12 Nov ALTA / ACSM Surveys
ALTA / ACSM Surveys are the most comprehensive types of survey. They cover all aspects of a boundary survey and identify any additional evidence of possession or use that may be adverse to the interests of the buyer.
Even if you are not acquainted with the requirements of ALTA, here is some basic information:
ALTA (American Land Title Association) and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) have worked together to develop a set of standards for surveying. Its aim is to promote uniformity in surveying. An ALTA survey is an investigation of the limit set for a set of minimum standards that have been jointly prepared and approved by the ALTA / ACSM. Additionally, an ALTA survey shows improvements, easements, rights of way in place, and other elements that affect the field. An ALTA Studio is most often prepared for commercial properties, as it will provide the title company and lender with the necessary information to ensure the right of land and improvements to the high degree that a commercial development may require. Along with the minimum standards, a table of optional items is included in the ALTA / ACSM standards. A careful review of the optional items of the optional “Table A” is useful to define a clear scope of the land surveyor’s services.
An important part of ALTA survey is to have a current title commitment. This is necessary before an ALTA Survey is completed. The surveyor shall refer to the degree of commitment to the legal description of the property and the legal description of any lien (exceptions).
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