The title industry is an important part of every American's life. It may seem like a grandiose claim, but the work we do benefits not only each individual policyholder, but the nation as a whole. And yet, many people are unfamiliar with what title insurance is, what it does for them and the benefits of having a healthy title industry.
We protect policyholders from the unknown.
More than likely, your home is your biggest investment, and we protect your interest in that investment. Title insurance protects real estate owners and lenders against any property loss or damage they might experience because of liens, encumbrances or defects in the title to the property. Each title insurance policy is subject to specific terms, conditions and exclusions. While other types of insurance (such as flood, auto or homeowners insurance) provide coverage that focuses on possible future events, title insurance protects against loss from hazards and defects already existing in the title to a property. Some examples of such defects might be improperly executed documents from a previous sale of a lien against a previous owner.
Over half of all real estate transactions have a problem somewhere in the chain of title. We find these issues and assist in taking corrective action to enable the transactions to go through and allow our customers to have peace of mind about their new home purchase.
Title insurance provides valuable protection at a good value.
Another difference between other types of insurance and title insurance is in how the policies are paid for. Title insurance is purchased with a one-time premium and provides coverage for as long as the policyholder or their heirs own the property. This is unlike the annual or monthly premiums you must pay for other insurance types.
Examine the cost of title insurance over the life of the policy versus other types of insurance and you'll find that policyholders receive a great value for the money they spend.
If a homeowner were to pay the national average cost of a title insurance policy and live in their home for just five years, the annual average cost of the title insurance policy would be less than $200 a year.