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It insures that the record title is good subject only to the exceptions expressly set out in the Policy. It also insures against certain matters which do not appear of record such as forgery identity of parties incompetence of former owners interest of missing heirs and status of individuals not having the "right" to sell property.
What Risks Are Not Covered?
The standard owners policy and standard mortgage policy are based on public records of the recording district in which the land is located. It does not insure against matters which would only be disclosed by actual inspection or survey of the property. It does not insure against certain matters not shown by the public records such as unrecorded easements liens or money obligations; unrecorded utility rights of way public or private roads community driveways and other types of encumbrances or against the rights or claims of persons in possession of the property which are not shown by the public records.
Can Protection Be Obtained Against Matters Not of Record?
Upon application the issuing company may specially cover matters which are disclosed by a physical inspection and/or a survey of the property subject to any exceptions which the inspection will determine to be proper. An additional risk premium is charged for this type of coverage. Insurance of this kind is called Why Should I Have It Re-Issued to My Purchaser When I Sell?
The coverage of your policy is against all matters that appeared of record up to the date of issuance of your policy. Since that time many documents may have been recorded some of which may affect the title to your land. Taxes and assessments may have accrued and be unpaid. There may have been actions in court affecting your title. The purchaser is entitled to have full information and protection as to the condition of the title right up to the date of his purchase. In addition there may be matters of record which would prevent either the seller or buyer from selling buying or mortgaging land until such matters have been cleared. These items include such things as federal tax liens judgments incompetence divorce actions and other conditions which the title search may disclose.
How Are Premiums for Title Insurance Determined?
Title Insurance Premiums are determined by the amount and type of coverage provided. Unlike other insurance premiums however the title insurance premium is paid only once as the policy is effective for so long as title or "ownership" remains in the name of the insured or his heirs or devises. Rates are filed with the insurance commissioner who regulates the activities of title insurers.
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