There are many insurance products when it comes to your home, but not all are created equal. One such insurance policy that potential homeowners may encounter is known as “title insurance”.
This particular insurance is designed to protect residential or commercial property owners and their lenders against losses relating to the property’s title or ownership. In fact, it is so important to lenders that every single lender in Canada requires you to purchase title insurance on their behalf. It is not a requirement to have coverage for yourself, but that doesn’t mean you should dismiss it outright.
While title insurance can protect you from existing liens on the property’s title, the most common benefit is protection against title fraud.
Title fraud typically involves someone using stolen personal information, or forged documents to transfer your home’s title to him or herself – without your knowledge. The fraudster then gets a mortgage on your home and disappears with the money. As the old adage goes: “It’s better to be safe than sorry” and the same goes for insurance.
Similar to default insurance, title insurance is charged as a one-time fee or a premium with the cost based on the value of your property. This insurance typically runs around $300 for the lender and $150 for the individual. It can be purchased through your lawyer or title insurance company, such as First Canadian Title (FCT).