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Protecting Your Assets – Owner Responsibilities 

July 02, 2019

You’ve finally signed off on your new office building, medical center, hotel, warehouse, or a piece of land to build on. The purchase process may be over but maximizing long-term use of the property as well as the safety of those who utilize it must become a priority. Learn More.

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Pending Revisions to the ASTM 1527-13 Phase I ESA Standard 

June 21, 2019

Every 8 years the ASTM standards sunset and need to be revised. That time period is soon to pass as related to the release of the 13 standards, in particular E1527. The ASTM E50 Committee on Environmental Assessments began work in 2018 and has continued to work steadily with the hope of drafting, approving and passing the new standard for ASTM E1527 by the end 2019 that will result in its publication in 2020.

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ALTA Survey: Certification Parties within the Surveyor’s Certification 

April 17, 2019

Within the surveyor’s certification of an ALTA Survey additional transaction parties may be listed at the discretion of the client and surveyor. Learn about the responsibilities of the surveyor and client during the certification process to ensure a smooth and easy transaction.

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ALTA Surveys – Public Roads vs. Private Roads 

March 18, 2019

When purchasing property, one of the major concerns for the buyers, lenders and title companies is the access to the public roadway. Learn what the responsibility of the surveyor is in reporting this issue.

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Standard vs. Equity Based Property Condition Assessment 

February 19, 2019

Whether you’re considering a standard property condition assessment or a specialized report for your commercial property, it’s important to consider the amount of detail needed in the report before reaching a decision. Learn more.

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Flood Insurance – Getting the True Picture 

January 16, 2019

Concerning surveying, when requesting Optional Table A Item 3 - Flood Zone Classification on an ALTA Land Title Survey, it’s important to note that the surveyor is only responsible for reporting the zone based upon the current flood maps. Learn more.

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What Does Table A Add to ALTA Survey 

December 10, 2018

When deciding which optional survey items are best for your commercial property, it’s important to carefully consider the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements. If you’re looking for detailed information on property improvements included on your survey, Optional Table A Item 8 might be a good fit for you. Learn more.

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Sustain Efficiency with an Energy Optimization Audit 

November 05, 2018

By implementing an energy audit on your commercial property, you can reduce operating costs through all stages of a building’s lifecycle. Learn more.

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Zoning Compliance Code: Do I Have the Right to Rebuild? 

October 02, 2018

One of the most requested sections of the municipal zoning code is the right to rebuild in the event of casualty to a nonconforming structure. In this blog post, we will discuss what this is and why it is so important. Learn more.

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ALTA/NSPS Surveys: How to Sort Through Utility Location Details 

August 15, 2018

The newest updates to the Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Surveys continue to raise questions concerning the location of utilities. In this blog post, we will clear up some of the confusion.

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