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Why do you need title insurance when you are refinancing?


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2007-11-21 16:54:06
2007-11-21 16:54:06

The policy purchased on refinance covers the new lender, not you. Your title insurance (assuming you got an owners policy when you purchased) remains intact unless you have done something to end the coverage. Two types of Policies are typically issued on residential properties: Mortgage Policy and Owner's Policy. Mortgage Policy covers the lender for the life of the loan. If a new loan number is issued and the current mortgage is paid off, then a new Policy is required. The life of the loan is for as long as the LOAN is in effect. Any time a new loan is obtained and the current loan is paid off, a new Mortgage Policy will be issued. However, the refinance rate is typically lower than the basic rate you may have paid at closing. Owner's Policy protects your interest in the property for as long as you own the property, be that 1 year or 100. It is a one-time fee. However, typically a mortgage policy can be assigned to another lender if the mortgage is sold or assigned on the secondary market. (Note: the loan number would be the same, only the "owner" of the mortgage has changed.)


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When purchasing or refinancing a home, you will have settlement conducted by a Title Company, the title company is also the licensed title insurance provider. Up to two policies will be issued. Maryland Specific: If you are purchasing a property and taking out a loan, the lender will require a Lenders Title Insurance Policy. And you will have the option of purchasing an owners title insurance policy for your protection. If you are refinancing your current home then the lender will only require the lender's policy. In both instances the title insurance policies will be issued at the time of closing.

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No you do not need a lawyer, Title Companies represent the sale/refinancing of property and are non-partial to seller and/or buyer. Title Companies represent the law of the transaction.

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It depends on the purchase price of the home, and if you are refinancing, the loan amount.

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Title insurance is usually required by the lender to protect the lender against loss resulting from claims by others against your new home. In some states, attorneys offer title insurance as part of their services in examining title and providing a title opinion. The attorney's fee may include the title insurance premium. In other states, a title insurance company or title agent directly provides the title insurance. A Lender's Title Insurance policy is usually required when you are refinancing. If you have an Owner's Title policy already (you probably received it with your recorded deed) and can provide the title agent with a copy of it, you can very often get a reissue credit that will greatly reduce the amount of money this lenders title insurance policy will cost you. To save money on title insurance, compare rates among various title insurance companies. Ask what services and limitations on coverage are provided under each policy. In many states, title insurance premium rates are established by the state and may not be negotiable. Even if the premium rates are not negotiable, many of the title-related fees can vary from company to company and should be compared as well.

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