Buying commercial property always comes with some risks. One of those risks can be related to the property title. Commercial title histories can be long and complex, and it’s not terribly rare for previous liens or claims to a title to show up. The good news is that commercial title insurance from a title company can protect you and your lender from these risks. Here are a few key things you should know about commercial title insurance.
1. There Are Two Key Types of Title Insurance
When you’re purchasing a commercial property, there are two separate entities that should take out title insurance policies. The first is your lender. In fact, most lenders are required to have title insurance in order to hold the loan on a commercial space. This title insurance ensures that if there is an issue with the title, the lender is protected from financial risk.
The second party that should buy insurance from a title service is the buyer. In commercial transactions, this is generally the LLC, sole proprietorship, or corporation that is buying the property. This policy is separate from the one held by the lender, and it protects the business financially should any title problems come to light.
2. Title Searches Don’t Negate the Need for Insurance
Before you buy a piece of commercial real estate, you should have a title company conduct a title search. This search should turn up any liens or claims to the title prior to purchase. However, the title search process can occasionally miss liens. As such, a title search is not a replacement for title insurance. Even the best title company Pennsylvania has to offer may not be able to uncover everything in the search process, and insurance protects you from this possibility.
3. Commercial Title Insurance Is Paid For Once
Commercial title insurance is not something you or your business need to pay for month after month. Rather, you pay for this insurance via a one-time fee due at closing. The escrow agency will typically hold the funds while you’re in the process of purchasing the real estate. Then, when you sign the closing documents, the title insurance company will be paid for the policy or policies.
4. Title Insurance Offers Continued Protection
Policies to protect both you and the lender last for as long as you own the property. Or, in the case of the lender, they last as long as there’s a loan out on the property. So, if an issue with the title comes up in 5 years, you’re protected. If an issue arises in 15 years, you are still protected. It’s nice to get such long-lasting risk reduction for a one-time payment at closing.
Commercial property can be a sizable investment, so it is worth protecting your investment. Your lender will likely require title insurance, and you should strongly consider taking out a policy to protect your business, too.
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