Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind

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Purchasing a home is probably the single biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Before closing on the house, you will want to know that no other individual or entity has a claim or lien to the property.

A title insurance company ensures that your new home is free of 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 searches the title history of the property. The title company can usually find any title problems and clear up these problems before you close on the property.

Because Real Estate Law is so complicated, 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 title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline any recorded limitations on your ownership. It will also cover what the title 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 the 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. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title company will uncover these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.

At Channel Mortgage LLC, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at (718) 639-9500.

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