Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
Purchasing a home is likely the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. So before you sign on the dotted line, you want to be sure that the property’s title is clear of any other claims.
A title company ensures that your new home 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 searches the property’s title history. The title insurance company can almost always identify any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems prior to closing.
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. In this case, the title insurance 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 insurance policy will protect you from these errors if the title company doesn’t discover them.