Title Insurance Protects Your Investment

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The biggest investment you will make in your lifetime will probably be purchasing a home. Before you close, you'll want to know that no other individual or entity has a right, lien or claim to the property.

A title insurance company ensures that your new property doesn't carry 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 usually identify any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems 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 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. If this happens, the title company will defend the 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. 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 insurance company will uncover these title problems, or if they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.

At Reliance Mortgage Service, Inc, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at 562 320-0510.

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