Protecting Your Home with Title Insurance
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The biggest investment you will make in your lifetime will likely be purchasing a home. So before you close, you need to know 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.
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 property's title history. The title insurance company can almost always identify any title problems and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
Real Estate law is extraordinarily complicated. 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 the limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title company is responsible for. Typically your title insurance will protect you in the following cases:
- Contested title — This usually happens when someone who owned or even lived in the home before you claims to still hold an interest. 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". 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 find these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
Custom Lending Group can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Give us a call at (707) 252-2700.