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Pre-closing Search Certificates

Definition:  A Pre-closing Search Certificate is a one page document that certifies to any new documents, judgments or liens filed of public record that affect title to a particular parcel of land since the property was last searched.  Pre-closing Search Certificates can be used in conjunction with both Preliminary Continuations or Title Reports.  In most situations, ideally, there are no new showings to report. 

When to Order:  A Pre-closing Search Certificate is often ordered in the following situations: 

  1. when a Preliminary Continuation has been completed recently (within the last few weeks or months) and a lender wants an updated search to know if any new intervening judgments or liens or other documents have been filed; this provides the information required to proceed to closing
  2. when a Title Report has been completed recently (within the last few weeks or months) and a lender wants an updated search to know if any new intervening judgments or liens or other documents have been filed; this provides the information required to proceed to closing

Time to Prepare:  Preparation of most Pre-closing Search Certificates requires less than 2 hours to complete.  However, we would appreciate a 24 hour advance notice.

Cost:  The cost of preparing a Pre-closing Search Certificate is $35.

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