Attention, Home Sellers: Size Matters!

ruler.jpgPart of my job as Redfin Sweet Digs blogger is to tell you about properties in the neighborhoods I cover — specifically, Beverly Hills, Hollywood and Westwood.   When I report on properties, one of the details Redfin wants me to include, along with address, beds/baths, and price, is square footage.  After all, when you’re buying a million-dollar-plus home, which is pretty standard in these neighborhoods, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how big the place is.

So I found it most perplexing – and frustrating – to find that the majority of listings do not include the property’s square footage.  Redfin takes its non-Redfin listings from the multiple listing service, or MLS.  If the listing doesn’t include square footage, Redfin doesn’t either. 

Thankfully, there’s at least one other way to find a property’s square footage:  Propertyshark.com.  I can’t say enough about all the great information you get at this site, much of it for free.  If you’re buying or selling a home, you definitely will want to check it out.

However, Property Shark is only as good as the latest property records. If renovations have taken place since the last recorded sale, Property Shark won’t reflect the added square footage.

As a consumer, when I see a listing that doesn’t include square footage, I assume that the seller is trying to hide something.  I have to think other potential buyers feel that way, too.  But mainly I’m just annoyed.  I don’t think I should have to visit another site to learn how big a house is. 

But maybe I’m missing something. Agents and sellers, tell us why this vital piece of consumer information is often omitted.  Buyers, what are your thoughts on this topic?