Yes, It’s your fault

Due diligence is your responsibility. Yours. No one else's. Yours.   Just imagine an individual who, seeking a mate, marries the first person they come across who is willing. No dating, no background checks, no meeting the family. Just a quick agreement and Boom! The deal is done. We don't usually think of dating as [...]

By | 2017-06-17T09:52:24+00:00 June 16th, 2017|Due Diligence, Legal issues|Comments Off on Yes, It’s your fault

Knox County Setback Violation Forces House Move

A contractor-client of ours located a "spec" house on his own lot by himself. He had used us several times in the past to lay out houses, but did not call us this time in an effort to save money. This occurred in 2010, in the middle of the housing crash, when everyone was trying [...]

By | 2017-06-20T11:26:38+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|Due Diligence, Survey Problems|Comments Off on Knox County Setback Violation Forces House Move

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 sits [...]

By | 2014-10-25T14:23:52+00:00 October 25th, 2014|Due Diligence, Legal issues, Survey Problems, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Due diligence error results in $680,000 – 5,000 sq. ft. home built on the wrong lot

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 [...]

By | 2010-08-11T12:06:25+00:00 August 11th, 2010|Due Diligence, Legal issues|Comments Off on Survey Affidavit Of No Change

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. [...]

By | 2010-02-17T09:40:44+00:00 February 17th, 2010|Due Diligence, Survey Problems|Comments Off on A Client Success Story

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 [...]

By | 2009-12-18T18:20:20+00:00 December 18th, 2009|Due Diligence, Survey Problems|Comments Off on Don’t let your addition become a subtraction

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 [...]

By | 2009-10-26T12:16:57+00:00 October 26th, 2009|Due Diligence, Legal issues, Survey Problems|Comments Off on Tales From the Archives

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 [...]

By | 2010-02-14T00:57:26+00:00 October 24th, 2009|Due Diligence, Legal issues, Survey Problems|Comments Off on Who looks out for your interests when buying real estate?

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 [...]

By | 2009-10-19T20:52:12+00:00 October 19th, 2009|Due Diligence, Property Rights, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Not all survey monuments are created equal

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 [...]

By | 2009-10-18T18:00:20+00:00 October 18th, 2009|Due Diligence, Survey Problems|Comments Off on Tales from the Archives
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