Title Insurance for Your Peace of Mind

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The biggest investment you will make in your life will probably be purchasing a home. Before you close, you will want to know that no individual or entity has a 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 insurance 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 searches the title history of the property. Through its research, the title insurance company can usually find any title problems that may arise and have these problems cleared-up before you close on the property.

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 title insurance owner's policy will describe the property and outline the limitations on your ownership. It will also set forth the title insurance company's responsibilities should any claim covered by the policy terms arise. Title insurance usually covers:

  • 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 at no expense to you.
  • Defective title — This is a general term for a legal problem with the title that cannot be corrected and includes "contested title" above. Other examples of title defects include problems with legal access to the property, easements that make the property less usable, unusable, or unsaleable. Any number of other complicated problems define "Defective title." The title company will discover these title problems, or should they miss them, insure your loss up to the amount of the policy.

At First Community Bank of Central Al., we answer questions about this process every day. Call us at (334) 285-8850.

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