Real Estate Law for Planners

This session provides planners with an understanding of real estate law, and describes how a planner’s day-to-day work relates to real estate transactions. 

The program will:  provide an overview of estates/interests in land (i.e. fee interests, easements, licenses, dedications, restrictive covenants); review the role of zoning and subdivision law in real estate transactions; discuss how property interests get conveyed, such as by deed, grant of easement, conveyance by plat, declaration of covenants, eminent domain;  review government interests in land, including fee ownership, right-of-ways, easements; discuss where planners fit in during a real estate transaction, such as in contract contingencies; and provide a basic understanding of the players in a real estate transactions, such as brokers, title companies, and attorneys.

The session will also answer questions such as, “what gets recorded?”, “what does a seller of land have to tell a buyer of land?”, and “what are covenants and how are they different from zoning?” The presenters will use a variety of real-life case situations to give attendees a hands-on understanding of the concepts being discussed.