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

“Locating property lines without the assistance of a Surveyor” is a Bad Idea

I spend a significant portion of my energies warning people about this. It's all I can do. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the City of Oak Ridge is suing two men for $50,000 in damages for cutting trees that did not belong to them after they "located the property lines without the assistance of [...]

By | 2014-10-21T08:37:54+00:00 August 23rd, 2012|Legal issues, Survey Problems|Comments Off on “Locating property lines without the assistance of a Surveyor” is a Bad Idea

Wrought Iron Fence

We recently completed this survey of a city lot in Knoxville. The decorative wrought iron fence in front was installed at a cost of $2,500. The previous owner guessed at the boundary. The fence on the left-hand side is five feet over. We came out when the neighbor informed the current owner of their belief [...]

By | 2010-04-23T18:05:05+00:00 April 23rd, 2010|Survey Problems|Comments Off on Wrought Iron Fence

Taking Chances

I'm constantly amazed at the risks people take installing improvements near boundary lines. They spend thousands of dollars on fences or landscaping features with no clear knowledge of their property limits. Oftentimes things do not work out well. What is the cost to build this wall (pictured below)? How much to tear it down and [...]

By | 2010-03-09T17:27:58+00:00 March 9th, 2010|Survey Problems|Comments Off on Taking Chances

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?

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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