“Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public RECORDS to be true.”
–William Blake
When you purchase a new property, although it is new for you, a history and sometimes in unfortunate cases, unwanted baggage can come along with it too.
One of the most common issues buyers have faced, are innocent errors in relation to public records. Considering humans are not error-free and are the ones who complete this process, public record errors can and do occur, which may affect the title of your home.
It is helpful for buyers to understand the step-by-step process of becoming homeowners or property owners in Florida and to be aware of the innocent errors to look out for. To understand more about this procedure, consult with an expert Real Estate Attorney such as, Kadoch Law Group. This team of experienced Real Estate Attorney’s in Florida will help to prepare you and efficiently guide you all the way to closing day, ensuring you know what to expect throughout the entire process, especially during the title search.
State governments have the responsibility to maintain public documents, such as deeds, voter registrations, property documents, lien releases, as well as criminal records, however errors have been known to occur due to negligent handling or management of personal details and information, as well as misguidance by the wrong or inexperienced title company. Regrettably, mistakes in regards to public record handling are considered to be inevitable.
For example, if you are provided with an inaccurate description of the property you’re interested in purchasing, even a minor error, such as the wrong home measurements, this can affect the loan amount required from lenders. You may then have an issue securing the amount needed for your down payment. In other instances, missing information about the property, such as failure to reference important aspects of the building and it’s surrounding land, can affect the property’s value, as well as cause disputes about components of the land.
Fortunately, there are ways for homebuyers statewide and in Florida, to report and fix errors in public records. First, it is important to find out where your local public records office is and then visit your local clerk. It is recommended to bring any relevant information, which will include but is not limited to, details of the public record that’s in question. There are also online resources available where you can print out public records. This will cost a small fee, but will provide you with more information about the property. If you do find any errors, you can submit the corrections to your clerk.
Lastly, and most importantly, choosing the right title company is key! Why settle for less when you can get an experienced attorney on your team? If you are looking to buy a house, are having problems with your tenant, or are simply trying to find someone to navigate your contracts and simplify the buying and selling process for you overall, give us a call and we will provide the best possible service to you as we do with all of our clients!