Tyche Shepherd publishes March 2016 Private Estate Survey


On 26th March Tyche Shepherd published the March 2016 Private Estate Survey on the SLUniverse Forums showing newly updated results based on a sample of 5, 000 randomly selected private estate regions.

Tyche Shepherd does an excellent job every week publishing new weekly SL sims posts and it’s still one of the best sources for the latest Second Life statistics. Tyche first posted weekly stats back in early March 2008.

The key points for this survey are – see bottom of this blog post for full results

  • Full Regions : 2266
  • Homestead Regions: 1921
  • Openspace: 21
  • Closed to Public :792
  • Tier is still healthy at just under US$3.4M for the month
  • Of the 4208 accessible regions, 53.9% are Full Regions, 45.6% are Homesteads and 0.5% are Openspaces.
  • Private estates had a net loss of 1875 Regions to a total of 17549 representing an overall decline of 10.7% since Nov 2013. The proportion closed to public access was significantly up from 12.0% to 15.8%.
  • The top 20 landowners currently control 49.1% (+/- 1.3%) of private estate regions, This is significantly up on Nov 2013 (39.5%) , using list prices their holdings account for 40.6% of total private estate tier (Nov 2013 was 30.5%)
  • The top 10 landowners are 36.4% (+/- 1.2%) of regions and 29.5% of tier 
  • The Top 10 Full Region/Homestead/Openspace proportions are 37.1%/62.8%/0.1% and 38.6%/61.3%/0.0% for the top 20
  • Total known ACS holdings come to 19.1%. (13.8% in Nov 2013)
  • Taking these figures a good estimate of private estate tier due each month is US$3,385,000 +/- US$43,000 .

The Top 20 Estates by number of regions held are as follows:

  • Dreamseeker Estates 6.1%
  • Azure Islands (ACS) 5.1%
  • Richmond Land Management 4.9%
  • Zoha Islands 4.7%
  • Jessica Chung (ACS) 3.3%
  • Weezles Real Estate (WRE) 2.8%
  • Surreal Chung (ACS) 2.6%
  • Victoria Chung (ACS) 2.6%
  • Miriam Chung (ACS) 2.3%
  • Lorena Chung (ACS) 2.0%
  • Blanxi Estates 2.0%
  • Lala Rentals 1.5%
  • Jewels Island 1.4%
  • Fruit Islands Estate 1.4%
  • Bell Estates 1.2%
  • Lombardi Holdings 1.2%
  • Heidi Chung (ACS) 1.0%
  • Kendallwood Virtual Estates 1.0% tied for 18th place with …
  • Serena Estates 1.0%
  • Luxory Estates 1.0%

The regions were running on the following distribution of server class

  • Unknown 0.05%
  • Class 701 46.15%
  • Class 801 53.78%
  • Class 830 0.02%

March 2016 Private Estate Survey Resuls In Full

Well it’s been a while since my last Private Estate Survey run back in November 2013 which you can find in this same thread here New SL Sims in past week

So here is the March 2016 Private Estate Survey , these results are based on a sample of 5000 randomly selected private estate regions designed to estimate Full/Homestead/Openspace penetration.

Summary: Overall distribution of Region types is very much unchanged from Nov 2013. Ownership however is much more concentrated with a larger proportion of the grid being owned by the top estates. Tier is still healthy at just under US$3.4M for the month

The key results are as follows:

  • Full Regions : 2266
  • Homestead Regions: 1921
  • Openspace: 21
  • Closed to Public :792

Of the 4208 accessible regions , 53.9% are Full Regions, 45.6% are Homesteads and 0.5% are Openspaces. The Margins of Error are +/-1.28% , +/- 1.28% and +/-0.18% respectively for the three figures figure at the 95% confidence level. Full Regions and Homesteads have gained 0.1% each in share since July with Openspaces losing 0.2% . So in 2 and a bit years very little change in distribution of region types.

During this period Private estates had a net loss of 1875 Regions to a total of 17549 representing an overall decline of 10.7% since Nov 2013 . The proportion closed to public access was significantly up from 12.0% to 15.8%.

2 of the Full Regions were Linden Developed Regions (i.e. sold new with content) were included in the sample this time, but no Developed Homestead was sampled. Again as with all previous surveys this is too small penetration to estimate total number. 32 of the sampled full regions were Skill Gaming designated ones (1.7% of Private Estate Regions).

284 of the 1921 (14.68%) Homestead regions were at the new non-grandfathered rate, this is down on Nov 2013 figure of 17.6% .

Taking these figures a good estimate of private estate tier due each month is US$3,385,000 +/- US$43,000 . (Calculated using known grandfathering rates but excludes any academic reductions and is rounded to the closest US$1000), this figure is significantly down on Nov 2013’s estimate of US$3,857,000 by $472,000 (down by 12%).

The top 20 landowners currently control 49.1% (+/- 1.3%) of private estate regions, This is significantly up on Nov 2013 (39.5%) , using list prices their holdings account for 40.6% of total private estate tier (Nov 2013 was 30.5%)

The figures for the top 10 landowners are 36.4% (+/- 1.2%) of regions and 29.5% of tier (the larger estates tend to have a bigger proportion of homesteads than smaller estates). This share for the top 10 is significantly up on Nov 2013’s figure of 28.9% of private estate regions.

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