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jesco


May 7, 2009, 7:04 AM
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CapedCrusader


May 7, 2009, 8:21 AM
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Re: [jesco] Hidden Valley, VA Access...New Development? [In reply to]
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Heya Jesco,

I thought I'd offer a perspective on the accuracy of tax maps. They are often wrong. As land changes hands deeds are transcribed by hand and the iterations are frequently rife with scrivener's errors. This process of erosion of language in deeds is not unlike the "telephone game". Tax maps, at least here locally in the gunks, are often someone's interpretation of already errant deed language.

It's my understanding that what a landowner owns is not what is on their current deed but what is on the older deeds and what monumentation the language in the older deeds is based upon. To make matters worse, unscrupulous types sometimes move the monumentaion if it is something like "a pile of rocks".

To find out where the line is you're going to have to get a good surveyor who is willing to take the time to do the research. Even then, there may be ambiguities that will lead different surveyors and title searchers to render different opinions, in which event the final arbiter would have to be a court.

Depending on the people involved, the deeds, and the underlying monumentation, it can be very clear and simple to resolve questions of ownership or it can be very muddled and complicated. In the case of muddled and complicated it can require years and tens of thousands of dollars for surveryors, title searchers, lawyers, and a judge to ultimately determine ownership in a court of law.

For the sake of everyone involved I hope the determination of ownership of the cliff in question turns out to be clear and simple.


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Re: [CapedCrusader] Hidden Valley, VA Access...New Development? [In reply to]
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CapedCrusader wrote:
Heya Jesco,

I thought I'd offer a perspective on the accuracy of tax maps. They are often wrong.

Holy crap! You can say that again.
I bought my house last year an thought I had three times the acreage.
I learned a lesson but am still glad we bought the house.
We still own more than most of our neighbors including some combined.
** Sorry for the tangent.**


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