Title Insurance = Peace of Mind
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Buying a home will likely be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Before you close, 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 insurance 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 company performs an extensive search on the title history of the property. Through its research, the title insurance company can almost always find any title problems and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
Because Real Estate Law is so complicated, 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 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 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 company will discover these title 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 at 504-866-5626.
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