Multiplication-Challenged Realtors?

Real Estate Pet Peeves

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Lot Size: 132′ x 120′

It’s admittedly a pretty fussy pet peeve, but here goes: if you’re selling a home on an unremarkable, 40′ x 120′ city lot, I don’t really care or need to know that that’s .110 acres (some Realtors tell you, anyways).

However, if you’re selling a home on a huge, 132′ x 120′ lot — literally triple the standard city lot — how about actually telling someone that that’s .36 acre??!!

The “O acre, 132′ x 120′” (above) appears verbatim in a listing for a Hopkins home that just came on MLS tonight.

Giving the acreage (if it’s meaningful) is important information for prospective Buyers.

It also is important to Sellers — because it makes their home more valuable.

For anyone who doesn’t know the math, here it is:

1. Multiply width x length
2. Divide product by 43,560′

Next: trigonometry lessons for especially challenging lot sizes.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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