Yesterday’s post “Why Won’t CLAW Give Us the Square Footage?” struck a chord with a lot of people, as I’d hoped it would. It generated about two dozen comments on this blog (including my comments in response to comments). It also got picked up by Curbed L.A. and got another two dozen comments over there.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that many of you share my frustration about the omisson of key information in CLAW (Combined L.A./Westside Multiple Listing Service) listings. I was, however, surprised to hear from more than one agent who was unaware that CLAW withheld square footage and lot size in its public listings. (Another agent copped to “intentionally” leaving square footage out of his listings, but assured that he wasn’t “evil.”)
A few posters speculated that CLAW feared being sued for posting inaccurate square-footage information. That argument doesn’t hold water. Somehow, every other MLS in Southern California posts square footage without worrying about litigation.
I hope the folks at CLAW read the posts and see how frustrated people are by its policy. We’re still no closer to knowing what its rationale is, but one thing is certain: It isn’t helping you or me.
With any luck, CLAW is reading your posts and reconsidering its stance. Or perhaps member agents will band together and urge CLAW to reconsider. We’ll keep on it.