How To List Your Home When The Master Suite Is “Unwarranted”
Following on the heels of a recent post we did about what makes a room a bedroom, this email came to me, as did the replies.
You have a new listing in Bernal Heights that’s about to come on the market. Legally, it’s a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Single Family Home, but your seller added a very nice bedroom and bathroom suite without the benefit of permits downstairs. The structural engineer signed off on the plans, but the city never issued a permit.
Do you list the property in the MLS as:
-2 Beds/1 bath with a description that there is an unwarranted master suite in the marketing remarks?
-3 beds/2 baths with a description that the room is unwarranted?
The general consensus from replies:
Five agents thought that the home should be listed as a 2 bed/1 bath
Six agents thought that the home should be listed as a 3 bed/ 2 bath
Clearly, as was the case with “What Makes A Room A Bedroom”, the jury is still out on this one. Bottom line…READ THE DISCLOSURES! Know what you are buying and be 100% confident with your decision to purchase. It’s not like you’re choosing which coffee to drink. It’s a BIG decision. Don’t just roll the dice.