Buying Land: Property Surveys

In this video, Jeff visits some of the land we offer in Northern AZ. While he was looking around, he came across a corner pin of a Property Survey. Here he gives you a little information about Boundary vs. Topo Surveys and why they’re important when you’re buying land in Arizona.

The Basics of Property Surveys

From the video:

Hey, this is Jeff with Southwest Land Deals. I’m actually out here looking at some of our newest properties in Northern Arizona, up in, actually Mohave County, some bigger acreages. It’s a little windy out so I apologize for that.

But we were driving along and we found this stake in the ground. And normally, a question we get a lot is: “Are the property markers marked?”

And a lot of times when they mark the properties, when they do a survey, so they would do, like, a Boundary Survey is one type of survey. They’ll put this marker here, and then if you look down here, you can actually see the pin. And so you’ve got the pin—it’s a brass pin. And what that’s going to do is, that’ll be on the corners or anywhere where there’s a jog in the property. So you’ve got a property survey that’s a Boundary Survey.

Another type of survey that you have is a Topo Survey, which basically is going to map how the property goes. So on one like this, where you’ve got behind me, where you’ve got some contours and some ranges and and all that. And so those are the two basic types of surveys.

But a lot of times when you’re out on the property, if you find the property corner, it’ll be—there’ll be, like a PVC pipe like this, and then like I said, you’ve got down here, the actual pin. And if you look real close, you might be able to see the writing on top. And that will actually tell you when they put it in, who put it in. This one, I think, is a corner of a section which is going to be 640 acres, so it’s basically one square mile. And so, how they divide the land out is in sections of 640 acres at a time. So you’ll see this. Or you will see, when you get a property survey, the surveyor is going to come out and they’re going to put a pin in all of the corners of the property  or anywhere were the property makes a turn on there. So hopefully that was helpful.

As always we’ve got lots of new land coming online at, or you can give us a call, 480-442-7787. I look forward to talking with you soon. Thanks!

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