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Old 04-22-2018, 09:24 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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We weigh houses and use that to sell houses by the pound.
Kilogram
The USA is officially metric.
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Old 04-22-2018, 10:38 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Pittsburgh is a city that oddly does not list square footage in its real estate listings, information about the listing which I think is right up there at the top as what you would want to know about it.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:26 AM
 
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She said, "We don't talk about houses in terms of square footage these days. We talk about how many bedrooms and baths it has."
In North Carolina, you can do a search on the web page of our local realtor and all the listings (even those not listed with that realtor) are done by square footage.

And their inspector, as well as your inspector, will come along and measure the house and property.

Complete bull**** if they say that they don't talk about houses in terms of square footage.

Yes, they do talk about number of rooms. But they have to survey the property.
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Old 04-23-2018, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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In North Carolina, you can do a search on the web page of our local realtor and all the listings (even those not listed with that realtor) are done by square footage.

And their inspector, as well as your inspector, will come along and measure the house and property.

Complete bull**** if they say that they don't talk about houses in terms of square footage.

Yes, they do talk about number of rooms. But they have to survey the property.
I'm in NC and have never seen an inspector measure or survey a property.
Some REALTORS® will measure a property, but I have never seen a REALTOR® survey a property.
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Old 04-23-2018, 07:21 AM
 
Location: NC
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When a real estate agent or an appraiser measures a property the result may differ from the one the tax department has. Sometimes the outer dimensions are used, sometimes all of the rooms are added up, sometimes the rooms are added but an estimate of wall thickness is added in. I don't think the exact number matters, but it is nice to get in the ballpark.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Williamsburg, VA
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When I bought my first house after the divorce, I asked the realtor about the square footage. She said, "We don't talk about houses in terms of square footage these days. We talk about how many bedrooms and baths it has."
Ha ha ha, I'll bet she talks about sf when it's a bigger house. A 3br house with 4500 sf is a lot different from a 3br house with 1500 sf.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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When I bought my first house after the divorce, I asked the realtor about the square footage. She said, "We don't talk about houses in terms of square footage these days. We talk about how many bedrooms and baths it has."

I don't think that is strictly true. But the realtor might be thinking in those terms.

Or she/he might not list it because it is small enough that it would scare you off from even considering it.
I've never heard a realtor say that. What a crock! If a realtor couldn't tell me the sq ftg of a listing he/she was showing me, I'd get another realtor. It's a very basic question and extremely valuable to a buyer in order to compare price per sq ft. It's certainly not the only thing one is going to be considering, but an important way to reduce a comparison to an apples-to-apples type equation, and what many appraisals and comps are going to be based upon.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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I heard something (in TN) about a liability when you advertise the exact sf in case it's off a little. something like that.
??? real estate taxes and appraisals used to come up with the tax calculations are all public records... in every state/county in the us, Tennessee isnt an exception

Tennessee Property Data Home Page

if mls isnt listing them, go to the county webpage and find it yourself
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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One reason a square footage might not be listed is in the case of an un-permitted addition. If the sq ftg the assessor has does not match the actual measured sq ftg, the difference is often the basement finished without a permit, or the room addition, or garage conversion done without a permit, etc. The building department doesn't like that so much. It's a bigger deal in some areas than others.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I've never heard a realtor say that. What a crock! If a realtor couldn't tell me the sq ftg of a listing he/she was showing me, I'd get another realtor. It's a very basic question and extremely valuable to a buyer in order to compare price per sq ft. It's certainly not the only thing one is going to be considering, but an important way to reduce a comparison to an apples-to-apples type equation, and what many appraisals and comps are going to be based upon.
Not exactly, not always.
In many areas, MLSs only report ranges of SF. I.e., "3500--4000SF."

When people stop suing, or threatening to sue, over 10SF differences, or a 2" difference in a dining room measurement, some of those areas may offer more detail.
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