What started as a great idea has now been turned into a running joke.
At least that’s what I think when somebody claims the square foot of their condo was measured “by hand.”
About four years ago, I was on the Condominium Committee at the Toronto Real Estate Board, and I made a recommendation that the square footage field on MLS listings for condos become mandatory.
It only took about two years and a thousand-feet of red tape to get the motion approved, and but I’m happy to say that ALL condo listings on MLS now have a square footage field.
However, there are other issues now.
First of all, who says that field is correct? How many 585 square foot condos are listed in the 600-699 field?
Secondly, the “Source” for the square footage is mandatory, but the source itself has become a running joke.
That is what today’s blog post is about: the square footage source.
Over the last year, I’ve seen some ridiculous sources quoted on MLS listings, and today, I’d like to share (and ridicule) them with you all.
I’ve broken them down into three categories for simplicity and humour alike:
1) Blame Somebody Else
In this category, the seller and/or agent simply deflects the responsibility on to anybody but themselves.
We see this in several instances:
Above, we see “professional floor plan,” but there is no professional floor plan attached to the listing. In fact, there is no floor plan of any type.
Here we see “prior listing,” as if to say that the current seller takes no responsibility for the square footage, but rather they, and you, should rely on the previous listing, that seller, that agent, and other people involved years and years ago.
Here, the seller is sort of taking responsibility, but not really, when you see “Buyer To Verify All Measurements” in the broker’s remarks. So basically the seller could say anything and get away with it, so long as they force the buyer to indemnify them…
But this one doesn’t even get into specifics, ie. when did management tell you it was 1000-1199 square feet, did they put it in writing, etc.
Ask the seller how they came up with this, and if their eyes look up, and to the left, it means they’re trying to come up with a lie…
2) Blame The Builder
Builders are to blame for everything, aren’t they?
We see this in many, many different ways:
“As Per Builder’s Measurements” is pretty vague.
What measurements? When were they taken? Did they give you a copy?
Were these measurements on the original floorplan? Can you provide this?
“As Per Builder” takes things down a further notch.
And consider that if the seller actually did rely on the builder’s plan for measurements, they would have a copy of the floor plan, and it would be on MLS.
3) Complete Ridiculousness
This is my favourite kind!
These are completely ridiculous, meaningless, and basically insulting to everybody who reads them.
What is a “building plan?” Is that like a floor plan meets a builder’s plan?
A “building plan” isn’t even a real term, so even if the seller wanted to blame the builder (“as per builder”), or blame the non-existent floor plan (“as per floor plan”) they haven’t succeeded.
Approx? Is that allowed? What is that based on?
Well of course square footage is based on measurements of some type! But what measurements?
Was it with a laser? A measuring tape?
And who did it? A trained engineer, or a blind moron?
“Well, I closed my eyes, pictured the space in my head, and measured it. So, yeah: measurements. Duh!” That sounds about right.
Well, this person gets a mark for honesty!
I don’t trust anything “self measured,” just as I wouldn’t trust wiring that was “self-wired,” or granite counters that were “self-chiselled-from-larger-bedrock.”
Don’t read much into this one. They may as well put “N/A” in the field there, because they don’t mean anything by “feet,” but rather they’re just putting something.
Oh, speak of the devil!
There’s our friend “N/A” right now!
This one takes the cake, ladies and gentlemen.
This is an agent who said, “I don’t care if that field is mandatory, I’m just going to fill it in with a photo of my dog, or ‘N/A,’ because I don’t care. Did I mention I don’t care?”
Geez, the only thing worse than that would be…..well, since you can’t put nothing in the field, I’d say…..well….
I rest my case.