Articles Tagged with Easements

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real-estate-imageRockwall and surrounding counties, such as Dallas, Hunt and Kaufman counties, are booming. Since the great recession hit in 2008, these markets have more than rebounded. As a result, their real estate markets are thriving in both the commercial and residential markets. Guest and Gray Law Firm has represented clients across North Texas in all types of matters concerning real property, including commercial real estate purchases and lease agreements, disputes involving commercial real property purchases and leases, residential purchases and leases and disputes arising from them. Easements and boundary disputes, condemnation proceedings, nuisance abatement, and many more. When it comes to real estate and real estate litigation in the Rockwall, Dallas, Hunt or Kaufman county areas, Guest and Gray is the law firm of choice for many local agents, brokers, developers and individual residents.

Our real estate litigation team is headlined by Scott Gray, a Texas Super Lawyer, and David HagEstad, a former real estate agent, who are equipped to handle complex real estate needs for a growing market. We have worked with real estate agents and brokers in a number of different ways, including eviction and back rent for landlords and property managers, specific performance of real estate transactions, and even premises liability matters relating to brokers and agents.

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EastTexasOilFieldOver the last several years, residents of more rural parts of northeast Texas have been victimized by TxDot, water districts, electric companies and co-ops, and the very cities and counties in which they live, all in the name of progress and purported “necessity”.

Eminent Domain is a real threat to landowners in Texas. Every single day, somewhere in this great state, someone is receiving a letter for the first time letting them know that their property is located within a region being taken for a public use and that they should “contact ____” for more information.

For the landowner, it can be heartbreaking. For someone who has built their dream home, having to give up part or all of that property for a new highway, or transmission towers, or a pipeline, is devastating. In most cases, we have rural landowners, ranchers and farmers, who are being burdened by the advancement of the population. We need pipelines, transmission towers and roadways, but that does not make it any easier for the landowner who’s property is being taken for the “greater good”.

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Most people that I have talked to about the proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico Border have been surprised to hear that the federal government does not already own the land necessary to build the wall. The next question that I receive is: well, does that mean that they have to take private landowners’ property away from them?

Well, yes, under the guise of eminent domain.

Eminent domain is the method by which the federal government will be required to pay the local borderlands property owners “just compensation” for the land they plan to use for the proposed border wall. “Just compensation” is measured by the fair market value of the land at the time of the taking. Exxon Pipeline Co. v. Zwahr, 88 S.W.3d 623, 627 (Tex. 2002).  Market value is the price the property will bring when offered for sale by one who desires to sell, but is not obliged to sell, and is bought by one who desires to buy, but is under no necessity of buying. City of Harlingen v. Estate of Sharboneau, 48 S.W.3d 177, 182 (Tex. 2001). The owner of the property can testify to its market value, even if he could not qualify to testify about the value of the property belonging to someone else. Porras v. Craig, 675 S.W.2d 503, 504 (Tex. 1984); see also Redman Homes, Inc. v. Ivy, 920 S.W.2d 664, 669 (Tex. 1996).

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