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It has been ten years since the Virginia General Assembly passed the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA). The uniform act can be found in Virginia Code Sections 55-142.10 to 55-142.15. It has also been ten years since I wrote the article “The Real Property Electronic Recording Act: Is Electronic Filing Really Here?” for The … Continue reading URPERA – Where are we now?
Having spent over half of my lifetime working to cure or resolve thousands of imperfect real estate title issues, I regularly address how allegations of adverse possession impact the title insurance underwriting process. Most title underwriters are highly unlikely to insure a title based solely on facts that might establish adverse possession, no matter how … Continue reading Adverse Possession & Its Impact on Title
What is this interest called an appurtenant easement, and why do we care? Taking the questions in reverse order, we care, first, because our title insurance customers care (20 acres of pristine wilderness in the middle of nowhere is a lot more valuable if the owner can get to the road to somewhere), and, second, … Continue reading Examining and Insuring Appurtenant Easements
The Land Survey is usually represented at the settlement table in the form of a Map or Plat. The plat is the final work product of the Land Surveyor and many do not know of the process and effort required. The purpose of the article is to provide some basic, minimum information about what we … Continue reading Steps in a Good Survey
I can pay for my cup of coffee with my watch. I did all my holiday shopping without leaving my house and got a lot of the stuff delivered in 48 hours. I deposit checks, pay my taxes and buy my dog food online. About the only thing I can’t get on the internet is … Continue reading E-mail, E-Sign, E-Notarize? Considerations surrounding electronic real estate transactions
Market forces have driven down the price of fossil fuels and minerals; nowhere is this more evident than the price at the gas pump. However, the depressed prices permeate throughout business and industry, from power plants to airplane fuels to anything that uses energy. Oil and gas companies have suffered the most because lost or … Continue reading Oil & Gas Operations & the Real Estate Title Industry