Do You Know Where Your Property Line Is?

This is my first attempt at a video and after coming back from REtechSouth, it became clear that I needed to make an effort to move into video. Although I am constantly reminded that video killed the radio star and might kill me too, I nonetheless have decided to slap my face up on the screen. I'm sure I will get over the stage fright soon :)

This one definitely isn't perfect, but I'll improve. I think it's an important topic and hopefully it will help convince you of why you need a survey.

The Importance of a Survey

More Survey Information

I'll write a follow up post with more information on why you need a survey this evening.

Discussion

#1 By DJ Morris at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Don't be too hard on yourself...I wouldn't of even noticed it was your first attempt at video if you had not of mentioned it :).

I had a customer of mine in Florida who was forced by the HOA to take down a $7k fence that went outside her property line....I think it's even more harmful than under doing it. Rule number 1: Get a survey....Rule number 2: Use a licensed contractor who gets a permit for the work being done :).

#2 By Maui Realtor at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

I highly encourage all my buyers (whether they are clients or customers) to have a survey done. Before it is too late (i.e. closing), issues need to be brought to light in order to move forward on a clean slate. I have seen some silly stuff happen based on surveys not being ordered (only to be later discovered that material facts would have been found).

#3 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Thank you Bob. Let me tell you - it took me some time to do it. Lots of takes and edits. I downloaded free trials of a handful of video editing software - each with their own learning curve...it's done now so it should be easier form now on...



DJ, thank you. I feel better now that it is over. I don't care for the way I sound or look when I see myself, but, I suppose that's the case for everyyone. It's over.



Now, if I can learn to smile a little it will be easier :)

#4 By Matt at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Great job and even better real world example. What type of camera are you using?

#5 By Preston Guyton - Myrtle Beach Real Estate Agent at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Interesting post and video, Would love to see more posts from you on surveys..
I agree with you that Survey done in advance to the property is really helpful activity. Survey should be done very accurately on the property not only from outside but also inside. Would also love to know which video editing software you have used to develop this video. :)

#6 By Ryan Ward at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Matt, It's just a little sony camcorder - nothing too special. It has flash memory. I'm sure it would be under $300.

Preston, I used MAGIX Movie Editor 16. I found it to be the easiest of the free downloads. All of these movie editors are quite powerful - I am barely scratching the surface. Corel has one also that looked pretty good. I also downloaded the Adobe Premier Elements free tial but it crashed several times like many of the other reviewers said and it wasn't all that special anyway - especially for how frequently it crashed without warning. I dumped it quickly.

#7 By Jim Johnson,CRS at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Pretty good for your first video. It looks like a good time to buy real estate in your area. We have a number of bank foreclosures in Bend Oregon. I hope your have a good year.

#8 By Denise Buchanan at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Great information, Ryan. I would love to add this to the informational www.roswellrealesateblog.com I agree that a survey is so important! Keep the videos coming..... would love to share it on Facebook and Twitter. You Rock!

#9 By Susan Zanzonico at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Hey Ryan, I think you did a great job on the video too...looks like you've been doing them forever...very professional and informational as well. Pretty soon you'll be smiling more on them and *hamming it up* loll.

We're all over real estate surveys here. My buyers are very focused on the property lines, easements, etc. Its nice when there is a pleasant surprise such as your video points out when the homeowner actually has a bigger lot than expected.

#10 By Deb Dahlberg Rowland at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Great video and very helpful. I haven't gotten to the point I will feel comfortable in front of the camera like you are but hope to get there someday soon.

#11 By Lauren Dugger at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Really good job on the video, I honestly would not have thought you hadn't done this before. Surveys are so important, such as you pointed out. To find out that you have that much more property is just great, even when in a pie shape. Although, on the flip side, to find out you have a smaller lot is not always so great. Thanks for your video and post, I look forward to seeing more of them!

#12 By Brett Tousley at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Surveys are something most Realtors advise their clients to purchase, but are rarely performed in my market. Your video does a good job of pointing out the positive impact a survey can have on a home owner's property. Video is great, even though I've seen and read your posts on the net for years, it was nice to put a voice to the name.

#13 By Gwen at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Property lines are always a tough thing. My prior neighbor had put a fence partially on my yard. I do not want to cause a big fuss, but it does encroach on my property.

#14 By Keith Bennett at 6/22/2017 4:12 AM

Thanks for the real world video experience. I always suggest a survey just for that reason. Recently, I was able to have a fence line moved (to benefit my client) without a survey because the neighbor acknowledged the encroachment. Thanks for sharing the video and explanation of what happened.

Keith

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