A home is usually the largest single investment any of us will ever make. Title insurance protects against loss of value from hazards and defects that may exist in the title. These hazards include fraud, forged signatures on deeds, unknown property liens, and documentation errors. If you were uninsured and your right to title is challenged, you could lose significant money defending yourself or you could lose your home. Your mortgage lender will require a loan policy of title insurance to protect their interest in the value of your property, and a homeowner should purchase an owner's policy for the very same reason.
A title is a legal term used when referring to the ownership records about a piece of real estate. Title insurance provides you with protection from claims of ownership, outstanding debts of previous owners, and other title problems that you didn't know about prior to buying the property.
Title problems can potentially show up months or even years after the original purchase of the property, and that's the reason you need the help and support of a title company. The title company makes sure a property title is legitimate, so that the buyer may be confident that once he or she buyers a property, he or she is the rightful owner of the property.
To ensure that the title is valid, the title company will do a title search, which is a thorough examination of property records to make sure that the person or company claiming to own the property does, in fact, legally own the property and that no one else could claim full or partial ownership of the property.
During the title search, the title company also looks for any outstanding mortgages, liens, judgments or unpaid taxes associated with the property, as well as any restrictions, easements, leases or other issues that might impact an ownership claim.
Title insurance protects the lender and/or owner against lawsuits or claims against the property that result from disputes over the title.
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