defective title
n.
Unmarketable title; a title obtained by fraud or not in fact entirely owned by the purported owner.

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


defective title
Property ownership that is subject to claims by someone else, making it impossible to sell the property.(See also: clear title, title search)
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Selling a House

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

defective title
n.
   an apparent title to real property which fails because a claimed prior holder of the title did not have title, or there is a faulty description of the property or some other "cloud" over it, which may or may not be apparent from reading the deed.
   See also: chain of title, defect, defective

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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