Can I do my own title search?

Strictly speaking, the answer is "yes". Practically speaking, however, the answer is probably "no".

The records in the Register of Deeds office are open for public inspection. However, unless you are familiar with how real estate records are organized and the procedures to perform a Grantor/Grantee and a Tract Index search, it is recommended to hire a title company to perform the search. Additionally, there may be documents on file with other county offices that may impact the property in which you are interested.

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1. What help can the Register of Deeds office provide for drafting real estate documents?
2. I have been told I need to get a legal description of my property. Where may I obtain one?
3. I paid off a Federal Income Tax Lien, but it still appears on my credit report. Why?
4. We recently paid off the mortgage on our home. When will we get a new deed showing that we no longer owe the bank anything?
5. I am considering purchasing a parcel of real estate. How can I find out what liens, if any, have been filed against it?
6. Can I do my own title search?
7. Can the Register of Deeds tell me if I have clear title?
8. How do I change my deed so that it reflects my married name?
9. If one trustee of a trust dies, is it necessary to take any immediate action?
10. If I purchase property that is from a larger parcel that is being split, will I receive a tax bill?