Clueless Real Estate Agent
The property surrounded in BLUE is for sale. I am somewhat interested, so I do some checking to find out that the property that is surrounded in RED has a strip attached along the south side of the house for access to the road. This is actually part of the larger lot and not an easement. The fence is along the south side of the property for the strip owned by RED. I question the real estate agent about this and she is clueless. She then says "No, the property for the house that is for sale goes to the fence and that is what I have been telling people." I told her it was not and that there could be the potential of a street some day opening up along the south side of the house if the land to the west gets developed. It is already getting developed from the west coming the direction toward the back of the house and a nearby lake makes it valuable property. She then says, "Let me pull up the GIS map.". Then with her on the phone I walk her through what I am seeing and she begins to understand. Then she says "I see what you mean, but the people who own that larger property with the strip are probably never going to use that as an access." I told her I was not interested in having a potential street some day open up literally 8' from the corner of my house. I told her she needed to stop telling people that the property line for the house is the fence. I am sure red flags then go up to complicate a sale and she didn't appreciate my call.
I would hate having that strip there, you would never know when it's going to open up.
She doesn't care. If she doesn't put it in writing, she's not liable for it.
I would not buy the tract as it is today without also being able to purchase the strip at the same time.
Is there any other kind of RE Agent? In addition to clueless, many I have had the unfortunate experience to deal with have also been dishonest. They will do whatever it takes to collect their commission and anyone who allows the truth to get in the way of that is just plain evil in their minds.