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Common ways to resolve boundary disputes

Clarifying the boundaries of a property can sometimes be an issue that is overlooked when going through a sale. Many real estate buyers simply assume that the limits of their property extend up to a physical boundary line such as a fence. While this is often the case, it's common for neighbors to get involved in disputes regarding boundary lines.

If you are worried about becoming involved in a legal battle with your neighbor, you should make sure that you have a clear overview of how boundary disputes are often resolved.

Gaining a property survey

It's usually a good idea to get a survey conducted before purchasing any property. Surveys can also be used to clarify ongoing disputes, and usually involve the analysis older deeds to gain a very accurate determination of the boundary lines.

Mutually agreeing

If you are willing to come to an informal agreement on the boundary lines with your neighbor, you can get this agreement formalized through a quitclaim deed. This essentially grants each neighbor ownership of the land on their side of the line.

Quiet Title lawsuits

If an agreement cannot be established through a survey or a compromise, it may be necessary to enter a lawsuit. It is common for quiet title lawsuits to be filed in this scenario. This involves a judge using the information that they have to determine the boundary lines of the property.

If you have become involved in a dispute regarding your property's boundary lines, it is a good idea to take early action. Gaining an unfavorable result could negatively affect the value of your property.

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