Real Estate Law for Planners


  • A deeper understanding of real estate law
  • How to describe a planner’s day-to-day work in relation to real estate transactions


The course provides an overview of estates/interests in land, such as fee interests, easements, licenses, dedications, restrictive covenants.  The presenters review the role of zoning and subdivision law in real estate transactions and discuss how property interests get conveyed, such as by deed, grant of easement, conveyance by plat, declaration of covenants, eminent domain.  The course also reviews government interests in land, including fee ownership, right-of-ways, easements.  Presentations include discussion on where planners fit in during a real estate transaction, such as in contract contingencies.  Learn a basic understanding of the players in a real estate transactions, such as brokers, title companies, and attorneys.

The course answers questions such as, “what gets recorded?”, “what does a seller of land have to tell a buyer of land?”, and “what are covenants and how are they different from zoning?” The presenters use a variety of real-life case situations to provide a better understanding of the concepts being discussed.