Shopping for a home means coming to understand a world of legalities designed to help protect the process of property transactions in the United States. That means learning about the various stages of investigation needed to transfer ownership with confidence. Home inspections, appraisals, title searches, and other steps inform buyers and sellers of possible complications with the sale. When it comes to navigating these requirements, homeowners need to understand their obligations and the mechanisms built to protect them, such as owner’s title insurance. Read the rest of this entry »
New home purchasers can get caught up in a wire fraud scam in a mortgage transaction by cyber criminals if they aren’t careful! This type of fraud is happening more often. Some borrowers are fortunate enough to have a bank that recognizes that money is being sent to a suspicious account and the wire gets stopped. Otherwise, the mortgage borrower can lose their entire down payment on the house. Once a wire goes out to another bank it’s almost impossible to pull it back, even when Read the rest of this entry »
There are two types of title insurance policies that you will need to consider when getting a new mortgage. The lender will require you to purchase Lender’s Title Insurance, which protects the lender from future title issues. Yet, that doesn’t cover the homeowner. There is also Owner’s Title Insurance to consider, which is optional for the consumer to get. Read the rest of this entry »
I had a client recently who bought a house where the seller did not disclose that they had done some construction work recently but neglected to get all the proper construction permits. This has caused problems for the buyers after closing and the title company they chose did not check for open permits. The client emailed myself and the realtor and said: Read the rest of this entry »
Title insurance is insurance against defects in title to real estate. It is meant to protect an owner or a lender against loss due to title defects, liens or other title issues. It will defend against a lawsuit against the title, or reimburse the insured for the actual monetary loss incurred, up to the dollar amount of insurance provided by the policy.
Just as mortgage lenders require homeowners insurance to protect their investment, Read the rest of this entry »