An affidavit of title is a document that proves the legal ownership of a property that is being sold. When a property is put up for sale, this document is provided to ensure that the individual who is selling the property is in fact the valid owner.

State laws vary regarding what information the affidavit of title must contain, but there is certain information that is typically noted. This includes the full name and address of the seller and several legally binding statements:

  • the seller owns the property
  • there are currently no outstanding sales contracts with other buyers
  • no liens are outstanding on the property
  • no assessments were made against the property
  • the seller has not declared bankruptcy

Any statements presented on this document must be true.

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