Enhanced vs. Standard Title Insurance Policies

In our last post, we discussed four factors of importance surrounding title insurance. We also reviewed why it’s so important to have an Owner’s policy to protect your investment and interest in a property as a homeowner. But are all Owner’s Title Insurance policies the same? If not, what’s the benefit of one type over another?

A Reminder About Owner’s Title Insurance

No matter how new or old a property is, there’s always the risk of clouds on title, or defects. As a refresher, title insurance protects the policyholder against financial losses in the event of title problems or ownership claims to a property. While most Lender’s require homeowners to purchase a Lender’s Title Insurance policy to mitigate any potential losses against their investment, having an Owner’s policy is optional – but highly recommended. Owner’s policies are underwritten with either Enhanced or Standard coverage.

Comparing Enhanced vs. Standard Policiesscales of justice

Though both protect the homeowner against title problems in some regard, reviewing the benefits of Enhanced vs. Standard Owner’s polices really is an apples-to-oranges comparison. An Enhanced policy offers greater protection over a number of title defect categories, when compared with a Standard plan. To make the best decision in your own situation, it’s important to understand how these policies are similar, and how they differ.

Both Standard and Enhanced Title Insurance policies offer coverage for the following:

  • Easements or other land rights not listed on your policy
  • Ownership stake on your property
  • Inability to sell or secure a loan due to unmarketable title
  • Lack of pedestrian or vehicular access (Standard policy covers legal access only)

Here’s where they differ. An Enhanced policy offers greater title defect coverage, including in such instances as:

  • Forgery after the policy date
  • Damage due to easement use
  • Existing restrictive covenant violations
  • Zoning and subdivision violations
  • Encroachments

*It’s also important to note that with Enhanced Title Insurance, the policy coverage amount increases yearly to keep pace with property value increase (10% per year, up to 150%).

The Right Policy for Your Needs

Owner’s Title Insurance offers homebuyers peace of mind in knowing they’re covered for potential unexpected title discrepancies, and even more so when choosing an Enhanced policy. While the cost of Title Insurance varies based on sales price, the difference between the Enhanced and Standard Policy usually is only a matter of a few hundred dollars – a small price to pay for covering one of your greatest assets.


At Linear Title & Escrow, we are dedicated to helping you determine the best type of policy for your needs. Our team wants you to understand your options, and takes the time to explain the similarities and differences in policies so that you can make the right decision when it comes to protecting your real estate investment.

Have questions about Title Insurance? We have the answers you need! Contact us today at (757) 340-0340.



4 Things to Know About Title Insurance


4 Things to Know About Title Insurance

What is title insurance, and why should you have it? If you’re new to the home buying experience, “title insurance” is a term you’ll hear at some point during the real estate transaction process. Title insurance is a type of policy that protects against monetary loss due to previously undetected problems or defects on a property that arise after closing. In such a situation, title insurance saves the policyholder from losing money on their investment, time in court and the trouble of having to clear title issues.

What Should You Know About Title Insurance?

Since title insurance is such an important component of buying a home, it’s important to at least have a general idea of the basics surrounding these types of policies. Here are four things to know about title insurance:

  1. Lender’s and Owner’s Title Insurance fall under different policies. Lender’s almost always require the home buyer to purchase Lender’s Title Insurance. An Owner’s Policy is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
  2. Lender’s Title Insurance protects the mortgage lender’s financial interest in the property. It does not cover losses suffered by the homeowner.
  3. Owner’s Title Insurance guards against the homeowner’s real estate investment. It protects against financial loss, covers legal costs of defending title and mitigates the emotional expense of having to contend with title defects, or someone able to lay ownership claim to your property after closing takes place.
  4. What does an Owner’s Title Insurance policy protect against? Effective for as long as you own the property, an Owner’s policy safeguards against title defects like:
  • Incorrect legal descriptions
  • Improperly probated wills
  • Unidentified heirs
  • False impersonation
  • Fraudulent execution of documents
  • Incorrect delivery of deeds
  • Recording errors or omissions
  • Clerical errors
  • Forgery

*This is not a comprehensive list of potential title defects. A number of issues can cause title problems. For more on this topic, please visit our Title Insurance page, or contact your title agent, real estate agent or real estate attorney for additional information.

Want to learn more about Title Insurance Policies? Contact the knowledgeable team at Linear Title & Escrow today!

Buying a Home? Here’s What to Expect From the Closing Process

Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or seasoned pro, it’s always essential to be prepared throughout every step of the real estate transaction. And since closing on the home represents the consummation of your home buying experience, it’s important to know what to expect and how best to prepare.

Closing on a Home - Process

Steps to Home Ownership

Let’s first take a general look at how the home buying process works. Here’s what takes place after you’ve made an offer on a home and it’s been accepted by the buyer:

  1. Mortgage application process
  2. Home inspection
  3. Home appraisal
  4. Walk-through
  5. Closing

The Days Leading Up to Closing

While preparing for your home closing begins in the early stages of the home buying process, the few days leading up to your settlement date are when timely preparatory efforts are key. Your lender will send you a Closing Disclosure (CD) Form at least three business days prior to your scheduled closing.

The CD contains details regarding your mortgage, including mortgage terms and fees, as well as your closing costs. Take time to compare this document to the Loan Estimate you received earlier in the process. It’s extremely important to review the CD carefully, and follow up with your lender promptly if you have any questions or concerns. Waiting to do so may result in your closing being delayed.

What to Expect the Day of Closing

You’ll be contacted with your final figures prior to closing, either by your lender or settlement agent.

  1. On the day of your closing, you’ll be asked to provide payment for your closing costs. You can either wire the funds to the closing agency or submit payment with a cashier’s or certified check, made payable to the settlement agency conducting your closing.
  2. You’ll also need to bring a government issued ID (such as a driver’s license, passport military ID) on your closing day.
  3. Your closing agent will present your closing documents, page by page, and answer any questions you have. You’ll be asked to sign and/or initial certain pages within the closing documents.
  4. Once your closing documents are signed, you’ll receive the keys to your new home!

*If you have a representative signing on your behalf via a Power of Attorney (POA), the original POA document will be required at closing.

At Linear Title & Escrow, we are proud to serve our clients with the most efficient, streamlined closing process possible. Contact our knowledgeable team now for questions regarding a home closing!