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it sounds as though the former owner may have made changes to the property without permits, which is why the city does not have the correct information. One place you could check is the tax assessor's online website to see if the description is accurate or whether it matches the city's records. That might be one potential source for you. Better yet, you could hire an appraiser who comes out to the house, instead of providing an appraisal based on the city records. That way the appraiser can see the home and make decisions based on what he or she actually sees, or instead of using an online appraisal site. This will be the most accurate and reliable type of appraisal and is probably necessary in your circumstances.
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