title search
title search n: a search of public records to determine the condition of title to real property usu. that is the subject of a transaction (as a purchase or mortgage)
the borrower was required to pay for a title search

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

title search
n.
An investigation done by a title company in which it examines the history of a title in the registry of deeds and then prepares an abstract summarizing the transfers of the title and the absence of defects on it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


title search
A search of the local public land records, usually made by a title insurance company before a purchase of a parcel of real esate, to see whether the current owner of the real estate actually has good title to the land. The search should turn up any easements, mortgages, tax liens, or other liens on the property. If the title search reveals a problem ("cloud on the title"), such as a break in the chain of title, inaccurate property description in a previous deed, or some old secured loan which has not been released, the problem will have to be cleared up before the sale can go through. (See also: chain of title, title insurance, title report)
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

title search
USA
An examination of title records designed to ensure that a seller is the true owner of a parcel and that no liens or other claims apply to it. Each state has its own title search procedure.
For more information, see Practice Note, Real Estate Ownership: Overview: Conveyances (www.practicallaw.com/5-500-5194).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


title search
n. A search of the public records to determine the status of a title, including any encumbrances, liens, mortgages, and future interests affecting the property. Doing a title search is the way in which the chain of title is established. Normally, a title search is conducted by a real estate attorney or by a title company at the request of a prospective buyer or mortgagee.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


title search
The process of examining official county records to determine whether an owner's rights in real property are good.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


title search
The process of examining official county records to determine whether an owner's rights in real property are good.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

title search
n.
   the examination of county records for the property's title history by a title company, an abstractor, attorney or escrow officer to determine the "chain of title" and the current status of title, including owner, legal description, easements, property taxes due, encumbrances (mortgages or deeds of trust), long-term leases, judgments or other liens. When a title search is completed, a "preliminary report" on title will be issued by the searcher. On the recording date of any new transfer or encumbrance (such as a new secured loan), an updated "final title report" will be issued which will make it possible to obtain title insurance guaranteeing against any problems with the title. Sometimes the title search will turn up some "cloud on the title" which reveals something is wrong, such as a break in the chain of title, inaccurate property description in a previous deed or some old secured loan which has not been released. Such clouds can be a reason to cancel a contract for purchase of the real property.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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