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Old 06-29-2007, 11:14 AM
 
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Default Do we need survey?

Good morning everyone.

I am about to close. Survey is not mandatory by lender or attorney. Do you suggest I should get the survey done?

Thank you very much and sorry for asking so many questions.
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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YES. You will not know if there is any encroachment unless you obtain a survey. Your improvements could be erroneously placed in an easment, over a boundry line, or you could have someone elses improvements on your property line and if they cause injury you would be liable as the property owner.

In the case of rural or unimproved property it is always good to verify boundrys, flood plains and easements prior to closing.
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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A very big YES! It never occurred to me NOT to have a survey done. And of course, the day of closing, we found out the neighbor's fence is several feet over onto our property line. How is that for your first introduction??? It still boggles my mind that they would put up a fence without doing a survey.

Thankfully, we resolved the issue but do a survey definitely, you might be surprised!

Sara
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:44 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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In our situation the past thunderstorms struck a tree down that landed in our yard. When you look at the tree you would have the illusion that it belongs to the neighbor or the woods belong to duke power but in actuality it belongs to this person that lives five minutes from here not part of our development

Now I have to go thru there no trespassing signs hope not to get shot lol to notify them they need to clean this up.
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice, one more quick question. If I get a copy of survey from present owner, do I still need to get it done myself before closing?
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:28 PM
 
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If the survey from the present owner is pretty recent, you might not need to get a new one.
But of course a lot could have happened since that last survey, so it would still be a good idea to get a new one. It costs a bit of money, but it could save you a lot of headaches if it turns out there are some problems that the present owner would need to fix.
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Old 06-29-2007, 07:01 PM
 
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Thanks. I will get it done. I am buying home for first time and that too in a foreign country. I have got lot of help from this forum from choosing the agent, area to buy in, mortgage and everything.

Thank you every one.
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Old 06-29-2007, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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I purchased a lot in Pebble bay last year and the builder had just done a survey a few weeks prior, so I didnt get one done. It was a new phase and both neighboring lots were/are still undeveloped. Are you building a home or is this a resale? If this is new construction and the last survey is fairly recent, consider saving yourself some money.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:02 PM
 
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It is a two year old house and there is no fence on either side. I asked sellers to give me a copy of survey, not sure if they will give it me. I was just wondering if I need to get it done myself or should save 300-400$s.
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:50 AM
 
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I'm buying a house and was not going to get a servey done to save the money. When I looked at GIS map for Rowan county( WebGIS.net :: QuickSearch :: Rowan County, North Carolina )it shows that the detached garage is out side of my boundry. I'm getting a survey done now, but does $480 for 1 acre sound right
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