Quiet Title Action Attorney in Winter Haven FL (Orlando, FL area)

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Hi All,

Does anybody know a good real estate attorney that can do quiet title action. I got a SFR through a tax deed sale, fixed it up and rented it out but I don't have a title. I now have a good equity in a house and want to refi to cash out for another property.

Does anybody know what the process look like? 

Can you do it yourself or you really need an attorney?

Average time to get this done? 

Are there are any guarantees that i will get a title?

I heard about an option of waiting 4 years after sale and you can apply for a title. Is this true? 

How much does it cost to do a quiet title action? (I found couple of attorneys but they don't clearly say how much it will be, they just say something like "give us $2000 as retainer and we will start the process, we don't know exactly how much time it will take and how much total it will be... Depends on complexity, parties involved...." 

Anybody who can advise about all of this - i would appreciate the help. 

If you have a reliable attorney - please let me know as well. 

Thank you.

Would recommend www.taxtitleservices.com.  This company out of CA does what an attorney can do for you for a fraction of the cost.  I have personally used this company and they are very fast and very professional.  Good Luck!

I am a very investor friendly title company and work with a lot of clients that need to go through the quiet title process. I know you are not in Florida like I am but if anyone that is reading this thread that is and needs to go through this process please check out cleartosell.com Its a very quick process and any Old Republic Title agent can close and insure the property for you. If you have any other questions please let me know.

Hey I live in Polk county and I use an attorney out of Ocala named Jon I McGraw.. He's a real estate attorney and is really good..

I'll +1 for @Ryan Kopczyk , he works for the title company that all of my and my family's closings go through. The attorney who works there is great is you do end up needing any legal counsel on anything as well.

@Matt Devincenzo Thanks man! I really appreciate you saying that. I didn't know you lived in California.

Dang! What better endorsements then that! Thank you guys so much. @Andrew Davis

Originally posted by @Bruce Kinser :

Would recommend www.taxtitleservices.com.  This company out of CA does what an attorney can do for you for a fraction of the cost.  I have personally used this company and they are very fast and very professional.  Good Luck!

 Hi Bruce, 

I knew about this company and I talked to them some time ago. They don't do quite title action, they basically provide a certificate that a tax deed sale was done properly and with this certificate you can get a title insurance from couple of their title insurances (last time i called it was boston national. But i was not quite sure if I will be able to get refi without a clear title. I Contacted couple of lenders and they say "we have never done this without a title, get back to us when you get a title insurance and we will talk to you then" But I don't want to spend more than $2K just to find out that I can get a title insurance and being unable to find a lender for this type of deal. 

If you used this company and was able to get a refi - can you please share lender's contact info that you used? If you can - i would really appreciate that. 

Thank you.

Originally posted by @Ryan Kopczyk :

I am a very investor friendly title company and work with a lot of clients that need to go through the quiet title process. I know you are not in Florida like I am but if anyone that is reading this thread that is and needs to go through this process please check out cleartosell.com Its a very quick process and any Old Republic Title agent can close and insure the property for you. If you have any other questions please let me know.

 Hi Ryan,

Thanks for this info. I heard about cleartosell.com (they even sent me couple postcards after i got a property) but i could not clearly figure out what exactly they do. Do they do similar service that taxtitleservice.com? (basically just help you to get title insurance) or they actually help you get a clear title? I heard that the only way to receive a title is through quiet title action.

thanks again.

Originally posted by @Ryan Kopczyk :

I am a very investor friendly title company and work with a lot of clients that need to go through the quiet title process. I know you are not in Florida like I am but if anyone that is reading this thread that is and needs to go through this process please check out cleartosell.com Its a very quick process and any Old Republic Title agent can close and insure the property for you. If you have any other questions please let me know.

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for this info. I heard about cleartosell.com (they even sent me couple postcards after i got a property) but i could not clearly figure out what exactly they do. Do they do similar service that taxtitleservice.com? (basically just help you to get title insurance) or they actually help you get a clear title? I heard that the only way to receive a title is through quiet title action.

thanks again.

Thank you all for your time. 

@Sergey Perevalov Hi Sergey, I believe they only work in Florida but they also issue a certificate that all is clear then an Old Republic agent like myself can then close and insure the property. I have done over a dozen so far and all but one were completed in less than 3 weeks. The client put the property under contract with the buyer. I then was clearing title, ordering estoppels and payoffs while cleartosell was doing their job. By the time I got my part done I received the certificate then closed. All of my clients love working with them. The website has some good info on it if you check it out. The FAQ's page is very helpful. 

I love building relationships so if you have any other questions or need help with anything please feel free to call or email me anytime.

Thanks,

@Sergey Perevalov You definitely want to do a quiet title process.  These "certification" services are Not the same.  I forget the first name (Henry I believe), but there is a Hicks law firm from the Tampa area, the owner died last year I believe, that is very experienced state wide in Florida doing these.  If for some reason there was an error in the process, the claimant would have to redeem, reimburse you for the purchase.  $2k is probably a good guess, but it will depend on the number of parties to be notified, which you can determine from the clerk's title search/notice list from the tax deed sale process.

Originally posted by @Ryan Kopczyk :

@Sergey Perevalov Hi Sergey, I believe they only work in Florida but they also issue a certificate that all is clear then an Old Republic agent like myself can then close and insure the property. I have done over a dozen so far and all but one were completed in less than 3 weeks. The client put the property under contract with the buyer. I then was clearing title, ordering estoppels and payoffs while cleartosell was doing their job. By the time I got my part done I received the certificate then closed. All of my clients love working with them. The website has some good info on it if you check it out. The FAQ's page is very helpful. 

I love building relationships so if you have any other questions or need help with anything please feel free to call or email me anytime.

Thanks,

 Ryan,

Thanks for info. I appreciate that.

Originally posted by @Wayne Brooks :

@Sergey Perevalov You definitely want to do a quiet title process.  These "certification" services are Not the same.  I forget the first name (Henry I believe), but there is a Hicks law firm from the Tampa area, the owner died last year I believe, that is very experienced state wide in Florida doing these.  If for some reason there was an error in the process, the claimant would have to redeem, reimburse you for the purchase.  $2k is probably a good guess, but it will depend on the number of parties to be notified, which you can determine from the clerk's title search/notice list from the tax deed sale process.

 Thank you, Wayne.

I will check them out.I appreciate your time.

Quiet Title Action is definitively not your only option. You could possibly obtain releases from anybody who had an interest on the property prior to the tax deed sale. I know it is not possible on most cases, but it is an option. 

Waiting out the statute of limitations period (4 years in FL) is another option.

TTS out of California has been qualifying tax deed properties for title insurance WITHOUT a quiet title action for the last 15000 years. Last year alone (2014) they completed the process on close to 600 properties.

Quiet Title Action is your other option. The problem in the length of time and fees. I do not think any attorney will offer a fixed fee. Maybe on their fees, but not on all the court and  service costs involved. Many factors go into place. 

For example, if they owner died. Does he have any heirs? Do they reside FL? Are you going to have to service them out of state? What if you can't find them? This will drag in court. Thus I say the problem usually in length and time. The worst case scenario with a quiet title action is if someone comes forward and wants the property back. Then, the clock starts to really tick!!! You may face

Good luck!!!!

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