I had quite a bit of feed back on my recent article on Easements. So thought I would expand just a bit more. Here was my leading question in the last article; What is an Easement? It can be a utility pipe underground, electrical line overhead, or a road. According to Webster’s Dictionary: an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment. What does this mean to you?
I actually had a client this week that was concerned about easements, positioning her home on a lot, what will be around her, and more. As always, I explain the pros and cons of easements. They can be good and they can be bad. OR, they can start off good and turn bad. We then talked about buying in a subdivision where the parcels are 3-5 acres. What are the concerns with this? As she put it to me, wouldn’t you build in the middle and not on top of your neighbor or the lot line? You would think people would think like that, but they do not. We stopped at several 5 acre parcels to evaluate the potential home sites, looking at what was on the sides, what could be built and where, what might be across the road or hills. She truly cared about what would or was currently around. This was so refreshing. Not all people bring the city with them. She went on to tell me the horror story of her friend building their dream home on a smaller parcel, only to have the new neighbors build right on the lot line and they could see the house. So they decided to leave their dream behind. Boy, do I hear this story over and over.
Why do people do this? Because it is only about THEM, as they see it. People are not considerate of their neighbor when it comes to easements or building sites. There seems to be more and more of these types of people moving to the hill country.
As for easement roads, always consider how you would feel if someone was riding 4-wheelers at 10pm near your home, or if they refused to fix the road after they tore it up, or cut a road in next to your fence line, the list goes on. We see it as REALTORS® and builders. Whichever hat I have on (real estate agent or builder), I try to educate my clients.
As for building right on that lot line, why? Try looking at the sites in the middle of your property to give a buffer to you and the neighbors. If you build on that lot line, it can actually hurt the sell of your property. So many people moving to the hill country in subdivisions with acreage or buying land, they don’t want to be on top of the neighbors.
Why do city people want to move to the country? Not to bring the city with them! They want to excape the city. So think about how you look at purchasing property, positioning your house on the land, and know and respect how easement roads work. Think about your neighbors, or your future neighbors, when you build and access road easements! Again, thanks for all the feed back on the prior article.
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