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Best Data Source for Measurements

RE30101

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Georgia
Hi. Will someone tell me if there is a good data source for measurements/GLA that is worth paying for. I've used CompFlo; but it seems like they don't have much data. I loved Redlink...but, that's no longer around. Your help is appreciated.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Arkansas
All sources of GLA would relate to a public source or MLS which means the assessors appraisers measured it or a Realtor got a measurement from somewhere, rarely from measuring themselves. Realtor measurements are inaccurate frequently. So the quality depends upon the state and/or person who is doing the measuring.
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Texas
taxnetusa.com will let you purchase the county assessor sketch although they are sometimes not very reliable or accurate.
 

Carnivore

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North Carolina
This may seem like a stupid question: Why or for what purpose do you need a source of dimensions/measurements? My guess is your trying to save some time, I am cool with that.

Reason I ask is because on assignments I complete; I am the source and I use a tape/laser to get them.

BUT having said that, it is helpful when I have a sketch with measurements that I get from the specific County GIS. Often times I find errors in the GIS info. Usually thats a result of subject modifications to the structure and GIS is behind in updates or its a non-permitted addition. I also look for sketch's in MLS that aide me when I perform the site Inspection, but I don't have to have it to do my job.
 

WestMichiganCG

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Michigan
Our assessing website typically has a sketch. It's nice to have with you when you're measuring as it often saves me the trouble of sketching. I just have to write the dimensions on the sheet. The shape is often correct, the measurements are rounded to the nearest foot and I've found them to be significantly off.
 

Restrain

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Florida
Florida, the sketch is on-line, which helps in the initial inspection, and also helps catch MLS errors in reported home size. However, Texas passed a law saying that the sketches couldn’t be posted online. Seems some politician in the Panhandle got upset because he found his home on the Internet.
 

Carnivore

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North Carolina
Boy, some house's are so complex that a former MLS sketch or measuring service sketch really saves time. I said i would never pay a data service for a sketch is because they often have stolen it from free sources that I already have access too.

But the FNMA cert/limitations page say I measured. OK, I did measure...maybe not all the sides but at least some of them.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Arkansas
The shape is often correct, the measurements are rounded to the nearest foot and I've found them to be significantly off.
That's the easy way. I actually copy and paste the assessors field card (which I download as pdf) sketch to my inspection sheet. Then I check off the dimensions. I round to the foot as well, often have no change to make. But on the last one I measured they were off by a foot on one side. I double checked but the figure was almost exactly 6' and they had 7'. Because the other side measurement was some 24' 8", I assumed they simply closed the sketch without measuring and had under-measured the longer side.
 
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