When you receive the keys to your new home, you may already have an idea about the work that goes into a successful closing. However, few new homeowners recognize the efforts involved in searching and underwriting a title insurance policy – one part of your closing that can prove invaluable down the road.
Even for a newly constructed property, a title search can be quite time-consuming. While the actual structure in question may be new, the land on which it resides has likely transferred hands countless times prior to the new construction, making ownership issues a possibility down the road. Additionally, and in particular with respect to a newly-built home, there is no guarantee that subcontractors and/or suppliers have not placed liens on the property for unpaid debts.
Behind the Scenes
The legwork behind the issuance of a title insurance policy is rarely seen by the buyers or sellers of a property. Title professionals work to remove any existing “clouds” (judgments, easements, liens, etc.) prior to issuing a policy in order to decrease their financial risk to insure the title. When a cloud is difficult to clear or significant enough to question the wisdom of following through with the transaction, the title company will make this known to the prospective buyer.
Peace of Mind
The data collected through a title search not only gives the buyer peace of mind regarding the property they’re purchasing, but also helps reduce the risk of title problems arising in the future. This makes a title insurance policy a valuable investment towards protecting an even greater investment — your home.