Title Insurance Protects Your Home Investment

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Purchasing a home is probably the biggest 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 free of any other claims.

Determining that your rights and interests to the property are clear is the business of a title insurance 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 company performs an extensive search on the property's title history. Through its research, the title insurance company can usually identify any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up 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 company is responsible for. Typically your title insurance will protect you in the following cases:

  • Contested title — This usually happens when someone who owned or even lived in the home before you claims to still hold an interest. In this case, the title company will defend the title and will cost you nothing.
  • 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. Any number of other complex problems define "Defective title." The title insurance policy will protect you from these errors if the title company doesn't discover them.

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