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They search through public records, such as deeds, mortgages, liens, tax records, and court documents, to compile a comprehensive history of the property's ownership and any legal issues that may affect the title.

Chain of Title

The abstractor creates a chain of title, which is a chronological list of all the property's past owners and any transactions related to the property.

Encumbrance Analysis

They identify any encumbrances on the property, such as mortgages, easements, liens, or judgments, that might impact the property's marketability.

Title Report

After gathering all the relevant information, the abstractor generates a title report or abstract that summarizes their findings, highlighting any potential title issues that need to be addressed before the property can change hands.

Legal Compliance

Abstractors need to ensure that the property's title is in compliance with state and local laws and regulations. They may also identify any legal disputes or restrictions that could affect the property.

A real estate title abstractor, often referred to simply as a “title abstractor” or “abstractor,” is a professional who works in the real estate industry and specializes in researching and examining the historical records and documents related to a particular property’s title. Their primary responsibility is to create a title abstract or summary report that provides a detailed history of the property’s ownership and any encumbrances or claims associated with it. This information is crucial for both buyers and sellers during real estate transactions.

The title abstractor’s tasks typically include:

The information provided by a title abstractor is critical for parties involved in real estate transactions, including buyers, sellers, lenders, and title insurance companies. It helps them assess the property’s ownership history, potential risks, and whether it can be transferred with clear title.

Title abstractors often work independently or for title companies, law firms, or real estate agencies. Their work helps streamline the real estate closing process and reduces the likelihood of unexpected legal issues arising after a property sale.

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