In Georgia, all property records are public. Deeds, liens, mortgages and tax information are available to anyone who wants to pull them. With records being public, purchasers will know they are getting full ownership of the purchased property, and public records also let potential buyers know any restrictions that might be on the land.
But we must be reminded that the county clerks do not review documents to make sure they are valid or legal. Clerks simply record anything that has a notary and a witness. It is the attorney’s job to review those documents to make sure they are legal and binding.
There are plenty of fraudulent deeds and liens on record, so having title insurance is your best protection against issues that can remain concealed even after a thorough public record search.