Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind

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Purchasing a home is probably the single largest investment you will make in your lifetime. Before closing on the house, you'll want to know that no individual or entity has a right, lien or claim to the property.

Determining that your rights and interests to the property are clear is the business of a title company.

You pay the title company a single premium which includes the cost of verifying clear title and covers you in case some fault is later discovered in the title.

The title company performs an extensive search on the property's title history. The title insurance company can usually identify any title problems that may arise and clear up these problems prior to closing.

Real Estate law is extraordinarily complex. Title companies make sure that all the T's are crossed and all the I's are dotted so you don't end up with a clouded title and legal problems. 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. In this case, the title company will defend the title and will cost you nothing.
  • Defective title — "Defective title" covers any number of problems with the title to your home. It can even include a "contested title". Other examples of title defects include problems with legal access to the property, easements that make the property less usable, unusable, or unsaleable. Many other complicated problems define "Defective title" or "Clouded Title." The title insurance company will find these problems, or if they miss them, protect you from financial loss - up to the amount of the policy.

First Community Bank of Central Al. can answer questions about title insurance and many others. Call us at (334) 285-8850.

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