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How to Become a Knowledgeable and Informed Property Owner

This Article is written by Owners’ Counsel of America for general informational purposes only. It is intended to assist landowners in understanding how they can better educate themselves about their property rights. This Article is not to be viewed as providing legal advice or to be considered as a substitute for consulting with an experienced lawyer on the matters covered herein. What Are Some of  Documents That Define A Landowner’s Property and Ownership Rights? Landowners  wishing to understand more about their property, as well as the extent of their ownership rights in that property, are advised to start by familiarizing themselves with the core documents that set forth such rights. Even if not all of the terminology and phrasing in these documents can be fully understood or appreciated, a review can aid immeasurably in developing a basic comprehension of property rights and obligations. By reviewing these documents the landowner will also be better equipped to identify what questions to posit to an attorney regarding a specific issue or matter of inquiry. While there are many documents that contain important and valuable information relating to a landowner’s property and the ownership rights that a landowner may have in that property, here are a few of the more common ones: the deed, the deed of trust and other mortgage documents, title documents such as a title commitment or title abstract,  survey and boundary documents, site plans, subdivision plats,  zoning maps, master plans etc. If the landowner does not have copies of these […]

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