chain of title
chain of title: the succession of conveyances of the title to a particular item of real property (as a house)
◇ The chain of title is usually stated or shown in an abstract of title.

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

chain of title
n.
The history of ownership of a property, listed from the original owner to the present one.

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


chain of title
The line of owners of real estate, stretching from the current owner back in time to the original grant from some government. The chain of title is shown by deeds, judgments in lawsuits over title, affidavits, and other documents showing ownership changes and recorded in the county land records office. An error in this chain of title is what title searches are supposed to find and what title insurance protects purchasers against.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House

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


chain of title
n. The history of a parcel of real property or of a commercial paper from its original owner or issuer to its current owner or issuer, including all conveyances and owners in between. Any gap in the history casts doubt on the current owner's claim of title.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


chain of title
A list of successive owners of a parcel of land, beginning from the government, or original owner, to the person who currently owns the land.

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


chain of title
A list of successive owners of a parcel of land, beginning from the government, or original owner, to the person who currently owns the land.

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

chain of title
n.
   the succession of title ownership to real property from the present owner back to the original owner at some distant time. Chains of title include notations of deeds, judgments of distribution from estates, certificates of death of a joint tenant, foreclosures, judgments of quiet title (lawsuit to prove one's right to property title) and other recorded transfers (conveyances) of title to real property. Usually title companies or abstractors are the professionals who search out the chain of title and provide a report so that a purchaser will be sure the title is clear of any claims.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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