Real estate closings may be considered a volume business, but we know that no two files are exactly alike. Our experienced escrow team understands the steps involved in any residential or commercial closing. The firm is affiliated with both Chicago Title and Independence Title, and offers mobile closing services, giving you unparalleled flexibility.
5 Things to Know About Title:
- Although not required, title insurance is a smart financial move that helps to protect a buyer’s investment. Unlike other types of insurance, a title policy protects the buyer from events that occurred in the past.
- A title commitment is a document evidencing the title company’s commitment to insure the title to a property and issue a title policy if certain conditions are met.
- An owner’s title insurance policy is a contract that protects the buyer of a property from financial loss due to a defect in the title that existed when the policy was issued. Such defects include prior liens, undisclosed heirs, or gaps in the chain of title. Without title insurance, a buyer has limited recourse should any of these situations arise.
- A mortgage title policy is a contract that protects the lender from a financial loss due to a defect in the owner’s title. The mortgagee policy does not protect the owner from loss, but does repay the balance of an owner’s mortgage if a claim against the title or property voids the title.
- If a problem arises after the policy has been issued, the buyer makes a claim with the title insurance company, which has a duty to pay for financial losses resulting from covered items such as those listed above and to defend the buyer against challenges to title.
Hancock McGill & Bleau provides closing and funding services even for transactions that do not include title insurance. We deliver the same high-level of service that we offer our title law customers and offer two convenient closing locations for you:
6010 Balcones Drive, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78731
Near Mopac and 2222