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How do you perform a free title search?

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Two methods of performing a free title search for a property include visiting the local courthouse or the local county assessor's website. It's also possible to conduct a search on Internet databases such as SearchQ.com and PropertyShark.com.

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Courthouses keep chains of title and deed information within their records for properties located in the same district or county. Accessing this information requires visiting the actual courthouse and filling out the relevant paperwork. In many cases, the courthouse requires people to view the title and deed information on site without making copies. Typically there is no charge to do this.

Another free method for researching title information is visiting the county assessor website. To do this, it's necessary to go to the website for the county in which the property is located. The website asks users to input the name of the county, and it then lists the properties located there. Sometimes the information is incomplete.

SearchQ.com offers a free property analysis report. Accessing this only requires typing the address into the site's search bar. The free report includes previews of the ownership record, property taxes, mortgages, liens and foreclosures. For a comprehensive report, the site charges a fee.

PropertyShark.com requires users to subscribe for a free basic account to perform any property title searches. In some cases, this is sufficient to gain the relevant information, though some regions require signing up for the paid subscription.

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