Frequently Asked Questions
What is Title Insurance?
Title insurance is security for your purchase. Your real estate purchase may be one of the largest investments that you will ever make. Title insurance from Meridian Title & Escrow, LLC, or from other Colorado Title companies, makes sure that your investment is protected from claims or restrictions that could result in legal entanglements or even the loss of your property.
Title insurance is issued from Meridian Title after a careful examination of the public records. But even the most thorough search cannot absolutely assure that no title effects are present, despite the knowledge and experience of professional title examiners. In addition to matter shown by public records, other Title problems may exist that cannot be disclosed in a search. Title insurance eliminates any risks and losses caused by defects in Title from an event that occurred before you owned the property.
Title insurance is different from other types of insurance in that it protects you, the insured, from a loss that may occur from matters or defects from the past. Other types of insurance such as auto, life and health cover you against losses that may occur in the future. Title insurance does not protect you against any future defects, but does protect you from previously existing risks or undiscovered interests. You pay a one-time premium for a Colorado Title insurance policy that remains effective until the property is sold to a new owner – even if that does not occur for decades.
What is a Lender's Policy?
A lender’s policy, also known as a loan policy or a mortgage policy, protects the lender against loss due to unknown title effects. It also protects the lender’s interest from certain matters that may exist, but may not be known at the time of the sale. This policy only protects the lender’s interest, it does not protect the buyer. That is why a real estate purchaser needs an owner’s policy.
What is an Owner's Policy?
An owner’s policy protects you, the buyer, against a loss that may occur from fault in the ownership or interest you have in the property. You should protect the equity in your new home with a title policy.
What does an Owner's Policy provide?
Protection from financial loss due to demands that may be charged against the title to your home, up to the coverage of the title policy. Payment of legal costs if the title insurer has to defend your title against a covered claim. Payment of successful claims against the title to your home covered by the policy, up to the coverage of the policy.
Why does the Buyer need Title Insurance?
Without title insurance, you may not be fully protected against error in public records, hidden defects not disclosed by the public records, or mistakes in examination of the title. As a result, you may be held fully accountable for any prior liens, judgments or claims brought against your new property. If this should occur, your title policy insures that you will be defended at no cost against all covered claims up to the amount of the policy.
How much does Title Insurance cost?
All title companies in Colorado are required to file their insurance rates with the state. The premiums are paid only once and the cost is based on the purchase price of the property. The policy amount must be equal to the purchase price of the property. Most sellers are entitled to a 50% discounted rate if the property was bought in the past 6 years of if refinancing and the property was refinanced within the 10 years.