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I'm Stealing Your Land!

In an article titled "10 Things Your Neighbor Won't Tell You" Quentin Fottrell lists this as #7..."I'm secretly stealing your…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on January 11, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Caveat emptor!

Caveat emptor! Translation: Let the buyer beware! Under this doctrine, the buyer could not recover from the seller defects on the property that would render the property unfit for ordinary purposes.

The purchase of an automobile is typically the second most expensive purchase that people make. Prior to shelling out their hard-earned money though,…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on December 23, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

What is Land Surveying, a Land Survey, or a Surveyor? Part 3

So last time we did a cursory review of the PLSS and went over the basics of simple legal descriptions.  We start the survey process at the office looking up the original surveys for the area, I’m a history buff so I love reading the original notes, and looking at the original maps. Then we head to the courthouse to research deeds for not just the parcel of land that we…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on December 8, 2011 at 10:58pm — 1 Comment

What is Land Surveying, a Land Survey, or a Surveyor? Part 2

The first part of this series we looked at what a Surveyor is, and does.  This article will look at what a Land Survey is, and will briefly look at the history what is called the Public Land Survey System or PLSS which is the basis of most non-colonial surveying.  This article will by no means be exhaustive--but will be longer than my normal posts.  The story you…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on December 4, 2011 at 7:38pm — 6 Comments

Investment Insurance

Contract Contingencies

I would say that most people who have gone through the real estate purchasing process are familiar with purchasing contingencies.  They find their “dream property” and make an offer to purchase.  If they are replacing their existing home they will typically want to make the purchase IF their current house sells.  So they put a contingency into the contract that allows them to back out of the contract if their…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on November 28, 2011 at 8:20pm — 1 Comment

Land Surveying, Surveyor, Land Survey, Oh MY!

It’s All Greek to Me



At one time or another you may have heard the terms “surveyor,” or “land survey,” or “land surveying.”  You might have an idea of what a surveyor is–the most common image people imagine is of someone standing in the middle of a road, blocking traffic, with a funny looking “camera” on top of a large tripod.  To be certain, that…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on November 27, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Survey Pincushion Effect

Every so often we will find a property corner that is monumented multiple times.  This is often referred to as a “pincushion” corner.  Property law and the law of boundaries demand that an existing monument that was originally set in order to represent a property corner be honored by all following land surveyors. By this definition, a land surveyor is either an original surveyor who is establishing new boundary lines and setting corners for the very first time, or the land surveyor is doing…

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Submitted by David Bosshard, RLS on November 22, 2011 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

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