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Old 02-01-2018, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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And if your land is worth even fifty cents PSF, I would be surprised. And again, on a rectangle, you can come within one or two percent. Human paces are more accurate than liars or idiots, or lying idiots.
I believe my lot is worth about $140,000. About $9.00/SF. If I remove the house.

If you ever meet an agent who paces off a lot for computing area sizing, and advertises that measure, you very likely HAVE met an idiot.
One of the greatest opportunities for error, other than buying and selling without a survey, is to try to guess the area of property with multiple arcs/radii forming front and back of a rectangle.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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As I stated four time, it is a rectangular lot in a city with houses on both sides. And if your lot was listed at 5.5 and didn't look it, pacing a side or two would be an option. And it is much easier to get an outline of the plat map, than the dimensions. But a bare eye can see that a lot is clearly not 5 times the width deep.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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As I stated four time, it is a rectangular lot in a city with houses on both sides. And if your lot was listed at 5.5 and didn't look it, pacing a side or two would be an option. And it is much easier to get an outline of the plat map, than the dimensions. But a bare eye can see that a lot is clearly not 5 times the width deep.
OK.
For your singular experience, on one property, you may be wise to pace it off.

I misunderstood, and read your post as a recommendation that other people, including real estate licensees should use this site.
Of course, they probably should avoid it, but if it works for you...
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:34 AM
 
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Seeing as how so many agents couldn't pass Algebra I, I would suggest it as a tool to anyone buying a small lot just to make sure the ad isn't literally off the map. I can come within 2% from 8500 miles away; they overstated by 1/3 and lived in that exact community for 100 years between them. Up to you.

But, after reading the comments from the Realtor lackeys, I have decided to resubmit my offer, and lower it 1000, with my explanation. If they refuse to submit, I will send a letter directly to the trustee.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Just dealt with a friends neighbour that insisted for two years that my friends flower border was encroaching on their property. Big issue for them. Got a buddy with a borrowed pin reader and found the pins well inside their property line. They were choked.

This place had sold several times and the Realtors knew nothing. You have to check this out to your, and the city by-law guys. satisfaction.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:03 PM
 
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Just dealt with a friends neighbour that insisted for two years that my friends flower border was encroaching on their property. Big issue for them. Got a buddy with a borrowed pin reader and found the pins well inside their property line. They were choked.

This place had sold several times and the Realtors knew nothing. You have to check this out to your, and the city by-law guys. satisfaction.
Never assume...and I recall my brother telling me when he bought his hunting land, that it was surprising how many idiots were told politely that he was the new owner, and he still got comments like Mr. So and so told them they could hunt there. No boys, property rights are one of the most important things on the planet. I just saw some group pay 600,000,000 for 9.92 acres...in central Bangkok. You probably could have got it for 400 bucks in the late 40s. Now 1400 per square foot.

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Old 02-01-2018, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I am annoyed with Realtors that don't double check data they put on MLS. Some claim it automatically comes from Assessor...but still. Lot size is commonly not accurate.
If you are in doubt about lot size, buy one of these and do your own measuring:


https://www.homedepot.com/s/measuring%20wheel?NCNI-5


House dimensions are often inaccurate, too.


I have one of the small wheeled measurers.


I can measure the lot and the house in 30 minutes and walk away with a diagram of all the room dimensions.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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When we bought our home it was listed as a 4,800 square foot lot. What was interesting is that the other homes on the street are 6,000 square foot lots. Why was our lot only 4,800 square feet?

We bought it thinking that this was all true. The home was exactly what we wanted. We love our home.

Turns out that we have a 60' X 100' lot. That makes it 1,200 square feet larger than what we were told. Eventually I had the property tax statement and found that we have two lots. One is 4,800 square feet and the other is 1,200 square feet. I asked about this and found out why.

Both of the houses to our right are in a commercial zone, although it is all residential. The houses to the left of us are all in a residential zone. Our property is the buffer zone between the two. Look at our home online and it will have the 4,800 square foot lot listed. You have to drive three blocks north till you can find a retail location. You have to drive 6 blocks south to find a strip mall. Everything in between in residential.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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When we bought our home it was listed as a 4,800 square foot lot. What was interesting is that the other homes on the street are 6,000 square foot lots. Why was our lot only 4,800 square feet?

We bought it thinking that this was all true. The home was exactly what we wanted. We love our home.

Turns out that we have a 60' X 100' lot. That makes it 1,200 square feet larger than what we were told. Eventually I had the property tax statement and found that we have two lots. One is 4,800 square feet and the other is 1,200 square feet. I asked about this and found out why.

Both of the houses to our right are in a commercial zone, although it is all residential. The houses to the left of us are all in a residential zone. Our property is the buffer zone between the two. Look at our home online and it will have the 4,800 square foot lot listed. You have to drive three blocks north till you can find a retail location. You have to drive 6 blocks south to find a strip mall. Everything in between in residential.
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!


Better check the "legal description" on your deed and make sure that the "legal description" covers both lots.


I had a similar situation with my first house. It straddled two lots at one address. The deed showed the right address but the "legal description" showed only one lot. The title insurance company had to go back to the sellers and get a corrected deed signed.
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Old 02-01-2018, 02:31 PM
 
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I am annoyed with Realtors that don't double check data they put on MLS. Some claim it automatically comes from Assessor...but still. Lot size is commonly not accurate. One county I am looking in doesn't have the data online..and even if they did.....I found this easy to use, free site, no registration BS, set the stakes and it will calculate distance or area. You just enter the address, and it brings up a satellite map, which you zoom into. First one I checked...listing said .31 acres, I asked for verification..told yes, 13,000 sf. Yes, that is the correct conversion, but it is a city lot. So I go to www.findlotsize.com. umm..8630 sf...almost exactly 1/3 less. So there is a mystery of half a lot. I see no reason for stuff like this to be worked out, after the contract is signed. Give it a try. Every Realtor should see some homes, where the lot is worth more than 100% of the lot with the house on it. Saw someone play 140,000,000 for three acres last year. That would be 4.7 million for the tenth acre this lot is missing. Location,location,square footage....
You can do this via google maps as well.
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