Protecting Your Home with Title Insurance
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Purchasing a home is probably the single biggest investment you will ever make. So before you commit to the transaction, you want to be certain that the property's title is clear of any other claims.
A title company ensures that your new home doesn't carry expensive encumbrances and other legal obstacles.
You pay the title company a single premium which includes the cost of verifying clear title and covers you in case some fault is later discovered in the title.
The title insurance company searches the property's title history. Through its research, the title company can usually identify any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
Because Real Estate Law is so complex, you need an expert to make sure that all previous transactions have been correct, so you don't end up with legal problems or a problem selling your property. Your title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline any recorded limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title company is responsible for. Title insurance covers the following:
- Contested title — Someone, usually a previous owner or occupant, claims they still own the property or have not given up their claim. If this happens, the title company will defend your title and will cost you nothing.
- Defective title — "Defective title" covers any number of problems with the title to your home. It can even include a "contested title". Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title company will uncover these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
At Alternative Mortgage Group, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us: 561-395-4264.