Protect Your Property Rights
Make sure to purchase an owner’s title insurance policy to protect your property rights. Find out how, for a one-time fee, an owner’s policy can protect your important property rights for as long as you or your heirs own the property. You can also learn with a title search about common and real-life title problems that could impact your property rights.
Get an Owner’s Policy to Protect Your Property Rights
New homeowners want to focus on buying new furniture for the living room and painting walls. They don’t want to be worrying about having to pay a bill left behind by a previous owner.
Lenders require a title insurance policy to protect their investment. You should have a policy to protect your investment as well. For a one-time fee paid at closing, an owner’s policy can protect your property rights for as long as you or your heirs own the property.
An owner’s policy protects you from:
- Unpaid mortgages
- Unpaid property taxes
- Child support liens
- Missing heirs who could claim the property belongs to him or her
- Missed easements or rights of way that could limit your use of the property
Different Types Of Title Insurance Policies
There are two types of title insurance policies. As mentioned previously, the owner’s policy protects the homebuyer. A loan policy protects the lender. Most lenders require a loan policy when they issue a loan. The loan policy is usually based on the dollar amount of the loan. It only protects the lender’s interests in the property should a problem with the title arise. It does not protect the buyer. The policy amount decreases each year and eventually disappears as the loan is paid off. An owner’s policy, typically issued in the amount of the real estate purchase, provides protection for as long as you or your heirs have an interest in the property.