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Mr Bill

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Posted - 09/04/2007 :  9:20:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The New York Times showcased a Blairsville home in comparison to homes in Arizona and Idaho, contrasting what $1,000,000 buys in each of the targeted communities.

You can see the whole article at http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/realestate/greathomes/04gh-what.html

lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/04/2007 :  11:45:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

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joyfulringer

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  07:40:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Interesting article, but, once again, the Blairsville house didn't list any square footage while the other two did! That is very irritating to me! When looking at homes for sale in Blairsville I want to know how big the house is!

At one point a few years ago Gray and I were thinking about selling our land and buying a house already built and it drove me nuts not to be able to see how big the houses that we looked at online were!

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  09:08:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Joy, I never noticed the missing square foot numbers until you mentioned it. I checked the listing agent's site and they don't have it there either. I thought that was fairly typical MLS information that got posted.

Here's the agent's link to the property: http://www.sjreid.com/598/showcase.php/21042#showcase_sc_description

I don't know why they don't list it, but the MLS number is 148037 if anyone wants to look it up via that avenue instead.

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honeybear

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  09:15:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When we bought our house in Blairsville, we couldn't get that info either! The real estate agent told us that they stopped giving the square footage because if they were off by just a few feet, they'd end up getting sued! It was actually a real pain when we went shopping for insurance, because I couldn't tell them the square footage of our house! The Insurance agent actually had to go out there to measure the house! You know, to this day, I guess i still don't know what that is!
I've never seen of heard of this anywhere else and I thought it was a little ridiculous. Still do.

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Wildflower

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  10:44:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As someone who just went to look at a 2400 square foot home that turned out to be about 1300, I can assure you that it's very annoying.

If they are so worried about legal issues, can't they use the word "approximately"?

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honeybear

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  1:17:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Exactly what I thought. But why is it so hard to get it right? Seems like other locations are not having those problems? When a house is built, the square footage should be known then, shouldn't it? Then wouldn't it always be on record? i just don't understand the problem there.

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luvngamtns


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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  1:48:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Square footage is listed on the tax assessors website. You can look it up by name,address, or legal description.

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shucks


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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  1:52:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You are correct, the reason agents do not want to put square footage in is because of possible errors & omissions claims, which is the number one claim regarding real estate agents and insurance companiesthat specilize in real estates agents insurance.

Having measured thousands of buildings I can tell you it is not easy. I daresay the if 10 agents measured a house, 9 would be wrong. With all the angles in modern houses, heated space, atriums, whether a basements footprint is square footage, carports , etc.it can be hazardous to an agents health and pocketbook.

One minor mistake can cost an agent thousands, so discretion is the better part of valor.

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HoneyBee

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:22:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Now how in the world did the new York Times get my home in that magazine without me knowing it?


 

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lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:25:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
honeybee,  i told them about your house and sent them a picbig smile

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lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:26:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
of course, i did not know the square footage, but it sure looked big to me

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joyfulringer

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:32:43 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, it is just interesting to me that Blairsville seems to be the only place that won't put that in. I have looked at other cities online and they seem to be able to put it in. When I look at a house that I might like and then find out it is only 1300-1400 sq. ft. that irritates me especially if I am looking for a 1900-2000 sq. ft. house. It is just a waste of time! An approximate size would be better than none at all.

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lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:41:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Joy, when we first began looking, when we thought we would just buy a house, i was told that Georgia realtors do not include sq. footage because of a lawsuit that had stirred up big ado.

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Gumbee


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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  2:53:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If it has 3,500 sq. ft or better, I would pay $250,000 for it today... tops. Otherwise, who wants to move to a place where there is absolutely nothing to do, where the local government - including law enforcement, judges and schools - is the butt of jokes state-wide and spend a half-million dollar premium for a view of a mud ditch nine months of every year?

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HoneyBee

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  4:40:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

10-4, KUDOS, SNAPS, CLAPS, HUGS, KISSES AND THUMBS UP TO GUMBY.


I AGREE WITH YOU.

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Mr Bill

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  4:46:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Mr Bill's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Nothing to do? What is it you're wanting to do? There's golf, there's a state park, there's hiking, there's music each week, regular festivals, technical schools, church events, civic organizations to participate in, local high school sports - I can't hardly see straight with all the things going on right now.

I think mostly though, it's isn't about needing to do things. For many it's getting away from someplace else, whether that's Florida heat, Atlanta traffic, metropolitan noise, etc. In which case, not having much to do is exactly the point.

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lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  5:00:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mr.Bill,   nothing to do is the point for us and one of our many reasons for buying our lot there and getting out of s. fla.

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coosa creek

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  5:08:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can't go by the tax assessors office to be correct for square footage. They said our house has 4000 sq. feet because there is 2000 on the main floor. They don't take into account that the living room and dining room ceilings are 24 feet high.
I know they don't give the square footage. We saw Dr. Efrid's house listed as 6500 sq. feet many years ago. I went to the agent and told him the house was 7500 square feet. How did we know? My husband drew the floor plans (and built the house) It is much easier to measure the square footage on the floor plan.
Also, that is how we figure out the cost per square foot.

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paprclip22mom

USA
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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  7:03:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the tax accessors website, Coosa your house says 3,012 heated square ft. Dr. Efirds shows 4,256 heated square ft.plus 528 attic square ft. and plus 1,864 basement square ft. That's total 6,648 square ft according to that website.

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Lavender

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Posted - 09/05/2007 :  7:56:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice houses! Thanks for sharing Mr. Bill.

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Gumbee


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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  12:29:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sorry.
Its a very nice house
I quit smoking about a week ago.
I need to go meditate now.

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HoneyBee

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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  08:30:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Yea PCM!


See there is not a thing wrong with a UC education.


 

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coosa creek

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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  3:42:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
PCM, I had the tax assessor's office change the square footage 3 years ago when a realtor told me it was listed as 4000 square feet. As for Dr. Efrid's house, this was the house that sold about 10 years ago, on the lake and it was 7500 sq. feet. I guess his new house is much smaller now. He moved away and then came back.

On the building permit on the new house we are starting, it says that the house will be a 20 story house, so they do sometimes make mistakes.

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paprclip22mom

USA
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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  5:51:51 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Coosa, the house is listed as built in 2003. Here's a pic...
http://64.234.218.46/cgi-bin/ga_union_photo.cgi?id=R11338&build=1&max=1&parcel=098%20%20%20%20053%20A

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lovegeorgia

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Posted - 09/06/2007 :  5:58:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
wow.  my house sure got built fastbig smile  

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