What Do Title Records Do?

What should I look for when reviewing a title report?

Here are three important pieces of the title report you should review carefully.The legal description.

The legal description is everything you won’t see in any real estate agent marketing or advertising.


Property taxes always show up as the primary “lien” on a title report.

Mortgage liens.

The last word..

What do title reports look for?

For a buyer, the title report will reveal various liens, encroachments, easements and anything else recorded against the property. The title company compiles the report from a search of county records in order to issue title insurance, and any liens against the property are listed as “exceptions” to title insurance.

What does record title mean?

The term ‘record title’ is used to refer to a title shown on the public record. It refers to a title as it appears in the public records after a deed is properly recorded. … The term “record title” clearly means a title officially of record.

What does Title review mean?

Also called a title examination a title review identifies issues with the land on which a home is located. … A title review makes sure that the chain of ownership is correct, complete, and that it has no liens, judgments, or lawsuits pending against it. This is what attorneys call a ‘cloud’ on the title.

What does a property title search reveal?

A title search will determine the legal owner of the property; reveal any mortgages, liens, judgments, or unpaid taxes that will have to be cleared before the property can be sold; and detail any existing easements, restrictions, or leases affecting the property.

What do title commitments look for?

The title commitment will include items such as the owner’s name, property legal description, any exceptions to the title policy and the requirements which must be completed before we can issue a title policy. One example of a requirement is the release of a deed of trust securing a loan.

Who does the title insurance protect?

Title insurance protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or defects in the title to the property. Each title insurance policy is subject to specific terms, conditions and exclusions.

What is the difference between a preliminary title report and title report?

The main difference between a Full Chain of Title report and our Preliminary Title Report (aka Complete Records Package) is that the records package includes the current vesting deed whereas the full chain of title includes copies of all transfers with copies of source documents up to 30 years.

A clear title is necessary for any real estate transaction. Title companies must do a search on every title in order to check for claims or liens of any kind against them before they can be issued.

What information does a title company need?

During the title search, the title company also looks for any outstanding mortgages, liens, judgments or unpaid taxes associated with the property, as well as any restrictions, easements, leases or other issues that might impact ownership.

Do title companies make money?

Title companies also make money by selling title insurance to both the lending institution and the buyer of a new home. In most cases, the buyer pays for the title insurance for their lender, and the homeowner (or seller) pays the title insurance premium for their buyer. Title insurance is a one-time cost.

How far back should a title search go?

Generally, the number of years ranges from 20 to 40 years (it is 40 years in Ohio) from the “root of title.”

Who pays for title search buyer or seller?

The title search protects the buyer. It is in the buyer’s best interest to have a search performed and then obtain title insurance. Therefore the buyer is the party who requires, orders, and pays for the search.

What is the main purpose of a title?

Three types of policies are issued: Owner’s title: This ensures that there is a clear title and protects the buyer from incorrect signatures and forgery, fraud, defects in the property records, encumbrances and liens, and restrictive covenants that might affect the usage of the property.

Who pays title fees at closing?

The home buyer’s escrow funds end up paying for both the home owner’s and lender’s policies. Upon closing, the cost of the home owner’s title insurance policy is added to the seller’s settlement statement, and the lender’s title insurance policy is covered by the buyer before closing.

What is the difference between a title commitment and a title policy?

When it comes to a Title Commitment vs Title Insurance Policy, the one major difference is the commitment is issued BEFORE closing and all items in the Schedules must be satisfied. After the closing occurs, THEN the Title Insurance Policy is provided to the buyer(s).

What are exceptions in a title report?

An exception is a specific item set forth that is not covered by the policy – something that is excluded from coverage. STANDARD EXCEPTIONS. Every commitment has standard or regional exceptions. The standard Owner’s Policy will not cover any defects in title, losses or claims, which fall within the standard exceptions.

Can a house be sold without a clear title?

You can’t transfer ownership of a property until you “clear title.” That means you’ve proven your title to the house is free of any clouds or defects such as liens, judgments, or bankruptcies.