Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind
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Buying a home will likely be the largest investment you make in your lifetime. So before you close, you need to know that nobody else can claim the property.
A title insurance company ensures that your new home is free of 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 title history of the property. Through its research, the title insurance company can almost always find 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 title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title insurance company is responsible for. Title insurance usually covers:
- 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 your title at no expense to you.
- Defective title — "Defective title" covers any number of problems with the title to your home. It can even include a "contested title". Other examples of title defects include problems with legal access to the property, easements that make the property less usable, unusable, or unsaleable. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title insurance company will uncover these problems, or if they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
At Coastal Mortgage Corp., we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call: 504-866-5626.
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