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Is an attached garage considered finished square footage in Anne Arundel County?

Are there certain construction conditions such as sheet rock walls, permanent heat source, etc. to qualify?  Thanks for any insight.

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Usually you do not include it into the homes square footage
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June 20 2013
Renovated or fully equipped garage is considered in square footage. If renovation of  kitchen , bedroom, bathroom  is appealing then buyer's bargaining power minimizes .
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Thanks for your responses. I understand that a garage's appraised square foot value is a lower percentage of the living space. Does anyone know what that % might be or is that subjective based on construction (ie drywall inside vs open joists)? 
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Garages are not considered as part of the square footage of a home, but are called out separately  from finished living space.   If the garage area has been remodeled with signed off permits to change the garage into something such as a bedroom or family room, and are heated/air-conditioned (as appropriate), then they may be considered in part of the square footage.   I doubt a permanent heater and sheetrock would be considered sufficient.

One thing I'm seeing with properties in my area is people remodel the garage into living space, then they claim the additional square footage and an attached garage.   Double claiming space always sets off my hot buttons for further investigation on what else is misleading.
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April 25 2012
I'm certainly no expert, but I doubt if a garage, attached or otherwise, would ever be considered finished square footage.
  I believe "finished square footage" will always be in reference to finished livable space. A finished area over a garage, like an apartment or an office could be considered finished square footage, but not the actual garage space because you couldn't live there.
 Real Estate professional would know better, and I welcome any corrections to my 'best guess' answer to your question.
 Hope this helps a little,
 Thomas Richard
 TRS Designs, Inc
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