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How can I get the square footage corrected? My agent said Zillow was unwilling to change it?

My agent had the house professionally measured and Zillow will not change it.
  • December 27 2013 - Hampstead
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If you post in MLS and claim the listing, you should be able to display the square footage accurately.
  • December 28 2013
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Thank You!  I just called Zillow and they said my agent could just sign it and change it.  It has been measured by a professional and differs from the size the county has it listed at.  We did add another room and we did get a permit.  So no legal issues involved.
  • December 27 2013
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You are right, Zillow won't change it if it is different from the tax assessor's numbers, but the agent or you can claim your home on Zillow and edit the numbers.   The Zillow help center is very useful for instructions.

How different were the numbers?   You get three people measuring your home and you'll get three different numbers.  A couple percent one way or the other doesn't make much difference.   I prefer to err on the smaller side with numbers as shown by the tax assessor because buyers like to ask for justification and permits for different measurements.
  • December 27 2013
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Does the physical measurement provided by your Realtor match the public record from the tax accessor for your house?  Typically, your home's size is based on the permits on file with the municipality in which you live.  If you've added onto the property or if the property was increased in size after originally built these increases in size should be supported by permits on file with the county.  Pull the property jacket for your house and review the permits on file to be sure that the physical size of your property legally exists.  If your county recognizes the additional square footage provide Zillow a copy of the permits and they should adjust the square footage of your house accordingly.  If the additional square footage is not permitted and therefore not acknowledged by your county accessor you can apply for a permit, pay the requisite fee, have the property inspected by a county inspector, and have the permit finalized.  Please bare in mind if you choose to do this you may trigger a re-assessment of your property taxes due to the recognized increased size of the property.  Also, getting a new permit today finalized for an existing improvement may require you to comply with current code associated with the use of the improvement before the permit will be finalized.  Since you already have engaged a Realtor I would certainly encourage you to review any strategy to get your square footage corrected with your Realtor before doing so.  Good luck and happy New Year.
  • December 27 2013
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