My question involves real estate located in the State of: Ohio
My neighbors recently had a boundary survey done before putting up a wooden privacy fence. I went out to speak with the surveyor because the way he marked out the property line it puts the boundary 4 feet from our house. We have a copy of a mortgage survey and that says the boundary is exactly 10 feet from our house. We have always used these mortgage survey measurements when it came to building anything on our lot. Never had any problems before.Everyone was pretty sure the line went right in the middle between the homes like it shows on the county aerial photos.
The surveyor found the original pins in the front two corners for the neighbor.He put new pins in the back corners of the neighbors lot.He also found original pins in the back(in line with the new ones) that marks some city owned property.
I don't understand how the surveyors findings don't match the measurements in our mortgage survey.Don't mortgage surveys have to be exact/correct before they sell a property? What we were told when we bought the house, as far as the property lines, just doesn't match up to this boundary survey.
I have recently read that a boundary survey is considered more valid than a mortgage survey or county aerial pictures. Is this really true? The neighbor said the zoning office told him to do a boundary survey and not rely on the mortgage survey he had before putting up a fence. I have spoken with some neighbors,but no one else had a boundary survey done to compare with this new one.Most everyone has mortgage surveys.
What are the chances the neighbors boundary survey is wrong? I am told by zoning that the surveyor they hired has over 35 years experience,and according to the cities zoning officers the surveyor *knows what he is doing*. The neighbor waited a few months after the survey and then put up the wood fence along what he was told is the real boundary.
Is there any point now in doing a boundary survey of our own since the original pins were found and the fence is up? Could the surveyor be wrong,or maybe the original pins he found are in the wrong place? Or maybe he found wrong pins?
This area was once farm land and they divided it into lots. Later it looks like 4 lots were divided up between 8 remaining lots. If we did a boundary survey, and it turns out the neighbors are right can we still go to court and get back what we always thought was our land?
If we do a boundary survey and it matches our mortgage survey do we need to hire a lawyer and go to court to have a judge decide which boundary survey is correct?
We have lived in our home about 12 years and the neighbors moved in last year.