If you are thinking of making a purchase, then you will need a title company to help you close it. I would figure out who you are going to use and then ask them to do a preliminary title search for you. They should do this for you for free and quickly be able to tell you if there are any obvious title issues. Of you are working with a Realtor, have your realtor ask for you. I have done this several times and the title company I work with is always willing to do this preliminary work.