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 WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE & FAQ’S Why Does the Lender Need a Policy on My Property
For the lender, a title policy is a guarantee that it has a valid and enforceable lien (loan or deed of trust) secured by the property, that no one else other than those listed on the policy has a prior claim (or loan, etc.) and that the party to whom they are making the loan does own the property being used as security for the loan. This protection remains in effect as long as the loan remains unpaid.
The existence of a lender’s title policy encourages lenders such as banks, savings and loan associations, commercial banks, life insurance companies, etc., to loan money. They must be concerned with safety should the borrower not make their payments. The title company insures that the title to the property is marketable in the event of foreclosure and the guarantee is backed by the integrity and solvency of the title company. Of course, this benefits everyone—from the single-family homeowner to the owner of a high-rise building
   What Types of Policies Are There?
Protection against flaws and other claims is provided by the title insurance policy which is issued after your transaction is complete. Two types of policies are routinely issued at this time: An “owner’s policy” which covers the home buyer for the full amount paid for the property; and a “lender’s policy” which covers the lending institution over the life of the loan. When purchased at the same time, a substantial discount is given in the combined cost of the two policies. Unlike other forms of insurance, the title insurance policy requires only one moderate premium for a policy to protect you or your heirs for as long as you own the property. There are no renewal premiums or expiration date.
How is Title Insurance Different Than Other Types of Insurance?
With other types of casualty insurance such as auto, home, health, and life, a person thinks of insurance in terms of future loss due to the occurrence of some future event. For instance, a party obtains automobile insurance in order to pay for future loss occasioned by a future “fender bender” or theft of the car.
Title insurance is a unique form of insurance which provides coverage for future claims or losses due to title defects which are created by some past event (i.e. events prior to the acquisition of the property).
Another difference is that most other types of insurance charge ongoing fees (premiums) for continued coverage. With title insurance, the original premium is the only cost as long as the owner or heirs own the property. There are no annual payments to keep the Owner’s Title Insurance Policy in force. Title insurance is extremely reasonable considering the policy could last a lifetime.
How Does a Title Insurance Policy Protect Against Claims?
If a claim is made against the owner or lender, the title insurance company protects the insured by:
1. Defending the title, in court if necessary, at no cost to owner/lender, and
2. Bearing the cost of settling the case, if it proves valid, in order to protect your title and maintain possession of the property.
Each policy is a contract of “indemnity.” It agrees to assume the responsibility for legal defense of title for any defect covered under the policy’s terms and to reimburse for actual financial losses up to the policy limits.
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