Zillow search question: What is the best way to enter lot size for a vacant land serach?

The system doesn't work if you enter acreage figures.  Do you have to enter it in sq ft quantities???  Suggestions, anyone?
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I prefer to type in 30 million for the upper limit, as I'm looking for a square mile.  Fortunately, the sort order for the sort by lot size is from the largest to the smallest.  But still an issue with the errors.

I just looked at one that indicates 180 acres, but the write up indicates less than 20 acres, and the county record data indicates less than 8 acres.

And unfortunately, it is "farm land" which is not what I'm looking for.
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One acre is 43,560 square feet. When I search I usually type in 1,000,000 as there is not a lot above that figure and 22.95 acres is not to bad although a bit small.
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Zillow's data only has lot sizes in square feet.  On the Zillow's Home search page, you can only indicate square feet.  If you try to use decimal places as suggested by Terry, it would only indicate properties where the lot size is left blank (unknown).

The problem on Zillow doing a vacant land search is that many larger lots that have autofeeds from other sources have either a decimal place error or a units conversion error.  Since many large lots are listed on other sources by acres and Zillow only shows square feet, some cases are converted when the shouldn't be (making lots look really big when they are not), or they are not converted when they should be (making larger lots look a lot smaller than actual).

So, for any large lot search, you will still need to verify the lot size.  It helps when Zillow shows the property boundaries as that usually will give you a quick visual magnitude of the size.
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Enter your lot sizes in tenths. For example .2 (that would be 2/10ths of an acre). .25 would be a quarter of an acre.

hope this helps.
regards,
Terry
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