Flashcards in Chapter 8 "Legal Descriptions" Deck (12)
Three basic methods are used to describe real estate in United States.
1. Metes and bounds
2. Rectangular (government) survey
3. Recorded subdivision plat
Metes and Bounds
distance, direction, and boundaries. Measured from starting point to point (place) of beginning (POB) for a particular parcel.
Rectangular (Government) Survey
based on sets of two intersecting lines: principal meridians (north and south) and base lines (east and west).
Recorded Subdivision Plat
by lot and block number
Acre of land
43,560 square feet
Township and Sections
Contains 36 sections, each section is one square mile, or 640 acres, with 43,560 square feet in each acre.
Which methods are used to describe Texas properties?
metes and bounds or by recorded subdivision plat
shows the location and dimensions of a parcel
shows the location, size, and shape of improvements located on the lot
U.S. Geological Survey "Datum"
A point, line, or surface from which elevations are measured or indicated. Used in description of an air lot.
(Units of Land Measurements) vera
331/3 inches (by Texas statute)