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What Title Insurance Policy is Right for You?

Get the basics on title and title insurance so you can make an educated decision about your policy.

What does “Title” mean to you?

Title refers to the ownership of a piece of real property, which means the right of possession, right of control, right of exclusion, right of enjoyment, and right of disposition. The title is a recorded document in the public records where the property is located.

Before you purchase a property, Real Land Title performs a search of the title to verify the current owner, determine if there are any restrictions on how the property may be used and discover if the title has any liens or defects. Details on what a title search uncovers are below:

A title search looks for:

Ownership History

The ownership history includes current and past owners of the property.

Title Defects

Examples of defects include misrecorded information in the public record, forged signatures on deeds, competing claims of ownership and previously unknown heirs.

Liens

Common liens include previous loans or mortgages that have not been paid off, as well as unpaid real estate taxes and mechanic’s liens.

Encroachments/Easements

These are disputes/resolutions about a property boundary line or items like utility poles, water lines, fences or driveways that cross a property boundary line.

What is Title Insurance? Why Do I Need It?

Title insurance is a form of indemnity insurance that protects against losses up to the coverage limit that result from issues not uncovered during the title search, including forged deeds, inaccurate legal descriptions of the property, unpaid taxes from previous owners, and undisclosed heirs claiming an interest in the property.

There are two kinds of title insurance policies. One protects the lender’s interest in the property if it was purchased with a loan. The other protect’s the owner’s interest in the property. Nearly all owners purchase title insurance, though it is not required. If the property is being purchased with a loan, lender’s will require a lender’s policy.

Examples of how title insurance can protect you:

Unreported Home Improvements

Surprise Construction Lien

Identity Theft

Competing Ownership Claims

Which Policy is for me?

The level of coverage you choose depends on the level of risk you are comfortable with.

Not Covered

Lenders Policy

This kind of policy only protects the lender’s interest in the property, not the owner’s. A lender’s policy only goes into effect if the lender takes possession of the property.

Covered

Owner’s Policy

A basic owner’s policy protects the owner against losses resulting from issues with the title or liens against the title that occurred prior to the purchase date and were not discovered in the title search.

Most Coverage

Owner’s Policy Plus

A more enhanced owner’s policy will include basic protections as well as protection against future claims, prior permit violations, survey errors and more.