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ALTA Surveys – Importance of Commercial Zoning 

April 10, 2018

With the complexities of today’s zoning classifications, the zoning codes and laws have created a need for zoning companies in the commercial real estate industry to provide zoning letters and reports. Learn more.

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Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac – Importance of Correct Reporting Scopes 

March 05, 2018

A common misconception in reporting is that all Property Condition Assessments and Phase I ESAs are the same. This simple problem can be avoided if the correct report is ordered at the beginning of the project, which would avoid unnecessary delays. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of ordering the correct report for your needs. 

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ALTA Survey Reporting: Showing Access to Public Right-of-Way 

February 07, 2018

Establishing whether or not a property has access to a traveled roadway within a public roadway can be unclear, which leads to confusion for the surveyor and property owner. In this blog post, we will explain the responsibilities of the surveyor when surveying property near a public right-of-way. Learn more.

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Commercial Zoning: What is Planned Unit Development (PUD)? 

January 22, 2018

Planned Unit Development, or PUD, indicates the specific property or section that will be governed by requirements that were specifically approved for the development. Learn more.

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ALTA Land Title Surveys - Explaining Property Descriptions 

December 13, 2017

According to the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail requirements for ALTA Surveys, the surveyor must report the current record description of the surveyed property on the map or plat. In this blog post, we will explain additional responsibilities of the surveyors when writing property descriptions.

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ALTA Survey Optional Table A Item 9: Parking Survey Requirements 

November 14, 2017

In 2016, the Minimum Standards for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys provided clarification for the responsibilities of the surveyor when including Optional Table A Item 9, which regards parking. In this blog post, we will discuss the surveyors’ responsibilities and clear up any misunderstandings of the requirements. 

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Harvey & Irma - Environmental & Assessment Reports for Flooding 

October 05, 2017

At Bock & Clark, our hearts go out to those who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and we hope for a smooth recovery as those involved work to get back on their feet. Once the impacted areas begin to recover and return to normal, commercial properties will need to be assessed. In this blog post, we will explain the different moisture assessments that are available and how Bock & Clark can help make the process as simple as possible. 

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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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