Reviewing the Preliminary Title Report immediately is integral among real estate selling tips for preventing long-term sales roadblocks, which can take a great deal of work, time, and money to clear. Although nearly everything in real estate must be written, documents aren’t always recorded or safely and properly stored for reference as they should be.
Many title-related issues can come back to haunt you:
- Uncovered liens.
Title liens flying under the radar from long, long ago.
- Liens from prior owner(s).
Liens from third parties that preclude the current owner’s insurance or transfer, sometimes lying in hiding from several owners back. They’ll continue to remain until cleared, and if left unresolved will result in sales issues down the road for your current buyers.
- An unrecorded re-conveyance.
From when the note secured by a Deed of Trust on the property was paid off.
- Litigation issues.
Lawsuits on file which are vague and lacking in details, such as a lawsuit initiated for specific performance which was later updated to a damages suit (with the specific performance component removed).
- Property boundary issues.
Even a prior agreement with a neighbor affecting property boundaries. Example: a fence location, which may not be an issue for the previous owners but may be one for the new owners, could result in expensive disputes later.
Following the paper trail
This real estate selling tip advises going over every facet of the Preliminary Title Report with a fine tooth comb to avoid unnecessary delays, aggravation, and potential legal and other related expenses later. Read the report carefully and obtain copies of any documents referenced that are in question. Inquire with the seller in reference to items that are unknown or misunderstood.
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