When I was a kid, my parents bought a home that they thought was perfect. The only problem was that there were conflicting records about where the property lines were found. They ended up spending a great deal of money to get things straightened out.
Before I bought my first home, I hired a real estate attorney to check into everything to do with the property. He researched the history of the property, verified the property lines, and made sure there were no discrepancies with any of the previous sales.
If you are thinking of buying a house, let me tell you more about hiring a lawyer. Once you know more about how my lawyer protected my interests, I'm sure you'll see the wisdom of doing the same thing.