- A Nevada woman accidentally bought a small town with 84 properties when buying a home.
- A homebuyer intended to buy one property in Spanish Springs, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
- According to Reno Gazette Journal, it’s caused by a copy-paste error on the deed.
When buying a new home, a woman accidentally bought a small town of 86 lots in Nevada. Reno Gazette Journal‘s Jason Hidalgo reports.
According to data from the Washoe County Assessor’s Office cited in a report in the Reno Gazette Journal, an unnamed woman from Sparks, a city east of Reno, has landed at Toll Brothers’ Stonebrook development in Spanish Springs. You purchased a single-family home valued at $4,481. She added that an error in copying and pasting deeds into the property resulted in 84 additional lots and two shared spaces, her report added.
Cori Burke, Washoe County Chief Deputy Assessor, told the publication that legal statements from another Toll Brothers transfer appear to have been mistakenly copied and pasted by the Westminster Title Agency in Las Vegas. He told the Reno Gazette Journal that he had notified the agency so it could fix the problem.
Speaking to a local publication, Burke said the legal description of the transaction was officially recorded on July 25 and includes “lots 1 through 85…and common areas A and B.” According to the Reno Gazette Journal, 84 parcels contain homes already built and sold. At least 64 lots were sold to buyers on Saturday, according to the magazine.
But Burke said such mistakes happen fairly frequently, and the case is more interesting because of the “number of lots involved,” Burke told the publication.
To rectify the mistake, the buyer must return ownership of the property to Toll Brothers, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal. The entire process depends on how supportive the homebuyer is, according to the publication.
“I think someone could try to make things difficult. But the title company also has the offer to buy and the approval on file, so the intent is pretty clear. I think it will and I don’t think it will happen often, at all,” Burke added.
Representatives for Toll Brothers, Washoe County Assessor’s Office and Westminster Title did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.