Real Estate Law

Have real estate law questions? Ask a real estate lawyer.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

We live in Austin, TX. Next to our home is a multi-acre lot…

Customer Question
We live in Austin, TX...
We live in Austin, TX. Next to our home is a multi-acre lot that is going to become a development with several houses. The developer has not yet gotten his site plan approved by the city. We are wanting to buy a portion of the land directly adjacent to our property, to act as a buffer between our home and the homes that will be built there. The developer is willing to work with us, but we don't really know how to approach the transaction. I assume we will have to get our property "re-platted" to add the new property to our current property. When would this happen-- before or after purchase? Should the developer re-draw his site plan to include the property we are trying to purchase as a separate lot, and then worry about the re-platting later? Would the city approve something like this? What is the normal process?
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Real Estate Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Answered in 11 minutes by:
6/30/2015
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 3 years ago
Loren
Loren, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,299
Experience: 30 years of real estate practice experience.
Verified
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am Loren, a licensed attorney, and I will do whatever I can to answer your question.The developer would need to amend their subdivision to define the parcel you would be purchasing. It is not particularly difficult. A surveyor prepares the subdivision amendment and it is filed with the county.This would be done in conjunction with the sale contract between you and the developer. You would not close until the amendment was accepted by the county and recorded.
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Real Estate Lawyer: Loren, Lawyer replied 3 years ago
Did you have further questions? Have I answered your question?
Ask Your Own Real Estate Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a real estate lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Loren Your Own Question
Loren
Loren
Loren, Lawyer
Category: Real Estate Law
Satisfied Customers: 39,299
39,299 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 30 years of real estate practice experience.

Loren is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

12,142 satisfied customers

17 years real estate, Realtor. Landlord 26 years

Infolawyer

Infolawyer

Lawyer

8,377 satisfied customers

Experienced lawyer

Ray

Ray

Lawyer

8,253 satisfied customers

Texas Attorney for 30 years dealing in real estate

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

6,208 satisfied customers

I have 30 years legal experience. Additionally, in CA I held a Real Estate Broker's license.

Dimitry Esquire

Dimitry Esquire

Attorney

5,526 satisfied customers

JA Mentor, multiple jurisdictions, specialize in business/contract disputes, estate creation & admin

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

4,998 satisfied customers

Qualified attorney in private practice including business, family, criminal, and real estate issues.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,572 satisfied customers

12+ yrs. of experience including real estate law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Real Estate Law Questions
There is a open storm sewer drain on the north side of our
Hello. There is a open storm sewer drain on the north side of our home. It drains the city street to the east of the house. There is no easement to the city for the sewer or the adjacent land. The own… read more
Attyadvisor
Attyadvisor
Doctoral Degree
8,356 satisfied customers
Can I claim land that was designated as a proposed street in
Can I claim land that was designated as a proposed street in a plat filed more than 30 years ago? I own 9 contiguous lots in a rural area. The lots are arranged in a roughly square shape totaling 17.7… read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
A city municipality approved the subdivision of a plot of land,
A city municipality approved the subdivision of a plot of land, zoned single family residential, in 1995 and now is saying that this single family residential zoned plot can not have a house built on … read more
Irwin Law
Irwin Law
Juris Doctor JD
7,185 satisfied customers
I live in Palm Beach County Florida own a zero lot line home
I live in Palm Beach County Florida own a zero lot line home with a 3 foot easement . The county is saying that I have no right to use it for draining my gutter with an under ground drain along the ho… read more
Barrister
Barrister
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
12,142 satisfied customers
I own a property in a small subdivision in Inman SC, lots are
I own a property in a small subdivision in Inman SC, lots are approx 1 acre. There is a vacant lot adjacent to mine now owned by an individual and I am considering purchasing the land. My question is … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
I own in a 2-phase, HOA development with restrictive covenants
I own in a 2-phase, HOA development with restrictive covenants in Knox County, Tennessee. Since Phase II was not completed within 5-years of the approval date, the plat has expired. Normally, a develo… read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,939 satisfied customers
How to find out about the re-Platting of an empty lot? What
How to find out about the re-Platting of an empty lot? What kind of restrictions there are for such kind of subdividing of a lot? how do I find out about the use of property such as Single Family Resi… read more
DamienJD
DamienJD
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,382 satisfied customers
Can I purchase two adjacent lots in a platted development and
Can I purchase two adjacent lots in a platted development and the resulting property be taxed at half the county tax rate and since it is also in a platted development can reduce my landowner's associ… read more
Irwin Law
Irwin Law
Juris Doctor JD
7,185 satisfied customers
I wanted to buy 2 lots at Canyon Park subdivision, Onalaska
I wanted to buy 2 lots at Canyon Park subdivision, Onalaska Texas, through a private sale, but the owner wants too keep 10 feet of one lot that is adjacent to his property. Can we do this or are the l… read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers
We purchased our home 8 years ago and our original plat with
We purchased our home 8 years ago and our original plat with our paper work noted that 100 feet from the road was a buffer. We have been taking care of that part of the land and have since put a shed … read more
ScottyMacEsq
ScottyMacEsq
Doctoral Degree
17,946 satisfied customers
In 2/2005, I purchased an undeveloped flag lot in a rr-2.5
In 2/2005, I purchased an undeveloped flag lot in a rr-2.5 zoned, established subdivision in Peyton, CO. The lots to the North and the South of mine already had been built via County permit, inspectio… read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
I own several parcels that abut a platted (since 1949 but never
I own several parcels that abut a platted (since 1949 but never installed or maintained ) street in an Illinois city. Can a the municipality vacate the street without my approval?… read more
PAX Attorney
PAX Attorney
Attorney
Juris Doctor (JD)
956 satisfied customers
We purchased 18 lots fronting the Intracoastal Canal in a subdivision
We purchased 18 lots fronting the Intracoastal Canal in a subdivision in Matagorda County Texas, 1999. These lots, we would learn later, are not insured by FEMA due to their labeling in 1984 although … read more
Dimitry Esquire
Dimitry Esquire
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,526 satisfied customers
When a land developer purchases a plat of ground in Denver
When a land developer purchases a plat of ground in Denver Colorado and has intentions to develop the land for residential purposes does the zoning department have the final approval and are sidewalks… read more
PAX Attorney
PAX Attorney
Attorney
Juris Doctor (JD)
956 satisfied customers
I am organizing the building of a residential real estate development
I am organizing the building of a residential real estate development near downtown Dallas, TX. There are five 7100 sf lots. We plan on building 2 homes on each lot, for a total of 10 homes. Can we do… read more
TaxAttorneytoHelp
TaxAttorneytoHelp
Owner
Doctoral Degree
2,542 satisfied customers
We own/reside in a Tex. Subdivision governed by a covenants
We own/reside in a Tex. Subdivision governed by a covenants with ACC controls. In Sept. 2005, we contracted with a builder to build a home and a metal shop. Our property consists of two (2) two acre l… read more
Dimitry Esquire
Dimitry Esquire
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
5,526 satisfied customers
I purchased my home with an empty lot adjacent to it. It ...
I purchased my home with an empty lot adjacent to it. It is the last lot of a row of 7 total lots in my street. My husbank and I were going to build a large garage structure for our boat, his tools an… read more
legaleagle
legaleagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
7,047 satisfied customers
We own a home in Colonial Heights VA that has an ...
We own a home in Colonial Heights VA that has an abandoned Easement and right of way on the back side. There is no access by any means to this property accept through our yard. We have invested a cons… read more
CALawyer
CALawyer
Attorney
Juris Doctor
1,622 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x