I recently worked with a first-time home buyer with the purchase of a Fannie-Mae foreclosure. The was located on a private road adjacent to an empty lot. I advised my client to get a survey. The survey revealed the driveway was put in by the builder but it crossed the corner of the adjacent lot and it wasn’t recorded. Knowing this before due diligence ended gave us a chance to correct the problem. The owner of that lot, an attorney, refused to allow the driveway to be recorded and even threatened to block access. I went back to the seller and they agreed to re-route the driveway through the an easement to the buyers property and it was successfully recorded. Had the buyer not received a survey she could have found herself in a dispute with the owner and legal matters that could have been avoided. Not every property will have problems but if you can I recommend getting a survey.