Zillow Advice: Buying a Foreclosure - Is there a good way to translate legal descriptions to actual locations? Or must one ask a surveyor? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Contact a local surveyor ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ Contact a <u>local</u> surveyor and ask for assistance. Chances are they will have a <u>Canton Township map</u> and will be able to narrow it down for for you. At the very end of the the description, it indicates 36 acres (36.00AC).<br/><br/>&nbsp;Did you know that 8 mile road is also called <strong>Base Line Road</strong>? That is the main east/west (Base)&nbsp;line that local Township maps. R stands for the Range Line that runs north &amp; south, T stands for the Township Line running east and west, POB stands for Point of Beginning. A section is one square mile (640 acres). A Township is 36 square miles and consists of 36 one square mile sections.<br/><br/>So this lot might be 2&nbsp;Townships south of 8 mile road (TS2) and 8 Townships east (R8E) ... east of what, I do not know, but it does appear to be Canton Township on the map. But if this parcel is 36 acres, it would be 5% of Canton Township and fairly easy for a surveyor to find.<br/><br/>Good luck and let me know how it turns out! Mon, 10 Oct 2011 01:50:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ 2011-10-10T01:50:00Z So, is "E 1/2 SEC 35" likely ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ So, is "E 1/2 SEC 35" likely to mean "East half of Section 35," with the rest a description of what part of that area? If so, and if it's ~5% of the township's acreage, then I've found the parcel -- and it's zoned&nbsp;General Industrial, with neighboring parcels a combination of General and Light Industrial. <br/><br/>Too bad. Agricultural would be the ideal zoning for my purposes, although I might be able to make it in Rural Residential or Rural Estate. I'm not desperate enough to buy a fight with City (actually Township) Hall. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 15:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ 2011-10-10T15:02:00Z A good option that is quick ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ A good option that is quick and free is to call a title company in your area. They will likely have all the parcel information for you and will be happy to assist you for free. Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ 2011-10-10T02:45:00Z One paid for software........... ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ One paid for software........... Deed Plot will do wonders with this call out.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.deedplot.com" rel="nofollow">www.DeedPlot.com</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; $200<br/><br/>You might try&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.tractplotter.com" rel="nofollow">www.tractplotter.com</a> which is free only for straight lines.<br/><br/>Good Luck!<br/><br/>James Callas - Realtor&reg; Mon, 10 Oct 2011 02:10:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ 2011-10-10T02:10:00Z You can call a local real ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ You can call a local real estate broker and ask them. Sun, 09 Oct 2011 23:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Is-there-a-good-way-to-translate-legal-descriptions-to-actual-locations-Or-must-one-ask-a-surveyor/418645/ 2011-10-09T23:58:00Z