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What can be advertised as a "bedroom"? Is there some standard definition?

I'm so sick of seeing listings that say 4 bedrooms and then when I read the descriptions it says "4th bedroom converted into study/office/playroom/den" etc. And then when I tour the house, that 4th bedroom has built in shelving or media stands and no closet or any real way for it to be a "bedroom" without some costly renovations?

Are realtors allowed to do this? I feel like it's false advertising! IT's really frustrating to find a house that I like that will be suitable for my wife and 3 children, only to find that it's not!
Art Hanley
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For a realtor to list a room as a bedroom the room must have a closet and window. Are you working with a realtor? If so make sure you're working with a professional who understands your needs.
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A bedroom must have a door, a window and a closet!
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3 years ago
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You guys just dont get Manhattan Real Estate. People list 3bed as 4beds because they usually have a 3bed budget and want a 4th bedroom. Thus people list 3bed convertible 4's. Some place you can construct a 4th bed room and not have it take away from other space, some not. If you want a true 4 bed be prepared to spend hundreds if not, thousands more. You cannot comepare real estate from any other area to Manhattan. Its a market and world of its own.
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Art, that's a good question. I've had this experience looking at rentals too where it is advertised as a 3 bedroom, but one of the bedrooms could hardly be considered a "bedroom." It's so frustrating when you think you found the perfect place, but it can't even sleep everyone! Hopefully, someone will chime in for the home buyers AND renters!
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In Gulf County Fl., per the planning, building and code Dept. You only need a door and window for a room to called a bedroom. No closet needed. Coming from Denver Colorado were you must have the door, window and closet, I felt cheated as well.
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3 years ago
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In NY in order for a room to be called a bedroom the room must have a closet otherwise it is just a room, a window is optional,a door is a must
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3 years ago
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A bedroom should have a closet, a window and a bathroom within
easy access. Realtors should not deceive the buyer or tenant as this only causes a waiste of time and disbelief in the realtor.
I agree with you it's just false advertising. You should clarify this with your Realtor.
Mimi Papantonio, CRS,CBR,ePRO
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6 months ago
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Art,

Try working with a Certified Buyers agent, they will do all the research for you. To be considered a legal bedroom it must have a window.

Not all Realtors will list the properties accurately. Its False advertising we now but they do it to wheel in the buyers. I'm seeing more and more developers and For Sale By Owners do this as well. You can't include the basement as an extra room, they do that a lot. My advice work with Licensed Real Estate Professional.

Best of Luck!
Millie Valentin
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