As a real estate agent, it’s crucial to pay attention to what is auto-filling when writing your contracts. Often, agents don’t go back and look and don’t realize that the legal description is not correct. The legal description is a geographical description that identifies the precise location of the property; it includes the lot, block, (sometimes county block and new city block number), and subdivision. 

Agents frequently miss the subdivision or addition; if you read that paragraph carefully, it asks for the addition on the second line. The county block and new city block number are equally vital because they’re part of the legal description. It may also have additional language such as plan unit development (PUD). All of that is the whole legal description, and it’s critical to have it accurate in the contract. 

“It’s crucial to pay attention to what is auto-filling when writing your contracts.”

Tax records show this information, but you need to check to ensure you’re writing it properly. The tax record might have the subdivision written as something besides what it’s commonly called. The legal description needs to reflect what that spot is legally called, not commonly called. It’s also essential to have the correct city written. In our area, we have many smaller cities within the big city; the mailing address contains the big city, but the home could truly be in Shavano Park or Alamo Heights, for example.

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