Protecting Your Home with Title Insurance
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Purchasing a home is probably the single biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. So before you close, you need to know 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.
You pay the title 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 title history of the property. Through its research, the title company can usually find 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 title insurance 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. Title insurance covers the following:
- Contested title — Someone, usually a previous owner or occupant, claims they still own the property or have not given up their claim. In this case, the title company will defend the 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. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will discover these title problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
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