What is a title search?

A title search is an investigation to uncover any possible issues that may ‘cloud’ (or cause problems) in the transfer of property ownership. The search is conducted through the ‘title plant’ (official title records) and includes the current vesting and legal description of the property and any liens along with court records.

If clouds are discovered, the next step is to locate “curatives” (ways to cure or fix the title defects). This may include actions needed to remove liens, change vesting, and/or otherwise modify the title so that the transfer of ownership can take place.