How to Protect Your Home From Deed Theft

[Question]I keep seeing ads for services claiming to protect people from home title fraud or deed theft. Is this even a prevalent problem? Is there an easy way for me to confirm that my title is clean rather than paying for a service?

[Answer]In 2008, the FBI identified "house stealing" as the "latest scam on the block." Since then, it has popped up periodically in cities

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