Title Insurance Protects Your Home Investment
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The biggest investment you will make in your lifetime will likely be the purchase of a home. So before you sign on the dotted line, you must be sure that the "title" of the property is free of any other claims.
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.
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 searches the title history of the property. Through its research, the title insurance company can usually find any title problems and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
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 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 insurance 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". 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 complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will discover these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial 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.