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Find the Zoning; Read the Deed
As REALTORS® representing buyers, we are responsible for verifying the zoning classification of each and every property (within ten days) according to the NAR standard contract.
Perhaps I am naïve in believing that documents recorded in the county courthouse about a property's zoning classification are accurate. Wanting to perform my fiduciary duties to verify the zoning classification on a home located on 2.7 acres in the country, I first consulted the tax documents available on the Multi-List. There I saw the code identifying said property as "Residential." Because the listing agent mentioned that the property is zoned "Agricultural," I thought that it would be prudent to speak with the tax assessor in the country courthouse. According to this official, the property is zoned "Residential," so I promptly called my clients to share that information and wrote it on the contract that I was going to present that same day. Before meeting with the L.A., I called him/her and shared the zoning information that I had received from the tax assessor. Once again, the L.A. stated that the property is zoned "Agricultural." He/she referred me to a Web site for the municipality where, you guessed it; the zoning is listed as "Agricultural." Evidently, the ... more
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