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 WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE & FAQ’S What is Title Search?
Before issuing a policy of title insurance, the title company must review the numerous public records concerning the property being sold or financed. The purpose of this title search is to identify and clear all problems before the new owner takes title or the lender loans money.
Our research helps us to determine if there are any rights or claims that may have an impact upon the title such as unpaid taxes, unsatisfied mortgages, judgments, tax liens against the current or past owners, easements, restrictions and court actions. These recorded defects, liens, and encumbrances are reported in a “preliminary report” to applicable parties. Once reported, these matters can be accepted, resolved or extinguished prior to the closing of the transaction. In addition, you are protected against any recorded defects, liens or encumbrances upon the title that are unreported to you and which are within the coverage of the particular policy issued in the transaction.
What is Title Insurance?
The purchase of a home is often the single largest investment people will make in a lifetime; the importance of fully protecting such an investment cannot be over stressed. Title insurance is protection which assures that the rights and interests to the property are as expected, that the transfer of ownership is smoothly completed and that the new owner receives protection from future claims against the property. It is the most effective, most accepted and least expensive way to protect property ownership rights.
Because land endures over generations, many people may develop rights and claims to a particular property. The current owner’s rights—which often involve family and heirs—may be obscure. There may be other parties (such as government agencies, public utilities, lenders or private contractors) who also have “rights” to the property. These interests limit the “title” of any buyer.
Why Do You Need a Title Insurance Policy?
If title insurance companies work to eliminate risks and prevent losses caused by defects in the title before the closing, why do you need a title insurance policy? The title to the property could be seriously threatened or lost completely by hazards which are considered hidden risks—“those matters, rights or claims that are not shown by the public records and, therefore, are not discoverable by a search and examination of the those public records.” Matters such as forgery, incompetency or incapacity of the parties, fraudulent impersonation, and unknown errors in the records are examples of “hidden risks” which could provide a basis for a claim after the property has been purchased.
Title insurance isn’t just for a homeowner. Subdividers need it when planning a new tract of homes or a commercial strip center. Attorneys use it for clients who are investing in shopping centers, hotels, office buildings and countless other projects. Builders need it in order to obtain construction loans from their lenders. Everyone wants to have peace of mind when investing their hard-earned money. The title insurance company will help protect these important investments, no matter how large or small,
with its own reputation and financial strength.
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