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Square Footage difference from MLS listing and Accessor's records

I am buying a home, I just found out that the MLS listing square footage is different from Accessor's record? Which one is more reliable and what should I do ?  Where do realtor's get their square footage from.  What can I do ? Should I even go through with the deal and what will happen when I sell the home later on?

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July 18 2011 - Daly City
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Be very careful because it could mean that the property was added on but there were no permits.  It could cause problems later on as the extra footage may not be worth as much.  It may not be a huge issue either I would ask your agent to follow up on it.  If you agent tells don't worry about it, without looking into it, find another agent. 
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July 19 2011
Normally I trust the square footage from a MLS listing. Many, many times the tax records are wrong, by a country mile. Measure it yourself if there is a large discrepancy.
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