Title Insurance Protects Your Biggest Investment

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Buying a home may be the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. So before you commit to the transaction, you want to be sure that the "title" of the property is clear of other claims.

A title insurance company does all the research to insure that a property has clear title. Making sure that a property is clear of all legal encumbrances is the job of a title company.

You pay the title insurance 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 insurance company can usually find any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems prior to closing.

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 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. 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 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". Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title company will discover these title problems, or should they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.

Community Trust Lending Team at Norcom Mortgage-NMLS ID#71655 can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Give us a call: (203) 526-9345.


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