Whether you’re planning to buy, sell, or broker an agreement, ALTA surveys are an essential part of today’s commercial real estate transactions in Wisconsin and across the country. Often required by title insurance companies and lenders, these surveys cover a specialized set of requirements determined and maintained by the American Land Title Association (ALTA) and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

ALTA surveys matter because they:

  • Ensure that properties comply with current zoning ordinances and protect property owners when local policies change.
  • Help owners avoid liabilities related to boundary disputes, claims of easements, and encroachments.
  • Allow decision-makers to explore optional Table A items with the assistance of professional land surveyors.

At the end of the day, ALTA surveys give decision-makers and financial institutions a clear picture of a given property before they commit to purchasing, selling, or refinancing it. From identifying crucial errors to providing input on potential improvements, public access, and utilities, these surveys provide comprehensive property assessments.

Need an ALTA surveying partner in Wisconsin? Ramaker’s team of professional engineers and surveyors offers three decades of ALTA surveying experience, helping the firm’s partners accurately assess properties of interest, protect investors, and add value.

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ALTA surveys combine aspects of boundary surveys, title surveys, and location surveys to help buyers and lenders avoid liabilities related to boundary disputes, encroachments, and easements—or claims of easements—for commercial property and vacant land purchases.

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When it comes to ALTA surveys for commercial real estate transactions and vacant land purchases, staying on top of the latest requirements is key. Ramaker’s land surveying team is intimately familiar with zoning codes and land use in Wisconsin. (After all, we’re headquartered in Sauk City, Wisconsin.) Our knowledge of local requirements and our in-state presence allow us to respond quickly to surveying requests and make sure property transactions proceed smoothly.

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