Real Estate Investor Quick-Guide to U.S. Title Records Online Title Research and Property Record Services

Real Estate Investor Quick-Guide to U.S. Title Records Online Title Research and Property Record Services

U.S. Title Records staff members respond to client questions from investors, lenders, brokers, attorneys and the general public about how to use the service most efficiently and make recommendations on which report(s) will provide the information requested in a given scenario.

The following quick-guide chart provides real estate investor clients with summary information about the key differences in the service packages.  This is the first in a series of articles and quick-guides to be published through December 2020, after which the user guides will be expanded and updated on a quarterly basis.

Service packages commonly purchased by investors and investment firms during the due diligence stage of a real estate investment:

Property Lien Report

Same day service


Property and personal liens recorded against the property and indexed by the property address. This service is generally used by investor clients who know the owner/seller, the values and the area well.
Full Property / Owner Lien Report

Same day service


Recorded Liens
Personal Judgments
Bankruptcy filings
Purchased by clients who do not know the owner/seller but are intimately familiar with the values and the area.
Homebuyer Package

Same day service


Recorded Liens
Personal Judgments
Bankruptcy filings
Comparable Valuation Report
Area Statistics & Demographics
Purchased by clients who do not know the owner and want detailed information about the current comparable valuation figures and the neighborhood statistics to fully evaluate the property before contemplating investment.
Expanded Title Search

Same day service


Homebuyer Package PLUS:
Current Vesting Deed
Parcel & Flood Maps
Purchased by clients who have immediate questions or concerns about the deed, parcel and/or flood map.
Abstract Service

3-7 business days

$95+ (cost varies)

Used to obtain any document or run customized searches for specific purposes, i.e., custom easement searches.


  • Linda Kunicki


    The property we are considering is lodging and vacant land. There are 4 parcel numbers involved. We do not know the area values well, wonder about the title and any liens. Would this be the right site for reports on the below parcels? Would this be separate for each parcel ID? Thanks for any insight.

    address (note there are some townhomes with this address but are not part of the lodge and vacant land.
    N12390 Black River Rd, Ironwood, MI 49938

    It may be under Driftwood Properties as owner.

    these are tax IDs for this property and business-


    Linda Kunicki

  • Eric T. Martin

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Please contact me regarding Residential Property Title Searches. I look forward to hearing from you. Tank you.
    Dr. Eric T. Martin
    678-527-2271 or 2272
    2-3-1 / 10:00 AM EST

  • Jeanette Richardson

    I am seeking guidance on how to obtain the history of a property or chain of ownership on property described in a deed found among my deceased parents’ papers. The deed shows my great-grandmother transferring land to my paternal grandmother in 1949. I hired a title search company to help me research this but I can’t seem to get a progress report from them after 3 months. Can you let me know the best way to research this property? Which report might I purchase to get information on property history, sales/transfers and/or current ownership. There is no street address only a legal description of the land.

  • Lacy ` Steele

    Please assist me in locating the Deed to my property located at 16717 NE 22nd St. Bellevue, WA 09008

  • Jessica

    I am purchasing a property from an individual, I have paid him and I did receive the deed in my name already. I am however now wondering if I just bought property with a lien or debt attached to it. Which report would be best? How would you advise?

    • Andreas Benavente
      1:57 PM (1 hour ago)
      to me

      Hello and thank you for your inquiry. It would depend on what type of deed was recorded and/or whether a title policy was issued at closing. We would recommend the Full/Owner Property Lien Report which will reflect all recorded liens against the property and the previous owner.

      Once you receive your report, please review the highlighted bankruptcy and judgment/lien sections (if any) of the report (or all three sections in each report, if there are multiple reports) that may be relevant to the subject property. If the subject property was and/or will be purchased/sold conventionally or at auction, please verify all report information and ensure that all property and/or personal liens against the current owner and/or pre-foreclosure owners, if any, were discharged in bankruptcy, satisfied, extinguished in foreclosure or otherwise resolved to ensure clear title. Please note that (1) In some cases certain types of liens should be included in the opening minimum bid at auction, but are not and later form a title cloud; and (2) Quit-claim, Bargain and Sale and certain other types of deeds do not guarantee clear title to the new owner.

      Please let us know if you have questions or need more information.

      Thank you,

      Jeannie B.
      Client Services

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  • Pearl

    Hello. My county, Saguache County, in Colorado does not record lien information on properties online. Will purchasing a lien search package on this website still find any liens on a property in this case or would I be wasting my money?

    • Dre B.

      Hi Pearl, and thank you for your inquiry. Generally, purchasing a Full Property/Owner Lien Report would provide you with lien information recorded against both the property and the property owner for property located in Saguache County. However, the delivery will take longer for counties that are not digitized. As part of our services, we subscribe to all U.S. counties that offer subscriptions. For the counties that do not allow subscriptions, our abstractors personally retrieve the relevant documents. Depending on the county, the abstractor service takes approximately 3 to 7 business days. If you want to share what you are looking for and the purpose of your search, we can give you more specific information. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Salina M Kurtz

    I am changing my name before getting divorced and I need a title/lien search report and not sure which one i need. Thank you

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