Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind
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The biggest investment you will make in your lifetime will likely be the purchase of a home. So before you close, you need to be sure that that no one else can claim the property.
Determining that your rights and interests to the property are clear is the business 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 company performs an extensive search on the title history of the property. The title insurance company can usually find any title problems and clear up these problems before you close on the property.
Because Real Estate Law is so complex, 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 any recorded limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title insurance company is responsible for. 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 — 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. Any number of other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title company will find these title problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
Ashok Lakshmanan can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Give us a call at 630-717-3600.