There are moments of luck. Let’s say a buyer in Nevada, USA got more than he bargained for when he decided to buy a single family home and ended up with a whole bunch of pieces.
“Lucky” was originally buying a single-family home in Sparks, Nevada, estimated to be worth 580,000 euros. However, Washoe County officials had records that the buyer not only won the property he was buying, but also 84 additional lots—and two more.
the responsibility? Apparently, it only took four keystrokes to mistakenly grant someone title to a multi-million dollar property, i.e. “copy-paste”. “It appears that the Westminster Title of Las Vegas may have copied and pasted a legal description from another transfer from the Toll Brothers in preparing the (buyer’s) deed for registration,” explained Corey Burke, Washoe County’s deputy chief counsel. “As it became so obvious that an error had occurred, our Evaluation Services department immediately contacted the Westminster Title Company so they could begin correcting the title series for the 86 properties that had been moved in error.”
Labeling errors caused by incorrect legal descriptions actually happen “a lot,” largely due to copy-paste errors, according to Burke. “This particular case is a little more interesting because of the number of pieces involved,” he said.
Correcting the confusion would require the buyer in question to return ownership to Toll Brothers, the company that developed the project. Once these documents are registered, ownership can be transferred from Toll Brothers to any new property owner through our normal process. Now, how easy the process is depends on how cooperative the parties are. With so many properties in question already being sold to other buyers, any long delays in reclaiming ownership can cause a potential headache.
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