Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
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Buying a home may be the largest investment you make in your lifetime. Before closing on the house, you will want to know that no individual or entity has a right, lien or claim to the property.
A title company ensures that your new property won't surprise you with 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 performs an extensive search on the title history of the property. The title company can usually find any title problems 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 with the title to your property. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title 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 insurance company will defend the 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. Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title company will discover these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
At Contemporary Mortgage Services, Inc, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call at 407-834-3377.
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