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The importance of doing a title search before buying a new home

On Behalf of | Apr 25, 2024 | Real Estate Law |

Buying a new home is an exciting milestone, but you need to make sure you are making a wise investment. A title search, which is often overlooked, can assist you in achieving this by uncovering hidden issues that could cause you problems down the road.

Recognizing the importance of a title search sets the foundation for a smooth and secure home-buying experience.

Understanding a title search

A title search is a thorough investigation into the property’s history to uncover any legal issues or claims against its ownership. It ensures that the seller has the legal right to sell the property to you.

Identifying ownership rights

One of the primary purposes of a title search is to confirm who actually owns the property. This might seem obvious, but without a proper search, you could unknowingly purchase a home that someone else has a legal claim to. Moving into your dream home and realizing it is not really yours can be a shocking experience.

Uncovering liens and encumbrances

Liens and encumbrances are legal claims against the property that could affect your ownership rights. These can include unpaid taxes, mortgages or other debts. A title search reveals any existing liens or encumbrances, allowing you to address them before finalizing the purchase.

Protecting your investment

Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. A title search provides peace of mind by ensuring that your investment is secure. It allows you to address any potential issues upfront, saving you time, money and stress in the long run.

By conducting a title search, you can ensure a smooth and secure transition into your new home.