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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

The title company has to be sure that each person is who they say they are...in the case of my own name...there were 5 people with my name in a 1- mile radius.

Oct 08, 2015 09:23 PM
Rainmaker
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Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Why wouldnt they?   Buying and selling a house has a lot of implications for personal and tax purposes.   I would suggest you go to your local title company and ask them what they do, I suspect it is more than you realize.  Here in the state of Arizona title must be involved in all residential real estate transactions.

Oct 09, 2015 12:36 AM
Rainmaker
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I'll coat tail on Sally K. & David L. Hanson's answer: They are checking on any outstanding liens or judgments too; ie. unreported child support, etc. It's basically a form of a background check to verify they are who they say they are and can do what they say they can do: close escrow legitimately.

Oct 08, 2015 10:41 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

So that the govt can track your major purchases.

Oct 20, 2018 10:31 PM
Rainmaker
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Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

It seems to make sense to me.  The property APN and SSN are both unique to either the propery or person.

Oct 09, 2015 05:40 AM
Rainmaker
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It would be difficult to always impement this rule, especially for buyers who do not have a SSN, such as most foreigners.

Oct 08, 2015 11:03 PM
Rainer
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Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Preferred - Blue Bell, PA
REALTOR

To check the identity of people and any aliases they have gone by. It is also to check to see if they have any outstanding child support payments, leins, etc...

Oct 08, 2015 10:51 PM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

The others have answered the question.

Oct 08, 2015 10:42 PM