What does “POB” and “POE” mean in legal descriptions?

Point-of-BeginningIn a metes and bounds survey, the location of the starting point is referred to as the Point of Beginning or POB, which should be exactly  the same as the Point of Ending or POE.  Some surveys will only refer to the Point of Beginning and then return to the Point of Beginning rather than referencing this as the Point of Ending.  Either way, this will create a closed tract of property, provided that the proper calls or dimensions have been met.  If the description does not “close”, there could be a defect of the legal description.  If the intent of the description is obvious, some states have Title Standards that allow for clear title if the incorrect description was contained in a legal on a deed.  If the intent of the legal description can not be determined, then a corrective deed may be required.

 

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