How To Read a Property Description

Periodically a property owner who is just looking for information will call or write me asking a question about how to survey (or map out) their own property. A common question that comes up many times is: “How do I get my property records?” The second question asked, usually after they have their description in hand is, “How do I read this?”

People ask these questions for many reasons. Some desire to fence or post their land, others because of pride of ownership, the desire for knowledge, or sometimes to protect themselves from the threat of encroachment. The information in this article won’t make you an overnight expert, and you will want a certified surveyor for any legal issues you may be facing, but this will help you understand your property better.

When reading your property description, you are reading about the imaginary lines that establish the “demarcation” (boundary) between … Read More