Nanyme, Other/Just Looking in California

If you are thinking of buying a property and a neighbor has a landlocked property (your property is between

Asked by Nanyme, California Thu Jun 5, 2008

If you are thinking of buying a property and a neighbor has a landlocked property (your property is between the neighboring property and the only road), what might you be worried about?

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Ron Minearo, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Tue Jun 24, 2008
Hi Nanyme,

You need to consult a real estate attorney for a legal question like that. Only an attorney can evaluate the situation and advise you on what the possible ramifications may be.

However, if the property is landlocked you may eventually be faced with granting the owner a mandatory easement across your land to access the road.

Your attorney will know for sure!

Best of luck to you!
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Elias Anguia…, Agent, Vacaville, CA
Thu Jun 5, 2008
Access of course... before you buy, you want to talk to the property owner/s who have the properties blocking yours and try to negotiate an easement to yours and I would try to record such easement with the county recorder for future access guarantee you will have to offer them something in exchange?
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Jeffrey Schn…, Agent, Austin, TX
Thu Jun 5, 2008

Well, that kind of depends on how friendly you are with your neighbor. Is there no easement that they have through any other property to gain access to a road? Is your land the most direct route to a road? The new buyer would not necessarily have to grant an easement to the neighbor, then the neighbor's land has difficulty gaining value in the future.

You could create a right-of-way easement that runs with the land, sell that right to your neighbor, and then sell the land. The buyer may not appreciate the easement, hence the value of your property goes down a bit. Your goal is to make enough on the easement sale to your neighbor that when combined with the lower value of your property (lower because of the easement), that you come out ahead, or at least no worse than break even.


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