Title is a legal term that indicates who legally owns a piece of property. Most people will encounter titles as they apply to a car or a home. Before buying a used car or a home, a title search is often required to ensure that the seller has the legal right to sell you the property. If they do not, the true owners (or owners of some portion, since a title can be for part of a property) may still technically own the property even though you “bought” it and have a claim on some, or all of it.