Title Insurance Protects Your Investment
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Purchasing a home is likely the single largest investment you will ever make. So before you commit to the transaction, you want to be sure that the "title" of the property is clear of other claims.
A title company ensures that your new home won't surprise you with 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 title history of the property. The title insurance company can almost always identify any title problems and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
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 with the title to your property. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline any recorded limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title insurance company is responsible for. Title insurance usually covers:
- Contested title — This usually happens when someone who owned or even lived in the home before you claims to still hold an interest. In this case, the title company will defend your title and will cost you nothing.
- Defective title — This is a general term for a legal problem with the title that cannot be corrected and includes "contested title" above. Other examples of title defects include problems with legal access to the property, easements that make the property less usable, unusable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title company will uncover these title problems, or should they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
Alternative Mortgage Group can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Give us a call at 561-395-4264.