The Role Title Companies Play in Real Estate- Ryan J Orr
Purchasing a home is probably the biggest single investment you are going to make in your lifetime. The importance of protecting your purchase cannot be overstated! With endless possibilities of things that may potentially go wrong during a real estate transaction, title insurance is crucial to ensure that the security of your new property is safe, sound and reliable.
Title insurance protects you the buyer against forgery, incompetence of grantor or mortgagor, unknown heirs, fraud, impersonation, and countless other risks that could occur during a real estate transaction. It helps to prevent future losses arising out of events that have happened in the past.
Your title company will search and examine the public land records surrounding title to your property. They will ensure that the seller is in fact the legal owner of the property, that the degree of ownership is currently and accurately vested in the seller, the status of the property taxes, among many other things in order to convey “clear title.”
Ticor Title Company is proud to offer the most comprehensive and customer oriented service available from any title company today. We take pride in our work and are consistently growing our market share because of our standard of excellence and commitment to caring about every transaction we process. We look forward to the opportunity to prove to you why Ticor Title Company is the absolute gold standard for title insurance today. Contact your Ticor Sales Executive to open an order!
The Role of the Title
Company in Real Estate
A HOME designed to meet the individual needs of the
family is a wonderful experience, but before the buyers
actually get their dream home, they will run headlong into
dozens of home ownership details.
The purchase of a home may prove to be the largest single
nancial investment many people may make in their lifetime;
therefore, the importance of fully protecting such an investment
cannot be overstressed.
A basic home ownership protection essential to the security of
the home is safe, sound, reliable title insurance.
But what is title insurance?
It is the application of the principles of insurance to risks which
are present in all real estate transactions. These risks are divided
into two main categories: Hidden hazards which cannot be
detected in the examination of title and human errors which will
always be with us.
Examples of hidden hazards are FORGERY, INCOMPETENCE
OF GRANTOR OR MORTGATOR, UNKNOWN HEIRS,
FRAUD, IMPERSONATION, etc.
Title insurance di ers from other types of insurance by protecting
against future losses rising out of events that have happened in
the past. There are no annual premiums. One premium, based
on the amount of the sale or mortgage, is paid when the policy is
issued and is good for the life of the policy.
A mortgage policy, insuring the lender, stays in e ect until the loan
is paid o . An owner’s policy, insuring the buyer, is good as long
as the owner or owner’s heirs own the property.
Initially, the title company will search and examine the public
land records to investigate information surrounding title to the
The facts revealed by the search will determine:
That the seller is, in fact, the legal owner of the
That the “estate” or degree of ownership being sold is
currently and accurately vested in the seller.
The presence of any unsatis ed mortgages; judgments
or similar liens which must be satis ed before “clear
title” can be conveyed.
Existing restrictions, easements, rights of way or other
rights granted to others who are not owners which
may limit the right of ownership.
The status of property taxes and other public or
These matters will be re ected in a preliminary report or
“title commitment”. The preliminary report is issued to
the mortgage lender or purchaser before the closing.
As you can see, the title company is constantly involved in
the sales transaction almost from the time the purchase
agreement is signed, through and beyond the closing.
Working mostly behind the scenes, but always in close
coordination with agents, escrow, lenders, and legal
counsel, Ticor Title strives to carry out this complex
procedure in an e cient and friendly manner.
Title insurance protection gives a homeowner peace of
mind by protecting the security of the home and the safety
of the investment.