How do I find the legal description for homes?

What is the legal description for a home?


legal descriptionHouses are typically identified by specific addresses – a house number and street name. The law, however, recognizes homes via legal descriptions.  Legal descriptions help locate and identify properties with written words.  For example, 11801 Canon Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606 can also be legally identified as Oyster Point Lot 3A2 (1.397A) Section 02.

Legal descriptions can easily be identified through tax records.  Contact your local city real estate assessor’s office to find your tax assessment.

Hampton Roads Real-e-statement is written by Alyssa Godwin, a Realtor with Liz Moore and Associates. For questions regarding buying or selling contact Alyssa at 757-329-6161 or You can also find Alyssa on Facebook or on the web at