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The primary role of a title insurance company is to research the legal history of the property in order to anticipate any potential problems and resolve them before you close on the purchase. After you close, a title insurance policy continues to protect against any claims on your property that were not found before closing.
There are two types of title insurance: Lender’s title insurance and owner’s insurance title. Lender’s insurance is a requirement if you are getting a loan. An owner’s title insurance policy is technically an option, but most real estate attorneys recommend their clients purchase one.
Your lender will require you to buy title insurance to protect it if a problem were to arise regarding your legal right to the property. If you want the mortgage loan, you usually have no choice but to buy a lender’s title insurance policy for the amount of your loan that will benefit the lender should there be problems down the line.
However, if a problem with your title is discovered after you close, the lender’s title insurance policy does not usually protect you, the owner. Without your own owner’s title insurance policy and coverage, you could lose any equity you have in your home.