An ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey is a boundary survey meeting specific standards and requirements set by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). ALTA surveys are required by many title insurance companies, and are most often used for commercial properties. An ALTA survey is made for the title company and/or lender with the survey and location data needed for the issuing of title or mortgage insurance. For this purpose a map is drawn to “ALTA” specifications. ALTA specifies the data to be shown on the survey and this includes boundary lines, location of the main building including improvements, location of accessory buildings, the identification of easements (access rights by service companies such as water, gas, telephone, railways and other utilities), rights-of-ways, and other elements that can impact the ownership of land. ALTA surveys are very complex surveys and in turn can be very costly, and take weeks to complete. For that reason most ALTA surveys are performed on commercial properties.
An ALTA survey guarantees to meet the requirements for an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey as detailed by the American Land Title Association, National Society of Professional Surveyors and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. A current title commitment is needed before the survey can be completed. LandTech works closely with the title insurance company to make sure that all matters affecting the property are properly shown.