They then cover their assets by stating, "square footage is approximate, buyers to verify" or some such nonsense. Unfinished can easily be included as long as you are true in your description, such as 2956 square feet plus 892 square feet unfinished. Good luck.
Brian Dunn
Principal Broker
Dunn Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
Square footage is square footage! Include it in your listing! The key is to disclose everything.

What type of area is it? Is it located in the basement? Or above grade, in the main living areas? What needs to be finished? Let your potential buyers know everything upfront. If it's unfinished area above ground you will face difficulties when the potential buyer needs to obtain financing.

Banks and Lenders do not like unfinished areas above grade! With exception of attic space or lofts that are sectioned off from the main areas of living.

Call me with any questions! Jared Anderson @ 801-999-0201. As a Certified Appraiser and Real Estate Agent I deal with these kinds of issues on a daily basis!
Web Reference: http://www.buywithjared.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 26, 2010
Absolutely.
Here in Utah we list total square footage whether it is finished or not.
In other states, they only list main floor square footage.

This is information your agent can easily get for you.

Thanks, Linda
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 14, 2010
The square footage should and usually is listed on listings here in Utah. The typical Utah buyer enjoys his basement, whether it is finished or not. I would just watch out for the cold storage areas being included to the over square footage of homes, they aren't supposed to be included. Always get the info verified through the county records. Thanks james
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
Absolutely, as long as you let everyone know what percentage or how much of it is actually finished.

Logan Real Estate
Web Reference: http://www.kalebkunz.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
If the seller has approved Building permits, it will be for a specific design with square footage indicated on the plans. There is no reason why they can't give you those numbers to indicate the size of the finished building.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
If you have approved Building permits, it will be for a specific design with square footage indicated on your plans. No reason why you can't use those numbers to indicate the size of the finished building.
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