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Unfortunately, you cannot stop the other co-owners from filing a partition lawsuit and selling the property. However, you will have the right to receive fair market value for your interest in the property OR the option to buy the other owners out.
Generally, if the other owners file a partition suit, the court will order the property to be appraised. Once that occurs, the court will give any owner the opportunity to buy the others out. IF there are no takers, the judge will order that the property be sold and the proceeds be divided equally between the owners.
Here's a good link you can read: http://www.partitionaction.com/states/north-carolina/
Also, if the property is divisible, the court can divide the property. However, if there's a house on the land, it is not likely equally divisible because you generally cannot divide a residence.
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