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1.  You need to be a Premium member to own land on the mainland.  You can always buy land on a private estate, regardless of your membership type.  As a Premium member, you can get a free Linden Home, on a 512 square meter (m2) parcel.  Or, if you choose, you can purchase land anywhere else on the mainland.

When you do, you will NOT pay tier on the first 512 m2 you purchase.  If you own more land than that, on the mainland, then yes, you will pay tier on it.

2.  A full region is 65,536 m2.  You can do the the math to find out how many square meters a subdivided parcel would be...just keep dividing by 2!  Another way to think about it is that a full region is a square 256 m on a side.  So a half region would be 128x256m, a quarter region would be 128x128m, etc.

I teach a class on land topics at Caledon Oxbridge University in world.  It's tonight, Friday, at 5 pm SL time, and it's free to attend.  I hope you can make it!

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See this chart. It shows the sizes, prim allowance and prices. :smileyhappy:

The Land Use Fee (also known as a Tier Fee) is a monthly charge in addition to membership fees (i.e., US$9.95/month Premium Membership). Land use fees are billed based on the peak amount of land held during your previous 30 day billing cycle.

Premium accounts are granted a 512 sqm bonus lease before land use fees are applied. The chart below shows the fees for all land you hold or tier you donate beyond the 512 sqm bonus.

Additional Land
(over 512 sqm)
Parcel Size
Prims per Parcel
Monthly Land Use fee*
1/128 Region 512 sqm 117 US$5
1/64 Region 1,024 sqm 234 US$8
1/32 Region 2,048 sqm 468 US$15
1/16 Region 4,096 sqm 937 US$25
1/8 Region 8,192 sqm 1,875 US$40
1/4 Region 16,384 sqm 3,750 US$75
1/2 Region 32,768 sqm 7,500 US$125
Entire Region 65,536 sqm 15,000 US$195

* Value Added Tax (VAT) will be added where applicable.

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I can't tell what will make sense to you, but I can point you to a very basic article that lays it all out for you >>> http://community.secondlife.com/t5/English-Knowledge-Base/Buying-land/ta-p/700043#Section_.3 .

Also ...

Cost Sq. Meters Amount of Land
USD 195.00/ month 65,536 Entire Region
USD 125.00/ month 32,768 1/2 Region
USD 75.00/ month 16,384 1/4 Region
USD 40.00/ month 8,192 1/8 Region
USD 25.00/ month 4,096 1/16 Region
USD 15.00/ month 2,048 1/32 Region
USD 8.00/ month 1,024 1/64 Region
USD 5.00/ month 512 1/128 Region
USD 0.00/ month 0 0/128 Region
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One of the easiest ways (for me anyway) to understand how the parcel sizes work is simply to look at the map of the mainland with the "land sale" option checked. If you click on the dollar signs ($) on the map you will get the SIZE of the parcel as well as the price. Most of the small rectangular plots will be 512 lots which is the size your free tier covers.

You can click on other UNIFORM plots and see the 1024 , 2048 sizes etc. Then if you want you can go to the spot, turn on the land border outlines (Firestrom : World> Show More > Property lines) and you can see how big the different sizes actually are. Easiest on an empty lot of course.

Also keep in mind that one reason you may need a certain size lot is because prim allowance is tied to land size. So for example if you have your heart set on a smallish house that is 150 prims (not a good value these days with mesh *wink*) you will need at LEAST a 1024 lot so that you would have enough prims to use it.


Have fun exploring.

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