Secure a photocopy of the certificate of title from registered owner (owner’s duplicate copy) or authorized representative of the owner.
Check the existence of the original copy of the above title at the Registry of Deeds with jurisdiction over the property.
Check annotations (ex. liens and encumbrances) at the back of the original title which may not be appearing in the owner’s duplicate copy.
Hold the certificate of title against the light to verify if it bears security marks or water marks such as “NLTDRA” or “LRA”.
The last two digits of the title number should be the same as the last two digits of the page number found at the top right portion of the title.
Look for similar properties being offered for sale in the area for comparison.
Ask the services of a real estate appraiser or knowledgeable broker in the area of subject property as to the fairness of the price.
Purchase of a Condominium Unit: Ask for condominium dues, taxes, insurance, and restriction of uses.
Confirm yearly real estate taxes are paid by they true certified copy of tax declarations and tax receipts.