Your best bet is to order a complete title search from any reputable title company. I would recommend calling Luke Silver at Philadelphia Abstract 215-922-1818. I'm sure he can help you pretty quickly.
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For a complete search of the property, you should avoid getting a 5 year mortgage and judgment search as it will likely provide you with an incomplete picture of the liens and encumbraces on the property. I would recommend a full 60 year search to catch most (if not all) of the potential title problem with a property; however, a current owner search might be sufficient for your needs.
Our prices for a standard search of residential property in Philadelphia is as follows:
Standard Current Owner Search $ 90.00
Standard 2-Owner Search $ 120.00
Standard 30 Year Search $ 150.00
Standard 60 Year Search $ 180.00
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Your best bet is to contact a Realtor and ask them if they can have their title Company do what is known as a "5 year Mortgage & Judgement Search". This is something they may charge for, and if they do, it would not be much. Feel free to contact me for further information.
Philadelphia City Hall would be the best place to start. Another option is to do a Title Check by hiring a title company (this option would run you about 300-500 dollars).
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