Monday, February 23, 2009

Decimal Points

I've just corrected 17 of the most egregious data errors in the District's data for sales during 4Q 2008. I learned:

  • Decimal points disappear when sales are recorded, hence a $720,592.35 sale is transformed into one for $72,059,235. One error like that I can understand, but 17?
  • Of those 17 sales, 12 were foreclosures.
  • The Republic of Poland dropped $9.55MM for 3041 Whitehaven St NW. Built in 1927, it has 8 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 half baths, 6 fireplaces, and is 9422 square feet in size [according to the District's CAMA database. The sales listing says 10 bedrooms, 7 1/2 baths]. Bill and Hillary are neighbors. Apparently it once belonged to Paul Mellon. By the way, this sale was recorded correctly.

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