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Title Examiners, Abstractors, & Searchers

Also called: Title Examiner, Abstracter, Title Officer, Title Searcher

What they do:
Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance documents or details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare lists of all legal instruments applying to a specific piece of land and the buildings on it.
  • Examine documentation such as mortgages, liens, judgments, easements, plat books, maps, contracts, and agreements to verify factors such as properties' legal descriptions, ownership, or restrictions.
  • Read search requests to ascertain types of title evidence required and to obtain descriptions of properties and names of involved parties.

Knowledge

Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Math and Science
  • geography

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data Trace Title IQ
  • Landtitle USA Title Plant software
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • File management software
Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$41,970
per year, on average
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