Title Insurance Vs. Homeowner’s Insurance
Title insurance protects against losses due to defects in title. Before issuing a title insurance policy, title companies search and examine title plants or public records to identify liens, claims or encumbrances on the property, and alert you to possible title defects. The premium cost is a one-time fee payable at the time of escrow closing.
In contrast, homeowner’s insurance insures your house and contents and may provide coverage for losses due to fire or lightning, theft, vandalism, and personal liability claims brought against you, the policyholder. Homeowner’s premiums are often billed monthly, quarterly or annually and installment payment options are often available. Title insurers in California are not permitted to provide homeowners insurance to you.