NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF OWNER'S TITLE INSURANCE
FOR ONE-TO-FOUR FAMILY RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY
Buyer’s Name (“You” or “Your”): Date:
(Buyer’s Mailing Address: File Number:
[Buyer’s E-mail Address:]
Address of Property (“Property”):
An ALTA Loan Policy of Title Insurance (“Loan Policy”) only insures Your lender’s mortgage on the Property You are purchasing. Even though You pay for that Loan Policy, it will not provide title insurance protection to You.
If You want the benefit of Your own title insurance protection, You must buy Your own ALTA Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance (“Owner’s Policy”).
An Owner's Policy is available with a coverage amount equal to the purchase price of the Property. An Owner’s Policy is purchased for a one-time premium and protects You for as long as You own the Property. Possible problems covered by an Owner’s Policy can include:
· Someone else claims to own an interest in Your Property;
· Someone else claims a lien on Your Property, including an unpaid lien for real estate taxes, a mortgage, a judgment, or an unpaid homeowner's association lien; or
· You do not have a legal right of access to Your Property.
Another benefit of Your Owner’s Policy is that the title insurance company will pay the cost of defending You if someone sues You over a covered matter.
A preliminary report or title insurance commitment issued in connection with the Property is an offer to provide title insurance, is not a representation as to the condition of title, does not constitute an abstract of title, and does not provide You the protection of an Owner’s Policy.
[You also have the option of purchasing an ALTA Homeowner’s Policy of Title Insurance that covers more matters (“Homeowner’s Title Policy”). Ask Your [title company] for an explanation of a Homeowner’s Title Policy so that You can decide which policy is the best one for You.]
If You would like to review a sample of an Owner’s Policy [ or a Homeowner’s Title Policy], it will be provided to You on request.
If You would like a quote as to the cost for an Owner’s Policy [or a Homeowner’s Title Policy], [it will be provided to You on request][see attached.]
If You are uncertain as to whether You should obtain an Owner's Policy [or a Homeowner’s Title Policy], You are urged to seek independent advice.
I/We [Buyer] do request ____ an Owner's Policy [____ a Homeowner’s Title Policy (check one)]
I/We [Buyer] decline an Owner's Policy [or a Homeowner’s Title Policy]. I/We [Buyer] understand and agree to accept the risks associated with this decision.
[Witness clause optional]
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