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Due diligence error results in $680,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. home built on the wrong lot

Palm Coast, Florida. Photo by Bob Koslow/Daytona Beach News-Journal. “We are in total disbelief, just amazed this could happen,” said Mark Voss, owner with Brenda Voss, of the luxury home constructed on the wrong property. The Voss’ new home has  five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, ocean views, enviable amenities such as a theater and game-room, but […]

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Survey Affidavit Of No Change

At real estate closings, it has become prevailing practice for sellers to sign, and buyers to accept a “Survey Affidavit Of No Change.” This practice may saddle both buyer and seller with more liability than they realize. The practice transfers liability from a professional surveyor to unqualified parties. Read this article for an in-depth look […]

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A Client Success Story

Our client had a scheduled closing within days but no property survey. He had inquired twice about getting a survey but the mortgage company kept insisting that “we don’t require it.” After hearing our radio ad, and my interview on the Hallerin Hill Show, our client began having serious doubts about closing without a survey. […]

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Don’t let your addition become a subtraction

Adding new space to your existing house may be a great idea. However, knowing exactly where your property boundaries and relevant setback lines are located is an essential part of planning for a new addition to any home. Do not just guess. The outcome of such a decision may not be desirable. We have encountered […]

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Tales From the Archives

The 2003 survey at left shows a significant loss of area (about 3.7 acres out of 15) compared to that called for in the deed. The loss of area is shown in red. The previous surveyor was incompetent, causing an enormous overlap with adjacent properties. The driveway used for access has no legal easement or […]

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Who looks out for your interests when buying real estate?

Let’s examine the possibilities, then take them one at a time: Realtor Title Company Mortgage Company/Bank Seller Builder Let me say at the outset that all of these interested parties have one thing in common: If there is no closing, they do not get paid. Therefore their primary interest will typically be to see that […]

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Not all survey monuments are created equal

It is a very good idea to know where your property monuments are – specifically, not generally as in “over there somewhere.” Ideally, a responsible property owner can go right to their property markers and point to them. The problem is that standard survey monuments have a bad habit of fading into obscurity. A standard […]

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Tales from the Archives

This is another interesting survey from the archives. Names have been changed to protect the guilty. Construction of the residence pictured above was just completed. The house was located in a modern new subdivision. The proud future owners were looking forward to closing in just a few days when we were contracted to do a […]

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Title Insurance will not cover Survey related problems

Title insurance will not cover defects that could have been found by obtaining an accurate survey. The following excerpt is from an article by Richard Courtney for the Nashville City Paper. I could not have said it better. Do not buy a house assuming that a land survey is part of the package. That is no […]

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Occupation lines are deceptive (Don't believe your eyes)

Possession lines can be deceptive. ‘Possession lines’ refer to mowing, hedges, fences and other signs of occupation habitually created by property owners over a period of time. Shown is an actual survey from our file. Ironically, the name of the road is Sunny Lane. All is peaceful. There is a nicely manicured yard inside a […]

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