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8. Response to recent article entitled 'Land Surveyors Are Paying the Price of Progress' by Stephen L. Carter, posted in Bloomberg Opinion, July 19

from Gary Kent/Curt Sumner

From Aug. 8: The public is damaged when their boundary lines are disrupted; the cost to litigate a boundary dispute runs into the tens of thousands of dollars and routinely exceeds $100,000. This is ultimately why the surveying profession exists, and why Professional Surveyors are licensed in all 50 states.

Without the stewardship of Professional Surveyors, and the responsibility and authority they hold to determine and describe real property boundaries, the entire system of land tenure in the United States would literally break down because boundaries would become ambiguous and conflicted.

This imminent collapse is avoided by what is necessarily a combination of the Professional Surveyor's expertise as to boundary locations, and the title industry's business of insuring title.

The insuring of title is one thing; however, the location of those insured title lines is an entirely different issue. Thousands of times every day, title companies (not to mention lenders, buyers, sellers, and owners) rely on Professional Surveyors to locate boundaries and produce maps that are not simply precise, but that are also accurate. Precision is nice – necessary in many cases – but accuracy is imperative. more

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