“The small landholders are the most precious part of a state.”

– Thomas Jefferson (1785)

I was reminded over this past Memorial Day weekend that we shouldn’t take our real estate legal and recording systems for granted.  I know that the pace we are processing real estate transactions these days can be daunting. If you have a minute, check out the articles highlighted below, describing less stellar systems than our own:

Who Owns This Land? In Greece, Who Knows?   “Most Greek land transaction records are still handwritten in ledgers, logged in by last names.  There are no lot numbers and no clarity on boundaries or zoning.”

The New York Times, Read more >>>

Land-grabs in Vietnam: Losing the plot. “…the state still formally owns all the land . . . many local officials seize farmland for development projects, compensating villagers at rates far below market value.”

The Economist, Read more >>>