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We cannot thank you enough for your professionalism and guidance! You have been by our side since the beginning! Because of you our experience of buying and selling this house will always be positive memories! Steve and Ashleigh
Edith is the consummate Realtor. When my wife and I listed our house with her, she made some staging suggestions and actually helped with furniture rearranging. During our first Open House, we received two offers and accepted one. When that fell through, She redoubled her efforts to sell our house, and to that end, she brought us a fully qualified cash buyer at a higher price, than the first offer. Edith skillfully guided us through the process and we closed the transaction, all within 35 days of listing the house with her! Thanks Edith for all you superlative work on our behalf! Marc
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Measuring Square Footage

Square footage is commonly used to determine if a home will fit a buyer's needs.  The price per square foot can be used to compare the costs of different homes and even, determine the value of a property.

The challenge is what is the source of the square footage measurement and how was it done.

County records use square footage to determine assessed value for property tax purposes.  They are assumed to be reliable but there can be inaccuracies in their tax rolls.  Another source of square footage could be from the house plans but the problem there is that the builder may have made modifications, or a subsequent owner could have made additions.

Appraisers are required to measure the home to determine square footage and they generally, adhere to a standard method which leads to uniformity in the industry.  The ANSI, American National Standards Institute, guidelines are considered the standard but there are no laws governing the process.

Because basements are below grade level, regardless of whether they are finished, they are typically not counted toward gross living area.  Attics because they are above grade level can be included in gross living area if they are finished to the same standard as the rest of the home and they meet the minimum height requirement of seven feet.

Unfinished areas are usually not considered in the square footage because it is not livable.

For detached properties, it is common to measure the perimeter of the house but to only include the living areas, not porches, patios or garages.  Gross living area includes stairways, hallways, closets with minimum height and bathrooms.  Covered, enclosed porches would only be considered if they use the same heating system as the house.

By contrast, condominiums, generally measure the inside area of the unit. Some appraisers may add six inches to account for the wall thickness.  If you were to compare the total of the interior room measurements of a detached home, it would be far less than the stated square footage using the normal method.

If the county records are significantly different from the appraisal or the plans, it will be necessary to determine which one is more accurate.  This may require getting the home measured by an appraiser which should be less than paying for a complete appraisal.

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Edith Broyles
Phone: (858) 735-9446
Email: edith@edithbroyles.com

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
16789 Bernardo Center Drive Suite B
San Diego, CA 92128
CalBRE #01186526

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