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I have a question regarding square footage for a home that has a property tax record of one figure and an indicated square footage of about 1100 more.  The property tax record indicates separate figures for the deck and swimming pool.  Are these measurements for the deck and pool normal inclusions in the advertised sq. footage of a home?  This home has a basement that has been converted to a finished status with the usual extra bedroom, bathroom, media room, etc.  I assume that these square footages can be added to the sq. footage of the main floor.




Ron Gorman 

Christopher Watters
Watters International Realty - Austin, TX
Austin Realtor (512-829-8000)
We are only allowed to use the "finished areas" of the home.. HVAC, electrical, etc.. So for us a garage wouldn't count. Neither would a deck. Sometimes the property tax record is different than the actual area. Best just to measure it yourself and find out which is correct. Or pay an appraiser to do so..
Apr 27, 2008 04:17 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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There can also be a discrepancy when you have a two story home as the county record may only show the footprint
Apr 27, 2008 04:36 PM
Ron Parise
LocateHomes.com - Cape Coral, FL

In my market we see several ways of measuring square footage, "Total" or under roof (includes lanais and garages) and "under air"  or living area. Both numbers are included in the property appraisers report, but we agents usually advertise "under air" We have to be careful  when comparing listings...because some agents dont follow the convention. Whats really upsetting is when an agent includes all the area within a pool cage in their calculation of the homes square footage


We dont have basements here so thats not an issue for us. AlthoughI shouldnt comment because I really dont know; I will anyway.....I wouldnt want to count finished basement square footage unless the improvements were permitted by the localy authorities. And permitted or unpermitted I dont think I would give the same value per square foot in the basement as I would upstairs.

Apr 27, 2008 04:43 PM
Bo Buchanan
Blue60.com - Oswego, IL
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In our market, you do not include outside square footage.  Nor would you include square footage in a basement unless 50% of the basement is above grade - what we call an english basement. 
Apr 27, 2008 04:51 PM