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for your listings, how is square footage calculated? does it include the garage and basement?

  • August 13 2014 - Manhasset
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Calculating square footage is not an exact measurement... you could have three different qualified appraisers come up with three different measurements.  Above grade areas are usually what the appraisers record.  Even though they may separately measure and record a finished (heat/cooled) basement, normally, the basement (and garage) is not taken into consideration as gross living area (GLA).  There have been lawsuits over square footage, so as a homeowner, and a Realtor, only report the square footage that is from a qualified or reliable documented source, i.e. (builder, appraiser, tax records, etc.)

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Zillow square footage is what is reported by your county.  Usually it is the above grade finished living area (not the garage and basement).

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Living square footage doesn't include the basement or the garage, unless it's finished and there is a certificate of occupancy.
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