In most cases, a Realtor can do a quick search to see if there are any liens from loans on a property. Other liens can be identified by a preliminary title search by a title company. If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, we could order a preliminary title report for you at no cost â€“ it would identify all known liens. Otherwise, you can search county records at the county recorderâ€™s office or from their website â€“ liens recorded prior to 1969 have to be searched in person as they are only on microfilm.
Here is the link to the County of Alameda Recorderâ€™s Office:
If you are in escrow, your title officer can walk you through the specific steps related to the specific type of lien you have on your home. If you are not yet in escrow, have a pre-escrow opened with a local title company and then ask them to assist you.