Consider a situation where you are interested in buying a piece of land, and you have been invited for a site visit. There are important questions that might be lingering in your mind. Here are some of the common questions asked when conducting a site visit:
Is The Deal Authentic?
With the looming land scams in Kenya, potential landowners cannot help but take precautionary measures to avoid losing their hard-earned money. In the interest of understanding whether the deal is authentic or not, it is important to consider the authenticity of the dealer first. Seek referrals if necessary. This will help you know if the dealer has conducted other successful deals in the past, and if the company is registered or not.
Are There Ready Title Deeds?
Did you know you cannot claim ownership of land without a title deed and a valid agreement between you and the seller? In this regard, there is the need to consider if the land in question has ready title deeds or there will be some processing required. Lands with ready title deeds are better since transfer will be flawless. However, it is always important to know the terms of the deal before entering into it.
Are There Additional Charges Apart From The States Price?
Many are times when land buyers end up falling victims of additional charges on land without knowing in the first place. It is therefore important to primarily seek to know if there are extra charges aside from the stated price of the piece of land. Such charges may include title transfer fee, valuation costs, and land search among others. You must be in consensus with the land seller before entering into the deal. This will spare you any frustrations afterwards.
Who Is/Are The Original Owner(s) of The Land?
It is necessary to understand the chain of land ownership before settling for a purchase deal. Some of the greatest land scams in Kenya are as a result of lack of knowledge of the chain of ownership of land. In some cases, the land in question may not have been sold in the first place. The dealer may therefore be contemplating on how to scam you. The best deal is the one that provides details of the previous land owner, and the reason why the land was sold. In fact, the original documentation of land transfer from the previous owner is necessary. The safest deal, however, is the one that directly involves the landowner and the buyer.
Which Are The Zoning Building Regulations Applied In The Land Location?
In an instance where you want to establish a home, it is necessary to first seek knowledge on the kind of structures that are acceptable in that area, and more so the regulations in place. Does the provisions suit your stipulated goals of establishing a home? In other words, it is necessary to do your research and understand the zoning provisions applicable in certain areas before settling for a land deal.
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