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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jason,

There is one building in the Westside of Los Angeles, where the title read "Queen of England".  That was erroneous, although it was owned by a British Development Company.  Somehow, some crazy lady had put herself on the title.  The other reason to look at the title is to see if said property really owns the home, and whether there are liens on it.  A

Oct 25, 2016 08:13 PM
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Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

I always look up or have the title run before listing a home or writing an offer in order to determine who owns the property. 

Oct 25, 2016 02:07 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Well, it's not something that Realtors do.  But the settlement attorneys do a title search to make sure the seller really owns the place.

Oct 25, 2016 01:46 PM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I leave it to the title company and then review it.

Oct 25, 2016 11:36 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jason Osborn - to make sure that title is 'clear' - there is no cloud on it.

Oct 25, 2016 04:14 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In parts of our rural areas, there are mineral rights, and you need to know.

Oct 27, 2016 09:21 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I always do a tax records search to get the owner of record for the offer.  Once it goes under contract, I get the prelim from the title company.  Helps to make sure there are no surprises.

Oct 27, 2016 07:15 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
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I leave that up to escrow agents

Oct 26, 2016 10:36 PM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

To see the history of the title.

Oct 26, 2016 09:59 PM
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Toni Foster
Twin Oaks Real Estate, Inc. - Benicia, CA
Professional Real Estate Services in Solano County

I find it helpful to pull title information prior to listing a property. It allows me to easily ask questions about current liens, etc. and to verify the sellers' full names. 

Oct 26, 2016 08:31 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Looking for title descriptions....I had a client who's husband had passed and whe had no idea of how much land she has

Oct 26, 2016 08:09 AM
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel

Name on title, liens, rest

Oct 26, 2016 06:48 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

This is what the folks doing the title search do.

Oct 26, 2016 06:19 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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I look it up to find out if there is a recorded easment or restrictions or possible other people on the title. Otherwise I leave that to the title searchers.

Oct 26, 2016 04:58 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

You want to be sure of ownership before getting a listing contract signed, or when under contract if there are any issues that cloud the title or liens that much be addresed before transferring title.

Oct 26, 2016 04:38 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We have the Title and Escrow Company run a Prelim to see if there are any issues prior to putting a listing on the market

Oct 26, 2016 12:56 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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I've never had to do that in 38 years.... that's what attorneys are for....

Oct 26, 2016 12:25 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Are you asking about the title "search" done during a transaction or the actual long term title history?

Oct 25, 2016 11:52 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When property was purchased, how much, by whom and a few other tricks

Oct 25, 2016 11:42 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

The reason I have it done is to write the back story.

Oct 25, 2016 11:39 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I have no idea, I've never had to do this. Title search is done by title companies and or real estate attorneys.

Oct 25, 2016 11:37 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

When preparing to list a property for sale or to present an offer:  to see "who" or "what" owns the property.  

Oct 25, 2016 11:02 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Jason Osborn To ensure you are working with a clear title.

Oct 25, 2016 10:48 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Actually a great question and the answer is to make sure it is clear and free of liens or encumbrances to transfer from current seller to buyer. You want to make sure all mortgages and liens are paid and that no one has deeded a piece of the property off to someone else.

Oct 25, 2016 10:28 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Chapter 10, Title

Oct 25, 2016 10:27 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In Oklahoma we still have paper abstracting and each page has to be examined by a title attorney.

Oct 25, 2016 10:04 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered.

Oct 25, 2016 09:51 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Pesky liens... & they are better to find out about upfront than later. 

Oct 25, 2016 09:45 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Always watch for fraud.

Oct 25, 2016 09:37 PM