Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
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Purchasing a home is likely the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime. So before you commit to the transaction, you must be sure that the "title" of the property is clear of any other claims.
A title company does all the research to insure that a property has clear title. Making sure that a property is clear of all legal encumbrances is the job of a title company.
You pay the title insurance 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 usually find any title problems and clear up these problems prior to closing.
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 title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title insurance 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 company will defend your title at no expense to you.
- Defective title — "Defective title" covers any number of problems with the title to your home. It can even include a "contested title". Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Many other complex problems define "Defective title." The title company will discover these problems, or should they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
Harbor View Lending* a DBA of Megastar Financial can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Give us a call at (207) 571-8034.