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Spain Land Grant New Mexico
Heirs and homeowners are currently locked in a dispute over Spanish land grant in New Mexico. Private property owners can't sell their properties, refinance, or get insurance policies until the courts decide who owns the land grant.
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In this March 26, 2013 photo, Arroyo Hondo Land Grant heir Fernando Martinez is shown at the historical northern New Mexico Spanish land grant. Some heirs and homeowners currently are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain's colonial government to Arroyo Hondo's founding families. The fight is preventing property owners like Martinez from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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In this March 26, 2013 photo, portions of the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant are shown in the heart of the historical northern New Mexico Spanish land grant. Heirs and homeowners currently are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain's colonial government to Arroyo Hondo's founding families. The fight is preventing homeowners from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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In this March 26, 2013 photo, shows Arroyo Hondo Land Grant heir Pennie Herrera Wardlow at her Taos, N.M. real estate office. Some heirs to the historical northern New Mexico Spanish land grant and homeowners like Wardlow currently are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain's colonial government to Arroyo Hondo's founding families. The fight is preventing property owners from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

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In this March 26, 2013 photo, a for sale sign on a property on the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant, the historical northern New Mexico Spanish land grant. Heirs and homeowners currently are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain's colonial government to Arroyo Hondo's founding families. The fight is preventing homeowners from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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In this March 26, 2013 photo, the sign of the Arroyo Hondo Land Grant is shown at the entrance of the historical northern New Mexico Spanish land grant. Heirs and homeowners currently are locked in a dispute after a land grant board filed a warranty deed in an attempt to reclaim 20,000 acres of private land originally granted by Spain's colonial government to Arroyo Hondo's founding families. The fight is preventing homeowners from selling property, refinancing mortgages, or getting insurance policies while the courts struggle to unravel the conflict. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
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Spain Land Grant New Mexico

Heirs and homeowners are currently locked in a dispute over Spanish land grant in New Mexico. Private property owners can't sell their properties, refinance, or get insurance policies until the courts decide who owns the land grant.

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