NM Restrictions, Encroachments, and Mineral Endorsement (Owner's Policy - Improved Land) Guideline 57

Explanation:

This endorsement to the Owner's policy insures against violations of restrictions, encroachments over easements, building lines and property lines, and damage by reason of mineral development. It is similar to other owner's comprehensive endorsements. It is issued on improved land.

Underwriting Requirements:

(1) Restrictions:
(a) Verify whether the restrictions create easements, options to purchase or rights of first refusal to purchase, or right of reentry, possibility of reverter or right of forfeiture because of violations. If any of these provisions appear in the restrictions, separately and explicitly except to those provisions in Schedule B. For example, separately except to "easement for ___ set forth in____" or "right of first refusal to purchase set forth in_______."

(b) Verify whether the existing use materially violates the restrictions. If the use violates the restrictions, except to the violation in Schedule B.

(2) Encroachments:             
(a) Unless local or national underwriting guidelines by the Company provide otherwise, require a survey reflecting the current improvements. Except in Schedule B to any encroachments over building lines, property lines, or easements.

(b) If improvements encroach over more than one half of the width of an easement, delete paragraph 2(a) of the Endorsement, unless you secure underwriter approval.

(c) If improvements, other than fences, landscaping or driveways, encroach over adjoining land or onto a road, delete paragraph 4, unless you secure underwriter approval.

(d) If improvements encroach over setback lines by more than one foot, delete paragraph 5, unless you secure underwriter approval.

(e) If you do not require or otherwise receive a survey and our underwriting guidelines allow you to issue without a survey, you do not need to make any exceptions unless you actually know of encroachments.

(3) Minerals:
In order to provide the coverage of paragraph 3 because of development of minerals, comply with one of the following requirements:

(a) verify that there are no outstanding minerals (other than royalties) or that surface rights have been waived;

(b) on single family residences within a platted subdivision and within municipal boundaries, you may provide the coverage even if there are outstanding minerals unless you know that the subdivision has actual mineral development;

(c) on apartment complexes within municipal boundaries in a developed area, you may provide the coverage even if there are outstanding minerals unless you know that the immediate area has actual mineral development;

(d) on office buildings or shopping centers within municipal boundaries in a developed area, you may provide the coverage even if there are outstanding minerals unless you know that the immediate area has actual mineral development;

(e) secure underwriter approval. Factors of relevance on other land include per cent of minerals outstanding, zoning prohibitions, waivers of surface rights, and development in the area.

If you cannot comply with these guidelines, delete paragraph 3 of the endorsement. You may not provide this coverage if surface rights for mineral development of severed mineral interests have not been waived. This endorsement (or the similar ALTA Endorsement 9.2) is available in all states, subject to specific guidelines in some states.

(4) Notices of Violation of Environmental Covenants
If a notice of violation of an environmental covenant has been recorded, except to it in Schedule B.

(5) Rates:
You must charge the regular rate for Survey Coverage on the Owner's Policy (15% of the full Basic Premium Rate). The Charge for this Endorsement is an additional 10% of the Basic Premium Rate.

The underwriting guidelines contained herein have been provided for general reference. The facts, circumstances, and location of the subject property should be considered when determining the issuance of the requested form or endorsement. Please note that all of the forms and endorsements included in this system may not be available in all states. Accordingly, please contact the appropriate Stewart Title Guaranty Company underwriting personnel in order to determine availability.

Compliance with the underwriting guidelines contained herein in no way obligates Stewart Title Guaranty Company to issue any form or endorsement.