title insurance


Definition of title insurance

: insurance against loss due to an unknown defect in a title or interest in real estate

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Certain transactions currently require title insurance companies to report the names of beneficial owners to the U.S. Treasury Department. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Real-Estate Deals Targeted Again in Renewed Russia Sanctions Bill," 15 Feb. 2019 Those regulations were put on hold pending a court challenge by title insurance companies. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "Cuomo Considering His Chief of Staff for Financial Regulator," 6 Dec. 2018 Currently, no mandatory reporting requirements are placed on real-estate funds, title insurance or escrow agents, the senators said. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Senators Seek Probe of Money Laundering in Real-Estate Market," 3 Oct. 2018 In some states, the buyer pays for the title search and title insurance; in others, the seller pays. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Is it smart for parents to buy a house for their college kid, then rent out the rooms?," 12 Mar. 2018 And in his post-mortem, Mr. Mirkovic pointed to Iowa, where land records were accurate, title insurance was cheap, and citizens could look up information in a statewide online database that did not use blockchain. Adrianne Jeffries, New York Times, "Governments Explore Using Blockchains to Improve Service," 27 June 2018 Nearly all of the 30 title insurance companies that do business in New York charge the exact same rate. Jim Dwyer, New York Times, "A 96-Word Law Would Be a ‘License to Bribery’ for Insurers," 30 Jan. 2018 In some states, the seller pays the title insurance costs. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "When selling a home, what charges do you have to pay?," 9 May 2017 Closing costs generally consist of loan origination fees, appraisal fees, title insurance, title search fees and taxes. Dottie Herman, Time, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying Your First Home," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of title insurance

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of title insurance was in 1886

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Legal Definition of title insurance

: insurance that compensates for loss from title defects or encumbrances (as liens) that were unknown but should have been discovered at the time the policy was issued

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