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Old 01-20-2020, 07:31 PM
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We bought a manufactured house in the summer of 2018. Later that year, an attorney we were retaining at the time told us that the true interior square footage was significantly less than that stated in the real estate listing; there is an attached garage of about 460sf, and it looks like this area pretty much accounts for the discrepancy. The attorney told us he had obtained the lower number from some state or county website, but for the life of me I can't corroborate this anywhere.

First off, all the realty websites give the larger number, which is to be expected since they all get their data from MLS. County property records do not provide interior square footage data for manufactured homes, although the individual tax account does state a minuscule acreage, .0512, which at first appeared to be the square footage of the house. However, it turns out that this number is the same for all of the houses in the park, regardless of their size. There's also the Oregon Manufactured Home Ownership Document System which, again, states the square footage at the higher number.

I can draw a polygon around the house in Google Earth to show that the area of living space was significantly overstated, and that our former attorney's information is correct. AFAIK, this measuring tool is quite accurate, verifiable by measuring known areas like football fields. I can prove it to myself that way. But how can I prove it to someone else, who would most likely insist on documentary evidence?
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:05 AM
Location: North Idaho
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Basically "so what". You bought it, you own it. Life isn't going to change now that you have measured the square footage differently.

It's easy to figure the square footage of a mobile home. They are always rectangles so get out your tape and measure down one side and across one end. Then do the simple math.

Real estate listings always say that the listing isn't responsible for measurements.

The tax assessor's website normally has square footage listed. I suppose if the assessor has it really wrong, you could appeal your taxes and get the taxes lowered a little bit. Maybe.
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:04 PM
Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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In my county (Jackson), I can go online and get the property tax assessment that lists pretty much everything the county knows about my property (year built, square footage, any additions that were permitted, etc). You should have gotten a tax statement in November that would have listed the info on the property as well.

Here is the link to Lane county's site:

Additionally, depending on the age of the house, some of the additions or renovations may not have been permitted and the assessor doesn't, technically, know about them.
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:57 PM
Location: Portland, Oregon
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The OP may be thinking of mobile homes, not manufactured homes. Mobile homes are personal property, manufactured homes with a standard foundation would be the same as a stick-built home on the property tax website.
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