But you might also also check with international law specialists here in the states or Canada who may be able to give you some pointers before you enter that market. Depends on the value of the flat how much legal assistance may be sensible.
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You need to ask a lawyer in China about how it works over there.
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You need to find a real estate attorney licensed in China to answer your question. In the U.S., documents affecting title to real property are recorded, and copies of recorded documents can be obtained from the county recorder for a fee. If the Chinese system is anything like the U.S. system, you may be able to obtain a copy of that recorded document. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.