DEAR BENNY: In December 2007, I took title to a condominium unit that was listed on the MLS (multiple listing service) as being 1,017 square feet, according to the public records. Recently I was going through a real estate handbook that I own, and it suggested that I have a copy of the appraisal in my files. Since I didn't have one, I requested a copy from my bank. I was shocked to find that the bank found the square footage to be 864 square feet, not 1,017.
Before I took title, my real estate agent met the appraiser at the condo unit and said that I didn't have to be there. The day after the appraisal, I called my real estate agent to ask if everything went OK and she said yes.