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FAQ Questions:



What is a Property Title?
Expedite Title Search Option and Availability?
When your search has to be upgraded?
What is a Property Title Search?
When do I get my Title Search Report?
Will you e-mail me Title Search Report?
Who do I call to discuss my Title Report?
What is a deed?
What is an index?
What is a mortgage?
What is a mortgage release?
What is a lien?
What is a mortgage assignment?
What is "Lis pendens"?
What is abstracting?
Are all documents located in a single file?
Will your search find all liens on the property?
Do you perform commercial or land only search?
I only have an APN or Parcel Number. Is this enough to perform a title search?
Can I perform a title search myself?
Can I call a county office to abstract documents for my property?
What is the legal description of the property?
What service do I order if I buy the property from a bank?
Do I need a title search when I buy a property via sheriff's sale or foreclosure sale?



FAQ Answers:


What is a Property Title?

A Property Title is a collection of documents that are associated with a given property, identified by a unique parcel number.

Expedite Title Search Option and Availability?

The expedite title search order will be delivered in 4 business hours after the order is placed. Please, note that if the order is placed over the weekend or Friday night, the search report will be available Monday morning.

When your search has to be upgraded?

If your search was ordered as a Current Owner or Full Title search, while ProTitleUSA discovers during the search that the chain of title goes over 30 year mark back in time, we have to upgrade your search service to 30/40-year search to make sure we deliver a chain of title going out of family per title research common practice. The fee for the upgrade is a difference between 30/40-year service and amount paid for the current owner or Full title search service (which ever was purchased by you).

What is a Property Title Search?

A Property Title Search is a process of retrieving all associated documents using owners name, address or parcel number. There are many sources for associated documents, such as local county clerk's office, county recorder's office, county tax collector office, IRS, etc…

When do I get my Title Search Report?

A Property Title Report will be available for you in 8 to 48 business hours as a single Adobe PDF file containing all relevant documents. Sometimes when the report is complex, the report will be available within business 72 hours. If the order is made during weekend or holidays, the report will be available in the next 24-48 business hours after the weekend or holiday.
There are exceptions in delivering the search report in the above mentioned time frame:
1. Very complex search going back many years (complex chain of title)
2. Document retrieval from archives (depending on clerk's turnaround)
3. Judgment requests from county (depending on clerk's turnaround)
4. Tax Collector call backs for tax information on the property
5. Very complex search (mostly for commercial properties or raw land)
6. Common name on title (includes common last-first names, Goverment-city ownership, etc...) dealing with many documents in the index


Will you e-mail or mail me Title Search Report?

You will receive an e-mail notification upon report completion and using your user name and selected password you will be able to access your report on our site.

Will you search find all liens on the property?

Yes. If the lien is recorded against the property, our Title Search report will show it.

Who do I call to discuss your Title Report?

It will be our pleasure to go over your title search with you over the phone 888-878-8081 or e-mail: info@protitleusa.com.

Do you perform commercial or land only search?

We specialize in residential searches, however we can also perform a commercial or land only search at the price being very close to our residential search. Initially, we need to assess the commercial search by providing you a separate quote and turnaround time before starting the search. Please, e-mail us the address of the property and APN# or the owner's name to start the search assessment. We will e-mail you the quote and the turnaround time in several hours and wait for your approval on the quote before starting the title search.

I only have an APN or Parcel Number. Is this enough to perform a title search?

APN# or Parcel Number is sufficient to run a title search. Enter APN# or Parcel Number in the address field of the Title Search Address Order Page along with City and State.

Can I perform a title search myself?

The answer is yes. However, we do not recommend it.
A title search is performed by an experienced team of abstractors (people who find the right documents via an indexing process) in-person, at the county offices. They have number of years of experience performing title searches and know all the tricks to pull up all of the required documentation.

Do I need a title search when I buy a property via sheriff's sale or foreclosure sale?

Absolutely, Yes. Buyers need to verify all liens and mortgages against the property before offering to bid on the property at the sheriff's sale. It is very common that the bid amount at the auction does not reflect the total lien amount against the property. All liens associated with a foreclosed property transfer to a new owner (except for certain types of sheriff's sales).

Are all documents located in a single file?

No. Documents are recorded by a county recorder in the chronological order, therefore careful indexing is required to assemble all required documents for a given property.

What is the legal description of the property?

The legal description of the property is a unique parcel number with all lot dimensions around the property.

What is a deed?

Deed is an official document showing the change in property ownership.

What is an index?

Documents are typically searched in an index directory where the search can by done using certain information.

What is a mortgage?

A mortgage is a legal contract between lender and borrower that would allow lender to certain rights to the property in the case of mortgage default.

What is a mortgage release?

Upon paying off the mortgage with a given lender, the lender would issue a mortgage release against the property.

What is a lien?

A lien is a claim against the property or the owner that is left unfulfilled.

What is a mortgage assignment?

An assignment is most likely the term used with mortgage assignments. The action of transferring mortgage debt from one lender to another.

What is "Lis pendens"?

Lis pendens is a term used to indicate that foreclosure action is initiated against the owner (or property).

What is abstracting?

The process of arranging documents in the logical order for a given property is called abstracting.

Can I call the county office to abstract documents for my property?

County office does not provide abstractor services and will not look for documents for you.

What service do I order if I buy the property from the bank (REO)?

You have to order a Full Title Search service. A bank is counted as current owner, while the liens on the house are most likely carried over from the previous owner.