One question I often get from Fusion homeowners (usually those trying to sell or refinance) is “Why is the square footage different between the Centex Sales Office floor plans and the LA County Assessor’s Office?”
First off, it is not uncommon for county records to be different than what homeowners, appraisers, or even real estate agents quote. If you find that your county records are wrong, it’s not a huge deal to do nothing. However, by law sellers must disclose any known or material facts to potential buyers so it’s a good idea to note any discrepancies to perspective buyers.
Specific to Fusion, the square footage Centex quoted on most of the floor plans are larger than what the County Assessor’s Office records. If you’ve recently refinanced your Fusion Condo or are in the process, you might find that the appraiser taped the square footage at yet another number. Interestingly (or maybe not), another appraiser might have another number still for the same floor plan. You can resolve discrepancies by getting in touch with the assessor’s office and have them guide you. Here some links to help you out:
- “What do I do if the actual physical description of my property differs from the Assessor’s records, what needs to be done to have the Assessor’s records corrected?”
- Property Data Change Request Form (please note: the current form found on the LA County Assessor’s site is 7/10. If you read this post weeks or months later, it’s a good idea to check their site and make sure it’s still the same version they have posted, check here on their Forms List).
If you decide to do this, I’d be interested in hearing what your square footage is for your floor plan according to the assessor’s office and also how your experience was working with them.