How to buy land for your group without bumping tier

I recently had the opportunity to purchase some land for the East River Community through the kind intercession of Guy Linden and in the process I have learned a new trick to add land to a group without bumping tier. Even after 4 years, there is always something new to learn out of Second Life.

As you all know, groups get a 10% land bonus. What has never been clear to me is how that bonus is applied, and that is what I have found out yesterday.

The following image shows the land tab of the East River Community group for V1-based viewers:

Erclandtab

While this image shows the same thing with V2-based viewers:

Erclandtabv2

Click on the images to enlarge.

As you can see in both images, one of the data items listed is “land available”. That is the group bonus. It means that you can buy that amount of land for the group without adding it to your tier. How to do that? Pretty simple. The following image shows you the About Land box in V1-based viewers:

As you can see in the image, there is a button named “Buy For Group“. When you buy land using that button you won’t need to buy and deed to the group, and your tier will remain unchanged.
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