05 Aug Previous owner made an “agreement” with neighbor about property line, need advice
Just closed on our first house a week ago and not long before closing we met the next door neighbor, a woman who has lived in the house for 45 years. Among the million items she told us about the many previous people who lived in our house, she talked about the fence between our properties.
There is a slight jag in the straight fence line around a tree and a bush. She said in the early 90s she and the people who lived here made an agreement that she could have the lilac bush on her side of the fence and they could have the hazelnut tree on their side. Really the property line is directly down the middle of both of these (roughly, little more on our side than hers).
Here is a beautiful paint representation, where red is the property line, blue is the fence, and green are the two trees.
Our realtor seemed concerned and gave us two suggestions for real estate attorneys, but we aren't really sure what we should be looking to accomplish. Do we just want the agreement in writing so we don't "lose" our bit of property? We assume this isn't something we should just let go and should deal with it sooner rather than later, but we don't really know what there is to do. Any advice?