Lot sizes, HOA fees, pet restrictions, age requirements...ALL THAT STUFF YOU THINK IS MISSING has been entered by the agent listing the real estate for sale. I know with each and every one of my residential listings this data is REQUIRED. I can not submit data to the MLS with populating these fields.
To suggest this is an AGENT issue is truly misguided.
Aggregate websites, such as Trulia and Zillow collect data from many sources. Data originated by real estate professionals, images taken by real estate professionals, and descriptions provided by real estate professions is often modified, edited or expunged for the purpose these websites choose. Much of the information regarding home for sale is exhibited without the consent of the real estate professional. If I could prevent my listings from appear on Zillow or Trulia I would. However, I am unable to do so. For defensive purposes, I must participate on Trulia for the very least, to keep the data regarding my listing correct.
It is not an agent issue.
THIS IS NOT AN AGENT ISSUE! If you are serious about buying real estate, you need to get the tools serious buyers and seller use. Aggregate websites are for entertainment pruposes.
There is really a lot of data not shown that would be important to a real home buyer. Buyers, when they grow from the data gathering stage to the buying stage will migrate to tools that provide accurate, timely, comprehensive data. It may be time for you to make the same transition.
Any real estate professional will provide free access to the areas most comprehensive and accurate and timely database of homes for sale. And it's FREE.
All you need to do is choose to stop wasting your time and make the call.
You'll be glad you did.
At the same time, FL tax rolls don't always show the size (or show it in large increments) - nothing like in MA (where I used to live). In many cases, the real size is only known when the survey is done.
Sometimes, the sellers do have the survey, and you can ask for it even before making an offer.
When the property is a foreclosure, the realtors, representing the bank, are instructed not to show the size of the house/land in MLS. This is banks' way of avoiding being sued for "misleading" info later on.
Another good way to find out more about the land/property is to check with the city/town's building department. The property size in tax roll is also not the real size, just to let you know.
It includes a certain percentage of the garage or patio or both. That's why engineering footprint is probably the best, when buying in FL.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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