FAQs

What is the difference between a full search and a limited search?
A full search includes research of the public records for a period that includes 50 years.  Full searches are recommended for sales or other transactions involving transfers of ownership.  A limited search is a search of the public records for a period less than 50 years.  This type of search is appropriate for preliminary investigations.  Liens and encumbrances that would be revealed by a full search may not be discovered within the limited search period.

Do you conduct closings?
Georgia requires attorney closings for real estate transactions.  Contact our office for a current list of approved closing attorneys.  We do not perform witness closings.

Do you issue title insurance?
Yes.  We are authorized agents for Chicago Title Insurance Company and Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company.  Our title insurance forms are licensed by the American Land Title Association (ALTA).

Do you sell lists of mortgages to third parties?
No.  See our Privacy Policy for more information.  Public deed information is maintained on-line by the Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority.

Can you assist with the preparation of the new 2010 HUD-1 settlement statement?
Yes, Atlas is well equipped to assist lenders and attorneys in the preparation of the new settlement statements.  For more information about new HUD guidelines, see the RESPA Regulations online on HUD’s web site.