Land Surveys Provide a Higher Level of Real Estate Security

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
At MoonDancer Realty, we are always open to new information about things that afford our clients a higherSurvey tool level of security with their biggest investment, their real estate holdings. That's why when I received a message through LinkedIn from James Watkins, PLS - the owner of Alliance Land Surveying right here in Dillsboro, NC about a collaborative effort between the NC Society of Surveyors (NCSS) and the NC Real Estate Commission (NCREC) to include a higher level of Land Surveying as part of our 2013-2014 required information, I was very excited. As a result of his LinkedIn message, I asked for a meeting with him at MoonDancer Realty so our agents could get a jump on what's in store for us.
We're grateful to Jamie for taking the time away from his busy surveying practice and duties as the President of the NCSS-Nantahala Chapter to review the NCSS new brochure Surveyors"Protecting Your Biggest Investment" available as a handout to our clients. There's nothing worse in my opinion than not having an understanding of the brochures and documents real estate agents share with their buyers and sellers.
According to Jamie, the inclusion of the Land Surveying module in our required 2013-2014 continuing education will give us as agents a better working knowledge about the protections a "new" survey would provide. Also, the longer I'm in real estate the more I've come to know that there are all types of surveys and am looking forward to hearingSurveyors about the differences. This information will also clarify the list of exceptions given in the Title Insurance policies and how a new real estate buyer can gain new protection simply by obtaining a new survey on the property they are purchasing.
There was already no question in my mind that Jamie Watkins is a fine surveyor but the fact that he would make the effort to talk with us one on one about the importance of new surveys and how they can positively impact our clients' real estate transactions makes it very easy to have his company, Alliance Land Surveying occupy a prominent spot on our "Preferred Service Providers" list that MoonDancer Realty makes available to our clients.
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If anyone in Jackson County or other parts of Western North Carolina desires or requires a new survey or has questions about updating a survey, do not hesitate to call Jamie Watkins, owner of Alliance Land Surveying here in Dillsboro, NC. Their phone number is 828-586-5256.
We'll meet with Jamie Watkins Friday morning and I already anticipate learning a number of things that I did not know and look forward to updating our MoonDancer Realty website with that valuable land surveying information.
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I am totally with you on this one.  I suppose my sellers who found out their house was on the neighbor's property on one side of it would NOW agree. (they were NOT my clients when they were buyers).  It's been a long and complicated mess that shouldn't have happened.  SURVEY!!!!  I'm all for it.

Apr 29, 2013 10:10 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Mona. I didn't know about differences in surveys except for staking or not. Doing your own anything is really important. Enjoy the day.

Apr 29, 2013 10:32 PM #2
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Mona,

I hear very little here in New Mexico about land surveying g. But I think all that's done with by the time I get to a home for an inspection.

But the land needs to be re surveyed each time it's sold. Never know of the boundary line has been moved by someone in the past.

Have a great day in the Mountains of North Carolina.

Best, Clint McKie

Apr 29, 2013 11:38 PM #3
Jamie Watkins

Mona - Thank you for your kind words and your support. I look forward to our meeting on Friday as well and will help you any way that I possibly can.

Apr 30, 2013 02:27 AM #4
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Tammy, I know the buyers are already overwhelmed with expenses but it's better to spend the survey money and find out either the property isn't where it's supposed to be or to find out it is and get better title insurance...than to buy a house and be in the predicament your sellers are.

Sheila, I don't know about all of those different surveys yet...but I'm going to!

Clint,  it might not even be that a boundary line was moved. Sometimes the surveys are so old that different less accurate techniques were used.  You also have a good day.

Jamie, first we'll talk about surveying and then we might talk about AR!

May 01, 2013 08:24 PM #5
Cassandra Stewart
Future Home Realty - Tampa, FL
Your Tampa Florida Agent

Mona - Your post and comments highlight the importance of knowing how a land survey impacts a real estate transaction. Thank you for sharing!

May 02, 2013 07:36 AM #6
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Good Morning Cassandra, meeting with Jamie was a smart move.  I feel so much more confident in explaining WHY a new survey is so important.

May 03, 2013 09:01 PM #7
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We did an appraisal of cut trees this past week where our client was wishing that his neighbor had hired a Surveyor or a Forester to survey his lines before cutting trees this past winter.  (In Wisconsin, Foresters are trained and allowed to survey boundaries for the purpose of administering timber sales.)

May 04, 2013 09:02 AM #8
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Bob, that's interesting.  I don't know if that is the case in NC or not but probably should be.  There certainly have been instances where people cut trees that they though were on their own property but turned out to not be.


May 04, 2013 01:18 PM #9
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

I have been involved in several transactions where surveys uncovered critical encroachments or violations of minimum setbacks. In new construction, a survey is especially important. The boundaries of undeveloped lots are often unmarked and buyers sometimes end up with a much smaller lot than expected. 

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