How Big Is That Lot? Help Me Understand!

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How Big Is That Lot?  Help Me Understand!

Let's play a little game!  Fill in the blanks, all the answers are NUMBERS!

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_______07, Bond, James Bond.


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Your answer should be $#%^)....oops, SHIFT was on.... :)  43560.

Does that number mean anything to you?  If you're a consumer, probably not a number you see or think about every day, but to an agent who works anywhere except in the heart of the big cities, it's an important number!  43560 is the number of Square Feet in an Acre as we measure it here in the U.S.

football fieldNow for most people, an acre is hard to visualize, so lets try to turn it into something you might be able to relate to if you're a sports oriented person!

Your NFL football field is per regulation (including the end zones) 360
feet long by 160 feet wide.  Multiply length x width and divide by 43560 and you get 1.32 acres and change.  So a FULL field is 1 1/3 acres basically.  Take off the 60 feet of endzones and you drop to 1.1 acres, so 1 1/10 acres goal line to goal line.  Chop the field down to 90.75 yards and you've got that one acre basically on the nose.  Can you visualize that?  Throw one of those spaces out there and multiply it by the number of acres and you start to get a better idea of how big that lot is!  Five acres is a LOT of room to work with for the average homeowner.

basketball courtBut say you want something smaller, you're moving into a subdivision and the lots are well under an acre.  What's a rule of thumb to work with there?  Lets switch to an NBA regulation size court.  That's 50 feet wide and 94 feet long.  Multiply out again, divide by 43560 again and you get .108 acres, now you can argue whether that's 1/9th of an acre or 1/10th, but lets round down for rough estimation purposes.  Every .1 or a tenth of an acre offered with the home is one basketball court.  So again, .25 acres is 2.5 basketball courts, .5 acres roughly five courts.

Hopefully this helps you get a bit of a handle on how big a lot is!  When you start seeing lots listed under .25 acres, understand the houses WILL be close to each other!  When you see FIVE acres, understand you're going to spend a lot of time mowing the property unless it is heavily wooded.  No matter WHICH end of the spectrum you want, there ARE homes with LARGE and SMALL lots available, and if you want NO lot, well there are condos to take care of you :)

Have other questions about home ownership in the Warren County area?  Just contact us and we'll be happy to help!

Serving Warren County's residential real estate needs!
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Cindy T. West

This is great, everyone can visualize a football field and basketball court, thanks for sharing!

February 13, 2011 11:52 AM
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Sylvie Stuart
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagstaff, AZ
Keller Williams Check Realty 928-600-2765

Fantastic visuals!! I will be forever picturing basket ball courts and football fields when showing property now! Thanks!!

February 13, 2011 12:14 PM
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Scott Cotton
Texas Inspected

Great. I've always used the football visual, but the basketball court visual is a new one for me.

February 13, 2011 12:26 PM
Rainmaker
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Dave Phillips
Phillips Real Estate, Floyd Virginia

Very informative post...

 

And I am kind of angry with myself for never thinking of doing this before...

 

Great job.

February 13, 2011 02:44 PM
Anonymous
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Thanks for posting this, I like it!

February 13, 2011 04:50 PM
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Anita Tomei
Nipomo Properties Real Estate

Thanks for posting this, I like it!

February 13, 2011 04:51 PM
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Eugene Adan
Carlsbad Real Estate
Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710

Bliz,

Very entertaining and good visual.

February 13, 2011 07:20 PM
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Cindy, You're welcome, glad you like it!

Sylvie, glad to be of help :)

Scott, Our territory covers both spectrums, so good to have a small and a large visual to work with.

Dave, No one can think of everything!  The great thing about AR is we share what we know for the benefit of all.

#139, You're welcome!

Anita, Glad to help!

Eugene, Thanks!

February 13, 2011 07:37 PM
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Carla Freund
Your Raleigh - Cary Relocation Specialist
Keller Williams Preferred Realty

Hi Liz & Bill - Great visual! Wonderful info to share with buyers.

February 13, 2011 08:12 PM
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Margaret Hickman
REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS
Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners

Very creative!  That will work well for a sports fan, but something else will be needed for others.  Any ideas?  I just usually try to get a plat if available.

February 13, 2011 10:20 PM
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Carla, Glad you like it.

Margaret, I couldn't come up with anything else that would be standardized and consistent across the country that most people would be aware of.

February 14, 2011 06:01 AM
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I'm one of those spatially challenged folks so these visualizations really helped me! I think it will help a lot of people and I'll be tweeting/facebooking your blog today.

Also, I saw the map of your service area and just realized how close we are! SentriLock's office is in Sharonville.

-Laura Kreuter

February 14, 2011 09:27 AM
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Laura, My day job is just around the corner.  I'm in Blue Ash on Reed-Hartman, small world :)

February 14, 2011 09:29 AM
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Cindy Layman
Reece and Nichols

Your post really helped me alot - as well as my buyers!!  I now have a way to explain it so size makes sense.

February 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Cindy, Happy to help!  It comes up quite a bit here, so thought it would be a good thing to share :)

February 14, 2011 11:18 AM
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DeeDee Riley
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA

Bill and Liz, I loved the analogy!  Thanks for putting it that way as it's easier for most people to understand.  Will be bookmarking to come back too!!!

February 14, 2011 10:04 PM
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DeeDee, Glad it's useful for you :)

February 14, 2011 10:07 PM
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Laura J. Lycans
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Sandhills Choice Realty, LLC

I love this! I can see where this information will help many get a better idea of the lot size. Great Post!!

February 15, 2011 09:07 AM
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Laura, We know MOST people can relate to the field sizes, and means more to them than the typical lot size numbers!  Glad to give you something useful :)

February 15, 2011 09:14 AM
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Jan Stevens
Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh

Creative, fun to read, and useful! The bloggers' trifecta. Thanks so much for this, I will use your comparisons with clients and found them helpful myself!

March 08, 2011 07:25 PM
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