Protecting Your Home with Title Insurance
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Buying a home will likely be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. So before you close, you need to be sure that that no one else can claim the property.
A title company ensures that your new home doesn't carry 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 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 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 with the title to your property. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline any recorded 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. Any number of other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will uncover these problems, or if they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Call us at 540-433-6611.
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