Basic Fundamentals of Land Easement Acquisition

A three-day seminar that deals with the important issues of land and/or easement acquisition. Geared toward utilities, appraisers, and public agencies that acquire or APPROVE both fee title and easements. Tuition is only $1125.00

This course has been approved by the California Office of Real Estate Appraisal and the state Maryland for twenty-four hours of Continuing Education Units. Some other states will also approve the course upon petition. Check with your local state authorities to be sure.

In addition, the International Right-of-Way Association has certified this class for recertification for the SRWA designation. Twenty-fours will be given for the three day classes.


Real Property Law: Understanding the ownership, transfer, estates, types of deeds, succession, eminent domain, trusts, powers of attorney, proper document execution, easements (types, creation, termination), options, subordination agreements from lenders, acknowledgements, recording rules and much more through active discussion.

Title Search: Starting with the tax assessor’s information, the participant locates the deed to a parcel of land using the grantor/grantee index from the recorder’s office. A title search is conducted going back 30 years using the grantee index. Then an easement search is performed using the grantor index. By the end of this lesson the participant will know how to locate needed information in both the assessor’s and recorder’s offices and the probate court.

Property Descriptions and Easement Writing: Learning 3 types of legal descriptions (metes and bounds, U.S. Public Land Survey, and subdivision), and writing easement descriptions through a minimum of 10 work exercises providing real life examples. Easement types deal with buildings in urban areas, farms in rural areas, and everything in between. Each student leaves with a comprehensive manual, with examples, for use in the field.

Negotiations: Using real life issues, the students learn strategic negotiation skills and the basic philosophy of negotiating effectively with property owners.