Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Downsizing whether it be lot sizes or orange juice is something that is a part of life these days(and as far as I remember) .

Nov 23, 2018 05:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I did not see that Fred Griffin but then again I have not grocery shopped for over 20 years. As far as RE the lots here are still sized better then they were when my house was built (50 X 110). BTW I purchased the home next to mine, knocked it down, and split the lot and cost with my new neighbor.

Nov 23, 2018 04:34 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Did not notice this Fred, I'll send some of my Florida friends over to get this sorted out.

I nominate you for the task.

Nov 23, 2018 04:28 PM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Fred, say it ain't so!!!!  Next thing you know the construction crews are going to be using 2 x 4's that aren't two inches by four inches!!!      ^_~

Nov 23, 2018 05:44 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Wasn't aware of the OJ shrinkage scandal.  Bill Belecheat and Tom Brady must be running these companies and "deflating" the size of the product.

Nov 23, 2018 10:17 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Yes and it's getting more and more difficult for buyers to find land to build a decent sized home on, Fred! I'm working with one now that would love a lot in the heart of the city but, they're having to settle for a lot in the South Charlotte suburbs so they can build the home they want to build. They've become postage stamp lots!

As for the OJ - Indian River is our choice and like the others, 52 oz does not equal 1/2 gallon, does it?! We're two good glasses short of a 1/2 gallon but, paying the same price.

Nov 23, 2018 09:41 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Well...that's not good news for me since the only OJ I can drink is the Tropicana low acid. Of course, the price didn't shrink when the size did!

Nov 23, 2018 08:06 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     We bought a 59 ounce Indian River Select a few days ago from Fresh Market.  Today, we stopped in Publix.  My wife took a bottle of Indian River off the shelf, and asked me, "Is this too small?"  Then I saw the 52 ounces!

     When I got home, I surfed the internet and noticed that ALL major brands have dropped to 52 ounces.  Talk about collusion.

Nov 23, 2018 08:04 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Our favorite made its stepdown to 52oz. back in April. It isn't so bad that it's being done although the reasoning is downright disgraceful. And that's whether it's land, orange juice or toilet paper. Squeeze me all you want but please don't squeeze the Charmin!

Nov 23, 2018 07:24 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Fred Griffin I didn't see the change on Tropicanna but did notice that a  gallon of ice cream is a bit smaller.  Ugh!  Guess that is why the economy of the 'big guys' is booming;  you & I are paying MORE for everything!

Nov 23, 2018 04:33 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I see this a lot with Charmin TP and Bounty paper towels ... rolls are smaller and prices are going up.  Most of us feel the need to TP yet many might get away without paper towels. 

Yes, shrinkage is among us. 

Nov 24, 2018 07:49 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Wow. I'd not noticed the orange juice changes... Fortunately, we don't have enough empty land around here for developers to make lots smaller like this, but I'll keep my out for it.

Thanks for sharing!


Nov 23, 2018 09:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The lots are small in our community.

Nov 23, 2018 06:09 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not buy those juices for my family( too much sugar). 

Nov 23, 2018 04:46 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Thanks for the information. 

Nov 24, 2018 12:43 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Damn Florida shorting you on the juice! What the hell is that? I never touch the bottled stuff. Always lemons/limes on my kitchen counter, I squeeze!

As for the lots, recent build projects have actually been on larger lots. We like wide open spaces around here and have lots of toys that need room for parking. I can understand where developers in other areas may be building all the way out on smaller lots to meet demand for low maintenance.

Nov 24, 2018 06:35 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

No central sewage here so zoning has been mandating larger and larger lots in new subdivisions to accommodate septic systems. The oldest lots are around 5,000 sq ft whereas new lots are now 20,000 sq ft. Somtimes those hated pesky regulations actually provide a benefit for us all.

Nov 24, 2018 06:23 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Being in Silicon Valley, where prices are outrageous, we have developers cramming in homes on smaller lots.  Personally, I don't like the trend, but I can see how others would.  Less upkeep.

Nov 24, 2018 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

We've seen this in Charlotte for a long time. I see builders advertising estate sized lots that are a third of an acre.

Nov 24, 2018 03:55 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

not in my market where zoning made new division standards 1.1 acres.

Nov 23, 2018 08:58 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The demand to downsize is also at work

Nov 23, 2018 05:12 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

well, think about that.... if a buildable lot is in demand, the price goes up no matter what the size....if it's a lot in a specially permitted density concept, anyone can build on it within the approved zoning regulations.... it's not less money because it's smaller than a more popular size, i.e., half acre vs 10,000s.f. .... 

Nov 24, 2018 12:47 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I'm so glad I don't have to live on a postage stamp of land. 20 acres suits me just fine.

Didn't know about the OJ since I buy frozen and mix my own, but I've sure noticed other things. A "quart" of mayo is now 29 or 30 ounces. A "Half gallon" of ice cream is now 1 1/2 quarts. And it's best if I don't get started about all the trimmings and chunks of fat they add to a chicken or a turkey breast to make it weigh more. (And, I suppose to cut down on their waste disposal costs.)

Nov 24, 2018 12:14 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

In the retail grocery world it's called "miniaturization" and we pay more for it.

Nov 24, 2018 09:25 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I saw that when I picked up my OJ last week. With land, lots ready to build are getting top price here

Nov 24, 2018 07:01 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Now you got me thinking about oprange juice. As for lots, they have been shrinking for years!

Nov 24, 2018 05:59 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Not happening with lots in Martin County.  The code will not allow this.

Nov 24, 2018 05:53 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

In Oregon they are pushing high density. In order to have the urban growth boundary expanded, the state required the city to make the lots smaller and have more multi-family housing. And yes, the prices are still high as our town continues to grow.

Nov 24, 2018 05:32 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Everything has become smaller and its actually a bit insulting it feels like they think people don't notice

1/2 Gallon Ice Cream....3 Pints

Quart Mayonnaise 28 - 30 oz

Cans of Tuna are pretty close to 5 oz now and mostly water

The list goes on.. and on lol 

Nov 28, 2018 07:08 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Our lots since to be 10 feet less in width these days and the prices are up.

Nov 24, 2018 01:16 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Had not noticed size of orange juice container.

Nov 24, 2018 12:04 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Fred, yes this is a technique that is used to make you think you are getting more for your money, when in fact you are getting less for probably the same amount as before.

Nov 28, 2018 10:48 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

It is a very common thing to see lots shrinking.  Land is getting harder to find that will work for good development

Nov 28, 2018 05:22 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

That shortage of 7 oz means more room for the vodka

We ceased  rewarding this marketing approach by purchasing the products from manufacturers who play this deceptive game

Nov 25, 2018 08:16 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We do not drink orange juice.  We have noticed the shrinkage method of charging more for less.  Very few lots around here, mostly large ranches and estates when it comes to land.  Some people have lost an acre or two thanks to the slides.  A

Nov 24, 2018 07:01 AM