What do "Title" and "Marketable" Title Mean?

Posted: September 07, 2016 | Last Updated: February 14, 2017

Written by: Edward D. (Ned) Brown


Lawyers and others dealing in real estate should have an understanding of the meaning of the words "title" and "marketable" (or "unmarketable") title.  Lawyers are frequently called upon to provide opinions as to someone's title to realty.  Whether or not one's title to realty is "marketable" (or "unmarketable") will usually determine whether or not an insurer's indemnification obligation under a title insurance policy will be triggered.  See here for a discussion of this.