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Easements and preliminary title reports

When you are buying a piece of real estate in Louisiana, you should carefully evaluate and review any potential easements that may exist on the property. Even if you have bought and sold other properties in the past, you will want to know about some of the pitfalls of relying on preliminary title reports for all of the documentation and information related to an easement.

As The Balance explains, preliminary title reports can be an excellent place by which you can learn about the existence of an easement. However, these reports do not necessarily have to provide any details beyond stating the fact that there is some type of easement on the property. If this is the case, you should assume the responsibility for obtaining maps or other drawings from the county assessor or other entities.

Understanding the location and the nature of an easement is vital because there are multiple types of these right-of-ways. Some may be solely for the purposes of allowing utility workers to access services but others may allow the general public on part of your land. An easement may be granted permanently or only for a specified period of time. Additionally, you may be restricted as to what you can do on the portion of your property on which an easement exists.

If you would like to learn more about what you should look for in a preliminary title report and how to learn about easements on a property you are interested in, please feel free to visit the easement and right-of-way page at our Louisiana real estate transaction website.

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