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Title Search 101 for Investors - Part 1
Many people do not know that in a prior life before I was a full-time investor and real estate broker, that I spent 9 years examining real property titles. I researched titles for thousands of homes and condos in Central Florida and eventually graduated into commercial title examination by researching the titles for the Orlando Naval Training Center (now known as the community of Baldwin Park) and about every hotel on International Drive that you can imagine. This gave me a strong background on what title problems to look for as well as how to creatively solve them. Prior to the huge expansion of online public records, we used to dig through microfiche slides, handwritten grantor/grantee books, and paper courthouse files.
Things are quite a bit different now that just about every county in Florida has their official records and court dockets available online often with images of the documents right at your fingertips. A detailed primer on title searching and examination could take up a hundred or more pages. A title examiner needs to know how to tell if a court proceeding including foreclosure, probate, divorce, bankruptcy, quiet title, etc. is handled properly. You need to know the statute of ... more
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