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The high cost of a bad appraisal

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

A taxpayer claimed in court that he relied on the appraiser’s report when he deducted four times the real value of the donation. He argued that because he relied on the appraiser, he shouldn’t have to pay accuracy-related penalties. The court disagreed. Help your donors avoid trouble with our appraisal guide for landowners.

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One meeting to rule them all

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Chester Township commissioners exchanged individual emails with the local land trust and had one-on-one separate meetings with land trust staff to learn more about easements.

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Still Interested?

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

If your land trust operates in a state with a marketable title act, you may have to record your easement again periodically to confirm your interest in the property.

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Don’t let real estate agents break your heart

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Lorri Barrett

Missing out on a Hallmark card or some fancy chocolates may not hurt in the long run, but real estate agents and landowners who sell land without explaining conservation easements can give you lasting heartache.

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How land trusts are using amendments to address future changes

Source: 
Land Trust Alliance
Author: 
Leslie Ratley-Beach

The Land Trust Alliance has long held that amendment clauses in conservation easements actually strengthen easements and improve enforceability. Rather than falling short of “protected in perpetuity,” amendment clauses improve the chances that easements will be protected in the long term.