#1 Real Estate Queston; Define A Bedroom

This seems to be the #1 Real Estate question. If you ask a RE agent, they will tell you one thing, An appraiser will say something else. MLS guidelines vary by areas and City/County Building Departments have their own definition. The Tax Assessors Dept who records the official recorded living space. This figure is recorded as the square footage amount on the property's for-sale listing. So who is right?

                  A Bedroom           A Bedroom 

Characteristics of a Bedroom.

  1. A room with a Closet.
  2. A room with a Window large enough for a Fire Fighter to get through.
  3. The specific number of Bedrooms on the property's tax report.
  4. A room with a Door.
  5. A room 8X8X8.

                       A Bedroom Closet       An Armoire

Who Defines What a Bedroom is?

  1. The MLS governing body determines what they consider a bedroom so therefore what can be listed in the MLS as a bedroom.

  2. The County determines what they will tax as a bedroom.

  3. The County Tax Assessor's Dept who records the official tax report.

  4. The Building Departments define what the code says a bedroom is

  5. The Appraiser with all of their knowledge and Expertise.

  6. The Real Estate Professional.

Not included in official square footage measurements:

  1. Unfinished attics/basements, or attics/basements finished at a later date
  2. Guest houses, guest suites, or anything you leave the main house to access
  3. Garages, attached or otherwise
  4. Rooms added without a permit

             A Legal Bedroom                  A Converted Office

In the end because their is no actual statutory definition on the books there will always be debate on the subject. Ultimately the MLS usually has the greatest credence because they dictate what we are allowed to list in their database and therefore how we are allowed to market a given property.

Does a Bedroom have to have a closet? What if the closet doors were removed and a shelf unit is put in its place? What if there is no closet but instead an armoire is in the room full of clothes plus a bed? What if the room has an office instead of a bedroom suite? What if the doors have been changed from standard to french doors? What if the doors have been removed leading to the hallway?

*So I put this question out to you as Real Estate Professionals, What is a Bedroom?

 

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