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sq ft?

2511 Johnston is listed on Zillow as 3400 sq ft. but is listed as 3008 sq ft below on the "list of homes" in the area section.  Did zillow count the basement areas as living space, which are not counted by the county?
  • August 06 2013 - Upper Arlington
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Zillow pulls their information from the local MLS. So whatever has been put in the MLS listing is what will appear on Zillow. The information that is put in the MLS is done by the listing agent for the property. They most of the time gets the information from the public records, unless they measure the property themselves, which I wouldn't recommend for liability purposes however.

I would suggest you contact your local real estate agent for help on this issue.
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  • August 06 2013
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With regard to square footage, when purchasing a new home measure it yourself or better yet have the selling agent/builder measure with you there watching and recording. For tax purposes, municipalities only count livable, heated space. Closets and hallways are included, but garages, attics, unfinished bonus rooms, and sun porches aren't. Nor, usually, are basements—though some localities include walk-out basements that are finished to the standard of the rest of the house. Because tax records aren't infallible, listing agents are supposed to measure the property themselves. But many just copy the information from tax records, and rely on boilerplate language in listing sheets and contracts that the "information is reliable but not guaranteed." Some also include space that a tax appraiser wouldn't, like a lavishly finished below-ground basement, and then use language that protects them from claims of deception, like "square footage on three levels." So before deciding how to proceed it's important to find out if the agent measured the house, what was measured and how it was done.

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