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A lovely 2 acre parcel of Shell Knob, MO waterfront land will close in 10 days. I sold it to a couple who live next to it, extending their current 5 acres..... or that was the plan.

Checking the plat for the area, I found a break between the two properties. This was a narrow strip, which divided the parcels by 12'. Further checking found that it was not an easement, etc, but was privately held, and until the last 3 years, the owner was paying $58/yr property tax for this 12 x 410' of land! Taxes have not been paid for three years.

There has been no response to the letter I sent to the owner, nor can they be found by checking on line or in the obituaries for Texas.

So what to do? Have recommended the buyers get a survey and consult an attorney. After checking legalities on Adverse Possession, it seems to be a real quadmire (minefield). Sure makes me wonder who dropped the ball on this when any of these properties were last sold to end up with a stray 12 feet of land?


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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

I could tell you what to do in Minnesota, but not in MO.  You gave good advice!

Jan 06, 2012 11:19 AM #1
Satar Naghshineh
Satar - Amiri Property and Financial Services Corp. - Irvine, CA

That's the best route. I would consider adverse possesion in this case as well.


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