Title Insurance for Your 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 will want to know that no individual or entity has a lien or claim to the property.
A title insurance company ensures that your new property won't surprise you with expensive encumbrances and other legal obstacles.
For a modest, one-time title insurance premium, you will receive continuous title insurance protection equal to the purchase price of the property or its current market value.
The title company searches the title history of the property. Through its research, the title 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 selling your property. Your owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title insurance company's responsibilities should any claim covered by the policy terms arise. Typically your title insurance will protect you in the following cases:
- 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 insurance 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. Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complicated problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will discover these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.
At Saab Mortgage, we answer questions about this process every day. Give us a call: 703-288-0777.
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