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Brown County home sales up in October 2016 Heartland Association of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for October 2016 Brownwood, Texas – Nov 8, 2016– Brown County median home price was $77,250 in October of 2016, according to the Brown County housing market report released today by the Heartland Association of REALTORS®. According to the report, 31 homes were sold in Brown County in October 2016, a 6.9 percent increase from the year prior. Brown County’s monthly housing inventory* was 9.4 months in October of 2016, a decrease of .5 months from October 2015. The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites that 6.5 months of inventory represents a market in which supply and demand for homes is balanced. Homes spent an average of 107 days on the market in October 2016, 2 days more than October 2015. Additionally, active listings were down

to 305, a decrease of 7.6% from the same time last year. The Brown County economy remains strong and with new businesses and a high quality of life, Brown County is a great place to live, work and do business. The demand for Texas real estate remains strong and enduring. Texas REALTORS® continue to work daily to protect the rights of private-property owners, keep homeownership affordable, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. * The inventory of homes for a market can be measured in months, which is defined as the number of active listings divided by the average sales per month of the prior 12 months.

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Sizing Up Surveys

By: Rusty Adams How can a Texas farm buyer make sure he is getting all the land he is paying for and that he has access to and from the property? How does a home purchaser know where her lot ends and her neighbor’s begins? Is her home in the flood plain? How does a commercial developer know that a planned shopping center won’t cross a property line or setback line and that utilities will be available once it is built? The answer? A survey. A survey is a measurement of a tract of land and its boundaries and contents. Situations in which a survey is advisable include when land is bought, sold, cleared or divided; when planning construction projects or subdivisions; when harvesting timber; or when building a fence. A survey is often required by lenders and is necessary to obtain title insurance or flood insurance. Participants in real estate transactions, and their sales agents, brokers, and attorneys, should be familiar with the types of surveys available.

Types of Surveys

Land surveyors are licensed by the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. The types of surveys available are set forth in the Manual of Practice

for Land Surveying in Texas, published by the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors. The professional services of a Registered Professional Land Surveyor are divided into categories, each of which is defined in the manual and has specific requirements. Categories are further divided into four “conditions,” determined by the location of the site to be surveyed (urban business district, urban, suburban, and rural).

Category 1A: Land Title Survey

This is the survey real estate professionals will encounter most often. Whenever a transaction requires a title policy, such as when property is purchased or refinanced, this survey is required. A Land Title Survey is a comprehensive investigation and evaluation of factors affecting boundary locations, ownership lines, rights of way, and easements within or immediately surrounding a property. The distinguishing characteristic of a Category 1A survey is that it provides what the title company needs to insure the title. It includes greater detail than a standard survey. It shows recorded easements, as well as any evidence indicating the possibility of prescription or limitation rights, and visible improvements. As part of a Land Title Survey, the surveyor will produce:

monuments for corners, points of curves, or references to property lines of adjacent properties; • a signed, sealed, and dated written description; • a signed, sealed, dated, and certified map or plat clearly depicting the survey as made on the ground; and • if required, a written report of the surveyor’s findings and determinations. Sometimes this will include opinions, particularly if the surveyor finds conflicting evidence. While the survey must be accurate and complete for the purposes of title insurance, in practice, the degree of detail will depend a lot on the nature of the transaction. The sale of a residence will likely require substantially less detail than a large commercial transaction. Because survey matters are standard exceptions in a title policy, buyers want the most accurate survey possible to protect themselves from unpleasant and costly surprises. A surveyor is impartial and simply records what is found in the records and on the ground. The survey should be reviewed by an attorney.

Category 1B: Standard Land Survey

This is a traditional boundary survey. While similar to a Land Title Survey, it is not for title-insuring

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purposes. It locates the boundaries and determines the area, and it may include rights of way and easements within or surrounding the parcel. However, it normally does not locate improvements, rights of way, or easements within the surveyed site unless requested by the client, or in cases in which the surveyor in his professional judgment observes something that might indicate an encumbrance. Like a Land Title Survey, the surveyor sets monuments for all corners, points of curves, or references to property lines; provides a signed, sealed, and dated written description and a signed, sealed, dated, and certified map or plat clearly depicting the survey as made on the ground; and, as required, a written report of the surveyor’s findings and determinations.

Category 2: Route Survey

A Route Survey locates the planned SURVEYS: Continued on page 5

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Sunday, November 20, 2016  SURVEYS: Continued from page 3

path of a “linear project” or right of way that crosses a piece of property from one point to another. A common use of a route survey is for planning a right of way or for acquiring an easement (or fee title) for a road, canal, pipeline, electric line, or the like. Commonly, but not always, the route is described by defining a center line and then defining the route as a certain distance on either side of the center line. The surveyor will provide: • a signed, sealed, dated, and certified map; • signed and sealed written descriptions of each segment of the route (as it crosses tracts of separate owners); and • references to monuments and specific locations for use in planning construction.

Category 3: Locative Survey

A Locative Survey is often called a layout or stake-out survey or a site plan, and is usually done as a preliminary step in a construction project. It establishes the location and position of various structures in relation to the boundaries of the site. The surveyor may install reference stakes, markers (or monuments), construction

baselines, and benchmarks. The surveyor also prepares a plan or drawing showing the perimeter of the property and the location of the stakes or monuments and data sufficient to identify them. The survey also includes a signed, sealed, and dated written description. A Locative Survey is similar to a Construction Survey and may become part of a Construction Survey. However, it only involves locating the proposed structures. It does not necessarily include continuous or periodic observation of the site as construction progresses.

Category 4: Reclassified

Category 4 was once for mortgage loan inspections but has been reclassified as Category 1B. For continuity, the remaining categories retained their original numbers.

Category 5: Construction Survey

A Construction Survey usually follows or includes a Locative Survey. It is performed before, during, and/ or at the end of a construction project. The surveyor makes measurements while construction is in progress to control elevation, horizontal position, dimensions and configuration, and, following construction, to obtain essential dimensions for computing construction pay quantities

and establishing “as built” conditions. In other words, the surveyor makes sure the building is built according to the engineering design. A Construction Survey might include a “slab survey” after pouring the slab but prior to framing, to make sure it’s in the right place, as well as an “as built” survey after construction is complete.

Category 6: Topographic Survey

Topographic Surveys gather information to be depicted on topographic maps, which are used by landowners, engineers, architects, planners, and developers to design the development of a site, landscaping, flood control, runoff of surface water, and various other purposes. The surveyor determines contours of the land and may determine volumes or quantities (of water, for instance). The surveyor’s product includes: • a control survey network, with horizontal and vertical positions noted; • major control points monumented and referenced; • a signed, sealed, dated, and certified plat showing elevations or relief by contour lines or grid plotted elevations; and • locative descriptions of the control points.

Category 7: Horizontal Control Survey

Heartland Your Home A Horizontal Control Survey is used as a framework to which other surveys are referenced and adjusted and, therefore, must be extremely accurate. It ties a particular location to the National Geodetic Survey and the Texas Plane Coordinate System, which are consistent coordinate systems used to establish latitude and longitude. These surveys establish a network of points on the ground sufficiently accurate to provide control for any surveying project. They are needed for accurate mapping and charting projects and in construction of underground utilities, power lines, highways, bridges, tunnels, and dams, and are particularly adaptable to property and subdivision surveys. By statute (Natural Resources Code, Ch. 21, Subchapter D), state plane coordinates may be referenced in deed descriptions.

Category 8: Vertical Control Survey

Vertical Control Surveys also are tied into the National Geodetic Survey and used as benchmarks for other surveys. They must be very accurate. They determine elevation relative to sea level and are used for surveys of tidal boundaries, locative and construction surveys, route surveys, topographic surveys, investigative surveys, and


making measurements from photographs.

Category 9: Investigative Survey

Investigative Surveys are used when it’s necessary to determine the location of certain features or improvements, and their locations relative to each other, to determine the effects of an actual, impending, or planned occurrence. Examples include investigation of serious accidents for litigation purposes, mitigating natural disasters, determining whether a structure or other object is an encroachment on a property, and measuring ground subsidence or erosion.

Category 10: GIS/LIS Surveys and Products

A Geographic Information System (GIS) Land Information System (LIS) for surveying is the creation of maps and databases representing boundaries, manmade objects, natural features, or topography. The maps and databases are used as elements of GIS/ LIS mapping applications. Surveys are a key part of any real estate transaction. Knowing the different types of surveys and the purpose each serves is valuable knowledge for real estate professionals. ____________________ E. V. “Rusty” Adams III ( is an attorney with the Peterson Law Group in Bryan-College Station.


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Cranberries a saucy addition to holiday menu By Prudence Hilburn More Content Now



ith the upcoming Thanksgiving meal, many are already planning the menu. However, ours seldom changes. Everyone seems to have a favorite that they expect every year. In addition to the turkey and dressing (“stuffing,” if you are not from the South), cranberry sauce is expected on the table. I like cranberry sauce, but sometimes I like to use cranberries in other ways. How about a cranberry dessert? Of course, you can still have the cranberry sauce. One dessert that comes to mind is my Cranberry Nut Cobbler, made with fresh cranberries and pecans. This tasty cobbler is topped with a pourable, orange-flavored crust. The first time I carried it to a church dinner, almost everyone thought it was a dark cherry cobbler. Another favorite is made with dried cranberries and apples, cooked in a rumflavored apple juice. The pastry for these Cranberry Apple Strudel Sticks actually

is flour tortillas. It is amazing how the tortillas, when fried, give these “sticks” the texture of strudel. A generous sprinkling with “cinnamon dust” is another flavor booster. Prudence Hilburn has won more than 30 national cooking awards and written several cookbooks, including “Simply Southern and More.” Write her at or visit www.

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Modern farmhouse design spurs revival of board-and-batten siding

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omebuilders are turning the siding industry on its head. Contractors and architects are breathing new life into vertical boardand-batten siding. Long a staple on old farmhouses and some niche styles such as Gothic revival — check out the siding in the Grant Wood painting “American Gothic” — board-andbatten had long been overshadowed by horizontal lap and shingle siding. But board-and-batten is now dressing up all types of homes, from modest to magnificent, from hip urban condos to suburban additions and rural estates. In Columbus, Ohio, half of the 16 homes featured in this year’s Parade of Homes included boardand-batten, typically as an accent but in a few cases as the main cladding. “It can be used in a broad spectrum of styles,” said Bob Skinner, president of Sierra Custom Homes, whose parade home includes a boardand-batten accent. Traditionally, boardand-batten siding consisted of 10- or 12-inch vertical planks (”board”) stood side to side, with seams covered by narrow strips (“batten”). The siding for years was an inexpensive alternative to lap siding, which required beveled narrow planks. The style started to enjoy a resurgence a decade or so ago with the emergence of modern farmhouse design, said Tim Cook, the director of design for M/I Homes, which has used boardand-batten for years in its

New Albany communities. “It’s a great look,” Cook said. “Everybody likes it.” The style took a big step forward when manufacturers introduced alternatives to wood planks, which can be expensive, timeconsuming to install and vulnerable to the elements. The James Hardie company makes cement-board sheets up to 4-by-10-feet that can be used in place of the boards and then covered with decorative batten strips. Siding manufacturer CertainTeed started making PVC This recently remodeled Worthington, Ohio home used vertical siding to complement its rural design. PHOTO BY JIM WEIKER/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH board-and-batten siding about 10 years ago and Lloyd Wright started to ledgestone, and when Wil- panel shutters,” Taylor now offers three styles. said. “The demand for board- become more well-known, liamsburg was discovered everybody discovered by the Rockefellers, it was “Now it’s farmhouse.” and-batten has steadily increased since its introduction,” said Brian Kirn, senior marketing manager for the Pennsylvania-based company. “The drive in the demand is due to shifts in style. Homeowners like the contemporary look and contrast that the vertical accent and contrasting colors provide.” Developer Connie Klema used board-andbatten for six tall, narrow homes she built on Summit Street in Italian Village. “This style goes well with that vertical look,” Klema said. “The boardand-batten played into the tallness and sleekness of the architecture. … It’s like soldiers, standing straight in a row.” Residential architect Richard Taylor, owner of RTA Studio, loves boardand-batten for cottages and farmhouses, and he is using the siding on a farmhouse he is designing. But he worries that it could be overused. “It just goes with the INSTITUTION NMLS: 539097 times. When Frank

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