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Ready to Buy Your First Home?

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Buying your first home is a big step. Homeownership is a substantial commitment, and it's important to make sure you are truly ready before taking the plunge. Whether you are buying a house with a partner or flying solo, there are certain signs that can indicate when you are ready to buy a house at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here is a quick look at a few of them.


You Are Weighing The Costs Of Renting Versus Buying
When you were first starting out, renting was likely the obvious solution. Buying a home seemed completely unfeasible financially - and even if you could have afforded it, you probably wouldn't have wanted to since you weren't ready to be tied to one place. At a certain point, however, the balance will start to tip. You'll find yourself imagining having a place of your own and beginning to research the true costs of buying a home in your area. While the desire to own a home in and of itself is not enough to indicate whether you are financially ready to buy a house…

Making Title Insurance Easy to Understand for the First-Time Buyer

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Buying your first home should be a thrilling experience. And while it is an exciting time, it's likely to be a pretty overwhelming process all around, and for good reason. Your home is quite possibly the largest investment you'll make in your lifetime, so you'll want to be confident that all aspects of the process are handled correctly. Buying a title insurance policy is an important way to protect your investment. As your trusted Lake of the Ozarks title agency, we're here to help familiarize you with the process.


How Title Insurance Works

As its name suggests, title insurance insures your title. That is, it insures your right to use and occupy your land, as your title legally allows you to do.

Whereas other types of insurance (home, auto, etc) protects against issues that may happen in the future, title insurance guards against issues that may have already occurred but are yet undiscovered. Examples of these types of issues include:
Mistakes in public recordsForged or un…

Why Your Title Company Selection Matters

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Mostly all real estate transactions require the full (and careful) integration of many moving parts in order for a deal to close smoothly. The sellers, buyers, lenders, and real estate agents must work together to bring the transaction to a successful resolution. However, these important parties aren't the only ones who will be closely involved in the transaction process. While you as a buyer or seller may not realize it, a Lake of the Ozarks title company will also play a crucial role. Read on to see why your title company selection matters:


What Does The Title Company Do?
While first-time buyers generally do not understand the role a title company plays as well as they understand lenders' or realtors' responsibilities, that does not mean a title company's role is any less important. Here is a quick look at the types of responsibilities a title company will fulfill during the closing process:
Ensuring validity of the titleIssuing the title insurance policiesServing as t…

Understanding Your Title Commitment

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During the home buying process, buyers typically have to go through the steps of getting a title insurance policy, whether it's the Owner's policy and the Loan policy, or just the Loan policy itself. One of those steps is to request for a title commitment to be completed and to review that report once the title insurance company sends it to you. But what exactly is a title commitment and what does it entail? This week, we'll go over in detail what it is and what information it provides to home buyers and the title company.


What is a Title Commitment?
A title commitment is basically the title company’s promise to issue a title insurance policy for the property after closing. The title commitment contains the same terms, conditions, and exclusions that will be in the actual insurance policy. Almost every purchase and sale agreement contains language requiring the seller to provide the buyer with title insurance. At Arrowhead Title, we issue the title policy using forms distri…