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Why Is an Abstract of Title Important?

If you are interested in a property, especially if you plan to purchase it, reviewing the abstract of title is a recommended first step. Examining it can provide a lot of information about the building or parcel. Most importantly, inspecting it can reveal potential risks associated with the title to you. Errors or omissions in the property title may result in monetary damages due to liens or other causes.


Title insurance is used to protect you against such an event and will usually require an abstract as a starting point. The abstract of title includes transfers, grants, wills and conveyances, liens and encumbrances. It also provides any evidence or proof of satisfaction or other facts or information pertinent to a piece of property. All potential buyers of a property should request this to determine the status of the property.

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