- Jan 17, 2002
- Professional Status
- Certified Residential Appraiser
I am appraising a property with numerous issues, and will try to make this as clear as possible. As per the tax records, the property was built in 1937 and is a one bedroom, one bath home, approximately 720 square feet. However as per the MLS, it is listed as a four bedroom, two bath home with 1652 square feet with a separate garage apartment. When I called the listing agent for clarification on the property, I was told the tax records reflected the garage apartment only. The garage apt was built some time in the 30's while the main house was built some time in the mid 50's. As it is not listed in the tax records, it does not appear a building permit was ever issued. This is in the Houston area, so zoning is not an issue. However, what if any are the legal ramifications of appraising a property the county has no record of. As a side note, it gets even better, the property has a basement. I have not yet inspected the property but according to the listing agent, the basement is the garage and utility area and is partially below grade. For those of you not from Texas, I have been appraising 18 years and have seen only one other property with a basement. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.