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Evolution of Land Title Acquisition

Nothing has sustained its value since the beginning of civilization like land. Land ownership has long been considered the pinnacle of success. Monarchs owned all the land in their kingdoms. Knights were awarded land for service to the ...
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The Digitization of Courthouse Databases

Digitization of all types of records has been going on since computing power improved and device prices dropped. Libraries, repositories, and courthouses, where massive numbers of books, files, documents, images and more have been ...
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How GIS Tools Are Changing the Practice of Land Surveying

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/24/2018
  • Surveying
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are central repositories for data used for analysis in surveying, planning, construction, and management. Professional land surveyors provide data for the GIS and, in turn, use the data to provide more ...
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What is a Plat Map? The Basics You Should Know

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 10/17/2018
  • Surveying
When you buy or sell a home or if you decide to dabble in real estate, you may see the term “plat map.” 
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The Ultimate Guide to Power of Attorney for Buying or Selling Property

The majority of property transactions are performed with the consent and knowledge of the legal buyers and sellers of the property. However, there are circumstances in which the legal right to make the transaction must be shifted to ...
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What Does your Mortgage Payment Really Include?

Have you ever stopped to look at your mortgage statement? You may notice there are several different numbers aside from the total you pay each month. While paying a single monthly amount seems reasonable, you would be better served by ...
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The Many Benefits of Using CourthouseDirect.com for Land Surveyors

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 09/26/2018
  • Surveying
As a professional surveyor, you understand the importance of the precise land measurements that determine property boundaries. Your work provides relevant data to engineers, mapmakers, architects, and construction project managers. The ...
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What Does a Field Right-of-Way Agent Do?

A field right-of-way agent is a land professional with legal expertise regarding property rights. Third parties, both private and governmental, engage field right-of-way agents to assist with land acquisition and the legal aspects of a ...
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Land Patent FAQ, Part 2: How to File a Land Patent

A land patent is the only form of proof of absolute title to land in the United States. It protects the landowner from claimants of co-ownership as well as the United States government.
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What's the Difference Between Mineral Deeds and Royalty Deeds?

  • CourthouseDirect.com Team
  • 09/05/2018
  • Legal
If a landowner wishes to benefit financially from minerals lying below the surface, the owner can split or sever the property into two separate interests — the surface and the mineral-rich portion beneath it. The surface estate can then be ...
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