Birmingham MLS Finally Adds Square Footage

Collier Swecker video blogs about a recent decision by the Birmingham Area Multiple Listing Service to allow Realtors to include square footage on their listings. It will take a while to get the database for all of the listings updated because not only do Brokerages have to “opt-in” to allowing square footage but all of the square footage information from the tax records must be manually input by agents once their Broker approves the inclusion. While the inclusion of square footage  information gives important data for the consumer to consider, the consumer must also understand that the information will  primarily come from the tax assessors office. As we have discussed before, the square footage reported by the tax assessors Office is about as accurate as the property values that they are placing on homes during their annual appraisal process. The only true and accurate way to know the real square footage is to get a home appraised by a licensed home appraiser or you can even measure the home yourself.  If you have any comments or questions about the addition of square footage information to the Birmingham AL MLS, email me at or visit my website at


About Collier Swecker

Collier Swecker is a licensed real estate broker, attorney, blogger, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the founding partner of the Mega Agent Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Advantage which ranks as one of the top selling real estate teams in Alabama. Collier also acts as a business and marketing consultant for small business start-ups.

Collier graduated from Auburn University (B.A., 1998), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2002) and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Masters of Law in Taxation, 2003). Collier was the principal partner of the law firm Swecker and Sparks LLC for 3 years before leaving the law practice for real estate development and sales.

Collier is a native of Yorktown, Virginia and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Amanda Capps Swecker. Collier & Amanda are the proud parents to a beautiful daughter, Julia Abigayle. They have one dog named Kramer.

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