Why are some realtors including the square footage of the garage and patio's in their sq footage? They should show the same as public records.

Asked by Jennifer, Saint Augustine, FL Sat Sep 22, 2012

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Annette Law…, Agent, Palm Harbor, FL
Sat Sep 22, 2012
Real Estate Professionals DO include such data in EVERY listing they take. Did I mention EVERY listing?

Here is what you don't know.
"Trulia receives this listing from ListHub, a third party listing provider. As part of Trulia's syndication agreement with ListHub, Trulia has agreed to limit data edits on core fields (e.g. price and status) specified by ListHub."

Core Fields will include square feet, number of bedroom and just about EVERY field that has an influence on value.
Be aware, data aggregaters collect data and will spindle, fold, mutilate, replace, suppress, change, restrict and misrepresent data to what ever means suits their purpose.
The agent is not responsible for faulty data and has not ability to correct errors.
As a result, home buyers and seller end up chasing the illusion of home for sale or the vapors of a home sold weeks ago. If you are serious about a home purchase you should gain access to serious data resources. The most reliable, accurate, relevant, comprehensive, accountable database available is the local Multiple Listing Service.
Any Saint Augustine Realtor(r) can prove you FREE access to this critical data. If you are serious give one of them a call.
No, don't use that 'contact' button.
No, don't relay on Trulia email.
Go old school and pick up the phone. If you are serious.
Best of success in your home purchase,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group, Palm Harbor, FL
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Antonio Vega…, Agent, Saint Cloud, FL
Sat Sep 22, 2012
Good observation. I think there are 4 posibilities: a. They are trying to make you think it is a bigger home, b. They are trying to artificially lower the cost per sqft, c. They are new in the business and are not aware they are doing it wrong. d. Public records are incorrect (happens often). I hope c and d are correct, because the first a and b are malicious and dishonest reasons. Was this answer helpful? If so please click on the "green thumbs up" or the "best answer".

Tony Vega
La Rosa Realty
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Tom Priester, Agent, Tequesta, FL
Sat Sep 22, 2012
Dear Jennifer,

Great question as the square footage of a property has a great deal when determining it's true market value. Any listing should include two values for square footage; one would be livable square feet and the 2nd for total square feet. Livable square feet includes any space that is air conditioned while the total square feet number would include areas like garages and covered patios. Both numbers are very important when determining value and should be double checked against public records and any discrepancy resolved.

I just showed a listing yesterday that was listed by a discount brokerage and the square footage was off by over 10% which I pointed out to the owner who didn't seem concerned. Perhaps that will change someday if they are ever challenged. Being professionally represented when buying or selling is so very important as a qualified agent will be able to show you how this information should be used as just one small party of the equation when determining value.

I hope this information is helpful but if you need anything additional please do not hesitate to give me a call.

Always at Your Service,

Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"

Keller Williams Realty
561 308-0175
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