A standard real estate deal is based on a simple principle. A willing buyer and a willing seller agree on what both sides see as a fair price.
But there are situations where a buyer can force the sale of property and control almost every step of the purchase. These cases pit private property owners against the state. It's what’s known as eminent domain.
In The State's Domain, WFAE’s Tom Bullock examines how eminent domain is being used in North Carolina, and the debate those practices have stirred in Raleigh. It's a two-part series. Part one is called The Buyer's Market.