A search that goes back to the FVD and each deed in the chain that was recorded since the FVD must be reviewed to verify that the title passes to the current owner of record. The names of the grantees in the FVD and all subsequent title holders must be run for Mortgages/Deed of Trusts, general liens, such as judgments and federal tax liens for the full statutory period applicable for that state. If a party is listed on a refinance order that does not appear on the FVD, then the name(s) must be run for liens and judgments like any other owner.
In addition, all defects, liens, and encumbrances specifically referred to in the documents revealed in the search must be reported as exceptions, unless properly disposed of. Where the subject property is located in an area where mineral conveyances and reservations are common, all such conveyances and reservations must be specifically excepted from the legal description.