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Home Buying: What is a Greenbelt? Buffer-Zone, Vacant Land Or...

asking questions when buying a houseWhat is a greenbelt? We get this question a lot - and it can have a different meaning depending on the circumstances and location of the home. More importantly, too many buyers become enamoured with the view & privacy - assuming it will always be that way. Home buyers coming to Texas from other parts of the country understandably may have preconceived notions as to what a "greenbelt" actually is... but they may be mistaken.

In Texas, a greenbelt or buffer-zone is generally considered by most homeowners and buyers alike, to be a vacant patch or parcel of forested land, behind, or to the side of a home. Typically, depending on the location, greenbelts can be partially forested with trees, but the landscape can vary - some may contain large open...

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