One of the most essential pieces of information you're going to need when researching any piece of real estate is the size, location and dimensions of the property. Think about it – would you really invest your own money into a property without actually knowing exactly where the boundaries of that property begins and ends? Wouldn't you want to know exactly where it lies relative to your neighbors? How would you like to buy a house and then find out the next day that your backyard is only half the size you thought it was?
Believe it or not, I've encountered these kinds of issues before. A lot of people buy properties without doing a survey or getting any assurance as to its size, dimensions and location. It's one of those items that is very important to research, but is very easy to overlook.
There are actually a number of ways to get this kind of information. The most “official” way would be to order a survey of the property. By ordering a survey, a surveyor will actually go out to your property and put stakes at all the corners (so you can see exactly where the boundaries lie – in person). They will also create a detailed drawing, which will show you exactly what is on the property, where all easements and encroachments are, and where any/all structures are located. The only hangup is – this will usually cost hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars – and it will take time.
With most of my real estate deals, I don't have the time to wait this out and I don't want to cough up the extra cash to do this. While I have paid for surveys on occaision (when these was simply no other option), I have found a MUCH easier, cheaper and faster way to find a parcel map of the property which is generally very dependable. In order to accomplish this, I use an online service called AgentPro247.com
This is a fantastic tool that I use on a daily basis and it is well worth the ongoing price of subscription (I currently pay $20 per month). While there are other ways to get the same information, AgentPro247 is special because it is one of the most organized systems that brings all the information for all counties and all states into one central platform – which makes the research process MUCH more convenient. Rather than searching high and low for the right website (which can be very problematic, believe me), AgentPro247 will hand you all of the available information on a silver platter.
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