There is little unanimity of viewpoint concerning the complex and controversial subject of real estate settlement costs. The diverse interests and pressure groups seem to agree, however, that the public land title records of most jurisdictions are disarrayed, complicated, and inefficiently organized. This observation has been made with such frequency and conviction that it appears beyond dispute, and it will not be contested here.
Dale A. Whitman, Optimizing Land Title Assurance Systems, 42 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 40 (1973-1974).