One of these days, when we retire, we hope to relocate to Southport. We lived there years ago and, although I realize it has changed since then, it still maintains its small-town feel.
I tend to keep an eye on real estate there, just to watch how the trends are going. I have a bit of a pet peeve, with which I hope you will bear with me.
I have noticed that realtors -- not all, but enough -- tend to give inaccurate information regarding square footage. In most other cities, the square footage of a house is clearly listed on Realtor.com. For whatever reason, homes in Southport do not provide this information. It's necessary to track down the listing on each realtor's website to get these numbers. Okay, no biggie.
However, after doing so, I cannot tell you how often the realtor's square footage does not match up with what is provided on Brunswick County's website. The county have a Property Card for each residence which is easily available online by searching by address.
Example: There is a home in Smithville Woods which the realtor says has 2301 square feet. However, the Property Card says it's only 1896 square feet. That is a hugh difference, especially when figuring the cost per square foot. If the actual size is used, the price per square foot comes to a whopping $161/sf. This is a 2006 price, not 2011!
I supposed some realtors can't get their heads out of the clouds and refuse to accept that real estate prices have gone down in the past five years. I am not slamming all realtors, by any means. I guess my main reason for posting this is to alert anyone buying a house to compare the figures you get from the realtor with the information on file at the county. Then and only then can you calculate what kind of price per square foot you are looking at.
Thank you for letting me get that off my chest!