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Does a Room Have to Have a Closet to be Considered a Bedroom?

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We have had these questions asked of us:  Do I have a 4 bedroom home or a 3 bedroom home? Does a bedroom have to have a closet to be considered to be a bedroom?  Does a bedroom have to have a window? What are the requirements for a room to be considered a bedroom?  


Taking a Look at Guidelines and Regulations
First, we will look at what guidelines and regulations have to say about bedrooms.


*FNMA (Fannie Mae) guidelines which apply to most appraisals on residential properties for mortgage lending states: 
The Appraiser must not identify a room as a bedroom that cannot accommodate ingress or egress in the event of an emergency, regardless of location above or below grade 
FNMA 4000.1 Guidelines
There is nothing in FNMA guidelines stating the need for a closet, but that there needs to be ingress or egress in the event of an emergency.  The methods of ingress or egress in the event of an emergency is typically in the form of a window but may also be a door. 
*International Residential Cod…