Owner’s title insurance: Is it worth the price?

Part 1 of a series

While a homebuyer is required to pay for the lender’s title insurance premium, the owner’s title insurance is optional to the homebuyer, and sometimes homebuyers who are looking to shave dollars off their closing costs consider opting out of the owner's title insurance policy.

They may feel having an owner's title insurance policy is not worth the expense.

A lot of misinformation about owner’s title insurance permeates the blogosphere and, in fact, one Washington DC metropolitan area real estate broker regularly advises homebuyers NOT to spend the extra dollars to purchase owner’s title insurance coverage.

Most of the blog entries by this broker are replete with misunderstandings of the coverage afforded to a homebuyer by the owner’s title insurance.

In an effort to combat these misunderstandings, I am offering an on-going series of “real life” examples of why owner’s title insurance is worth the price.

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