Understanding the Importance of Title Insurance: Why Every Homebuyer Needs It
As a homebuyer, protecting one of the most significant investments of your lifetime is paramount to ensuring a smooth and secure transaction. Title insurance provides you some essential protection, shielding you against potential title issues that could threaten your ownership rights.
Title insurance is a type of insurance that protects against defects or issues with the property’s title. A property title represents the legal ownership of the property; if there are problems with the title, there could be problems with your ownership. Title insurance ensures that your ownership is clear, valid and free from any undisclosed liens, claims or other challenges to your ownership.
Transferring the title of a property begins with a title search, but even the most thorough search may not turn up every hidden issue. Unfortunately, title issues like forged documents, undisclosed claims to the property or unpaid liens can surface even after the sale goes through. Without title insurance, you could be on the hook for timely and expensive legal battles to protect your investment without jeopardizing your ownership claims.
Should an issue arise with the title, title insurance provides coverage and financial protection against the defect. A lender’s policy, which is usually required as a condition of your loan, protects the lender’s interest in the property, while an owner’s policy protects your investment as the homebuyer. Title insurance is paid as a one-time premium at closing and will cover you for the duration of your ownership, ensuring your investment is safeguarded for as long as you own the home.
If you are starting the home-buying process, it’s important to work with a reputable title company to conduct a comprehensive title search. They can work to resolve issues that arise from the search before closing and issue you a title insurance policy to cover any issues after.
Title insurance isn’t just insurance against title defects, it’s an assurance of peace of mind as a homebuyer. To confidently move forward in your home purchase with a quote for title insurance, call Clear Title at one of our conveniently located offices.
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