Protecting Your Home with Title Insurance

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Purchasing a home is likely the single largest investment you will ever make. Before you close, you'll want to know that no individual or entity has a lien or claim to the property.

Determining that your rights and interests to the property are clear is the business of a title company.

You pay the title company a single premium which includes the cost of verifying clear title and covers you in case some fault is later discovered in the title.

The title insurance company performs an extensive search on the property's title history. The title company can almost always find any title problems 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 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 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. If this happens, the title company will defend your title at no expense to you.
  • 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 complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will uncover these title problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.

Channel Mortgage LLC can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Call us at (718) 639-9500.

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