The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 January 2004

Lessons from life (one in a series)

Neighborhood Association meeting tonight, and a better turnout than last month, but "It's only a block or so, I'll walk" makes a lot more sense when the temperature is above freezing, something it hasn't been since midday Sunday and probably won't be again until Wednesday noon.

Posted at 9:00 PM to Soonerland

Chuck . . remember the thread on what is the true square footage of the property? I found an answer :) The smaller number is the actual living space. They leave out things like entry halls and main halls. Mine has 100 sq. ft. of such things so that is why the appraisal shows 1,308 and everything else shows 1,400.

Posted by: ms7168 at 11:49 AM on 7 January 2004

That would explain a gap of 92 sq ft, surely — but seven? (The appraisal says 1053; the County Assessor's record says 1060.)

I mean, the main hall is long and narrow, but it ain't that narrow.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:07 PM on 7 January 2004

Charles, I think your square-footage discrepancy falls within the margin of error between what the lender's hired appraiser measured, and what the county assessor's appraiser measured. The county man may not have gone inside and measured rooms, or may simply have been less scrupulous about the fractions of feet in certain dimensions. Small amounts of slop can add up when there are enough rooms (and halls).

When I went to appraiser school, no distinction was ever made about including hallways -- if they were finished and heated, and not below ground, they counted as part of gross living area. Only unfinished attics, the garage, the basement (finished and heated, or not), and add-on rooms with separate heat-and-air systems, are excluded.

Of course, that was inj Georgia, not Oklahoma.

Posted by: McGehee at 6:08 PM on 7 January 2004

It's a trivial issue, really; it keeps getting brought up here because everyone knows I'm anal-retentive to the point of puckering and it's good for cheap laffs.

Besides, I bought the place because I liked it, not because I thought the numbers were impressive.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:23 PM on 7 January 2004

Likewise here :) It filled the bill perfectly.

Posted by: ms7168 at 7:08 PM on 7 January 2004