Title Insurance Protects Your Home Investment
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The biggest investment you will make in your life will probably be purchasing a home. 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 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 searches the property's title history. The title company can usually find any title problems 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 selling your property. 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 — 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 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. 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." 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.
At Coastal Mortgage Corp., we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at 504-866-5626.
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