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Homes' square footage can be misrepresented

Some Palo Alto homes inaccurately measured, professionals says

A home's square footage is a number easily misrepresented, especially when determining ever-ambiguous "liveable space." Measurements can be taken in numerous ways, and what to include in those measurements -- garages, basements or porches -- is often unclear.

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Posted by Paloaltogirl
a resident of University South
on Jun 23, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hmm--my house is 1100 sf, and I think I'd notice an extra 400 sf. But I might not notice the difference between 10,000 sf and 10,400 sf!


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

With some life experience, you can get a fair sense of square footage and also lot sizes. I would not trust a real estate agent on this (memo to young buyers).
I would be aware of (and not purchase such a home) the situation whereby a seller has converted all or part of a garage into a so-called living space, often without permits and included such in the living space figure. Be aware the city could become aware of this unapproved remodeling/construction that is not up to code and do some code enforcement with attendant hassle and fines...


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Posted by Eejits
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

The county has our house listed as 200 SF larger than it is, and lists it as having an extra bathroom we don't have. We have tried to change this for nearly two decades, and they say they will, but have yet to do it.

A lawyer friend suggested I call the assessor's office and demand a refund on my property tax--after paying for space I do not have for nearly twenty years. The result? The assessor's office said they stopped giving out refunds for such things on 1996!


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Posted by Mr.SQ,FOOT
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Maybe the new home builders who misrepresent the square footage of the homes they sell,might be compared to a used car dealer who would tamper with an odometer,100000 miles isnt 59000 miles and a 1700 square foot home isnt a 1295 square foot home,the fraud is the same,but maybe if 200 home buyers started a class action law suit the Legal Gods would listen,and maybe that wealth Mr, New Home builder has amassed might dwindle if he had to give everyone 50000.00 x 200 back think about that nightmare Mr. New Home builder.


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Posted by Mein Haus
a resident of Community Center
on May 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

We ha e had our home taped three times, when refinancing....yet the county lists us as having 120 square feet we do not actually have. We have tried to get a refund for taxes for several years, without result--we have paid for square footage we do not ha ve--but the assessor' office will not listen. They owe us thousands of dollars in taxes for square footage we do not have.


1 person likes this
Posted by gymjim
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2016 at 10:07 pm

We are supposed to close in a few days, just found out our house is 11% smaller than listed, can I sue and try to get 11% off the price?


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