Title and Mortgage Surveys
Land title surveys determine everything affecting the location of the boundaries, ownership lines, rights of way, and easements within or immediately surrounding a parcel of real estate. These surveys determine boundaries, existing buildings, and improvement locations. These are required by title companies for title insurance and by lending institutions that finance the property. They show that there are no encroachments on the property and that the structures are within building code requirements.
An examination of the records at the registry of deeds or other office, which contains records of title documents to determine whether title to the property is good.
The distance from a curb, property line, or structure within which building is prohibited. Setback requirements are normally provided by ordinances or building codes (provisions in zoning ordinance regulating the distance from the lot line to the point where improvements may be constructed).
The right of the owner of one parcel of land, by reason of such ownership, to use the land of another for a special purpose not inconsistent with the general purpose.
Right of Way
Any strip or area of land, including surface, overhead, underground, granted by deed or easement, for construction and maintenance according to designated use, such as drainage, irrigation canals, ditches, electric power, telephone, oil, gas, water, other pipelines, highways, etc.
This verifies that the finished floor elevations for homes meet or exceed the requirements set by the flood insurance rate maps. This is also known as a FEMA certificate.
A map of a town, section, or subdivision showing the location and boundaries of individual parcels of land subdivided into lots with streets, alleys, easements, etc.