# another acreage question...

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by marisal, Nov 5, 2004.

1. ### marisalWell-Known Member

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We are looking at a house that has 8.16 acres. The demensions are around 910 X 342. I want more land, to make it almost a square. They said the person behind me might be willing to sell me some land, but how much?

I am horrid at math....So how many acres roughly would I need to make the lot as close to 910 X 910...give or take?

Thanks!

2. ### mary,txWell-Known MemberSupporter

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Seems like you are wanting to not quite triple what you have now.
Don't count on the neighbor wanting to sell before you ask the neighbor. Otherwise, it is just wishful thinking. We had someone stop by here after he signed a contract on the house next door, assuming we'd be happy to sell him part of our land behind his. We have other long term plans for that piece of land, and had no intention of selling any of it at all. (We also were not sympathic of his intended use of the land he was buying, and after we let him know the legalities of it, he backed out of the contract.)

3. ### Windy in KansasIn Remembrance

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Doing the math----

Currently the land is 910 X 342 which gives 311,220 square feet, which divided by the number of square feet in an acre (43560) gives 7.144 current acres.

A plot 910 X 910 gives 828,100 square feet or 19.0 acres.

You would need to more than double the current acrage to square up the plot, i.e. buy an additional 11.86 acres.

4. ### marisalWell-Known Member

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We wouldn't buy the house if we couldn't get more land. The realtor offered to ask the person about the land, because I wasn't liking the demensions at all. I just wanted to know how much to tell them I was interested in if they said yes is all.

5. ### GeorgeKWell-Known Member

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well of course the real estate agent wants to ask they get a commission. You can always add into a contract a contingency that you will be able to buy a certain amount of ajoining land at a particular price. That way if the second falls through, then so does the first. If you are going to make a contract also have a contingency on a satisfactory home inspection.

6. ### marisalWell-Known Member

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Wow! Thanks! I would never of known to do that. I will have to ask them to verify the acres now though because the listing says 910 X 342 8.16 acres.

Thanks again!!

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marisal, the legal description PROBABLY say 8.16 acres +/- or m/l meaning "more of less" That's standard out here anyway. Your alternative is to require a survey as a contingency to your offer and if the survey does not come out to at leat 8 acres you do not have to buy. Contingencies are wonderful tools for buyers.

8. ### Windy in KansasIn Remembrance

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The difference in acreage is probably due to a road right of way coming off of the total.

9. ### marisalWell-Known Member

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thanks for the info! The house was a disaster. We want a fixer upper, but not THAT bad.

10. ### Gary in ohioWell-Known MemberSupporter

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An acre is approx 207 x 207 or 42849 sq ft.
910 x 910 = 828100 sq ft
828100 / 42849 = 19.3 acres.

11. ### GREEN_ALIENSunny, Wet, Tornadoey SD!

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Acre is 208.71 X 208.71 or 43560 sqft
910 X 910 = 828100 sqft
828199 / 43560 = 19.01 acres

12. ### ramblerWell-Known MemberSupporter

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Why be approximate, when we were already exact?

An acre = exactly 43560 square feet, or 19.01056 acres.

--->Paul