Title issues in Pennsylvania occur often and can derail a real estate transaction in a matter of minutes. All the hard work and research put into finding or selling your home will go to waste without legal assistance. The team at Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam understands the various types of title issues that can affect the closing of your real estate transaction. Our team will work together to secure a suitable resolution to your problem without reaching the litigation stage. Should litigation be the only route, we will represent you in court.
Although your home is new to you, it has a history that you don’t know about. The title creates a chain of ownership as the title passes from owner to owner. If there is one chink in that chain, it can lead to issues during closing. A chink can be as simple as errors in the documents or name omissions. This can appear small but can be a major headache and lengthen the sales process.
The usual process for transferring a title can take about two weeks, but if an issue arises, this can take much longer to complete. First, a title professional will do a thorough search and examination of the title. This includes examining the public records to determine who owns the property and searching for any liens, levies, or other legal issues with the home. If we find errors during the search, only a costly solution may be the key to resolving the issue.
For example, if there is a lien on the home, the agent must work with the lien holder to get a statement of payment or arrange a way to pay off the lien. That may mean more money will be coming out of your pocket.
Any title errors can prevent a closing from going through and could lead to a courtroom battle. That’s why it’s important to hire an experienced real estate lawyer from Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam. Our attorneys will help resolve any title problems we find quickly. Working with our title company, Keystone Abstract Services, we can make sure to resolve all issues. Then you receive the title insurance needed to move the sales process forward.
When you walk through the property on the morning of the settlement, you may be excited to have this new start. Until the neighbor comes outside to let you know the house you are about to purchase is encroaching on his/her/their property. What should you do?
Under Pennsylvania Title Insurance Endorsement 300, the endorsement insures, without exception, anything discoverable by a land survey and insures against loss or damage by reason of encroachment. Whether it’s by the building on the mortgaged premises encroaching upon adjacent property, or by any building on adjacent property encroaching on the mortgaged premises, insurance can cover it.
Homeowners also have the option to utilize Endorsement 301. This is an owner’s policy that offers the same coverage to an owner or lessee as Endorsement 300 offers to a mortgagee.
If you have concerns about property encroachment, contact a real estate attorney. We’ll set up an appointment to have the land surveyed. Then we can begin the procedure for the Pennsylvania Title Insurance Endorsement 300 or 301.
Since 1962, the Scranton title dispute attorneys at Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam have been representing clients with their real estate issues throughout the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. With an impressive track record and years of experience, we know real estate law inside and out in Pennsylvania. If you are dealing with title issues during a home closing, we can help. Contact our attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.
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