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Dave Snifka

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Feb 26, 2003
I would like to know how many of you include a copy of a plat map in your reports and where do you get your maps. Do you subscribe to a service like the flood map vendors, do you buy a plat book, or do you have the maps on CD-ROM. If you have a source please include this source in your reply.

Thanks
 

Jeff Horton

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Joined
Jan 15, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
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Alabama
I put them in every map and normally use the county tax map unless I am furnished a survey then I use that.

Our county finally went on line complete with tax maps in PDF format. I could hardly believe it!
 

Richard Carlsen

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Jan 15, 2002
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Licensed Appraiser
State
Michigan
If the lender includes a survey or old mortgage report or if I have one in an old report, I scan that in and use it.

If it is a registered plat, Michigan has the plats on line and I go there, set it up as I want it, (bigger lot image), print and scan it in. While I am doing that, I write the whole plat to a .pdf file that I put in a separate file for future use. Michigan’s plats can be found at:

http://www.cis.state.mi.us/platmaps/sr_subs.asp

If it is a site condo, unless I get something from the owner or lender, nothing goes into the report as these are not on-line and we don't go to the court house to look them up.
 

David S. Roberson

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Gold Supporting Member
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Jan 16, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Tennessee
County Tax Map goes in every report unless I'm provided with an actual survey, in which case I include it.
 

Mike Garrett RAA

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Jan 14, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
Colorado
Yes, we include a plat map. For years, had the old plat books, had to make copies, cut and paste. Then the county came out with a cd version (cost $300 a year). Last year the new assessor made them available free on line. Works great!

Flood maps only if the property is in a flood zone. I use an on-line flood map service but also have all the paper maps in my office. Old habits are hard to break.

Only map required by Fannie Mae is a map that shows the locatation fo the subject and the comparables.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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May 2, 2002
Professional Status
Certified General Appraiser
State
Arkansas
Use a lot of plats - Washington Co. AR has tax parcel maps on line in .pdf

Benton Co. no such luck. IN OK. PVPLUS has plats and maps for many counties,but depends upon ea. county to have those before they can access them. They are available for only a couple of places I work currently (hopefully all OK counties will be on line with maps)

I have been known to scan plats and save them - Sec-Twp-Map are saved like 18-33-01, putting the section last instead of the traditional first. Subdivision by name. Using .gif compression, I find these files are not excessively large on my hard drive.
 

wyecoyote

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Jan 15, 2002
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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
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Washington
Every report. We use metroscan they have most of the plats unless they were real recent. Then the county has them online as soon as there approved for 3 of the 5 counties that we deal with. You might want to check your local county court house. Some counties you can buy a CD version of all the plat maps. When I first started we dealt with counties that were not uptodate no information online. So we required a property profile report for every order from the client (property information, legal, and plat map). They got this from the title company they were closing the loan through.

Ryan
 

aprazer

Junior Member
Joined
Feb 27, 2002
Professional Status
Certified Residential Appraiser
State
New York
Isn't there a local data source that has them? Some assessment departments have them on-line, some have CD's and some have those old fashioned "books".

There are a couple of national data sources that have most areas available-try WIN2DATA and DataQuick.
 
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