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ASTM 1527-13 (Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments) Revisions 

Posted by Evolve June 15, 2021

The 2013 ASTM Standards for Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments are sunsetting and are currently under review by the ASTM Committee. Learn about the proposed ASTM Standards changes.

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Updating Surveys to Meet New 2021 ALTA Survey Minimum Standards 

Posted by Evolve June 15, 2021

Learn how the new 2021 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys affects updates and recertifications to existing land surveys.

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Construction Scheduling: Tips for Avoiding Construction Delay Claims 

Posted by Evolve March 23, 2021

Although creating a comprehensive construction plan sounds simple, it can become anything but when dealing with the wide-ranging challenges present in today’s design and construction industry. Avoid delay claims with these tips.

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2021 ALTA Survey Requirements - Delineation of Wetlands Eliminated 

Posted by Evolve February 16, 2021

With the adoption of the revised Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey, effective February 2021, there have been clarifications, definition additions and deletions within the listing of Optional Table A Items.

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2021 ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey Minimum Standard Detail Requirements 

Posted by Evolve December 08, 2020

The New version of the ALTA/NSPS Minimum Standard Detail Requirements has been adopted and accepted by ALTA and NSPS. These new requirements will become effective on February 23, 2021. Learn more.

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How to Use ALTA Survey Optional Table A Items 

Posted by Evolve November 09, 2020

Learn how to use ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys Optional Table A Items, particularly when Table A Item 21 could be of benefit for your commercial property transaction.

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Equity Level vs. Standard Property Condition Assessment Reports 

Posted by Evolve October 23, 2020

An equity level property condition assessment is a great resource when contemplating the purchase of a property and very useful in maintaining the asset by allowing for proper planning for capital improvement and the associated expenditures.

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Contemplating ALTA Survey Optional Table A Items 

Posted by Evolve September 14, 2020

When considering an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey performed to the most current Minimum Standard Detail Requirements (2016), transaction parties must also weigh the need for any additional Optional Table A Items as part of the scope.

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ASTM E1527 – Environmental Site Assessment Phase I Update 

Posted by Evolve August 20, 2020

Consistent with ASTM by-laws, the ESA Phase I Standard is now due for review and re-approval. Updates to the E1527 standard are expected to go to a first ballot this fall with a planned new standard publication in late 2020.

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ALTA Standards History and Revisions 

Posted by Evolve June 25, 2020

In 1962, the first version of the “Minimum Standard Detail Requirements” was adopted and put into effect to standardize the survey product called the ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey. Over the years, there have been approximately ten revisions to the Minimum Standards. Learn more.

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