Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
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Purchasing a home is probably the single biggest investment you will ever make. So before you close, you need to be sure that that nobody else can claim the property.
Determining that your rights and interests to the property are clear is the business of a title company.
For a modest, one-time title insurance premium, you will receive continuous title insurance protection equal to the purchase price of the property or its current market value.
The title insurance company searches the property's title history. Through its research, the title insurance company can usually find any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems prior to closing.
Because Real Estate Law is so complicated, 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 owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title insurance company's responsibilities should any claim covered by the policy terms arise. Title insurance usually covers:
- 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 the 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 complicated problems define "Defective title." The title insurance company will find these problems, or if they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
At Alternative Mortgage Group, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call at 561-395-4264.