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Understanding ALTA Surveys

When it comes to commercial real estate transactions, ensuring clarity and precision in property details is paramount. One of the most comprehensive and detailed types of land surveys available is the ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey. But what exactly is an ALTA survey, and why is it crucial for property owners and developers? In this blog post, we'll demystify ALTA surveys, highlighting their importance and how they can benefit your real estate endeavors.



What is an ALTA Survey?

An ALTA (American Land Title Association) survey, also known as an ALTA/NSPS Land Title Survey, is a detailed map of a property that adheres to the standards set by the American Land Title Association and the National Society of Professional Surveyors. These surveys are typically required for commercial real estate transactions to provide a high level of detail and accuracy regarding property boundaries, improvements, and other significant features.



Key Components of an ALTA Survey:

  1. Property Boundaries: ALTA surveys accurately define the boundary lines of the property, including any discrepancies or conflicts with neighboring properties.

  2. Easements and Encroachments: The survey identifies any easements (rights of others to use parts of the property) and encroachments (structures or improvements that cross property lines).

  3. Improvements: Detailed mapping of all improvements on the property, such as buildings, fences, and driveways, is included.

  4. Zoning and Compliance: Information about zoning classifications, setback requirements, and compliance with local regulations is provided.

  5. Utilities: Locations of existing utilities, including water, sewer, gas, and electric lines, are documented.

  6. Access and Rights-of-Way: The survey highlights any access roads, driveways, and rights-of-way that affect the property.

  7. Flood Zone Classification: The survey may include information on flood zone classification based on FEMA data, which is crucial for risk assessment and insurance purposes.



Why is an ALTA Survey Important?

  1. Due Diligence: An ALTA survey is an integral part of the due diligence process in commercial real estate transactions. It provides a clear understanding of the property’s condition and any potential issues that could affect its use or value.

  2. Title Insurance: Title insurance companies often require an ALTA survey to issue a policy. The survey helps identify any title defects or encumbrances that could impact the property.

  3. Legal Clarity: By clearly defining property boundaries and identifying any encroachments or easements, an ALTA survey helps prevent legal disputes and boundary issues with neighboring properties.

  4. Development Planning: For developers, an ALTA survey provides essential information for planning new constructions or improvements, ensuring compliance with local zoning laws and regulations.

  5. Risk Management: Knowing the exact location of utilities, flood zones, and other critical features helps property owners manage risks and avoid costly surprises during development or construction.



Why Choose Glaspy Land Surveying for Your ALTA Survey Needs?

At Glaspy Land Surveying, we specialize in conducting thorough and precise ALTA/NSPS Land Title Surveys. Our team of experienced professionals uses the latest technology and adheres to the highest standards to deliver accurate and comprehensive survey results. Whether you are purchasing a commercial property, planning a development, or need to resolve boundary issues, we provide the expertise and reliability you need.


An ALTA survey is an invaluable tool for property owners, developers, and title companies, providing critical insights and ensuring peace of mind in real estate transactions. At Glaspy Land Surveying, we are committed to delivering top-quality surveying services that meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Contact us today to learn more about our ALTA survey services and how we can assist with your next project.

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