Here are two listings from MLSPIN, where the agents have outright lied about the units’ square footage.
In the listing: Approx. Living Area: 1000 sq. ft. ($429.90/sq. ft.)
But, then, below that: Living Area Disclosures: Actual [sic] is 940. The efficient floor plan makes me feel larger.
In the listing: Approx. Living Area: 700 sq. ft. ($478.57/sq. ft.)
But, then, below that: Living Area Disclosures: public record=637′ (feels bigger because of the layout)
This is terrible.
The trouble is, the “disclosures” are not picked up on any of the listing sites such as Google Base, Trulia, or Realtor.com. So, you’d only know about it if you were working with an agent and the agent told you.
The goal of the agents? More exposure, of course, to people looking for bigger spaces.
I contacted MLSPIN to tell them about this unethical behavior. It is embarrassing to be associated with people who would pull this sort of crap.
The only good news? Both listings are from the same agency.
From me and from my peers who take their jobs seriously and try to be honest, at all times, an apology.
I found out about this from a story on Universal Hub, quoting Greg Kiely’s Brookline Real Estate Blog.
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