Today’s Question is: How do I conduct a Title Search? First of all, you can’t. Whatever your methods are, they won’t substitute for a title search done by a title company. However, you can get an idea of the titles and liens associated with the property by using a completely free resource: your county’s reorder’s office. In many counties, the recorder’s office will list online records of properties. If it’s not online, you can physically go to your county’s recorder’s office and view the documents there.
While doing this, BE CAREFUL, make sure that each document associated with a property is active. For example is you see that there is a deed associated with a property as well as satisfaction of mortgage document, then these documents do nothing for you because those liens were paid off. Long story short: you can do some basic title research yourself, however it is absolutely not a substitute for a professional title search that you need to get done before you commit to any deal.