If you are going to purchase a piece of real estate, you will want to know if there are any liens or encumbrances against the property. We suggest that you contact a TITLE COMPANY or an ATTORNEY. You may discuss your situation with them and they can ascertain the best avenue for you. In Davison County there are two title companies:
Davison County Title Company 305 N. Kimball Mitchell, SD 57301 Phone: 605-996-6462 Fax: 605-996-6180 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have an attorney, the South Dakota Bar Association maintains a list. They can be reached at http://www.sdbar.org/: 222 East Capitol Ave., Pierre, South Dakota. Telephone No 605-224-7554 or in state Watts line of 1-800-952-2333.
Liens come in all types, some of them are indexed against the real estate and others are indexed alphabetically by the persons name only. It is a question of law as to whether they attach to a piece of ground. You can come in the office and search any of our real estate records yourself. We would be more than happy to show you where they are and how you can search, however, we cannot give legal advice or tell you what the documents means or if they are valid.
The Clerk of Courts also has Judgments filed in their office which as a matter of law may attach to real estate. The Treasurer has the information for the real estate taxes and special assessments that may be due and owing, the Finance Officer of the City has information concerning new special assessments, and the County Auditor has information concerning the payment of Davison County Liens.
If you utilize a title company to determine whether there are any liens against a piece of real estate, they will search all these entities for you and write a synopsis of what they determine may be a lien or encumbrance against the real estate you are interested in.