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Old 01-23-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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Looking at buying land around Somerset/Lytle area. Soil tends to be on the sandy side. Should I be concern? I know clay soil is a major risk with its expansion properties, but not too clear on sandy soil. Any opinions? Any other gotchas I should be aware of?

Also, I know there's some differences in buying land as opposed to buying a home (ie infrastructure, deed restrictions, etc). Any other info/experiences?

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Old 01-23-2009, 04:58 PM
 
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How much acreage you looking for?
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:56 PM
 
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You should find a lot of sandy loam soils in that part of the world. Great for slab construction. No worries there.

Of course, pay attention to the title committment Schedule B with respect to recorded docs. Also, physically go to the property so you can make sure it won't be affected by "easements by prescription" or other uses that the title company won't insure against. Last, make sure you understand any jurisdictions that may effect the property - thinking paticularly about whether or not it's in SA's ETJ. That would have a substantive impact on future development of the property.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:15 PM
 
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All depends on the specific property in concern....no way to answer the questions about it without knowing many many factors...
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Old 01-25-2009, 09:57 AM
 
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You should find a lot of sandy loam soils in that part of the world. Great for slab construction. No worries there.

Of course, pay attention to the title committment Schedule B with respect to recorded docs. Also, physically go to the property so you can make sure it won't be affected by "easements by prescription" or other uses that the title company won't insure against. Last, make sure you understand any jurisdictions that may effect the property - thinking paticularly about whether or not it's in SA's ETJ. That would have a substantive impact on future development of the property.

That's good news about the sandy loam soil.

Not familiar with the following...can you elaborate:
-title committment Schedule B
-easements by prescription
-jurisdictions--SA ETJ (property resides in Atascosa county...right on the border w/ Bexar)
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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That's good news about the sandy loam soil.

Not familiar with the following...can you elaborate:
-title committment Schedule B
-easements by prescription
-jurisdictions--SA ETJ (property resides in Atascosa county...right on the border w/ Bexar)
The Schedule B will list all recorded easements, restrictions, etc. that will effect land use. These will be provided by the title company once they issue the committment.

An easement by prescription is a right to a land use that's never been recorded. An example would be an adjoining property owner who uses an access road through your property to access theirs. Not uncommon in rural parts of the state. Make sure your seller discloses any unrecorded leases, easements, etc. when you execute your contract.

Just because your property is in Bexar County doesn't mean it's not in SA's ETJ. Your title company rep can check for you.
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Old 01-25-2009, 10:01 PM
 
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Thanks for the info, dvlpr
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