Why can’t I use a photocopy of the abstract?

Updated March 13, 2023.

An abstract is prepared by a professional who is trained to search the county records. (This is why an abstract is sometimes referred to as a “Title Search”). The original abstract is guaranteed or “certified” to be accurate and therefore can be relied upon by a buyer. A copy is not certified and, therefore, does not carry the necessary guarantee as would the original, certified abstract.


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