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The Importance of
a Proper Survey
Barbara Nichols could not be more on target
with the vital article about property surveys and
the potential problems that arise if they are not
obtained (“Uh, Your Living Room Is on my Property,”
July/August 2012, page 37). In Tulsa, Okla., among
other areas, lenders require what is correctly
called a mortgage plat. However, this plat is not
a survey. It just shows that the house is located
within the legally described area such as a lot.
The plat is only for the benefit of the mortgage
company and does not provide protection to
the land owner or purchaser. As a commercial
practitioner for over 20 years, I can attest to
the need, legal requirement, and practicality of
obtaining a proper survey. In addition to the
points Nichols raised, I would add that a survey is
certified to specific parties and may provide title
protection if there are problems. Mike Craddock,
First Commercial Real Estate Service, Tulsa, Okla.
How You View NAR
Your column (Editor, “How Americans View You,”
July/August 2012, page 6) is excellent. Thank you
for a serious and truthful perspective. I have
been a R;;;;;;® for just under 35 years and
witnessed amazing change in the business of real
estate, predominantly that it has truly become
the “profession” we all wish to see as well as be!
Thank you. Ginny Ollis McGibeny, retired, San Diego
Thank you for raising attention to how the nation’s
real estate practitioners are viewed by American
voters. R;;;;;;;®, collectively and individually,
do a lot to make a di;erence in the world outside
of buying and selling real estate. For just about any
cause that has a nonprofit behind it, you can find
a R;;;;;;® passionately involved. The N;;;;;;;
A;;;;;;;;;; ;; R;;;;;;;® has the resources in
talent and money to look at the big picture and help
formulate smart home ownership ideas. We are in
the ideal position to take the lead in thinking about
how home ownership can be sustained as an option
for future generations. We are capable of taking
the lead in fixing the part of the housing collapse
where we had a role. We can do that without
placing those who trust us in harm’s way. The
higher ground, and harder work, is in rebuilding
the American home ownership landscape in a way
that is best for the American public first. What
might the result be if we discover a new way of
making home ownership possible for people who
should be owning and helping those whose time
will come be better prepared with less risk?
Editor’s Note: NAR introduced the REThink
strategic planning initiative in August, which will engage
thousands of R;;;;;;;® and others in conversations about
the future of the industry and its impact on consumers,
agents, and the association. Visit rethinkfuture.com.
Is 30 the New 60?
This week, I turn 40. While we’ve never defined
“under 40” as the Young Professionals Network’s
age limit, it has turned into an awk ward elephant
in the room. But what if YPN is in the middle
of turning the statement “60 is the new 30” on
its head?;What if 30 is the new 60? We’re in the
middle of equipping, training, and inspiring
a new generation to have the knowledge and
street smarts of an industry veteran, and I
would argue that this type of mentoring and
nurturing is part of a new breed NAR has
started to grow. Posted Aug. 15 by Brian Copeland,
Village Real Estate Services, Nashville, Tenn.
Drew Fristoe responded: This is something
I talk about all the time at my local association.
I do not believe YPN is for the young in
age but the young in the business.
Chris Nichols responded: We need to stop
looking at age and start looking at what a
person brings to the table, and a big part of that
is a willingness to serve. I’ve sat on too many
committees at all levels of our organization
and seen empty seats that could have been
filled by someone who was willing to serve.
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