Today's house hunters have at their command a wealth of information by which to compare the homes currently available on the Costa Mesa listings—numbers that enable the kind of apple-to-apple comparisons that bring a smile to the faces of hard-headed realists who value hard data. Right?
If you're one of those realist types who value the precision of hard numbers, last Thursday's Realtor® Magazine provided an article bound to provoke a spate of teeth-grinding. In fact, why don't you just skip reading any further—you'll probably be happier reading the morning's stock market quotes or last night's baseball statistics.
The article in question, "Handle Square Footage Issues," was actually aimed at us real estate professionals. It dealt with imprecision in what people might assume is one Costa Mesa listing entry not subject to opinion: the home's square footage. It turns out that it depends on what's being measured. It can be what is defined as "official living space," or it could be "the total space" of the house. As a result, it can happen that a property's listed square footage can lead to questions and possible re-negotiations. Since the listed square footage number doesn't always match up to the appraisal's, it prompts RM's speculation, "what happens then?"
The answer to that varies, but the reasons why otherwise-diligently calculated figures can differ are many, resulting in a number you might call a bit 'squishy.' If, for instance, a previous owner has enclosed a patio or finished a garage without obtaining a proper permit, disparities can result. Too, anyone who has ever measured the square footage of an irregularly shaped area knows how challenging the calculation can be. Additionally, many lenders ask to see only "gross living area" used in the calculation they go with—that usually includes only areas that are heated or cooled, which may not have been the basis used elsewhere.
Since appraisers take their own measurements, discrepancies can crop up. Then, if the square footage number is lower than the one shown on the Costa Mesa listing, "sellers could even find themselves back at the negotiating table with buyers."
It's an important part of my service to ensure that my clients, be they buyers or sellers, are properly represented throughout the process—and that occasional hiccups don't unnecessarily derail a transaction that's clearly in the interest of both parties.
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