# 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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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.

Now 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.

But 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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The Liz Spear Team of RE/MAX Elite
Elizabeth Spear, ABR, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2002007747

William (Bill) Spear, CRS, Ohio License SAL.2004011109  Kentucky 77938
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Thanks for posting this, I like it!

Feb 13, 2011 08:50 AM #139
Rainer
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Anita Tomei
Nipomo Properties Real Estate - Pismo Beach, CA

Thanks for posting this, I like it!

Feb 13, 2011 08:51 AM #140
Rainer
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Bliz,

Very entertaining and good visual.

Feb 13, 2011 11:20 AM #141
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

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!

Eugene, Thanks!

Feb 13, 2011 11:37 AM #142
Rainmaker
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

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

Feb 13, 2011 12:12 PM #143
Rainmaker
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Margaret Hickman
Keller Williams Realty - Cenla Partners - Alexandria, LA
REALTOR, GRI, ABR, SRS

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.

Feb 13, 2011 02:20 PM #144
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

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.

Feb 13, 2011 10:01 PM #145
Rainer
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SentriLock Blogger
SentriLock, LLC - Cincinnati, OH

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

Feb 14, 2011 01:27 AM #146
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

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

Feb 14, 2011 01:29 AM #147
Rainer
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Cindy Layman
Reece and Nichols - Overland Park, KS

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

Feb 14, 2011 02:14 AM #148
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

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

Feb 14, 2011 03:18 AM #149
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

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!!!

Feb 14, 2011 02:04 PM #150
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

DeeDee, Glad it's useful for you :)

Feb 14, 2011 02:07 PM #151
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Laura J. Lycans
Sandhills Choice Realty, LLC - Southern Pines, NC
Your Dream + My Passion = Success!!

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

Feb 15, 2011 01:07 AM #152
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

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 :)

Feb 15, 2011 01:14 AM #153
Rainer
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Jan Stevens
Coldwell Banker Pittsburgh - Cranberry Township, PA

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!

Mar 08, 2011 11:25 AM #154
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J

Thank you very helpful to have "visuals" that are common - football field, basketball court. Trying to figure out what .1 of an acre loks like to build on a house for Habiat for Humanity.

Aug 15, 2016 08:03 AM #155
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

J, Looks like we gave you the answer.  And thanks for the work for Habitat for Humanity, it's one of our favorite causes.

Aug 15, 2016 08:43 AM #156
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Jasmin Days

I recently acquired a parcel of land in Camden, SC. I received it from my mother when she passed away. On the paper, it does not show the size of the parcel. How would I go about finding this information out before putting it "for sale" on it. Thank you.

Jan 17, 2017 11:39 PM #157
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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Good morning Jasmin, Not sure how things work in SC, but here in Ohio that information would be available at our county auditor's office or the online county auditor's site.  Failing that, a surveyor would be able to determine size.

Jan 18, 2017 04:01 AM #158
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