The Internet needs Quality Control

There are a lot of sites that allow people to post listings for things for sale, personals, etc.

I know, most of these sites have disclaimers that the postings/listings are solely the responsibility of the poster/listing agent, etc.

But come on!

I’ve been scanning listings on, for reasons that may or may not become apparent in the near future. The listing agents posting real estate listings on the site must be, IMHO, the most dishonest people I have ever seen (and I’ve seen the lines outside methadone clinics).

One agent listed a property as being 86234 acres. To save y’all some math, that is equal to 134.77 square miles, or 348.98 square kilometers. The actual size? A fraction of an acre, which in the U.S. is called a “lot”.

Another listed 119 acres… in the middle of a mobile home park. And no, there’s not a big chunk of land in the middle of it.

Another listed 250 acres… in downtown Macon GA.

Others had listed property that had. No. Access! There’s no road, driveway, or easement to the property! Not even a stream to float a raft down, laden with construction materials!

It’s one thing to disavow responsibility for what other people post or list on your site. But this goes beyond the ridiculous. At a certain point, things like this make the site worthless, because it’s impossible to find any real listings.

I’m seriously considering (and wondering how hard it would be to do) creating a Angie’s List-type website, rating the reliability of other websites’ content. Hmmm. How about

Okay, I can see the 86234 acres being a typo - did they forget the decimal point at the beginning perhaps? Though I’m not sure why they would go to that many decimal places :confused:

119 acres in the middle of a mobile home park though, it’s hard to see that being a typo, unless they got the address wrong and mixed it up with a completely different property.

Listing property with no access though is wrong on so many levels.
Firstly, how did the property actually get that way? Did town planners really create a property with no access at all? What were they thinking?
Secondly, how is that property in any way useful for someone to buy? How could an agent justify even trying to sell it? I hope the listing displayed the no access information very prominently.

Buy a big parcel, chop it up, and sell the smaller parcels.

Actually, it’s out in the middle of nowhere.

Supposedly, it’s an investment. Buy now, let the land grow in value. When the land can actually be used, undersell for a huge tax write-off.

Yeah, they did state quite clearly, no road, no drive, no easement.

Anybody want a helicopter landing pad cheap?