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Reporting Encroachments: What's the Surveyor’s Responsibility? 

September 05, 2017

If the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey reveals a subject property has a potential encroachment, it is important to understand what is and is not the surveyor's responsibility to report. In this blog post, we will discuss the responsibilities that fall to the land surveyor per the standard requirements. 

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ALTA Survey – Clearing Up Appurtenant Easement Confusion 

August 02, 2017

With Optional Table A Item number 19 being redefined, there has been some confusion on appurtenant easements rights. An appurtenant easement right will not be addressed on the survey unless Optional Table A Item 19 is negotiated and included in the scope of survey services. Read more to learn how this affects ALTA surveys and what it means for you.

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Environmental Assessment Reporting: Who's Responsible? 

July 05, 2017

Current legislation is unclear as to who is responsible for disclosing an impact found above reporting limits in a Phase I or Phase II ESA. The legal responsibility varies among states, however, pending legislation is being discussed that may eliminate the inconsistency and clarify the chain of reporting. Learn more about who is responsible for reporting findings.

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Bock & Clark Acquired by NV5 - Commercial Real Estate Due Diligence 

June 05, 2017

On April 17, Bock & Clark announced its acquisition by NV5 Global, a provider of professional and technical engineering and consulting services. Bock & Clark is excited to join the NV5 team and to enter the commercial real estate market. We will continue to deliver high-quality ALTA Survey, Zoning, Environmental and Assessment reports that will be further enhanced by NV5’s capabilities. Learn more about NV5.

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New Property Descriptions on ALTA Land Survey - Bock & Clark 

May 15, 2017

The 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA Surveys states in Section 6.B.ii that the surveyor now has additional responsibilities when presenting a NEW “As-Surveyed” property description on the front of the survey.

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Alternate Measures for Large Properties - Bock & Clark ALTA Surveys 

April 19, 2017

For ALTA surveys of large properties, it may be beneficial to consider Optional Table A Item 15. Requesting this item frequently benefits the ordering party with both cost savings and shorter time frames to complete the survey work. Item 15 permits the surveyor to utilize alternative technologies and/or procedures where ground measurements are not otherwise necessary to locate improvement features on the surveyed property.

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Commercial Zoning Reports & Their Alternatives: ZIP & ESL Reports 

February 20, 2017

During most commercial real estate transactions, it is likely that the surveyor, lender or title company will require some type of zoning report. In this post, we will offer insight into how long it takes to prepare a zoning report based on your specific needs, as well as options for reports with quicker turnaround times.

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Tips for Ordering Property Condition Assessments 

January 25, 2017

Sometimes it’s the smallest details that cause the biggest of problems. Those big problems can hold up a real estate closing, purchase or financing. In this post, we will offer some tips to help you avoid these issues. 

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ALTA Surveys - Optional Table A Item 19 

November 17, 2016

With the recent adoption of the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements and the inclusion of the rewritten definition of Optional Table A Item 19, there may be some confusion concerning the responsibilities of the surveyor in depicting appurtenant easements.

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Environmental Reporting - Terms & Definitions 

November 16, 2016

When learning about environmental impact assessments, it is important to gain an understanding of the terms that are used during the process. In this blog post, there are several the definitions of frequently-used terms that you should know.

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