In my area there are 2 types of land listings for acres. One states 2.37 acres. It is expected to be correct. The other would be 40 acres +/-. That means it has not been surveyed and may be incorrect. Some of those 40+/- found they had 60 acres and were happy, others found the short end and were not. A lot of the problem is that since the first land grants the place never had a survey. Some of the deeds are also badly written. I saw one deed that said go back so far, but not direction.
Mack asked why should a realtor do things like measure a house or the rooms in it. As a buyer I am going to ask about the floor plan of a house before I drive 1,000 miles or more to look at it. The basic layout of a house can make it undesirable. Even if I was local to the area why should I waste my time looking at a house with a horrible floor plan I could have seen from a simple floor plan pic? After all, it is not only my time. It is one or 2 realtors time also. As an example, I looked at a shiny new double-wide on a lot. The layout was horrible. I saw the floor plan for it. It showed me the same horrible layout without me having to walk through the place. When I walk through the front door into a wall that is the end of desirability for that house. Having a kitchen island is the same thing, especially if it has the sink built in
A floor plan immediately shows those problems so buyers go elsewhere. It is one of the best sales tools available. See how easy you can go through the house, it has wonderful flow. Or this is crap, you'll hate getting through that place.
To measure the outside of a house to figure out square feet goes back to Ronald Reagan talking about foreign relations. Trust, BUT verify. Make sure you have your facts as close to right as possible. Realtors make enough on a sale to justify spending a short time looking things over to verify what they are being told. A car dealer would not accept someone telling them a trade in is perfect. They would check it out first. The owner could be lying or just have missed something. Real estate is no different. The dealer needs to inspect the items they are going to be responsible for selling for actual specifications and condition. Imagine trading in a Yugo saying it was a Lincoln. That is what giving the wrong square footage does in real estate.
One thing, I HATE the square foot measurement system. One of the first questions I will ask a realtor is what size is the house 24x40 or what? Square feet mean nothing to me, size does. I know what an acre is, square foot lot size I can figure out with some painful calculations. But house square footage is impossible to figure out a house size from. 900 square feet could be 30x30 or it could be 60x15 or even 45x20. There is no way to figure out what it means.
here is an example of what I would write to a realtor based on a real posting.
Approximately 23.76 acre(s)
Approximately 1466 sq. ft. What size? 24x44 or???
Is the above correct? Can more land be added or is that is that all there is? (why do realtors post a house without all its land??? <You can always say also offered with less land.>)
I would like to see a topographical map. The squiggly lines more=steeper. (That defines the lot)
A flood zone map showing the 300 (not 100) year flood zone with the house on that map. Some land in a floodzone is fine. The house being close to it is not.
A basic plat of the lot. (Even with a big city lot I can see how it fits on a street.)
Is this a short sale, a foreclosure, estate sale, regular sale or what?
The house is being sold as-is. WHY? What is known to be wrong with it?
Also more that is detailed but irrelevant here
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Why was that basic info not there? Put pics up of those maps. Some good realtors do that for slope and basic lot layout. The price was low, lower than it was sold for in 2004. Maybe the house has severe mold, maybe it is someone just wanting to get out of the area. Maybe the price, the lot size and everything else is wrong. I have no way to know do I?
I did write to some listing realtors about their listing. Some from examples of bad info I posted last time. I never got a reply. Would it have been so hard to reply and say " Sorry, the listing was wrong"?
After some of what I have seen listed I question the validity of every posting I find. Sad isn't it? Probably 90-98% of the listing are correct. But with my more specialized searches (by acreage) I have found over 10% that are false or misleading. That is just based on lot size and/or saying 3 bedroom but not having a house. I have no idea about the sizes or conditions of the houses themselves. It is not just local realtors either. I am talking about 18 cities over 4 states.
60 acres. go to the listing site and says 60 feet. help!!! This happens far to often.