DEFINITION: A contract where by the Insurer, for valuable consideration, agrees to indemnify the Insured for a specified amount against loss through defect of title to real estate wherein the latter has an interest either as a purchaser or otherwise.
PURPOSE: Title insurance services are designed to afford real property owners, lenders, and others with interest in real estate, the maximum degree of protection from adverse title claims or risks. The financial assurance offered by a title insurance policy from the title company is, of course, the primary aspect of title protection. The policy affords protection both in satisfying valid claims against the title as insured and in defraying the expenses incurred in defending such claims.
THE TITLE SEARCH
Title companies work to eliminate risks by performing a search of the public records or through the title company’s plant. The search consists of public records, laws and court decisions pertaining to the property to determine the current recorded ownership, any recorded liens, encumbrances or any other matters of record which could affect the title to the property. When a title search is complete, the title company issues a commitment for title insurance (pre-lim) detailing the current status of title.
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