Hello, everyone! This is Dave from TitleSearch.com, and in this insightful video, we’ll unravel the top five myths surrounding real estate title searches. Join us on this journey as we debunk common misconceptions and shed light on the intricacies of the title search process.
1. Myth: Title Search Determines a Clear Title
The first myth we encounter is the belief that a title search results in a checkbox of either a clear title or not. In reality, a title search meticulously lists all items associated with the title, and whether it constitutes a clear title often depends on legal interpretations. Understanding that every title has nuances and may not be perfectly clear is crucial in dispelling this misconception.
2. Myth: Title Search is Instant and Electronic
Contrary to popular belief, a title search is not a simple electronic process. It doesn’t involve pushing a button and having the results instantly appear on the screen. Instead, it is a comprehensive procedure that involves reviewing actual paper documents, delving into historical records like the tangible ones right here. The culmination of this meticulous research is a certified title abstract, an official document of the title search.
3. Myth: Centralized Location for Title Records
Dispelling the third myth, it’s essential to understand that title search records are not centralized in one location. They are scattered across various sources, including recorder of deeds, civil court records, probate records, Superior Court, and UCC records. The compilation of these diverse documents forms the basis of a comprehensive title search report.
4. Myth: Title Search by Address
Myth number four busts the misconception that a title search is conducted solely by address. In reality, title records are not organized by address; they are indexed by name. To initiate a search, one needs to know all the names associated with a property to unearth relevant records. This dispels the notion that records are neatly categorized under a specific property address.
5. Myth: Title Search is Legally Required
Contrary to belief, a title search is not legally required for property transfers or mortgages. It is not mandated by law, and the results of a title search do not become part of the official property record. The process remains completely anonymous and is typically undertaken by private parties like mortgage companies or title insurance companies.
Bonus Myth: Deeds and Title Records
As a bonus myth (5A), it’s crucial to understand that title records are not embedded within a property deed. A deed is merely a paper record of a specific transfer event in the property’s history, such as a change of ownership. It does not include detailed title records like liens or mortgages.
Clarifying Title Search Misconceptions
Navigating the complexities of real estate title searches requires dispelling common myths. Understanding that title searches involve nuanced interpretations, meticulous manual reviews, diverse source locations, name-based indexing, and are not legally mandated, empowers individuals in the real estate landscape.
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