A title search is done at the Land Titles Office to obtain a copy of the title and review all the registrations against it.
A search at Personal Property Registry is performed to ensure that any free-standing items that you may be purchasing (appliances, furniture, etc) are clear and ensures that there are no outstanding judgments or other court orders against any parties that may interfere in the closing procedure
The tax roll is searched to make sure the taxes are paid and there are no special assessments
Your title may be subject to numerous registrations. Utility right-of-ways and restrictive covenants among others commonly remain registered against the property after you purchase. These do not affect your title and may even enhance the property. A restrictive covenant that prevents your neighbors and yourself from operating a business from home or from painting the outside walls outrageous colors will enhance the value of your home and will ensure that your neighbourhood remains a quiet place to live. Your lawyer will explain these registrations.
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