Wrong Listing Details. 4,897 sqft built in area listed as 6000 sqft !

by bayareabuyer on January 26, 2010


Wrong Listing Details.

4,897 sqft built in area listed as 6000 sqft !

MLS#: 40445350

Listing Agent : JOSEPH SABEH JR,

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bayareabuyer January 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

How do we file complaints with MLS about these guys ?

Sarah January 31, 2010 at 1:23 pm

The same happend to us. I am just searching the web to see where I can complain. We are in Canada !!! We put on in an offer for a place which was listed for 2008sqft, which ended up to be 1760sqft. Our offer was based on the higher sqft. Real Estate is very expensive here, now we are wondering if this is common practice to increase the price for real estate.

John April 1, 2010 at 3:03 am

sometimes the tax records do not accurately reflect what is listed on the MLS. There is a delay in reporting accurate square footage to the county so it may be correct but the county may not have it right. Final permits are sometimes not added in when there are remodels etc.

Artem A April 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

Sarah: you should file a complaint with the Real Estate Council of whichever province you’re in. I wouldn’t bother with the Board as their disciplinary powers are limited. If you’re in BC, then read this link: http://www.recbc.ca/complaints/complaint.htm

You could also probably sue the agent’s brokerage, the agent him/her self and the seller (who is probably the only other party to the Contract of Purchase and Sale).

A few things to note:

If you bought in a condominium tower, the square footage listed on the Strata Plan and that which is actually built can differ, sometimes by as much as 10%.

Good agents hire measurement companies to confirm square footage prior to listing a property. Measure Masters is one such company here in BC. They also produce a handy floor plan which is great for marketing and reno design…

In a strata building, if the difference between the strata plan measurement and the that subsequent measurement is substantial, it’s ok to take the higher measurement so long as you disclose its source and provide the strata plan to any potential buyers. If this didn’t happen in your case, make sure to emphasize that in your complaint.

I don’t know all the facts so can’t offer any other comment, other than to point you in the right direction re the complaint. I’m sorry this happened to you. As you may have guessed, I’m a Realtor, and I find it extremely grating when I hear stories such as yours. It’s hard to run a honest, above-board business while competing with so many people who are willing to break the rules. If the agent you dealt with really did break the rules, I hope he/she gets disciplined.

Good luck!