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Posted on: 01st Feb, 2007 05:25 pm
My husband and I purchased a duplex and extra lot about two years ago. Now we have found out that all the people that have thaught they owned the lot never did. There has been no deed since 1985 and the title company contacted the original owners and now they want to build on it. We have paid taxes on it and taken care of it for three years now and to top it off the legals on it don't even match. According to the legals the lot comes about ten feet into our duplex. However none of the legals match. Everyone that we have talked to says that it is the others fault, from the loan company to the title company. Please help. any information would be greatly appriciated
I guess you have signed a deed and recorded it when you purchased the house. So, you can contact the owners and talk to them. If you can convince them, then they may leave away the property in return of a certain amount of money. Also, since the lot comes into your duplex, so you should own it.
Posted on: 01st Feb, 2007 08:31 pm
Welcome mdhondt,

There hasn't been any change in the deed to the property; so I think you and your husband should sit together with the owners and negotiate with them. May be you can come out with a solution then.

You need to contact the person who sold you the property and that too without having signing a deed. He shouldn't have sold the property without having any legal papers regarding the title of ownership.

Anyway, let's hope for the best :)
Posted on: 02nd Feb, 2007 03:26 am
mdhondt, legally I don't think you can be the owner of the property because there isn't any deed signed after 1985. But you have already paid the property taxes for three years.

I think you should contact your immediate seller and finally discuss the situation with a real estate attorney.
Posted on: 02nd Feb, 2007 04:28 am
you have to talk to the title company...when they run title on the property they check the was their fault for not letting you know about the fishy papers...when you run title the old deed comes up so if there is a problem with the deed you are not allowed to sign any papers by law...Im sure you had a attorny at the closing...he/she are not allowed to have you sign papers if there are problems with the old deed or any other type of problems like judgement that you need to pay off things like that..and obviously contact who ever you bought the land from to recieve a settlement...take it to court if need be...good luck
Posted on: 03rd Feb, 2007 03:47 pm
I too feel you need to discuss this issue with the title company and then with the former owner.
Posted on: 04th Feb, 2007 10:11 pm
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