The Benefits of a Land Survey | Corona, CA

When looking to purchase a plot of land, it is important to know what you’re buying. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that can be seen with the naked eye. There are property lines and various other factors that all play a part in purchasing land in order to build upon it. This is where land surveys come into play. Before you buy land, you want to know how large it is. To find this out, you need to know the precise property lines to determine a plot of land’s acreage and value. Here are a couple of others you may want to consider:

Does it fit your needs?

Your purchase is going to depend on what you want to build on it. If you want to build a house, you don’t want sloped land, but if you want to build a winery, you would for drainage. Having the survey done will not only point out the slope but the directions of the slope.

Yes, even the direction of the slope can matter. People who farm need to pay close attention to whether sloped land faces north or south.

Where can you build?

Building structures like houses, barns, and sheds can improve the land’s usefulness and value significantly. You need to know the location of underground pipes and utility lines. Without that knowledge, you could break ground on a major waterline.

A land survey provides the information that you need to choose the right locations for your structures. What you learn about your land could help you save money and finish your construction project faster.

To find out more about considering a land survey, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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Land Surveying in 2020 | Corona, CA

You’ve seen them on the side of the road or in a random dirt field, their tripod in hand and a fluorescent vest. It’s a wonder what they are doing and why they are doing what they are doing. These folks are land surveyors and what they are doing is surveying land in order to determine the terrestrial or three-dimensional positions of points and distances and angles between them. This is done establish maps and boundaries for ownership, locations, etc.

In a lot of cases, land surveyors will be hired to determine where the property lines are located. However, there are other reasons why land may be surveyed. But what? Let’s take a quick look at what a land surveyor in 2020 is doing.

Land surveying is useful when:

  • Purchasing a new home.
  • Settling a dispute.
  • Adding onto your home.

They’ll use the existing historical data and markers to determine the precise measurements of your property and then record those with the county recorder’s office, becoming a matter of public record. These individuals manage the legal and historical implications of their work in addition to spending a lot of time walking your property on foot with markers to help determine the edges of your property.

But not all land surveyors have the same process:

  • Construction or engineering studies the changes in property lines and identify the location of buildings and roads with exactness.
  • Geodetic uses satellite and aerial imaging to measure large portions of the Earth.
  • Boundary or land surveying will determine where the property lines are located.

As you can see, not all surveyors are the same and which you need to hire depends on what type of project you are working on.

To find out more about hiring a land surveyor, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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What to Know About Hiring a Land Surveyor | Corona, CA

When we decide to purchase some property, there are many times we are going to need a land survey conducted. While some of us may think it’s an easy task they can do themselves, many times it’s better to have a professional do the work for you in order to ensure it’s done accurately. Trust – it is worth the extra cost in order to make the entire purchase run smoothly, especially if you need permits for construction. Below are some tips and ideas:

Recommendations are key. Yelp is there for a reason – it is good to know what kind of experience others have had. Ask people that you know, including your real estate agent or title agency who they would recommend. Rest your mind at ease with a reputable company.

Check qualifications. Because of the skill and complexity involved with land surveying, laws and regulations dictate that this practice can only be done by licensed surveyors.

Find out about their other projects. Asking questions is the best way to make sure this particular surveyor can do what you need them to. Ask about a timeline for your project. You’ll be able to get a detailed cost estimate with detail like location, land size, and survey type.

Consider the value. It is important to choose a surveyor that provides experience, reputation, and reliable service. Keep this in mind as well – the cost of a land survey may be only a fraction of your entire real estate transaction, so it is worth the investment. In fact, getting a proper survey done may save you money, time, and headaches in the long run.

To find out more about hiring a land surveyor, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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Is Technology Taking Out the Land Surveyor? | Corona, CA

Traditionally the land surveyor had a job that the typical layman couldn’t do – use fancy equipment to survey a particular piece of land and report back any data needed. It was complicated and very necessary to the function of America. It was the backbone of progress.

Today, things have changed due to the continued progression of technological advances. There is now much more sophisticated equipment developed that is now accessible to the public. People have learned to use equipment used by the land surveyor. Perhaps not for land surveying purposes, but they use it for other purposes. They can use the scanners, they can fly drones. They may not have the knowledge that land surveyors do, but with all this technology at their fingertips, is there life after technology for the land surveyor?

Curtis Sumner of the National Society of Professional Land Surveyors spoke about the future of land surveying amidst the development of COVID-19 and technology, and how we can save the future of land surveying.

To read more about his speech, click here.

To find out more about the future of land surveying, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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Information Regarding NSPS and COVID-19 | Corona, CA

Recognizing that federal legislation addressing the COVID-19 pandemic won’t be final until the Senate and House reach agreement, National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) wants to share with members the information that is known from time to time. Below is a summary of the current situation provided by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)

Business Tax Relief

  • Deferral of payment of the employer portion of the Social Security tax, with half due by December 31, 2021 and the other half due by December 31, 2022.
  • Allows net operating losses arising in 2018, 2019 and 2020 to be carried back for five years.
  • Modifies the loss limitation applicable to passthroughs and sole proprietors so they can utilize excess business losses and access cash flow.
  • Increases business interest deductibility from 30 to 50 percent for 2019 and 2020.
  • Provides a refundable payroll tax credit for employers whose operations are partially or fully suspended by a COVID-19 shutdown order or whose gross receipts declined by more than 50 percent compared to the same quarter in the prior year.
  • Provides a technical fix for the qualified leasehold improvement provision in the TCJA.

Small Business Assistance

  • Provides $562 million for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to small businesses. 
  • The package also authorizes $350 billion worth of 100 percent guaranteed SBA loans, a portion of which SBA will forgive based on allowable expenses for the borrower.
  • This small business package also includes $10 billion in direct grants for businesses that do not qualify for the EIDL program, and $17 billion to have SBA step in and make six months of principle and interest payments for all SBA backed business loans.
  • Establishes the maximum 7(a) loan amount to $10 million through December 31, 2020 and provides a formula by which the loan amount is tied to payroll costs incurred by the business to determine the size of the loan.
  • Note that 501 c(3) non-profits qualify for small business assistance programs, not 501 c(6) entities; ACEC will work with ASAE and other associations to address in the next package.

Individual Assistance

  • The agreement provides direct payments to individuals with incomes up to $75,000 ($150,000 for couples), $1,200 for each adult ($2400 for couples), as well as $500 for each child.
  • The bill would add $600 per person per week onto the base maximum unemployment benefit for four months.
  • The bill enables employers to provide a student loan repayment benefit to employees on a tax-free basis, contributing up to $5,250 annually toward an employee’s student loans, and such payment would be excluded from the employee’s income. The $5,250 cap applies to both the new student loan repayment benefit as well as other educational assistance (e.g., tuition, fees, books) provided by the employer under current law. The provision applies to any student loan payments made by an employer on behalf of an employee after date of enactment and before January 1, 2021.  Note that this provision is based on legislation that ACEC has advocated for to Congress as part of the Council’s workforce agenda.

Transportation

  • $25 billion for mass transit systems
  • Available for operating expenses to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19, and reimbursement for lost revenue
  • Distributed under current transit program formulas
  • $10 billion for airports
  • $7.4 billion available for any purpose, distributed 50/50 by number of enplanements and ratio of overall debt service
  • $2 billion for AIP formula grants, available for any purpose
  • $500 million to cover the 100% federal cost share of FY20 programs
  • $1 billion for passenger rail
  • $492 million for Amtrak Northeast Corridor, to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19

State Assistance – Provides $150 billion to States, Territories, and Tribal governments to use for expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 in the face of revenue declines, allocated by population proportions, with a minimum of $1.25 billion for states with relatively small populations.

Community Development Block Grant – $5 billion is provided for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to enable nearly 1,240 states, counties, and cities to rapidly respond to COVID-19 and the economic and housing impacts caused by it, including the expansion of community health facilities, child care centers, food banks, and senior services.

Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund — Provides $500 billion for loans, loan guarantees, and other investments, distributed as follows:

$25 billion for passenger air carriers, eligible businesses that are certified under part 145 of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations, and approved to perform inspection, repair, replace, or overhaul services, and ticket agents

$4 billion for cargo air carriers

$17 billion for businesses important to maintaining national security

$454 billion, as well as any amounts available but not used for direct lending, for loans, loan guarantees, and investments in support of the Federal Reserve’s lending facilities to eligible businesses, states, and municipalities. Federal Reserve 13(3) lending is a critical tool that can be used in times of crisis to help mitigate extraordinary pressure in financial markets that would otherwise have severe adverse consequences for households, businesses, and the U.S. economy.

To find out more about COVID-19, please contact us at (800) CALVADA or visit www.calvada.com.

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