is a pin and stake survey an alta survey?

Asked by Tom, Tulsa, OK Tue Mar 31, 2009

'what is the difference between a pin and stake survey and an alta survey

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Jennifer Bla…, Agent, Owasso, OK
Wed Apr 1, 2009
FYI, my sister and her husband own a land surveying company in Broken Arrow. After talking with her, she seams to think that you can get an ALTA done for much cheaper than $3000-6000 depending on the requirements and the land.
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Jennifer Bla…, Agent, Owasso, OK
Wed Apr 1, 2009
Pin and stake is the boundary survey only.
ALTA is boundary plus detail survey of all improvements on the property. The lender or title attorneys request for this will include items from "Table A" of Alta requirements. The link below will take you to the specifics of ALTA Standards.
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Jim Hemphill, Agent, Tulsa, OK
Wed Apr 1, 2009
Tom, First of all I do not know what a alta survey is.
If you are buying vacant land and do not know where the boundry lines are you might want to do a pin and stake survey, they are quite expensive most are more the $3000 and could cost as much as $6000 just depending on the size of the land and where it is located and how many creeks, underbrush and valleys they would need to go over.
If you are speaking of property in the city, most often a mortgage plat will work and give the boundry lines, unless there is a dispute with the neighbors as to what is build on the property lines. Most pin and stake inside city limits will cost under $2500 whereas the mortgage plat is $200 paid by the seller at closing.
Buyers will usually pay for a pin and stake and not the seller, unless it is written into the contract.
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