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January 19, 2023
A clear title is one that is free of claims, uncertainties, or conflicts over ownership. These claims, concerns, or arguments over title might result from liens or encumbrances. Clear title is devoid of material defects and is required before property can be sold. Typically, title searches are performed to determine whether the property has clear title, as a search of the local public land records should reveal any easements, mortgages, or other encumbrances. When a title has material flaws, it is said to have a cloud on it.