Category: Real Estate


8 FAQs About Title Insurance

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Buying a home is a large investment and can be intimidating. To have confidence in your purchase, it’s critical to get an owner’s title insurance. Below are eight common questions homebuyers have during the process. 

 

  1. What is title?

    1. Title is your right to own or use your property. Title also establishes any limitations on those rights. For a visual explanation, click HERE.
  2. What is a title search?

    1. A title search is an early step in the homebuying process to uncover issues that could limit your rights to the property. If a title issue is discovered, most often your title professional will take care of it without you even knowing. After the title search is complete, the title company can provide a title insurance policy.
  3. What is title insurance?

    1. There are two different types of title insurance: an owner’s policy and a lender’s policy. If you’re buying a home, title insurance, or owner’s title insurance/owner’s title policy, is a policy that protects your investment and property rights.
  4. What’s the difference between an Owner’s Title Policy and Lender’s Policy?

    1. Usually a lender’s policy is required by the chosen lender and only protects the lender’s financial interests. The buyer typically pays for this policy, but that varies depending on the area.
    2. An owner’s policy is the best way to protect your rights as the property owner. This is usually handled as an “optional” policy, but…….
  5. Who pays for title?

    1. Either the buyer or seller may pay for an owner’s policy. It’s best to ask your real estate and title professional on how it’s handled in your area.
  6. Why should I purchase owner’s title insurance?

    1. Owner’s title insurance protects your investment in your property from certain future legal claims regarding ownership of your property. For a one-time fee, you and your heirs* receive coverage for as long as you own your home. The owner’s policy also covers potential legal fees and court costs for settling claims covered by your policy.
  7. What does owner’s title insurance cover?

    1. Sometimes undiscoverable defects can come up after the title search. Under an owner’s title insurance policy, you are protected against certain undiscovered errors in the title.
    2. Title issues include unknown:
      1. Outstanding mortgages and judgments, or a lien against the property because the seller has not paid his taxes
      2. Pending legal action against the property that could affect you
      3. Unknown heir of a previous owner who is claiming ownership of the property
    3. Unforeseeable title claims include:
      1. Forgery: making a false document
        1. For example, the seller misrepresents the identity of the person who sold the property.
      2. Fraud: deception to achieve unfair gain
        1. For example, someone steals your identity and either sells your house without your knowledge or consent, or takes out a second mortgage on the property and walks away with the money.
      3. Clerical error: inconsistent paperwork and historical records
        1. For example, an unforeseeable discrepancy in the property or fence line can cause confusion in ownership rights.
  8. How long am I covered?

    1. The great news is your owner’s insurance policy lasts for as long as you or your heirs* own your property. Your life will change over time, but your peace of mind never will.

Want more information?

Tampa Bay Title  helps homebuyers like you understand the importance of title insurance, so you can protect your property rights. You can click here  to watch informational videos with helpful information on the homebuying process, or feel free to reach out to our team by clicking HERE.  We’re happy to help!


Updates from the CFPB| 2015-07-30 | HousingWire

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants mortgage lenders to stop using marketing services agreements, and it’s using the stick rather than the rules process to do so. The industry says no fair, that’s regulation by enforcement. What do you think?

Source: CFPB to mortgage industry: Get out of MSAs | 2015-07-30 | HousingWire


Can I Get a HUD?

After October 3, 2015 you will no longer be receiving a HUD-1 settlement statement before consummation of a closed-end credit transaction secured by real property.

Say what?!?!

That’s right, I just said consummation of a closed-end credit transaction and no more HUD. There is new jargon to go along with the new, easy-to-read, consumer friendly, disclosures.

Bon Voyage HUD!

After October 3, the ‘HUD’  will be called a ‘Closing Disclosure’ (CD). ‘Closing’ will be referred to as consummation and the ‘Good-Faith-Estimate’ (GFE) will be called a ‘Loan Estimate’.

Take a peek at the new disclosures!

www.closing-disclosure.com

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General Requirements for the Loan Estimate Disclosure Post TRID

Stay on top of your game by familiarizing yourself with the general requirements that are going change in regards to the Good-Faith Estimate when the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule goes into effect.

First of all, it is no longer going to be called a Good-Faith Estimate but will then be identified as a Loan Estimate.

Guess what?!?!

The jargon isn’t the only thing that is changing! The new disclosure carries with it some timing deadlines as well as a new look and lay out to the forms used instead of the familiar GFE.

The creditor, formally known as the lender, is required to provide all consumers of closed-end transactions secured by real property with a good-faith estimate of credit costs and transaction terms.

Mortgage brokers or creditors may provide the Loan Estimate to the consumer when the mortgage broker receives the consumer’s completed application and must be provided no later than 3 business days after the completed application has been turned in.

This new TILA-RESPA form integrates and replaces the current RESPA GFE and the initial TIL for these transaction types. Creditors must issue a revised Loan Estimate only in situations where changed circumstances resulted in increased charges.

These general requirement changes are meant to help better inform, protect and serve the consumer. The Florida Agency Network is ready to guide the industry through these changes and looks forward to partnering with you to streamline the process.

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3 Things to Keep in Mind When Writing Contracts Post TRID

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The TILA-RESPA rule (TRID) is proposed to go into effect this year on October 3. Buyer’s Agents will need to be aware of 3 main things: what type of loan product their client is using to purchase, the expected closing date and if their title partner is approved to do business with their client’s lender of choice. This is especially true when it comes down to writing the contract.

Woman signing a paperNot all Transactions are Covered by the New Rule

Most closed-end consumer credit transactions that are secured by real property are covered by the new rule.

Certain types of loans that are currently subject to TILA but not RESPA are subject to the TRID rule as well, such as construction-only loans, loans secured by vacant land or by 25 or more acres and credit extended to specific trusts for estate planning purposes.

TRID will not cover HELOC’s, Reverse Mortgages or Chattel-dwelling loans. Other exemptions include loans that are made by a person or entity that makes five or fewer mortgages in a calendar year. In addition to, housing assistance loan programs for low- and moderate- income consumers are partially exempt.

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The typical timeline of the closing process is going to change not only in the form of new documents and disclosures but on the operational side of things as well. It will take some time for the industry to adjust to these changes. Just after the rule goes into effect, it is recommended to add on an extra 15 days to the closing date when writing the contract. Eventually, as the industry adjusts, the forecast predicts this will move us to a more paperless environment resulting in an even quicker closing timeline of less than the typical 30 days in Florida.

HandshakeIs Your Title Partner Approved to do Business With Your Client’s Lender?

Security is the main issue in regards to compliance between Title Agencies and Lenders due to the obligation both parties must protect Non-Public Information (NPI) data that is exchanged during a transaction. Lenders cannot do business with agencies that do not have compliant software to protect NPI. Technology has a big role in securing data. In an effort to comply, Agencies in the Florida Agency Network use SoftPro to secure the communication of NPI. You can find SoftPro on the American Land and Title Association’s Elite List of 12 Providers that can assist with compliance.

It is best to work with a preferred title partner that is compliant to ensure the least amount of hicups at the closing table. FAN has multiple agencies in our network that are ready to take on these changes. To find an agency in the network near you visit www.tampabaytitle.com or contact Max@FLagency.net.

Check out what the CFPB has to say below or visit their site by clicking here:

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Specific Record Retention Requirements for the TILA-RESPA Rule

Blog Headerarchival-records-storageThere are specific record retention requirements of the closing disclosure for the TILA-RESPA rule. Do your lending partners comply?

The creditor must retain copies of the closing disclosure and all related documents for 5 years after consummation.

If the creditor sells, transfers or no longer has interest in the loan the creditor must provide a copy of the closing disclosure to the new servicer.

There is no specific requirement on how the copies must be retained leaving the opportunity to streamline our lives through technology.

You can take a closer look below or to view the CFPB’s Compliance guide here.

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The Florida Agency Network is an industry leader in compliance. All agencies in the Florida Agency Network are prepped and ready to take on this industry game changer. It is important for your title partner to be compliant with the TRID rule once it goes into effect.

To find out more about partnering with a title agency in the network contact:

Max Jackson

Max@FLagency.net

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When is the CFPB going to Implement the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule?

As it stands now, the CFPB has proposed the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) implementation date be postponed until October 3. The rule is open for public comment until July 7, 2015 leaving the industry grasping for some much needed clarity until a final rule gets locked down.
According to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), before any major new rule goes into effect Congress and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) must receive a rule report. It must contain a copy of the rule and be received at least 60 days prior to the rule taking effect. The CFPB’s failure to turn in this two-page report to Congress on time is the reason for this much appreciated delay.

Stay tuned as we keep you up to date and don’t forget, the best way to prepare yourself is to join the conversation. In an ever changing industry it is important to partner up with a title agency that has aligned and complied with the new regulations. Agencies powered by the Florida Agency Network (FAN) are prepped and ready to lead the way during this immense industry change.

Find out more about partnering with an agency in the network:

Max Jackson

Max@FLagency.net


It’s Going Down in 99 Days!

Blog Header The TILA-RESPA rule goes into effect October 3 of this year. What transactions does it apply to? It applies to almost every closed-end consumer credit transaction secured by real property. Check out what the CFPB had to say below:

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In an industry that is constantly modifying it is important to partner with those who stay abreast of the changes. Title agencies that are in the Florida Agency Network (FAN) have been a part of the conversation and are ready to lead the industry through these changes. To find out more about partnering with an agency in the network contact: Max@FLagency.net

 Curious about compliance with the TILA-RESPA rule?

Check out the CFPB’s site.