Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind
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Buying a home may be the biggest investment you make in your life. So before you sign on the dotted line, you want to be sure that the property's title is clear of any other claims.
A title insurance company ensures that your new property won't surprise you with 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 insurance company performs an extensive search on the title history of the property. The title company can almost always identify any title problems and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.
Real Estate law is extraordinarily complex. Title companies make sure that all the T's are crossed and all the I's are dotted so you don't end up with a clouded title and legal problems. Your title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title insurance company is responsible for. 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 company will defend your title and will cost you nothing.
- 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 complicated problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will discover these title problems, or should they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.
At Saab Mortgage, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at 703-288-0777.
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