I was reading the CourthouseDirect.com Blog entitled "New Article: Why Public Records Matter: The Hidden Value of Land... and realized why many people may not understand land surveyors.
It is because people are being misled as to the role and importance of the surveyor by people and companies that stand to make more profit without surveyors in the picture. A medical doctor may joke and say "suture self", but a land surveyor who reads this blog may likewise say the same about the depiction of "himself" in this blog.
I have found that this blog is best read from bottom to top to realize the real motives behind the curtain.
First I would like to direct you to the closing statement under "Final Thoughts: What is Democracy?" "...by providing landowners and allied legal professionals with the tools to find and correct inconsistencies before they create costly or even dangerous disputes, they (land registries) underpin the democratic freedoms and day-to-day security we treasure."
Really? I don't think so, but that's my opinion.
Now let's go to the opening paragraph:
"Unless you're a lawyer, county clerk or financial professional, your familiarity with your local land registry is likely to be limited."
Did someone forget to mention land surveyors here? I think so, but that's my opinion.
Paragraph one continues to dictate that:
"Unless you obtained the title to your property through a general warranty, there's a chance that your land deed has a hidden lien or encumbrance that calls your property claim into question. It's up to your local land registry to sort out such problems."
It is absolutely false that it is up to your local land registry to sort out such problems. I don't know of a single real property lister, assessor, or otherwise keeper of public records who would agree that it is his or her responsibility to sort out such problems.
Paragraph one also states that
"Even if you own property, you probably trust that the boundaries of your landholdings aren't up for debate."
I don't even know where to start with this ridiculous comment.
Fine, let's start here: the boundaries of your landholdings are ALWAYS up for debate! That's why we have land surveyors and attorneys; to "sort out such problems"; something which a local land registry can not do, was not designed to do, and continue to be deficient in doing.
So, what does paragraph two say? Let's have a look.
"(in Greece) it's not uncommon for several individuals to lay claim to overlapping or even nonexistent parcels."
Hey, land surveyors everywhere around the USA, does this sound familiar? Not only in Greece is there such a "problem".
Paragraph two goes on to say
"...a corrupt system by which lawyers and surveyors accept payments to redraw property boundaries has slapped the life out of Greece's economy."
Hmmm. Well, either that's what's slapping the life out of the U.S. economy as well, or the author has a poor argument. Or, there could be a third possibility: that the author is misinformed, ignorant of the role of the land surveyor and attorney in resolving land title disputes caused by poorly constructed language in deeds and other public records, along with unwritten title issues that arise from the latent ambiguities within said records.
The blog post goes on to improperly cite one case in Texas in paragraphs three (3) and four (4).
What is the Hidden Value of Land Surveyors? Your thoughts are welcomed and appreciated.
Scott D. Warner, RLS