When they conduct a title search, title abstractors are a bit like detectives. The abstractor examines public documents to trace the title history of a property to ensure that it is free and clear for the new owner. Sometimes, those documents can bring an abstractor back decades – even back to when the land was first sold and developed.
A title search can take an abstractor through many kinds of paperwork, including deeds, mortgage documents, liens, marriage and divorce papers, wills, taxes, surveys, and court judgements, to name a few. These documents help the abstractor piece together a home’s title history, working backward from owner to owner to find out whether anything is marring the title of the property.