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Keen Properties and John Keen are here to assist you with one of the most important decisions of your life.  We will sit down with you to determine the most effective way to meet your family's need for housing while keeping your costs in line with your budget.  Flexibility is the key, and we can work with you however necessary to meet or exceed your expectations.  We aren't limited by traditional finance options, so we can tailor a solution for your exact situation.  Call us today to let us start you on that journey into your very own home!


The Keen Properties team is here to help, any time, any day.  Call us with your questions or to arrange a viewing of one of our many fine and affordable properties.  We'll work as hard as we can to get YOU into YOUR NEW HOME today!

Our Team

John E. Keen is founder and past president of Keen Surveying, P.A., a land Surveying Company operating in North Carolina. He is a licensed land Surveyor in the Public Lands and the Colonial States.  He is also a professional educator with over 25 years of experience teaching various subjects about Land Surveying, aerospace techniques and mathematics.   He has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Emory and Henry College and Boston College respectively.  He was also founder of Land Surveyor’s Workshops, Headquartered in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, and has presented seminars nationwide on various land surveying topics including Land Surveying Law and surveying computations.

Mr. Keen is now involved in specialized real estate for individuals who need owner financing and helping them achieve the American Dream which is owning your own home. Please let us know if we can help you.

Associates in Arts degree from Hiwassee College, Madisonville, TN in Pre-Engineering, 1964

Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA in English and Mathematics, 1966

Master of Arts degree from Boston College, Boston, MA, in Mathematics, 1973

Instructor in mathematics at Mayland Community College, Spruce Pine, NC 1973-87

Professional Land Surveyor in the following states: NC, MD, and WI

Practiced and founder of Keen Surveying, P.A., Spruce Pine, NC 1986-2006


Books authored:

  1. Land Surveyors formulas with Applications
  2. Land Surveying Law
  3. Typical Land Surveyor’s Exam Questions with Solutions
  4. Boundary Control and Legal Principles-A Study Guide Supplement with Questionsand Answers
  5. Trouble Shooting Boundary Line Problems: Questions and Answers
  6. Surveying Instructions for the Survey of Public Lands: Questions, a Study Supplement
  7. Surveying Instruction for the Survey of Public Lands: Answers, A Study Supplement
  8. Ohio Land Surveying Law with Study Guide Questions
  9. Ohio Land Surveying Law, with Volume 2, Study Guide Answers
  10. Georgia Boundary Law
  11. Boundary Law In North Carolina
  12. New Mexico Boundary Law with Study Guide Questions
  13. New Mexico Boundary Law with Study Guide Answers
  14. ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys, The Cadillac of Surveys
  15. Metrication of Land Surveying
  16. Land Surveying with the HP48sx with the SMI /SCI Card
  17. Adverse Possession and the South Carolina Land Surveyor
  18. Illinois Boundary Law
  19. Illinois Boundary Law Study Guide Answers

Many other short state specific boundary law manuals


John Keen

CEO and Founder

John Keen is the CEO and Owner of Keen Properties

Alan Womack

Web Developer and IT Support

Alan  is the founder and owner of Blue Ridge Visions of Spruce Pine NC and maintains this website and social media accounts

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