Title Insurance Protects Your Home Investment
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Buying a home will likely be the largest investment you make in your life. So before you sign on the dotted line, you must be certain that the property's title is clear of other claims.
A title company ensures that your new property won't surprise you with expensive encumbrances and other legal obstacles.
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 property's title history. The title insurance company can almost always identify any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems prior to closing.
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 with the title to your property. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline the 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. 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. Other examples of title defects include problems with legal access to the property, easements that make the property less usable, unusable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title company will discover these problems, or should they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
Coleman Mortgage Company can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Call us: 972-932-9083.