Utility easement derails dream home

When a great lot isn't a great deal

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DEAR BERNICE: We recently purchased an acre of property that has a mobile home on it, with plans to build a custom home on the property within the next few years. At the back of our lot we have some high-tension power lines, and the utility company has an easement for use. We cannot build in this area nor can we plant any trees.

When we first looked at the property our agent explained that there was a utility easement. Since we were planning on building, she told us to have the property surveyed. She made our approval of the survey a contingency in the transaction. We now know exactly where the easement is and we can still build the house we want.