Can I do my own title search?

Strictly speaking, the answer is “yes”.  Practically speaking, however, the answer is probably “no”.  The real estate records in the Register of Deeds office are open for public inspection.  However, unless you are familiar with how real estate records are organized and how to perform a “Grantor/Grantee” and a “Tract Index” search, it will be difficult for you to find the information you want.  Additionally, there may be documents on file with other county offices that may impact the property you are interested in.

It is our experience that the expertise a professional title searcher offers is well worth the money you will spend – especially when you compare it to the value of the transaction you are about to enter.

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1. What help can the Register of Deeds office provide for drafting my own real estate documents?
2. I am considering buying a parcel of real estate. How can I find out what liens, if any have been filed against it?
3. Can I do my own title search?
4. Can the Register of Deeds tell me if I have good and clear title?
5. How do I change my deed so that it reflects my married name?
6. If one trustee of a trust dies, is it necessary to take any immediate action?
7. We recently paid off our home mortgage. When will we get a new deed showing that we no longer owe the bank anything?
8. I paid off a Federal Income Tax Lien but it is still showing on my credit report. Why?
9. I have been told I need to get a “legal description” of my property. Where do I get that?