What Aspiring Homesteaders Should Know About Easements


| 7/24/2019 10:10:00 AM


Road Leading to Rural Homestead

If you're currently in the market to build or purchase a homestead in a rural area, you may want to learn a thing or two about easements. Easements are common in rural areas, where land owners may have large, expansive properties. If you already own a rural property, you may already understand certain easements and the way they affect property owners in your area. Easements can protect you and other parties when a piece of land must be shared by two individuals. However, as with most real estate concepts, it is best to be armed with knowledge in order to avoid costly mistakes or conflicts in the future. The following tips and information can help you navigate life as a homesteader and land owner. 

What Is an Easement?

An easement is an agreement between two parties to share use of a property. The easement allows the property to remain under the possession of the property's owner, while allowing the second party to use the property for a specific purpose. 

Imagine that two property owners share a common driveway. The driveway is primarily located on property A, but branches off onto property B after about 50 feet. The easement allows the owner of property B to use the portion of the driveway that crosses property A. This is a common scenario that happens often in rural areas, but can be found in cities as well.

Types of Easements

There are many types of easements. The type of easement used depends on who needs to use the property, and for what purpose. 



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