Why dies the lvging area listed on Trulia, Redfin and MLS differ, and what is the accurate figrue?

Asked by Alex Rodrigues, White Plains, NY Sat Apr 9, 2011

The living area here is listed as 3,892 sqft. On MLS it is listed as 3,580 and on Redfin it is listed as 3,263. What is there such a big difference between the size across all these websites? additionally, I was under the impression that the source of redfin data is MLS, but it seems that is not so

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Heath Coker, Agent, Falmouth, MA
Sun Apr 10, 2011
This is one of the problems with the aggregation of listing information. As professionals, we spend a lot of time addressing this kind of confusing discrepancy. One of the first things I look at when a new listing comes on the market is who listed it. That can tell me a lot about the accuracy of the listing information, why the pictures show a beach when the house is more than a walk to any water, and why the price is so.

Finding an experienced, local broker, or agent, to help you learn about the area and properties you are interested in can save you endless confusion, wasted hours, and can definately help you not miss a good purchase.

You might call the old listing agent and see if it is still for sale and what she says is the reason for the difference. Millennium Realty (508) 478-7756 Listing Agent: Judy Leonelli (508) 377-9190

Tell her she "owes me one". ;^]
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Sat Apr 9, 2011
Some use the brokers information, some use the owners information, some use the town records, Some use the basement area (which in mls is allowed if you state that it is included in the gla)

On the listing above it looks like Redfin is using the assessors information (town record). It appears that the listing broker who put the 3580 says he used the public record, but the sq ft value is different. There is an additional 1120 sq ft in the basement.

All that said how can I help you regarding the property? It did not sell and was on the market for 202 days.
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