IS TITLE INSURANCE IMPORTANT?
Title insurance plays a major role in making certain home ownership is safe and secure. The title insurance company protects against loss due to any defect in title, and in the event any problems should arise, its the title companys obligation to provide legal support. A reputable title insurance company offers reliable purchasing information, insight into historic matters of importance, and the security of a state licensed and regulated company.
How Does It Work?
Unlike most material purchases, paying money for real estate and receiving a deed to property does not assure the buyer of a free and clear title. According to real property laws, once settlement is final, the buyer is financially responsible for any valid claims made against his or her property. This means that any unsettled matters involving the property and past owners become the current owners problem. For example, the property title may have been transferred by a minor or someone who was legally incompetent. The possibilities are endless. However, title insurance assures you that your investment is secure.
One of the title insurance companys main functions is to conduct a thorough title search of the property, which is a review of all matters affecting the state of ownership. The search also reveals tax information, rights of ways for power companies, and any unsatisfied liens or claims against the property. However, sometimes the most careful investigation fails to disclose title defects. For this reason, buyers purchase title insurance to protect themselves and their mortgage company. Title insurance is actually a package of two separate policies, one covering the buyer and the other covering the lender.
How Much Does It Cost?
In most states, the title insurance premium is a rate that each title insurer must have approved by the state Insurance Department. Generally, the rates are the same or very similar between companies. Please ask your agent for a Conestoga rate card in your state. When selecting a title insurance company, we understand how important cost is to you. Our pricing is competitive, but price is only a small part of the picture. The rest is personalized, quality service.
Although the premium is paid only once,
at settlement, title insurance continuously protects the owner or his/her
heirs as long as they own the property. There is no annual renewal payment
needed to keep your policy in force.