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Title Examiners, Abstractors, & Searchers

Also called: Abstracter, Title Examiner, 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:
  • 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.
  • Examine individual titles to determine if restrictions, such as delinquent taxes, will affect titles and limit property use.
  • Prepare reports describing any title encumbrances encountered during searching activities, and outlining actions needed to clear titles.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • 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
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

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
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Data Trace Title IQ
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat Hot Technology
  • File management software
Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$45,800
$27,620
$81,800
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