A preliminary report is designed to facilitate the issuance of a particular type of policy. The preliminary report identifies the title to the estate or interest in the described land. It also contains a list of defects, liens and encumbrances and restrictions which would be excluded from coverage if the requested policy were to be issued as of the date of the report, together with a disclosure of selected policy boilerplate provisions attached as an exhibit to each report.
A realtor will often obtain a copy of the preliminary report in order to discuss the matters set forth in it with his or her clients. Thus, a preliminary report provides the opportunity to seek the removal of items referred in the report which are objectionable to the prospective insured. Such arrangements can be made with the assistance of the escrow.