Many years of knowledge and experience—That’s the reason to choose EWM Title as your closing agent. We have the distinction of being one of Florida’s most reputable title companies, with unmatched skills in providing answers to your questions and resolving your issues quickly and professionally. Most importantly, we have a commitment to unparalleled service in the industry that continues to grow with each transaction.
At EWM Title, we provide the personal touch so often lost in today’s fast-paced world of real estate. You are always welcome to call us. Our friendly and helpful staff would be honored to provide you and/or your clients with an estimate of the cost of title insurance.
What is the purpose of title insurance? Simply stated, the purpose of Title Insurance is to protect the most important investment most people will ever make—their home. Title Insurance plays a major role in making home ownership safe and secure, providing protection against a number of title defects that could jeopardize an individual’s interest in the property they have just purchased. Title insurance protects your property against the past as well as the future. A policyholder is protected against challenges to rightful ownership of real property, challenges that arise from circumstances of past ownerships. Each successive owner brings the possibility of title challenges to the property.
What are the risks of not having title insurance? Risks include an unsatisfied mortgage, liens, judgments, unpaid taxes, and other recorded claims against the property. Mistakes such as incorrect marital status of previous owners, recording errors, improper foreclosure actions, and improper probate proceedings for prior owners are among the causes of title defects.
What does the lender require? The loan policy protects a lender against loss due to unforeseen title defects, but it does not protect the individual purchasing the property. This is a requirement of mortgage lenders. An owner’s policy is the only protection against this type of unforeseen risk.
What information is needed to submit the transaction to EWM title?
The information we need to process a transaction includes:
Names and phone numbers of Realtors®
Contract For Sale and Purchase
Buyer’s and Seller’s full names, addresses, and telephone numbers
Mortgage lender, name of loan officer, and telephone number
Seller’s current mortgage lender and loan number
A copy of the prior title policy (if available)
Homeowners’ Association name and address
Understanding Title Terms
Title is the right of ownership of property. Title gives the owner the right of possession and control of (as in to sell and convey) the property.
Title Search is a document history and detailed report of all transactions recorded in the public records affecting a specific property.
Title Defect is a problem with the title which prevents the title from being marketable. Examples of title defects are prepaid liens, such as tax liens, code enforcement board liens, and judgment liens. Title defects also include a deed or mortgage that was improperly executed; an error in the legal description; an encroachment, easement, or right of way. Title defects must be corrected before good title can be transferred by the Seller.
A Word About Real Estate: Real estate has traditionally been a family’s most valuable asset. It is a form of wealth that is protected by many laws. These laws have been enacted to protect one’s ownership of real estate and the improvements located on the land. The owner, the owner’s family, and the owner’s heirs have rights or claims in and to the property that you are buying. Those who may have an interest in or lien upon the property could be governmental bodies, contractors, lenders, judgment creditors, the Internal Revenue Service, or various other individuals or corporations. The real estate may be sold to you without the knowledge of the party having a right or claim in and to the property. In addition, you may purchase the real estate without having any knowledge of these rights or claims. In either event, these rights or claims remain attached to the title to the property that you are buying until they are extinguished.
The Past Can Determine Your Future: Generally, a person thinks of insurance in terms of the payment of future loss due to the occurrence of some future event. For instance, a party obtains automobile insurance in order to pay for future loss occasioned by a future “fender bender” or for the future theft of the car. Title insurance is a unique form of insurance. It provides coverage for future claims or future losses due to title defects which are created by some past event (i.e., event prior to the acquisition of the property.) These risks are far less obvious than those protected against by automobile insurance, but can be just as devastating. The following information will answer some commonly asked questions about title insurance.