Why are the lot size of the same property different from different web site?

Asked by manny m., Gwinnett County, GA Fri Aug 17, 2007

I looked at several properties listed here and in jennypruitt.com, the difference is tremendous.

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Deborah Madey, Agent, Brick, NJ
Sat Aug 18, 2007
I pulled a few lisitngs from Trulia and compared the data there to the info on the tax data source that we use. The data was consistent in my sampling.

Trulia might be using a different source for data transmission of the assessor data in GA than Jenny Pruitt. That is one possibility.

Here's another, and I have seen this in our area. The lot size is a trapezoid. The front width is 100' and the back width is 80'. One data system calculated square footage using the width of 100, and another averaged the front and back numbers to 90' wide and calculated the square footage of the lot.

Another possibility is that the data was input into the tax assessor records incorrectly. I have read the data from a database that states a lot is 50' wide, and when I look at the tax map, the map has 59' on it. The data was input into a database system from individuals looking at the tax map. With a wonderfully accurate diligent perfromance record, there are still going to be errors.

An agent can pull the tax maps, cross verify the data entered, or refer to a survey if available from the seller.

In a purchase contract, you will obtain your own survey for validation of lot size also.

Here is my priority evaluation for data on lot size: 1) The survey 2) Tax Map 3) Tax database with text numbers

I know the inconsistency of data can be frustrating. This is but just one example of things that agents do behind the scenes when representing buyers and sellers. So often, we resolve discrepancies, validate info, and make corrections without ever mentioning it to our clients.

Point out any discrepancies to your buyer agent and ask him/her to do their homework for you.
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The Hagley G…, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Fri Aug 17, 2007
It's most likely coming from different sources. Public records are the most accurate.
Web Reference:  http://www.cindihagley.com
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J Lo, Home Buyer, California Glory, Brentwood, CA
Sat Aug 18, 2007
If you are truly interested in the property you are viewing - you should either alone or through a representative; contact the listing agent, and ask for the plat and/or survey form of the lot you are interested in.

The plat or survey will have the actual dimensions listed and you will be able to see for yourself.

The why-for is listed below and can be as simple as human error in input; but rest assured it's nothing sinister. Just a simple mistake that the plat/survey will clarify quickly!

"Lots" o' Luck to you and keep cool this hot summer!
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Joshua Jarvis, Agent, Duluth, GA
Sat Aug 18, 2007
You've got a least 3 if not more different sources. First you have the FMLS and the GAMLS. Each one can have exact dimensions entered, but depending on the website it may or may not pull them. Then there are tax records. Some sites pull the up to date ones and some sites like Trulia have major errors in the displayed information - and I think they are using a certain Tax Info. Vendor. .
Web Reference:  http://www.jrjarvis.com
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Pam Winterba…, Agent, Danville, VA
Fri Aug 17, 2007
The tax assessor records and or public records. The error is probably an imput error.
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Carrie Crowe…, Agent, Southaven, MS
Fri Aug 17, 2007
I would suggest imput error, or human error. It may depend on who put the properties in and where they got their information. It is unfortunate of course. The actual property measurements would be listed in the public records at the court house! It is easy to look up. or you could ask a local Realtor to ask for you!
Web Reference:  http://carriecrowell.com
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