Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
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The biggest investment you will make in your life will likely be purchasing a home. Before closing on the house, you'll want to know that no individual or entity has a right, lien or claim to 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 searches the property's title history. Through its research, the title company can usually find any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up prior to closing.
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 owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title company's responsibilities should any claim covered by the policy terms arise. 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 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 complicated problems define "Defective title." The title insurance policy will protect you from these errors if the title company doesn't discover them.
At Queen City Mortgage, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at (513) 247-5479.