Checking with the Recorders Office (in person) for direction is a good first step. If you can't get the answers you need there, ask your agent to connect you with a title company to see 1) how much they actually charge, 2) whether anyone working there does or is available for freelance or project work and what their rates are.
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Much of the information are accessible to the public. E.g., if there are liens filed upon a property, it shall get recorded in the county where the property situates. So pay a visit to the city/county planning & development office may reveal to you the info you're seeking. Of course, title company may even do a more thorough search of its title, liens, etc. There maybe fees involved, but you can call them up; a few good ones are: First American Title, Chicago Title, Old Republic Title.
I think you need to explain in detail what is is you are looking for so we can give you a more accurate answer to your question.
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"I donâ€™t know of any title insurer that issues title insurance based on a flat fee. Title Insurance is issued based on a policy amount, thus the policy premiums increase with the liability amount."
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Is this for research into the title of homes for sale at trustee sales?
To do an accurate search of the title is a time consuming process. Also it takes a fair amount of experience to even learn how to do a reliable and accurate search of the title.
Your best source would be to visit The Santa Clara County Recorder's Office. Many of the people who are searching title information at The Santa Clara County Recorder's office are working for people who pay them to do that work.
You might want to talk with some of the people who are actively searching titles at The Santa Clara County Recorder's Office to see if they would be willing to work for you part time.
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