|Title Insurance & Title Searches|
|Purchasing a new
home, condominium, townhouse, apartment building, commercial space
or raw land may possibly be the biggest single investment you may
make. Title insurance will protect your interest in the ownership of
that real estate. When making the decision to purchase or refinance
real estate you should be aware that it is your right to choose the
title company that will represent you to insure the property and the
lender you have selected.
|What is Title Insurance?|
It's insurance that
protects you and lenders from any loss incurred as a result of a
defect in the title. That could be an ownership interest that no one
knows about, or a lien incurred by a previous owner.
When you refinance you are obtaining a new loan, even if you stay with your original lender. Your lender will require lender's title insurance to protect their investment in the property. You will not need to purchase a new owner's title policy; the one you bought at closing is good for as long as you and your heirs have an interest in the property.
|What is a Title Search?|
Construction of a new home
raises special title problems for the lender and owner. You may
think you are the first owner when constructing a home on a
purchased lot. However, there were most likely many prior owners of
the unimproved land. A title search will uncover any existing liens
and a survey will determine the boundaries of the property being
purchased. In addition, builders routinely fail to pay
subcontractors and suppliers. This could result in the subcontractor
or supplier placing a lien on your property. Again, lenders want to
be sure the property has clear title, and they are insuring the
correct property. Title insurance will protect you against these
potential problems and pay for any legal fees involved in defending
To find out more, contact us here.
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