Author Archives: Ralph Kephart

Ralph Kephart

About Ralph Kephart

Ralph is a pioneer in geographic information systems. He brings pin point accuracy and cutting edge technology to the property disclosure business. How? He relies on libraries that provide accurate data to the parcel level with a vast library of GIS map layers. That is what you can expect with GeoAssurance. In the late 1990s, Ralph built one of the first GIS companies in the natural hazard and environmental disclosure business, First American Property Data Services. As Chief Operating Officer, he implemented the efficiencies of a paperless intranet order opening and fulfillment system during its critical start up period. In the surveying and title industries he is both a leading engineer and subdivision and commercial consultant. Ralph has conducted extensive title searches on commercial property. For the oil industry, he has done title searches on oil fields and negotiated land rights and easements. Frequently he is called as an expert witness in real property cases. As a General Partner of Bremner, Kephart & Lair, a civil engineering and planning firm, he was responsible for all field surveys. Ralph regularly represented clients before city councils, planning commissions, architectural review boards and technical advisory committees. Ralph has taught college courses in Statistics and Construction Management. At California State University Long Beach, he taught Site Analysis in the Department of Industrial Technology, School of Engineering for five years. He has an established record with governmental agencies, local and state political environments, community development organizations and private business, based on his unique Real Estate knowledge and expertise.

California Has Its Faults….

California has its faults.  Do you know where they are?  We can help! We recently had an agent’s buyer inquire about a local fault that was near the property he wanted to purchase.  The property was “in” the local fault… Read More


Important PACE HERO Tax Update

About PACE loans  California has enacted several energy and water efficiency programs known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE. The system lets homeowners borrow money for upgrades and pay it back bit-by-bit on their property tax bills. … Read More

Signal Hill Oil Wells

State Changes Oil Well Requirements

Major changes in the State requirements for Oil Well “re-abandonment”, as well as the loss of redevelopment funds, have helped trigger significant rising costs for well clean-up. This is a “huge constraint” for “revenue producing” commercial development to proceed in… Read More

Map Change for Flood Zone Designations

NEW…On-line Letter of Map Change for Flood Zone Designations

Convenient New Way to Request a Change in Flood Zone Designation  Now request changes to your home’s FEMA flood zone designation online. Are you still using the MT-1 or MT-EZ form to apply for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA)?… Read More

Now Offering Build Fax Permit Reports

GeoAssurance is Proud to be the First NHD Companyto Provide BuildFax™ Building Permit Reports.  BuildFax™ makes it easier for your clients, to rest easy when buying or selling their home…see below for details to find out more about BuildFax™ and what is has to offer… Read More


New Mining Disclosure SB 110

The new Mining disclosure SB 110 is meant to ensure that California residents who move adjacent to mine facilities are aware of their existence and activities prior to their final purchase. The new Mining disclosure is a “right to mine”… Read More


Leaking Underground Storage Tank

Seal Beach ARCO Station at Coast Highway and Fifth Street. Leaking underground storage tank This one has been in the news for the last 10 months. In 1986 there was a serious leak in an underground storage tank at the… Read More


Former Shell Oil Company Tank Farm

The Former Shell Oil Tank Farm Site is at the Carousel Tract of Carson City, California. The Shell Oil Company operated a 50-acre petroleum tank “farm” for crude oil storage at what is now the Carousel Tract from 1924-the mid… Read More


Why Order the GeoAssurance Environmental Report?

Home buyers should check for hidden and buried toxins Does your new dream home come with dangerous hidden extras – like a seeping oil well in the backyard or a former meth lab in the bedroom? By Diane Wedner, Los… Read More


Radon: What You Need To Know

WHAT IS RADON? Radon is a relatively new issue in California. Although you can’t see, smell or taste it, there may still be a radon problem in your home. Radon comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock… Read More