Who Chooses Which Attorney to Use at Closing?
The buyer chooses which title attorney they’d like to process the transaction, but your realtor or lender may provide advice or suggestions to help you choose. The title attorney helps to protect you and your lender’s investment, so choosing an experienced attorney with a longstanding reputation is critical. At Bradley Moreau Title, we’ve been opening doors for the people and families of Acadiana and South Louisiana for decades. Our experienced team of closing professionals can get you home without the hassle, so contact Bradley Moreau Title for a closing that’s smooth, easy, and stress-free!
What is an Abstract?
An abstract is the summary of title and includes original documents that are filed with the Clerk of Court throughout the history of the property. The abstract includes physical attributes like lot size, the official address or location, square footage, and township, as well as owner information, consideration, terms of the transactions, subdivision covenants and restrictions, liens, encumbrances affecting the property, status of the property taxes, and more. It is a very helpful tool when reviewing title, as the abstract contains the entire history from when it was built through today.
What is a Title Commitment?
Who is being insured: generally, the lender and any future investors are the insured, along with the purchasers of the property, assuming an Owner’s Policy is being issued.
The amount of the insurance: typically, this is the loan amount for the mortgagee, or in the case of a cash sale, it is the sales price for the owner.
What is Title Insurance?
The following are just a few examples:
- Clerical error
- Forgery, fraud, incompetency, and incapacity
- Lack of legal access to the property
- “Missing links” in the chain of title
- Unknown heirs to property due to successions, improper identification of owners, etc.
- Surveyor errors
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The two most common types of title insurance policies are:
- Mortgagee: Almost always required by the lender, this policy protects the lender’s interest in the property up to the amount of the loan. This policy must be purchased every time a borrower gets a new loan on a piece of property. It protects the lender and terminates when the loan is paid off.
- Owner: Owner’s title insurance protects the owner against title defects for as long as he owns the property. When purchased at the same time as the mortgagee’s policy, it is usually considerably less expensive than when purchased separately.
New homebuilders may also purchase lien coverage, which provides additional insurance to an owner or lender during the construction of a new home. This protects against the event of any liens being in place on the property for non-payment of labor or materials during construction.
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What is a Lien?
Lien coverage may be purchased during the construction of a new home to provide additional insurance to an owner or lender for protection if any liens are place on the property.
What is a Closing?
The process involves all applicable parties and usually takes place in the closing agent’s office. Once gathered together, all necessary documents, including the deed, are inspected, discussed, and finally signed before the funds for the sale are released to the closing agent. Copies are made of all paperwork, for the records of both the buyer and the seller, while the official documents are filed away with their appropriate government agencies. Congratulations on your real estate purchase!
What Does A Title Company Do?
The title company works to protect the investments for buyer and their lender. They employ several different specialists that help facilitate a smooth closing process, from the pre-closer and abstractor to the title attorney(s). Their legal professionals will thoroughly review the title of the property while the pre-closer helps the attorney to gather necessary documentation from all parties. The Closing Secretary will then work with the lender and realtors to put together your closing package and documents for signing. The title attorneys at Bradley Moreau Title are licensed to provide title insurance to the buyer, which is a one-time fee to protect your investment from unknown legal issues beyond closing.
What Is A Title Attorney?
Your title attorney coordinates with both the buyer and seller, their realtors, and the lender to create an open line of communication between all parties and gather all necessary documentation for closing. The title attorney will also review the title of the property that’s up for sale, to discover and eliminate potential legal snags in the process. If a property has unpaid taxes, liens, or other “clouds”, your title attorney will work with all parties involved to have those issues cleared before the transaction. Our title attorneys at Bradley Moreau Title are here to make your closing smooth, easy, and stress-free!