Title Insurance Protects Your Home Investment

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Purchasing a home is likely the largest investment you will make in your lifetime. So before you close, you need to know that no one else can claim the property.

A title 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 insurance company.

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 property's title history. The title company can almost always identify any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up 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 owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title 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 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. Defects are rare, but they can be very difficult, making the property inaccessible, unbuildable, or unsaleable. Many other complex problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will find these title problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.

At Team USA Mortgage, we answer questions about this process every day. Call us: 218-237-5128.

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