Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind
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Buying a home may be the largest investment you make in your lifetime. Before you close, you'll want to know that no individual or entity has a claim or lien to the property.
A title company ensures that your new home won't surprise you with expensive encumbrances and other legal obstacles.
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 property's title history. The title insurance company can almost always find any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
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 any recorded 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 — 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 the title and will cost you nothing.
- 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 discover these problems, or should they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
At Ashok Lakshmanan, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call: 630-717-3600.