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Govermental Rectangular Survey?

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greens601

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I recently failed my General Exam, by only a few questions. Can someone point me where I can learn how the Govermental Rect survey works.

Specifically, the quesiton was similar (this is not what it said)

E 1/2, NE 1/4, SE 1/4, E 1/2, SE 1/2.

what is the size of the lot, and what is the measurement of its western boundry?

A. 40 acres, 1650 SF
B. 80 acres, 5999 SF
C. xxxxxx
D.xxxxx


I have no idea how u figure this out, and none of my books explain how you figure this out. Thanks in advance.
 

Hamlet

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Work the problem backwards.

640 acres /2 = 320
320/2 = 160
160/4 = 40
40/4 = 10
10/2 = 5 is the answer
 

Abester

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640 acres /2 = 320

The SE 1/2 implies another division, but I have never seen a legal description of the SE 1/2. I think it should be SE 1/4 or S 1/2, but I didn't write the test.
 

Abester

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10/2 = 5 is the answer

and this does not answer the question of the western boundary dimension
 

greens601

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The equation I wrote is NOT the exact equation, as I couldnt remember exactly how it was wrote out of 165 questions.

I just want to know how you would figure out a question that would be similar to that.
 

Wendy

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Stuart,

It's the childish way to do it - but I draw it out. Much easier to keep yourself straight. (just don't let anyone see you do it! ;) )
 

greens601

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I tried to draw it out, but dont know how?
 

Wendy

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I tried to draw it out, but dont know how?

I'm assuming the question applies to a section of land. Go back to your good 'ol Appraising Residential Properties text book form the AI and look at pg. 84 - Figure 5.5 Division of a section of land. (3rd edition).

Draw yourself a square and start partitioning it as per the description given in the question. Then add the numbers. Ta da!
 
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