Title

Definition

  • Evidence or written proof that shows a person's right to possession or ownership of a property.

Synonyms
bill of sale, property title, legal document, deed

Alternate Spellings
deed

Related Terms and Acronyms

  • Abstract of Title (ab) Abbreviation,
    • A written history of all the transactions that bear on the title to a specific piece of land. An abstract of title covers the time from when the property was first sold to the present.
    AB is a common abbreviation for Abstract of Title when used in property listings and real estate classifieds.
  • Adverse Possession Definition,
    • A means of getting title to land by using it without the objection of the title holder.
  • Alienation Clause Definition,
    • A requirement that the borrower pay the mortgage in full upon transfer of the property.
  • Back Title Letter Definition,
    • A document that a title insurance company gives to an attorney specifying condition of the title.
  • Bill of Sale (BS) Acronym, Important,
    • A written document that serves as evidence of the transfer of title to personal property.
  • Bona Fide Definition,
    • In good faith. In real estate, a bona fide purchaser or seller has the legal right to give or receive title.
  • Bundle of Rights Definition,
    • A set of legal rights that an owner has regarding a property.
  • Burden of Proof (BOP) Acronym,
    • The legal requirement to provide enough evidence to win a lawsuit. In civil cases, such as tax court, the burden is decided by the preponderance -- the most -- evidence. Except in cases of tax fraud, the burden of proof in a tax case generally is on the taxpayer.
  • Certificate of Sale Definition,
    • An affidavit issued at a judicial or tax sale that entitles the buyer to the deed to the property purchased after court confirmation.
  • Clear Title Definition,
    • Title not burdened by liens or legal questions.
  • Cloud on Title Definition,
    • A claim on title to property that could impair the ability to transfer ownership.
  • Contract For Deed (CFD) Acronym,
    • An agreement for sale of property in which the buyer takes possession while making payments, but the seller holds title until full payment is made. Also called a land contract.
  • Conveyance Definition,
    • To move something.
    • A document that transfers a property title.
  • Deed (D) Acronym, Very Important,
    • A document that provides title to property and is filed with a country recorder.
    Used to transfer ownership of assets, often land or automobiles.
  • Domicile Definition,
    • A person's permanent residence.
  • Fee Simple Definition,
    • Outright ownership of real estate, free of any liens or other claims against title.
  • Fee Simple Defeasible Definition,
    • When a person has outright ownership of real estate (free of any liens or other claims against title), but the use of the property is restricted.
  • Housing-equity Partnership Definition,
    • An arrangement in which one buyer lives in a home and the other has an ownership stake as an investment. The partners split the capital gain after the property is sold.
  • Insurable Title Definition,
    • A title that can be insured.
  • Land Contract (LC) Acronym,
    • An agreement for sale of property in which the buyer takes possession while making payments, but the seller holds title until full payment is made.
  • Land Title Definition,
    • The legal document conveying title to a property.
  • Land Titles System Definition,
    • This is a system of land registration under which the registrar or master of titles passes on the validity of the instrument, determines its legal effect, and the Government guarantees title.
  • Land Transfer Tax (LTT) Acronym,
    • A provincial tax payable on any property that changes hands. First time buyers may be eligible for a rebate.
  • Legal Mortgage Definition, Important,
    • The written geographical description of a property as described in the land register.
  • Lis Pendens Definition,
    • A legal document giving notice that an action or proceeding is pending in the courts which affects the title to the designated property.
  • Property Report Definition,
    • A legal disclosure that developers of timeshare properties are required to give to prospective buyers.
    • A legal document prepared by a surveyor that shows the locations of all visible public and private improvements relative to property boundaries.
  • Province of Domicile Definition,
    • The province where an individual lives or intends to live permanently or for a long term, regardless of the individual's current location.
  • Reconveyance Definition,
    • The transfer of title to the borrower after a mortgage has been paid fully.
  • Sales Contract Definition,
    • A legal written document that details the agreed upon conditions between a seller and a buyer regarding the sale of a specific property. Also called an "Agreement of Sale."
  • Title Binder Definition,
    • Insurance that covers both the buyer and seller of a property until the property has sold.
  • Title Company Definition,
    • A company that checks a property's title for liens and other obstacles to sale, fixes any clouds to title, supervises the closing transaction, and makes sure that money transfers in a purchase are processed correctly.
  • Title Insurance Definition,
    • Insurance that covers title defects and ownership challenges on a property.
  • Title Report Definition,
    • A report that reveals any competing claims, liens, or other problems relating to a property. A title report is required before title insurance will be issued. Also known as a "Preliminary Title Report" or "Prelim."
  • Title Search Definition,
    • A check of public records to make sure that the owner of real property has the right to transfer ownership. A title search is designed to spot gaps in the chain of title, liens, problems with the legal description of the property, judgements against the owner, and the like.
  • Transfer of Title (TOT) Acronym,
    • A document signed by the seller and purchaser transferring ownership, at which time the document is registered against the property.
  • Warranty Definition,
    • A document certifying clear title to a property.
    • A guarantee from a dealer or a manufacturer that a vehicle or product will perform as expected or specified. An auto warranty usually covers specified mechanical problems for a set number of kilometers or period.
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