When you see a specific acreage on a “for sale” sign, an on-line listing, a real estate flyer, or a printed ad, do you ever wonder where the exact acreage comes from? How do they know exactly how many acres they are selling? And, how do you know (for sure) how many acres you are buying? It might not surprise you if I told you that both sellers and seller’s agents often use the tax records, recorded deeds, wills, family records, drawings, court documents, historical documents, and many other sources to determine acreage. What may surprise you … [Read more...]

A Place of Your Own Part Eight: Buying Land is a Team Sport

Let’s face it. Land can be complicated. There are components of land ownership, and there are characteristics of land that are not intuitively obvious. The truth is that you can study and research all you want, and you still won’t know all that you need to know. If you are serious about owning land, there are times that you are going to need professional help. You may know what a survey is and what a boundary line looks like, but I’m willing to bet that most of you are not qualified to verify a boundary line encroachment. You know what … [Read more...]