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 close, you need to be sure that that no one else can claim the property.
A title insurance company ensures that your new home won't surprise you with expensive encumbrances and other legal obstacles.
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 performs an extensive search on the property's title history. The title insurance company can usually identify any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems before you close on the property.
Real Estate law is extraordinarily complex. Title companies make sure that all the T's are crossed and all the I's are dotted so you don't end up with a clouded title and legal problems. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline any recorded limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title 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 insurance company will defend the title at no expense to you.
- 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. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title company will find these problems, or should they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
At Custom Lending Group, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call: (707) 252-2700.