Where does one property begin and another end? It seems like a simple question, because most landowners have a sense about where their land starts and ends. But over a period of years, neighbors can develop vastly different interpretations as to where the boundary line exists.
A boundary line issue (or dispute) might arise from survey discrepancies, overlapping legal descriptions, assumptions based on existing fences or landscape boundaries, or a myriad of other reasons. Often, they have been lost in the many times their property has changed hands over the years. The conflict is usually initiated when one landowner decides to build on their land or sell land. Boundary line issues don’t occur very often, but it’s critical that the matter be resolved.
In this video, Pat Porter, broker at RecLand Realty, sets out to assist a client who is purchasing land for sale. Watch to see the outcome as Pat helps his buyer client negotiate a boundary agreement with the adjacent landowner. He recommends starting with an amicable and fruitful conversation in order to reach a mutual agreement on what to do with the land. In most cases, both parties will not mind signing a boundary line agreement. Seeking a resolution away from a courtroom saves time, is less expensive and could save a relationship with a neighbor.
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