Real Estate
June 24, 2017
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Why you cannot opt out of title insurance when getting a mortgage

By: Scott Sheldon
April 28, 2017

If you are like most consumers, you want to have a clear understanding of the fees associated with a mortgage which includes closing process, lender fees, title fees, etc. This is so you know exactly how all the numbers add up. Here is something you need to know regarding getting title insurance when purchasing or refinancing your home.

When you take out a mortgage loan, you will see in the disclosures, you will receive these from your lender, title insurance is something you can opt out of. While this is technically true, no lender will fund your loan without title insurance in place.

Title insurance is to make sure the house you are purchasing is free from any other liens, encumbrances or any other parties that may have legal interest in the property. When you purchase a home for the first time, there are two forms of title insurance you are obligated to purchase. The first is a Lender’s Policy, which protects the lender against other interested parties. The second is an Owner’s Policy, which protects you. Any transactions you do on your property in the future, such as Subsequent Refinancing, would require you to purchase a Lender’s Policy.

Within the loan disclosures you receive, as an informed consumer, there is verbage that says you can opt out of title insurance. You can do this if you are not using financing to purchase the property. No lender would be granting you a mortgage to purchase a property without title insurance in place. This is because it protects them as well as making sure they are repaid the money they are lending you.

Picture this: You purchase a home with mortgage loan financing. The transaction closed and down the line another party comes along with the Grant Deed, showing they should rightfully be on the title. In such a scenario, the lender would have exposure for getting repaid. Especially if the other party was awarded the property, because there was no protection from the start.

Title insurance is expensive. As discussed above, purchasing a home requires two forms of title insurance. Refinancing only requires a Lender’s Policy as you are only required to purchase an Owner’s Policy when you purchase the home. Each time you refinance, there is a new title insurance policy. This is typically built into the closing cost the lender gives you in the form of a Non-Recurring Closing Cost, meaning a one-time expense.

Know when you purchase a home for the first time, you are going to be required to purchase a title insurance policy.

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Scott Sheldon is a local mortgage lender, with a decade of experience helping consumers purchase and refinance primary homes second homes and investment properties. Learn more at www.sonomacountymortgages.com.