Aaron Mtuanwi, INSPIRED TO SERVE Atlanta, GA [Metro Atlanta Area] (LBBM Brokers, Inc)

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

An appraisal/survey

Oct 20, 2016 11:19 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is way too broad a question for this venue. How big is the discrepancy? How did it come about? How do you measure square footage in your area? Measure the same home 4 times and you might get four different numbers.

Oct 20, 2016 05:05 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

we put this in the mls remarks; *HOA Fees, home square footage, and lot sizes should be independently verified.

Oct 20, 2016 09:03 PM
Todd & Devona Garrigus
Garrigus Real Estate - Beaumont, CA
Broker / REALTORS®

Are you just disclosing it on a listing or....? Can you explain your Context? 

Oct 20, 2016 04:26 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am with Nina Hollander on this one.  My sense is that Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 - with the appraisal/survey may resolve the issue. 

Oct 21, 2016 02:13 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386  nailed this one!

Oct 21, 2016 12:03 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Have an appraiser do a sq ft appraisal.

Oct 20, 2016 10:29 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Your question is not specific enough.

Oct 20, 2016 10:10 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

land or home size?

land....have the seller survey it....instrument survey

home....outside dimensions can easily be measured....

Oct 20, 2016 09:57 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

See Paul Antonelli answer.  Verify, verify, verify.

Oct 20, 2016 09:09 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Here, if the county data is incorrect, the first thing to do is to go to the town and found out how they do their measurements. Then make sure they updated the town and county data correctly, if it is indeed wrong.

Often times, the homeowner/real version of square footage is different because the homeowner did an addition without town concurrence. 

Oct 20, 2016 09:03 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends on the context.

Oct 20, 2016 08:38 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Aaron Mtuanwi - public records are usually not questioned.  Else get the appraisers.

Oct 20, 2016 03:53 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Different areas have different ways they calculate the "official" square footage.  I use whatever is in the public records.  If you use your own number, it opens you up to complaints.

Oct 20, 2016 02:27 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Measure to your own satisfaction!

Oct 20, 2016 02:16 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Get a 3rd party measurements.  

Oct 20, 2016 02:08 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If I think there is an issue with the square footage, I have an appraiser come in a re-measure.

Oct 22, 2016 08:31 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

There may be several opinions, to add yours, just pull out a tape and a calculator.

Oct 21, 2016 06:24 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Our MLS allows us to indicate if the square footage is appraiser measured or agent measured. I have found no matter who does it, there will be a variance. If you think it is grossly off, your taxing authority may be willing to recalculate especially if they think they stand to gain additional taxes. 

Oct 21, 2016 05:57 AM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

I assume you want to dispute the appraisal as too small? Tape measure and get all the angles perfect, may need another licensed appraiser to provide the arbitration. If is to put in the listing, the square footage with county may not reflect additions, make sure they were permitted. 

Oct 21, 2016 05:38 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I do my own measurements to double-check. When in doubt, err on the side of being lower. May want to get a professional, say from town hall, involved.

Oct 21, 2016 04:11 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

An appraiser should be able to verify the square footage.  If you have access to the original blue prints, the architect/builder would have this information as well.  Be aware that if this info is brought to light with the local taxing district, if you live in an area with property taxes, the change in square footage could result in additional or less property taxes owed.

Oct 21, 2016 04:04 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Aaron Mtuanwi What is the discrepancy? Have an appraiser measure the property and then present it to the County/City.

Oct 21, 2016 03:50 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Getting a professional to measure, etc.

Oct 21, 2016 03:41 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Have it professionally measured (appraiser should be fine) and then contact the county assessor's office and petition for the correction.

Oct 21, 2016 03:32 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm with Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 on this one and add the tax collector

Oct 21, 2016 03:06 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

The best way is when the appraiser does it or ask county to calculate it. I use tax records.

Oct 21, 2016 01:58 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

County assessor might be a good start.

Oct 21, 2016 12:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The OWNER is responsible for correcting.

The agent is responsible for disclosing and advising buyers, "More square footage equals higher taxes."

Then include in description "Buyer is responsible for confirming all attributes of value. Agent believes data to be accurate but not verified.

Oct 21, 2016 12:03 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Include the correct information in your listing.

Oct 20, 2016 11:45 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Land - survey

home size - measure it!

Oct 20, 2016 10:50 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Aaron - as others have answered, the context of the discrepancy or measurement needs to be known.

I "cite" the source for measurement of a property size.  The home is 2000 square feet per public records.  Or per appraisal 09/01/16.  Or from professional measurement.   Then add a disclosure about verifying the information.    

Oct 20, 2016 10:49 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

For you listing, measure it yourself. I always check the tax card, original appraisal and old mls. If anything differs, break out the tape and or laser

Oct 20, 2016 10:36 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

SF is approximate so technically there is no discrepency. Even if you got different appraisers there SF would rarely if ever match. 

Oct 20, 2016 10:10 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends on where the discrepancy is located.

Oct 20, 2016 05:04 PM