Title Insurance FAQs: Everything You Should Know


Most people only purchase title insurance a couple of times in their life. So it’s not at all unusual for customers to have questions about this. We believe that all title service customers deserve to have a thorough understanding of what they’re buying and why it is important. As such, we are always happy to answer our customers’ questions about title insurance. Below, you’ll find some of the most common questions we receive — along with their answers.

What are the two types of title insurance?

The first type of title insurance is owner’s title insurance, which protects your interest in the home as its owner. The second type is lender’s title insurance, which protects the bank that holds your mortgage. Lender’s title insurance is required in most cases. Owner’s title insurance is not always required, but it is highly recommended. The best title insurance companies will talk with you about your risk and help you decide whether an owner’s policy is needed.

Do you need owner’s title insurance and homeowners insurance?

Sometimes customers assume that if they have homeowners insurance, they don’t need owner’s title insurance. However, both types of insurance are important because they cover different risks.

Homeowners insurance applies to your home and physical property.  The owner’s title insurance protects the deed to your property and your actual ownership of the property. If any liens against the property or other defects in the deed were to be discovered after closing, title insurance would protect your ownership of the home. It would also pay for any fees or costs related to the discovery.

Do you need title insurance when you refinance?

When you refinance a mortgage, you do still need a lender’s title insurance policy. This policy protects the bank from any unknown liens or judgments against the property.

Do you need title insurance on new construction?

In most cases, you should still purchase title insurance when buying new construction. Even though the building is new, the land is not. The land will have had at least one owner before you. In this case, title insurance will protect you and the lender against any potential defects in the title for the land.

How do you pay for title insurance?

Title insurance is typically paid for during closing. If you close with a title company in Pennsylvania, the fee for title insurance is often wrapped up in a closing fee that also includes the title search and the settlement fee. The fee for title insurance is a one-time charge.

Hopefully, these questions and answers have cleared up some of the queries you had about title services. If you’re looking for a title company and an escrow agency , contact Heritage Land Transfer. With more than 30 years of experience, our award-winning team of professionals always put the clients’ needs first. We partner with industry leaders and employ our own team of in-house attorneys to ensure a smooth, worry-free closing process.

4 Things You Need to Know About Commercial Title Insurance

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.

Contact Heritage Land Transfer to learn more about our title services. Our stellar customer service, unmatched resources, and guaranteed lowest rates are brought to you by an award winning team of professionals, dedicated to helping our clients and partners have the most seamless transactions.