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How does zillow correct for inaccurate square footage by the originator of a listing?

In some homes I view, I see sq footage much higher that the public facts footage. I know some realtors want to show a higher footage because they know Zillow considers sq footage as a pricing increas, and thus they get a valiadation on an inflated home price. My question is how does Zillow insure that listed footage is the correct "public facts" figure?
  • September 10 2012 - US
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thanks Robby,
However...when looking at many  homes on Zillow, I see a sq footage for the home. then, i click on the "public facts" figure (still in the Zillow web site)
and get a sq footage which is much smaller. To verify which figure is, in fact, the correct one for heated/cooled living space, i have gone to the county assessor's web site and it verifys the smaller figure.
So, the question remains. Where does Zillow get its sq footage info from??? Is it from the MLS listing which comes unaudited from a listing realtor, or does Zillow go one computer step further and verify the sq footage by using the "public facts" info . Which is available on every Zillow listing!!
  • September 11 2012
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Zillow uses information found on the county tax roll or register of deeds.  If that info in incorrect it will show up as incorrect on Zillow.  They have no other way to verify.
  • September 11 2012
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