Are you looking to buy a home in 2017? Buying title insurance should be on your mind. Like other insurances it’s purpose is to protect from unforeseen issues that may arise. Many people, however, see it as an unnecessary expense, when in reality this is not the case. As you begin your home search in 2017 , also begin your search for title insurance as it is important in the protection of your home.
Here is why you should purchase title insurance in 2017:
- Protect Your Home. Title insurance protects your home in case of any title issues that could arise after the initial title search. In Florida, title insurance is protected by laws and court precedents. Therefore, if a claim covered under the policy is filed against your property title, you only need to demonstrate that you’ve suffered actual loss without having to prove fault or negligence. By not having title insurance you take on a lot of risk that many people are not aware of. In a previous post it is outlined the different things you risk by not purchasing title insurance, scariest being the risk of losing your home. Some of the other risks include inheriting existing debt, like having an unknown lien on your home, or buying problems related to clerical errors.
- Save Money. Even though title insurance is technically not a ‘necessary’ expense, it could save you money in the long run. Many of us don’t see an unforeseen event like title problems. If you cannot solve the problem yourself and don’t have owner’s title insurance, the only thing left for you to do is hire a lawyer to represent you in court. If it is an ownership issue you will mostly likely have to pay the person bringing the issue forward their share of the house and cover all the costs in connection with the lawsuit. However, if you have an owner’s policy, the title insurance company has a duty to defend you in court, if needed, and cover the legal fees along with any monetary compensation awarded by the court to the person who brought the issue forward. Therefore, you’ll not only be able to keep the house but also have the title issue removed without paying a dime, other than the initial title insurance premium.
All in all, title insurance is like any other type of insurance in the way that no one wants to pay for it. However, it can be a real life-saver when people run into trouble. So save yourself the headache of dealing with title issues in 2017 and purchase title insurance when purchasing your property.
Guardian Title & Trust Inc., Proudly Certified in ALTA Best Practices, is a National title insurance company with offices located in Jacksonville, Florida and Fernandina Beach, Florida. Our agency will exceed your expectations, leaving you with a true impression of integrity, professionalism, and knowledge that goes above the standards. We know your home is important to you. That is why we are dedicated to help you protect it.