Frequently Asked Questions

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Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions, designed to provide you with quick and comprehensive answers to some of your most common questions. We hope this resource will assist you in finding the information you need. If you don't find what you're looking for here, please give us a call or email us and we'll help get you the answers you need.

A title company plays a crucial role in real estate transactions. It conducts a comprehensive examination of property records to verify the property’s ownership history and ensure that the title is free from any undisclosed liens, encumbrances, or legal issues. Additionally, title companies provide title insurance, which protects buyers and lenders from potential financial losses arising from unforeseen title defects. Throughout the transaction, the title company manages escrow accounts, facilitates the closing process, and ensures a smooth transfer of property ownership. In essence, a title company’s primary goal is to establish and safeguard the legal ownership and rights associated with a property, ensuring a secure and trouble-free real estate transaction.

At a real estate closing, several important steps take place to finalize the property purchase. Firstly, parties involved gather at apredetermined location, typically including the buyer or seller, real estate agents, and a representative from the title company. During the closing, the following key events occur:

  1. Identification: Buyers and Sellers will be asked to present two forms of government issued identification such as Drivers License, passport, etc.
  2. Review and Signing of Documents: Both the buyer and seller review and sign various legal documents. These may include the deed, the mortgage agreement, the promissory note, and other required forms.
  3. Closing Disclosure: Both the buyer and seller receive a closing disclosure statement, summarizing the financial details of the transaction.

  4. Title Transfer: The seller transfers the title to the buyer, officially transferring ownership. This is done by signing the deed, which is recorded with the local government.

  5. Funding and Mortgage: If applicable, the buyer’s lender provides the funds for the purchase. The buyer may also provide a down payment if required.

  6. Distribution of Funds: The title company distributes funds to the appropriate parties, including paying off the seller’s existing mortgage, transferring the remainder to the seller, and covering any outstanding fees.

Once these steps are completed, the real estate transaction is officially closed, and the property legally belongs to the buyer.

First, we think that a real estate agent can provide valuable services when selling your home to maximize your sale price and minimize your hassle.  But, if you decide to sell your home on your own, we can be a valuable partner for individuals looking to sell their home on their own, a process often referred to as “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO). We can assist in the following ways:

  1. Utilizing a title company brings professional expertise to the FSBO process, helping sellers navigate complex legal and financial aspects, ultimately making the transaction smoother and more secure.
  2. Manage the escrow process, securely holding the buyer’s earnest money and other funds throughout the transaction. This impartial handling of funds adds a layer of trust to the FSBO sale.
  3. We conduct a thorough title search to ensure there are no hidden liens, encumbrances, or title defects that could complicate the sale. This information is critical for establishing a clear title, a fundamental aspect of any real estate transaction.
  4. We assist in preparing the necessary legal documents for the sale, including the deed, bill of sale, and any other required forms. This ensures that the transaction adheres to local and state regulations.
  5. Coordinate the closing meeting, ensuring that all parties are present and the necessary documents are signed and notarized. They also handle the disbursement of funds to the seller and any third parties involved in the transaction.
In summary, a title company can provide essential services to
individuals selling their homes themselves, helping ensure a legally
sound, secure, and successful transaction.

Title insurance is a type of insurance policy designed to protect real estate buyers and lenders from financial losses related to unforeseen issues with a property’s title. It safeguards against potential problems such as undisclosed liens, ownership disputes, and errors or omissions in public records. If a covered issue arises that affects the property’s ownership or marketability, title insurance provides financial compensation and legal defense, helping to ensure a smooth and secure real estate transaction.

You need title insurance to safeguard your investment and protect your property rights when purchasing real estate. Title insurance helps ensure that the property you’re buying has a clean title, free from any hidden issues, like unpaid liens, undisclosed ownership disputes, or errors in public records. If such issues arise after your purchase, title insurance covers the financial losses and legal costs, providing peace of mind and ensuring your ownership is secure and undisputed. In essence, it’s a crucial safeguard to protect your investment in real estate.

A clear title refers to a property’s ownership status, indicating that there are no legal issues, claims, or encumbrances that could challenge or hinder the owner’s right to the property. It essentially means that the property’s ownership history is free from disputes, unpaid liens, or other complications, making it legally marketable and transferable. Having a clear title is essential for a smooth and secure real estate transaction, ensuring that the buyer can take full ownership without any unexpected legal or financial burdens.

We hope that answers your questions, but if not, please be sure and give us a call or send us an email.  We’ll try and get you the answers you need!