What must I do before purchasing real property?

The Clerk's office is prohibited by law to conduct legal title searches, prepare deeds, or assist others in preparing deeds. Our office strongly recommends seeking out professional legal help to conduct a title search before purchasing real estate. A search of records in the Chancery Clerk's office will determine outstanding mortgages, taxes, or other liens and whether the seller has legal title to the property. Any attorney or title company can do a title search and prepare your deed.

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1. What are Land Records?
2. Are Land Records open to the public?
3. How do I obtain copies?
4. How do I record a land document?
5. What requirements must be met to record a document?
6. What are the various recording fees?
7. What does the Clerk's Office accept in payment for recordings?
8. What if a check for recording fees is not correct?
9. When is my document recorded?
10. Will my original land record be returned to me?
11. Does the Clerk's office have blank forms for land records related to documents?
12. Does the Clerk's Office accept eRecordings?
13. What happens now that my mortgage or lien is satisfied?
14. How can I find a lien that may be filed against my real property?
15. What is a Transfer on Death Deed (TODD)?
16. Should I file a death certificate after a spouse or joint property owner has died?
17. What must I do before purchasing real property?
18. When do I apply for homestead exemption?
19. When do I pay my current property taxes?
20. When are delinquent taxes auctioned off at the Tax Sale?
21. How do I purchase tax sale real property forfeited to the State?
22. When is the Tax Sale Conducted?
23. How can I pay my delinquent taxes?
24. How can I find foreclosure notice of sale postings?
25. Does the chancery Clerk's Office offer notarial services?