Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension

Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions: Composition, Construction, and Comprehension

Author(s): Stephen V. Estopinal, Wendy Lathrop

Published Online: 25 AUG 2011 04:18PM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470542590

Online ISBN: 9781118085844

DOI: 10.1002/9781118085844

About this Book

The only modern guide to interpreting and writing real property descriptions for surveyors

Technical land information is no longer the exclusive domain of professional surveyors. The Internet now houses a multitude of resources that nontechnical professionals—such as attorneys and realtors—access and implement on a daily basis. However, these professionals are trained in aspects of law and commerce that do not provide the proper education and experience to interpret and evaluate their land boundary information discoveries correctly. As a result, their analysis is often erroneous and the data misapplied—ultimately leading to confusion and costly litigation.

Professional Surveyors and Real Property Descriptions attempts to bridge the ever-widening gap between the users of land boundary information and the land surveyors who produce it. An expert team of authors integrates the historic and legal background of real property interests with fundamental concepts of the surveying profession in a manner accessible for average readers. These provide the basics for both properly comprehending older descriptions and competently constructing complete and modern real property descriptions that foster better communication. Highlights in this book include:

  • An in-depth exploration of historic descriptions and how to read them

  • Coverage of the widely accepted ALTA/ACSM Land Boundary Survey standards and associated property descriptions

  • A diverse collection of examples and practice scenarios

  • An overview of the latest issues related to the use of GPS and GIS

Written in easy-to-understand language, this practical resource assists nontechnical professionals in understanding exactly what a surveyor does and does not do, and serves as a valuable tool for obtaining the most satisfactory, accurate, and complete real property descriptions.

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