ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys What you get and what you don’t get! Smith-Roberts National Corp.
What is a Land Surveyor? <ul><li>Every state requires that surveyors be licensed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 hour Fundamental...
Standard of Care & Liability <ul><li>… &quot;the degree of care a reasonable prudent practitioner should exercise in the l...
Legal Descriptions <ul><li>United States Public Land Survey System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rectangular/Grid System </li></ul...
Bearings & Dimensions <ul><li>360 degrees ( °)  in a full circle </li></ul><ul><li>60 minutes  (‘)  in a degree </li></ul>...
Bearing Rules <ul><li>The closer the line is to Due North or South the closer the bearing will be to 00 °00’00” </li></ul>...
1999 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements Smith-Roberts National Corp.
What is a Base ALTA? <ul><li>Dimensions of Property (5a) </li></ul><ul><li>All elements of each curve, if any (5a) </li></...
What is a Base ALTA? cont’d <ul><li>Character of all evidence of possession (fences, walls hedges, etc) (5f) </li></ul><ul...
1. Monuments <ul><li>Helps to locate property boundaries in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Not all states require </li></ul>...
2. Vicinity Map <ul><li>Orients to major intersections </li></ul><ul><li>Can show off site easements </li></ul>Smith-Rober...
3. Flood Zone Statement <ul><li>Determines if Flood Insurance is required </li></ul><ul><li>References the FEMA map </li><...
4. Land Area <ul><li>Helps determine if all of desired property is surveyed </li></ul><ul><li>Area to be determined by cli...
5. Contours & Datum <ul><li>ONLY needed for Elevation Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>NOT necessary for most transactions <...
6. Zoning Restrictions, etc <ul><li>Show current setbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Show height Restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Sho...
7(a) Exterior Dimensions of Buildings <ul><li>Without this item, buildings are only shown visually, not dimensioned </li><...
7(b) Square Footage <ul><li>If this item is checked, there are up to three (3) subcategories that should be requested </li...
7 (b)(1)  Exterior Footprint <ul><li>This is the area that the building occupies on the property </li></ul><ul><li>Used fo...
7 (b)(2)  Gross Floor Area <ul><li>Surveyor must be provided with floor plans </li></ul><ul><li>Used for calculation of pa...
7 (b)(3)  Other Areas <ul><li>Landscaped area, if required by restrictive covenant </li></ul><ul><li>Permeable area, if sp...
7(c) Height of Buildings <ul><li>Used mainly for zoning compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Feet AND number of stories </li></ul>...
8. Visible Improvements <ul><li>Without Item 8, only buildings are required to be shown </li></ul><ul><li>Paved areas, sig...
9. Parking Areas <ul><li>Used mainly for zoning compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Stripes  </li></ul><ul><li>Required N...
10. Access to Public Road <ul><li>Allows title company to insure access </li></ul><ul><li>Direct or Indirect access </li><...
11. Location of Utilities <ul><li>Confirms that property has access to public utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Confirms that vi...
11 (a) Observed Evidence.  <ul><li>Only visible evidence of utilities: </li></ul><ul><li>Manholes, power poles, transforme...
11 (b)  Observed Evidence & Plans.  <ul><li>Plans provided by client, utility companies and other appropriate sources. </l...
12. Governmental Agency Requirements.  <ul><li>HUD Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional FANNIE MAE Requirements not o...
13. Names of Adjoiners / Platted.  <ul><li>Non-Platted adjoiners are already required by base ALTA. </li></ul><ul><li>Adjo...
14. Earth Moving and Construction  <ul><li>Evidence of possible lien rights </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested  </li>...
15. Changes in Street Rights-of-Way  <ul><li>Completed OR proposed </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates possible additional right-o...
16. Solid Waste Dump <ul><li>Only visible evidence can be located </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-...
17. Other <ul><li>Client specific requests </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
Flood Hazard Zones <ul><li>FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depicts Special Flood Hazard Areas (...
www.smith-roberts.com <ul><li>Smith-Roberts National Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>25 South Oklahoma Avenue </li></ul><ul>...
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  • Some jurisdictions are now applying a more stringent standard of care by replacing &amp;quot;in the locality of practice&amp;quot; with &amp;quot;under the same or similar circumstances&apos; or &amp;quot;in the profession as practiced in the nation”
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  • ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys

    1. 1. ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys What you get and what you don’t get! Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    2. 2. What is a Land Surveyor? <ul><li>Every state requires that surveyors be licensed. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8 hour Fundamental Examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 hour Principles and Practices Exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2 hour State Law specific exam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Each state has independent regulatory board which oversees the profession </li></ul><ul><li>NCEES is the National Examination Board </li></ul><ul><li>www.ncees.org </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    3. 3. Standard of Care & Liability <ul><li>… &quot;the degree of care a reasonable prudent practitioner should exercise in the locality of practice.“ 1 Surveying and Land Information Systems, Volume 50, No. 4, 1990, pp. 267-270 </li></ul><ul><li>  Liability Insurance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>policies contain exclusions for claims arising out of express guaranties or warranties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ true and correct&quot; or &quot;true and accurate&quot; are comparable in meaning to guaranty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>problems arise when a surveyor executes a certificate which contains statements beyond his/her professional knowledge </li></ul></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    4. 4. Legal Descriptions <ul><li>United States Public Land Survey System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rectangular/Grid System </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metes and Bounds System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Original 13 Colonies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some Southern States </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Texas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Platted Subdivisions – Lot & Block </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simultaneous Conveyance </li></ul></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    5. 5. Bearings & Dimensions <ul><li>360 degrees ( °) in a full circle </li></ul><ul><li>60 minutes (‘) in a degree </li></ul><ul><li>60 seconds (“) in a minute </li></ul><ul><li>Full circle is divided into 4 quadrants </li></ul><ul><li>First part of Bearing (N or S) is the starting direction </li></ul><ul><li>The last part of the bearing is the direction you turn (E or W) </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    6. 6. Bearing Rules <ul><li>The closer the line is to Due North or South the closer the bearing will be to 00 °00’00” </li></ul><ul><li>The closer the line is to Due East or West the closer the bearing will be to 90 °00’00” </li></ul><ul><li>The number of degrees ( °) cannot exceed 90 </li></ul><ul><li>The number of minutes (‘) or seconds (“) cannot exceed 59 </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><li>There is no such thing as N95 °21’63”E </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    7. 7. 1999 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    8. 8. What is a Base ALTA? <ul><li>Dimensions of Property (5a) </li></ul><ul><li>All elements of each curve, if any (5a) </li></ul><ul><li>Difference in Record & Measured dimensions (5b) </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence of access to public streets (5c) </li></ul><ul><li>Names and recording data of adjoining landowners of non-platted lands (5d) </li></ul><ul><li>Contiguity, gores and overlaps along the exterior boundaries (5d) </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    9. 9. What is a Base ALTA? cont’d <ul><li>Character of all evidence of possession (fences, walls hedges, etc) (5f) </li></ul><ul><li>Location of Buildings (5g) </li></ul><ul><li>All record easements as provided to surveyor (5h) </li></ul><ul><li>Observable Evidence of Easements (5h) </li></ul><ul><li>ALL visible improvements within 5 feet of boundary (5i) </li></ul><ul><li>Driveways across property (5j) </li></ul><ul><li>Required ALTA certificate (8) </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    10. 10. 1. Monuments <ul><li>Helps to locate property boundaries in the future </li></ul><ul><li>Not all states require </li></ul><ul><li>Additional costs if requested </li></ul><ul><li>Some corners cannot be set </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    11. 11. 2. Vicinity Map <ul><li>Orients to major intersections </li></ul><ul><li>Can show off site easements </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    12. 12. 3. Flood Zone Statement <ul><li>Determines if Flood Insurance is required </li></ul><ul><li>References the FEMA map </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    13. 13. 4. Land Area <ul><li>Helps determine if all of desired property is surveyed </li></ul><ul><li>Area to be determined by client </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not insurable </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    14. 14. 5. Contours & Datum <ul><li>ONLY needed for Elevation Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>NOT necessary for most transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Usually NOT requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    15. 15. 6. Zoning Restrictions, etc <ul><li>Show current setbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Show height Restrictions </li></ul><ul><li>Show Floor Space Restrictions (bulk) </li></ul><ul><li>Setbacks from recorded plat </li></ul><ul><li>SURVEYORS CANNOT CERTIFY COMPLIANCE </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    16. 16. 7(a) Exterior Dimensions of Buildings <ul><li>Without this item, buildings are only shown visually, not dimensioned </li></ul><ul><li>In some cases an overall length and width will suffice (very intricate buildings) </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    17. 17. 7(b) Square Footage <ul><li>If this item is checked, there are up to three (3) subcategories that should be requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    18. 18. 7 (b)(1) Exterior Footprint <ul><li>This is the area that the building occupies on the property </li></ul><ul><li>Used for bulk density calculations </li></ul><ul><li>NOT the same as square footage from rent rolls </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    19. 19. 7 (b)(2) Gross Floor Area <ul><li>Surveyor must be provided with floor plans </li></ul><ul><li>Used for calculation of parking space requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Should correspond with the rent rolls </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    20. 20. 7 (b)(3) Other Areas <ul><li>Landscaped area, if required by restrictive covenant </li></ul><ul><li>Permeable area, if specified in the zoning </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific if you check this item </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    21. 21. 7(c) Height of Buildings <ul><li>Used mainly for zoning compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Feet AND number of stories </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    22. 22. 8. Visible Improvements <ul><li>Without Item 8, only buildings are required to be shown </li></ul><ul><li>Paved areas, signs, swimming pools, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates use by others </li></ul><ul><li>Billboard Signs </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    23. 23. 9. Parking Areas <ul><li>Used mainly for zoning compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Stripes </li></ul><ul><li>Required Number ? </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    24. 24. 10. Access to Public Road <ul><li>Allows title company to insure access </li></ul><ul><li>Direct or Indirect access </li></ul><ul><li>Physical access vs. legal access </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    25. 25. 11. Location of Utilities <ul><li>Confirms that property has access to public utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Confirms that visible utilities enter or exit though public easements or rights of way </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a need for appurtenant easement across others? </li></ul><ul><li>Indication of unrecorded easements </li></ul><ul><li>Two subcategories of Item 11 </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    26. 26. 11 (a) Observed Evidence. <ul><li>Only visible evidence of utilities: </li></ul><ul><li>Manholes, power poles, transformers, fire hydrants, drain inlets, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, location of sewer lines between manholes will not be shown. </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    27. 27. 11 (b) Observed Evidence & Plans. <ul><li>Plans provided by client, utility companies and other appropriate sources. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, city utility plans (WHEN AVAILABLE) </li></ul><ul><li>This does not require surveyor to utilize the “One Call” system </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    28. 28. 12. Governmental Agency Requirements. <ul><li>HUD Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Additional FANNIE MAE Requirements not otherwise covered in Table A </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    29. 29. 13. Names of Adjoiners / Platted. <ul><li>Non-Platted adjoiners are already required by base ALTA. </li></ul><ul><li>Adjoiner deed information to be provided by client. </li></ul><ul><li>Needs to be negotiated in original survey order. </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    30. 30. 14. Earth Moving and Construction <ul><li>Evidence of possible lien rights </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    31. 31. 15. Changes in Street Rights-of-Way <ul><li>Completed OR proposed </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates possible additional right-of-way takings </li></ul><ul><li>Documents are typically not of record </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    32. 32. 16. Solid Waste Dump <ul><li>Only visible evidence can be located </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    33. 33. 17. Other <ul><li>Client specific requests </li></ul><ul><li>Usually not requested </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    34. 34. Flood Hazard Zones <ul><li>FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Depicts Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 year Flood? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zone B, SHADED X, C, and X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Areas of moderate or minimal hazard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flood insurance is available in participating communities but is not required </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zone A </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject to inundation by the 100-year flood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Zone AE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject to inundation by the 100-year flood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Base flood elevations are shown within these zones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements apply </li></ul></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
    35. 35. www.smith-roberts.com <ul><li>Smith-Roberts National Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>25 South Oklahoma Avenue </li></ul><ul><li>Suite 400 </li></ul><ul><li>Oklahoma City, OK 73104 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph 800-411-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Fx 405-840-9116 </li></ul>Smith-Roberts National Corp.
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