A title search is a detailed examination of all public records that affect your property. These documents include past deeds, mortgages, tax records, court records, property and name indices as well as any other pertinent documents. The title search verifies the seller’s interest in the title of the property they are selling as well as their right to sell the property. It will also uncover any claims, liens or title defects that may affect the property. A thorough title search protects everyone since any issues with the title, like unpaid taxes, judgements or outstanding mortgages, are transferred with ownership.