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Why Title Insurance is Essential for Every Real Estate Transaction

Updated: Mar 14

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Embarking on the exciting journey of acquiring a home marks a significant life milestone, and safeguarding your investment becomes paramount. Whether you're making a cash purchase or securing a loan, obtaining title insurance is a crucial step in ensuring the lasting protection of your property.

While title insurance guards against hidden or unknown issues from the past, please don't confuse it with homeowner’s insurance. Understanding the distinct financial implications of these two types of insurance is vital for homeowners. It's critical to understand the differences in order to make well-informed decisions that will secure your investment in the long run. While homeowner's insurance is a more familiar concept, title insurance is equally important yet may be less well-known. This protection ensures that your property ownership remains undisputed but it does not insure the actual building or its contents.  Title insurance is concerned with your title to your property and your ability to have complete access to it.. Familiarizing yourself with both types of insurance ensures a comprehensive approach to safeguarding your home and financial well-being.

Why Get Title Insurance?

Title insurance is a crucial protective measure for home buyers and mortgage lenders, shielding them from potential financial pitfalls and complications from imperfect titles or title with defects. These policies offer comprehensive coverage for various standard claims that might surface against a property title, encompassing unresolved liens, overdue taxes, and conflicting wills, unpaid inheritance taxes, litigation liens, etc.

Title problems can arise from various situations, casting doubts on your rightful ownership and categorizing the title as 'bad’ or ‘encumbered’.  These issues can stem from myriad sources, spanning building code violations to intricate legal complexities. For instance, post-purchase revelations such as the seller lacking a legitimate claim to the property or a third party disputing the seller's ownership rights are not uncommon. Title insurance serves as a protective fortress against unforeseen title defects, safeguarding your investment and legal ownership. It provides peace of mind by ensuring that your property remains secure despite unexpected challenges, offering a robust defense against potential uncertainties.

Types of Title Insurance to Consider

Title insurance comes in two types of policies: lender's policies - linked to mortgage loans, and owner's policies - applicable to purchase and gift situations. Typically, it's the responsibility of the home buyer to cover the costs of both approaches.

A Lender's Policy is designed to protect the lender's interest in the property, with coverage matching the loan amount. As mortgage payments chip away at the loan balance, the coverage amount decreases accordingly.

On the other hand, an Owner's Policy is tailored to safeguard the property owner and covers up to the total original sales price of the property. Unlike mortgage policies, the coverage amount remains constant over time. Homeowners can bolster their protection by requesting an ALTA Homeowner’s Policy (also known as an Enhanced Policy) which provides more coverage than the Standard Owner’s Policy.  It's important to note that owners' policies may also extend to leasehold and construction loan policies, providing a comprehensive approach to safeguarding property ownership. 

Call Conestoga Title

Conestoga Title Insurance Company stands out in its commitment to offering comprehensive support and training to its agents, recognizing the diverse applications and needs for title insurance. Our team, known for its friendliness, expertise, and accessibility, ensures that agents and clients get consistently updated on industry developments and legislation. We keep everyone well-informed through channels like our company newsletter, website, memos, and direct communication.

Benefiting from a management team with over 100 years of combined experience, we have earned the respect of title agents, clients, and industry peers in Pennsylvania. Our success is rooted in the emphasis we place on building strong relationships. For more information contact us online today or call 800-732-3555.

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