Before selling a home, it’s important to ensure you’re listed as the legal owner of the property. This may seem cut and dry; however, certain events may have impacted someone’s ownership of a property. For example, if someone was previously married to another individual, then remarried later on, the previous spouse may be a listed owner as opposed to the current spouse.
Generally speaking, the title company whom the home buyer is working with will check these details during the selling process; however, it’s usually better to take action yourself and be sure.
In order to determine if you or your spouse is listed as a legal owner of the home, you can start by checking the property’s deed. Typically a copy of this deed is mailed to your address by your local county’s Registrar of Deeds after purchasing the property.
If you cannot locate a copy of the deed, then you should be able to request another one from the Register of Deeds. For example, if you purchased your home in Northville, the Wayne County Register of Deeds should have a copy of this legal document. You can simply search for their office online then either visit their website, call them, or visit them in person and request it.