Buyers & Sellers
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What is Title Insurance?
When a home is purchased, the buyer is given a title to the property. There can sometimes be a mistake in a previous deed, mortgage, will etc., that can result in a legal claim against the property. For a new home, it can protect against loss should a defect arise. Title Insurance protects the interests of both the lender and home buyer and covers the insured party against claims and legal fees that could arise.
Unexpected title claims include:
- Outstanding mortgages and judgment
- A lien against the property because the seller has not paid his taxes
- Pending legal action against the property that could affect you
- An unknown heir of a previous owner who is claiming ownership of the property
What is Escrow?
When purchasing a home, the buyer writes an earnest money check that is placed in “escrow”. Escrow is a financial arrangement in which a third party holds and regulates payment of the funds until a contract is negotiated between the buyer and seller. Once the transaction is finalized, the proper funds can be released. Escrow protects both parties and reduces the risk of fraud.