Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind
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Purchasing a home is probably the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. So before you close, you need to know that no one else can claim the property.
A title insurance 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 searches the title history of the property. Through its research, the title insurance company can almost always find any title problems and clear up these problems prior to closing.
Because Real Estate Law is so complicated, 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 selling your property. Your title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline the 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 — 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 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. Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Many other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title company will uncover these problems, or if they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
At Harbor View Lending* a DBA of Megastar Financial, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call: (207) 571-8034.