Certificate of Occupancy

Requirements for Regularization of Title on Federal Government Grant in Lagos state

If your property falls under federal government acquisition and you want to get a C of O from Lagos State through regularization, these are the requirements. Please note that not all federal government lands can be regularized like this so you need to find out for your area first. 1 Formal letter addressed to the Executive Secretary, Land Use and Allocation Committee Block 12 Room…

Real Estate Sponsorship

HOW TO ACQUIRE LAND IN BULK WITHOUT PAYING FOR IT

Believe it or not, a lot of real estate companies selling land in Nigeria acquired their lands from families without paying for the land. Yes, they did not pay for the land! Instead, they paid for something that the family wanted and in return, the family gave them land. This method of land acquisition is generally called Sponsorship and in most times, it is far…

Lessons Learned as a Professional

10 LESSONS LEARNED

Since today is 10/10/2020, I decided to pen down 10 lessons I have learned so far as a Surveyor and Professional. 1) Relationships matter – a lot. And If you don’t stay in touch with people, they may not remember you when they need your services2) Always try to put the client’s interest ahead of your own.3) Do all you can to satisfy a SERIOUS…

Survey Plan

AVOID BACKDATED SURVEY PLANS

Recently, I have been getting enquires about backdated survey plans and I don’t understand why. People call to find out about the cost of survey and after I tell them the cost, the next question is, “how much for the backdated one?”. If you are negotiating with a surveyor and he says there are two types of survey; current survey and backdated survey please hang…

Land verification issues in Lagos

PROPERTY OWNERSHIP VERIFICATION ISSUES IN LAGOS STATE

People often ask me to use the coordinates picked on a property they are interested in to verify the true owner at Alausa. They are always surprised and disappointed when I say I can’t verify the ownership of a property at Alausa except the property has a registered deed/existing title. The truth is, in most cases, if you take the coordinates of a land to…

Village Excision Issue

WHEN WILL LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT RESUME GRANTING OF EXCISIONS?

I am beginning to wonder when Lagos State will resume granting excisions to villages in the Ibeju-Lekki/Epe axis so that their lands can have more value and can attract reputable investors. The most recent gazette I have seen were issued in 2012. For years now, through the help of real estate companies and land title sponsors, a lot of villages/communities have submitted applications for excision…

Red copy confusion

RED COPY CONFUSION

Too many enquiries about red copy these days from people who want to survey their property. There is nothing like red copy. There is no red document anywhere in Alausa! Red copy is simply the short form of Record Copy. Record copy is simply a record of the survey plan which is lodged at the office of the Surveyor General of the state. In Lagos…

Acquire a property without paying the full cost

HOW TO ACQUIRE A PROPERTY WITHOUT PAYING THE FULL COST

If you have been saving money for a while for property acquisition, keep saving your money until you have at least 60% of the cost of the type of property you want. 60% is reasonable.  With this amount, you open yourself up to three options for acquiring the property. Mortgage Distress Sale Off-Plan Sales For Mortgage, with 30% payment you can access some mortgages. It…

Jetty Survey in Apapa

BEWARE OF THE CHEAPEST PRICE GANG

My dear professional colleagues, I am sure you are all very familiar with phone calls that begin like this: Hello Surveyor, please how much for Registered Survey for a plot of land at Ibeju-Lekki? Hello Engineer, please how much for raft foundation for half plot at Abijo? Hello Barrister, please how much for deed of assignment for 2 plots at Okota? Hello Architect, please how…