One fee you may pay when you buy a home is for an owner’s title insurance policy and for a lender’s title insurance policy. Title insurance for a lender assures the lender that you own the home free and clear, with no liens on it. When you buy title insurance a title company will run a title search to check public records for information on the home. When you get an owner’s title insurance policy, the title insurance company protects you from title issues that your real estate property might have had prior to your ownership. It may be fraud, it may be a lien that is not discovered, or another title issue. In these instance, the title company’s title insurance policy will protect you from undisclosed issues. Who pays for the title insurance varies by state – sometimes it’s the buyer, sometimes the seller. Learn the ins and outs of title insurance here.
What can you do when you discover an old oil tank leak on your recently purchased property? Your options may be limited, especially with the title company. Q: I bought an investment property located on the edge of a river. Apparently, years ago, a nearby oil tank leaked. The tank was not disclosed in the [...]
Will title insurance save this homeowner from having to repay a mortgage? A homeowner is trying to rely on her title insurance to help her repay an $80,000 mortgage so that she may transfer ownership to his children in the future. Q: My neighbor can’t transfer the title of her house to her children due [...]
A divorced woman wants to make sure the property she's buying from her ex-husband does not have any outstanding liens. Liens may include mortgage loans and home equity lines of credit or HELOCs. An attorney can also help sort out whether there are any outstanding liens and ensure that the title is free and clear of liens.
A father changed the ownership of his property from joint tenants with right of survivorship to tenancy in common. The father later signed a quit claim deed giving his interest in the property to his daughter. What does tenancy in common mean for property ownership? Is the property ownership divided equally so everyone gets the same amount of land? State laws and how the father changed the joint tenancy will determine the answer to the property ownership.