Title Searcher

Research land or real estate to help buyers get an accurate picture.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$25,000 – $69,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Title Searchers do?

When people want to buy items from a store, they haul those items to the counter to pay. But when they find pieces of land or houses to buy, hauling them to the cash register is a bit harder. Titles help buyers and sellers define what is being sold and how the sale should work. Title Searchers do the research to pull these titles together.

Defining the size and shape of the land may take a significant amount of time. As a Title Searcher, you study maps and previous legal documents about the land, or you hire another firm to go to the site and perform a formal survey.

The buyers may define what they want to do with the property, and you make sure they can do that legally. If they want to open an animal clinic, for example, you verify that the site is zoned for business purposes.

The title you pull together is a legal document, containing the names and information of both the buyer and the seller. The Real Estate Agents give this information to you, and you verify that the information is correct.

Buyers must hold insurance on the title, and you determine how much insurance they must have. Of course, you must also be paid for the work you do, so you set your price. Sometimes, you tell the Real Estate Agent this information; other times, you tell the buyer and seller directly.

At the end of your work as a Title Searcher, you print out many copies of the title so the buyer and seller can sign the documents and make them part of the legal record of the sale.

Should I be a Title Searcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Lien Searcher, Record Searcher, Searcher, Tax Searcher, Title Agent, Title Checker, Title Department Manager See More

    How to become a Title Searcher

    Most Title Searchers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9rbcaa&chl=no+college+%2857%25%29|certificate+%2840%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,57,57
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