Daily Archives: July 5, 2005

Don’t Assume

Was at an open house today – a two acre parcel in the four acre zone – and was assured by the listing agent that a new owner could build a 7,500 sq. ft. house on the site. Wrong. Our P&Z punishes under-sized lots severely and in fact you can only build a 5,400 sq.ft. house on this two acre lot – smaller than you’d be permitted in the one acre zone. You can (almost) forgive a real estate agent from making the mistake of applying the 2 acre FAR formula to her listing because logic would suggest that’s exactly what you should do. But logic and FAR are mutually exclusive. Moral is, don’t assume that your agent knows what she’s talking about. The training in this field is, to put it mildly, not particularly rigorous.

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