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Why ALTA Survey Optional Table A Item 21 is Blank 

Posted by Evolve March 26, 2020

Within the Optional Table A Items for an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey, the definition of Item 21 is blank. It has intentionally been left blank to allow for additional information that a surveyor may be willing to provide if what is being requested is within the surveyor’s limits of expertise. Learn more.

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Surveyor’s Role in ALTA Survey Boundary Resolution Considerations  

Posted by Evolve February 03, 2020

It is now clearly defined that it is up to a professional surveyor’s judgement to address the issue of the integrity of boundary resolution. As a result, the surveyor is required to resolve the surveyed property’s boundary as a part of an ALTA Survey. Learn more.

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Commercial Property Assessment Due Diligence 101: Request a Phase 1 

Posted by Evolve January 02, 2020

It is in the best interest of the buyer and the tenant of a commercial property to ensure that a current ESA Phase 1 has been performed for the subject property. Environmental liability is determined by several state and federal statutes that can put the buyer and the tenant at risk if sufficient due diligence is not conducted.

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Could Drones Be the Key to the Future of Surveying Technology? 

Posted by Evolve December 10, 2019

The advances in drone technology are affecting countless industries in a variety of ways and land surveying is not exempt.  From package delivery to surveillance and data gathering, drone surveying is fast becoming a tool that surveyors too are incorporating into their work. 

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New ALTA/NSPS Survey Standards in the Works 

Posted by Evolve October 24, 2019

Discussions have begun within the NSPS (National Society of Professional Surveyors) regarding potential revisions to the ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements. The tentative plan is to have the final version ready to be adopted by both ALTA and NSPS in the fall of 2020 and go into effect sometime in February of 2021.

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Industrial Hygiene – Don’t be Caught by Surprise 

Posted by Evolve October 24, 2019

The terms have been worked out the deal has closed and now the property is part of your portfolio. In a perfect scenario plans can move forward and the next phase of the project will be underway. However, it is rare to find a “perfect” scenario.

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ALTA Surveys: How to Avoid Delays When Engaging a Surveyor 

October 21, 2019

When engaging a Surveyor to provide an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey, the orderer should consider several items to guaranty receipt of a quality survey that meets their needs and delivers on-time. Learn more.

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ALTA Surveys: Variations in Easement Surveys 

August 21, 2019

With the adoption of the 2016 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys, surveyors must now provide an organized summary of notes of the easements burdening a property. The summary is based upon documentation provided to the surveyor (i.e. Title Commitments and underlying documents) or otherwise obtained per Section 4 of the standards. Learn more.

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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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