When a title company researches the title of a home, they’ll turn up information about any easements on the property. An easement allows someone who is not the owner right to use the land for a specific purpose.
* A home on a flag lot whose driveway is actually all or partially on their neighbor’s property
* A public pathway to a play area or pond that is on your property
* Restrictions on use of the land for conservation or historic reasons
* A utility company’s right to access their lines or pipes that are located on your property
During the title search process, you may elect to have the property you’re buying surveyed. Let’s say the survey shows that your fence is actually a few feet onto the neighbor’s property. You’ll have two options: Move the fence so it is completely on your property, or get an easement from the neighbors to allow the fence to remain where it is.
Easements are written into the deed or another written document that will be recorded in the land records.