Another website http://www.searchq.com let you to download a free basic property report to start your title and lien search.
A case in point, I was interested in a property where everything looked good at the county level and I was ready to move forward however, my attorney uncovered a US Justice Department Lien on the property far great than the property was, or ever in my lifetime be worth. That was the best money I ever spent for a title search as it saved me from loosing over $300,000!
I know of buyers who have skipped that step and have paid dearly in the end.
JD â€œDanâ€ Weisenburger, GRI
Vanguard Realty, Inc. GMAC Real Estate
Penny Leite - Owner
Elizabeth A. Williams Inc.
1157 W Hampshire Blvd.
Citrus Springs, Fl 34434
If you have never done a title search before, its very easy to overlook an important document, I would certainly recommend asking Title Search Company to perform a title search.
Clean Title really means that there are no liens against the owner or the property. You need to have a systematic approach to title search in the county office searching documents by Current Owner's Name, Legal Description, Parcel or Folio Number and Address. Remember, the recorded documents may have recording errors, pay attention to legal description and parcel numbers throughout all documents and make sure they match.
I would also recommend performing a Bankruptcy Search against current owner. You can read about Bankruptcy relevance in the Web Reference Below.