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Feb 11, 2016
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House SQFT

The real estate agent is unable to tell me what the house sqft is for a house that i'm considering.

Is there a way for me to find out? A neighbouring house that sold has the exact same property tax and lists the sqft. Is it a reasonable assumption that the sqft is the same?
I should also add that the layout / floorplan seems to be different between the 2 homes.

I assume sqft plays a significant role in valuing the house.

Thanks everyone
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May 23, 2017
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Strange that the real estate agent cannot tell you--they should have access to that info.

Where are you located? In Ontario, if you currently own a property you can look up other properties in your area via the "About My Property" website--it gives you all the MPAC assessment data about a house including square footage. If you don't currently own a property you can ask a friend to help you maybe? If it's in a different city than where you currently live you may be out of luck on that one though.

(Alternatively maybe just get a better real estate agent...)
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Try MPAC website if you have the full address or roll no.
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If you want to be sure, visit the house again with a laser measure and measure the length and width of one of the floors (there should be a clear enough direct path). Multiply length x width to get square footage of the floor. Times 2 is the total for the 2 story house.
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Mar 27, 2004
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your agent needs to go on the geowarehouse site. there is a link from the system we use. they can order the square footage for 5$. your realtor too cheap or ignorant to order for you. maybe use a different realtor?
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I use google satellite imagery to measure approximate area. This requires knowledge about the house layout, which can usually be derived from pictures. Curious if there's a better way.
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dishcollector wrote: I use google satellite imagery to measure approximate area. This requires knowledge about the house layout, which can usually be derived from pictures. Curious if there's a better way.
yes. you pay 5$
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Xbowop wrote: The real estate agent is unable to tell me what the house sqft is for a house that i'm considering.

Is there a way for me to find out? A neighbouring house that sold has the exact same property tax and lists the sqft. Is it a reasonable assumption that the sqft is the same?
I should also add that the layout / floorplan seems to be different between the 2 homes.

I assume sqft plays a significant role in valuing the house.

Thanks everyone
Get a new agent. As already mentioned, it's very easy for us to pull that number (at least according to MPAC's calculation).
Kevin Somnauth, CFA
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Jun 25, 2015
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You guys are all hilarious, let the guy breath before pouncing for the referral.
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Aug 22, 2016
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Aura12 wrote: You guys are all hilarious, let the guy breath before pouncing for the referral.
Righto. I am surprized why the selling agents are not spending that $5 to put that sq footage in the listing. This sound more like a cheating game by seller agent if they can get that info by just sparing that $5 instead of every prospective buyer wondering about the real sq footage of the house and end up hiring a realtor for that one reason.
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Jun 25, 2015
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Lot of lazy agents, I don't list houses without floor plans and square footage. That's a MUST now a days with how savvy the buyers have been getting.

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