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Buying or Selling a Home/Buying only a portion of land from neighboor


I purchased a home and was in need of more land, therefore my next door neighbor offered to sell me part of his land. My first question is that allowed in the state of Texas? Can someone sell a part of their backyard? My next question is, what would be the next step? Should an appraisal be done before the written contract is drafted?
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Hey, Lidia.

As far as I know, real estate can be sold like that in all 50 states and D.C. In fact, in many states, adverse possession of a neighbor's property, and paying taxes on that property, can result in someone simply walking away with your land, something that is done quite often when fences are placed on someone else's property.

For such a transaction as this, though, I would recommend a good real estate attorney. Let him guide you through the whole process. It's not difficult but it can be extraordinarily troublesome in the future if not done properly.


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