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Old 01-06-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
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Hi folks - I have had prolly a dozen calls since I last posted - each time I told them I wanted to talk to someone who has worked with them re Sunland Estates - in other words, a referral - never received a referral - let's face it people, these people are scam artists and when they say they have someone interested in buying your lots for 'X' amount of dollars that is simply bull****!!! - maybe my grandkids might be able to sell them LOL
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:37 AM
 
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My parents also purchased some lots over 40 years ago. #13 Lot 24. Any help would be appreciated!
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Here's what I know about Sunland Estates...

My parents also bought lots in Sunland Estates over 40 years ago. The purchased 2 lots. I have the original promotional map they got with the property that shows all 39 "units" planned just south of Horizon Blvd, and where their lots sit. Horizon City was a brand new master planned community still in development when they purchased that was supposed to take off and never did. Sunland Estates was hoping to capitalize on what was going on with Horizon City.

In talking with the Horizon City Homeowners Association, they described the Sunland Estates area as completely undeveloped, no roads, nothing. They described it as plain old desert.

My Dad was contacted a year or so ago by a listing service that promoted vacant land all over the country for "RV parking". Naturally they wanted several hundred dollars to advertise. The problem is the land is no where's near any power or amenities and I can't imagine why anyone would want to park their RV in the middle of nowhere.

I am still trying to determine exactly where the lots sit on the map and trying desperately to find a plot map, but no one I have talked to can provide much info.

The land is worth almost nothing according to the tax collector and we haven't been billed for any taxes in years.

I am tempted to take a plane out to El Paso and just take a look at this "boondoggle" Anybody interested in "the heirs to Sunland Estates reunion"?

If anyone has more info, drop a note here. This is the first time I have ever posted to board like this. Maybe the rest of you can join in.
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:44 PM
 
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Here's a "scary" bit of information folks.

I found a slimey marketing company that did have one honest disclaimer
Services
United Property sales "markets" your property for a fee. On their disclaimer page

[SIZE=2]1. Note there can be no power or water ran to some of these properties due to House Bill 1001 of 1995. However
some of the listed properties may be allowed water and power but for accuracy please contact the local el paso
county tax assessor at 915-546-8100.[/SIZE]

here is the text of that law

Texas Legislature Online - 74(R) Text for HB 1001

As best as I can determine, it severely limits anyone's ability to sell the property without making improvements first, which would make any sense from a cost standpoint.

Has anyone just stopped making tax payments and let the county reclaim it?

I also had a legitimate realtor suggest donating land to a charity and taking a small deduction, or giving it to a land conservancy trust for environmental protection for the future.

Anybody try that route yet? And if so, was it a pain to process the donation?
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Old 06-26-2012, 10:46 PM
 
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here's another helpful link for the county records, where you can search for your property by owner name

El Paso CAD - Property Search

www.epcad.org/clientdb/?cid=1
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:37 AM
 
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We are being sent a tax bill for lots owned in Sunland Estates that my husband and his late wife purchased years ago. It is a minimal yearly amount but has built up over several years. If we don't pay the taxes, the City will "foreclose" on the property. Anyone else getting tax bills? I see many posts that say they haven't gotten tax bills for several years.

Sounds like this property is a wasteland in the middle of the desert. A reunion of "Sunlanders" sounds interesting.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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It is a minimal yearly amount but has built up over several years. If we don't pay the taxes, the City will "foreclose" on the property.
What city? It would be county and state taxes and they may amount to more than the property is currently worth on the market.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:16 PM
 
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We are being sent a tax bill for lots owned in Sunland Estates that my husband and his late wife purchased years ago. It is a minimal yearly amount but has built up over several years. If we don't pay the taxes, the City will "foreclose" on the property. Anyone else getting tax bills? I see many posts that say they haven't gotten tax bills for several years.

Sounds like this property is a wasteland in the middle of the desert. A reunion of "Sunlanders" sounds interesting.
If they take that property for back taxes, it probably won't be any great loss.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
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here's another helpful link for the county records, where you can search for your property by owner name

El Paso CAD - Property Search

www.epcad.org/clientdb/?cid=1
Thanks for the link Steve - found out my 3 lots are worth a total of $4.00 - that's 2 tappers at cocktail hour - boy oh boy, my parents really got taken
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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Ive been thinking the same about a flight there!
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Old 03-25-2013, 01:23 PM
 
Location: SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN
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here's another helpful link for the county records, where you can search for your property by owner name

El Paso CAD - Property Search

www.epcad.org/clientdb/?cid=1

Thanks for the info Steve - Bob
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