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5 Ways Title Insurance Protects You after a Home Purchase is Completed

Family moving into a new home

As a new homeowner, protecting your investment is at the top of the “to-do” list. From buying security systems to obtaining homeowners insurance, there are countless ways to protect your investment. Obtaining title insurance through an Owner’s Title Insurance Policy, insures your homeownership rights aren’t affected after you’ve purchased your home.

Here is a list of a few examples that can come up after your home purchase.

  1. Boundary and Survey disputes:
    When closing with a title agency, request a survey of your property. This shows the boundary lines, easements and encroachments of the property. With this information, you will better understand your property and protecting you from anyone making claim to portions of your property.
  2. Errors in closing documents:
    Clerical errors beyond your control can affect the Deed and/or Mortgage on your property.
  3. Unknown liens:
    Prior owners of your property may have “overlooked or forgotten” certain bills pertaining to your new property. While this isn’t your own debt, or your fault, financial institutions can place liens on the property for unpaid debts, even after you’ve closed.
  4. Missing heirs or undiscovered wills:
    There are cases where heirs go missing or are unknown at a person’s time of death. Other times, family members may discover, or challenge, a will for property rights long after you’ve purchased your home.
  5. False Impersonations & Forgery:
    Common or similar names make it easy for a person to impersonate a property owner and putting you at risk. If you purchase your property from a person not the rightful owner, your ownership rights are in jeopardy.
    The same goes for forged or fabricated documents filed with public records. If a previous “owner” has no rights to the property, you risk losing your property.

For buyers, one of the most important ways to protect your property rights is getting an owner’s title insurance policy, or title insurance. Agencies within The Florida Agency Network provide homeowners with the peace of mind and the smooth closing they deserve.

Contact any of our offices for more information on our closing services and how we can help you during the closing process.


Welcome to Florida: Buyer Pick or Seller Pick?

Here’s a little disclaimer Aaron M. Davis, CEO of Florida Agency Network, likes to give when speaking on title insurance in Florida.

“Florida, where a judgment can attach to a piece of property simply by filing a document with the clerk, and the name doesn’t even have to be spelled correctly.

Florida, where the county may or may not have to actually FILE an enforcement action on a property for it to attach, as long as they were thinking about doing it at some time.

Florida, where an unlicensed contractor can pull a permit on a house to put on a new roof, not close a permit, and 10 years later you have to hire a licensed contractor to go back, fix the prior’s work, and close the permit.

Florida, were the seller picks the title agent or attorney, and pays for title insurance, but only depending on the county you are in. Or, even depending on what PART of a county you’re in.”

Across the country, there are 37 states where the buyer picks/pays for title and 12 states where it’s customary for the seller to do so.

Then there’s Florida.

Where the Buyer picks in:

  • The Panhandle
  • Sometimes around the beach areas in Sarasota
  • South Manatee County (but only to the Manatee River, where North is customary for seller to pick)
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Broward County
  • Collier County
  • Some of Palm Beach County, but not North…..

Then, seller picks in the majority of the other areas…

HUH???

Title scholars, settlement experts, underwriting counsel, and others  who still say things like “HUD statements, policies in triplicate, dot matrix printers, and white out,” have contemplated WHY this occurs in Florida.

Well, Aaron has figured it out!  We can blame two men named Henry. (Of course, it’s a man’s fault.)

Henry Plant and Henry Flagler

These two gentlemen were railroad tycoons who ventured deep into Florida. The areas they ended up in became tourist destinations, with great beaches, water access, and lots of construction opportunities. Plant’s rail line landed in Sarasota, and Flagler’s line had a few stop down the East coast of Florida, landing in Palm Beach and Miami.

With all those tourists and construction came the attorneys who handled those transactions, several of who previously resided in New York. And in New York, you guessed it – it’s customary for the buyer to pick and pay for title.

As for coastal areas, well, those buyers are typically wealthy, so we guess they just get stuck with the bill.


FAN and SETCO Partnership Featured in The Title Report

Today’s Title Report update features FAN’s latest announcement on the partnership with SETCO Services LLC.

“Florida Agency Network (FAN) is joining forces with SETCO Services, LLC headquartered in Destin, Fla. FAN CEO Aaron Davis told The Title Report this latest venture marks a new initiative by the title insurance agencies…”

To read the full feature, click HERE.

To read the press release, click HERE.


Florida Agency Network and SETCO Services, LLC Join Forces to Bring Statewide Solutions

Florida’s premier network of independent title agencies joins forces with the largest independent agency in North Florida to bring settlement services to real estate professionals throughout the state.

Tampa, Fla. – August 12, 2016 – Florida Agency Network (FAN), Florida’s largest network of independent title insurance agencies, announces that it is joining forces with SETCO Services, LLC,
headquartered in Destin, FL. This latest venture marks a new initiative by FAN to grow the Network through the creation of strategic relationships in certain key Florida markets where FAN is currently under-represented. As opposed to other FAN locations established through organic growth or formalized partnerships, the SETCO announcement represents FAN’s first non-equity relationship where the entities will support one another and avail themselves of each other’s locations, client relationships,
marketing, and other ancillary services.

Through these new relationships the network benefits by adding additional locations to its statewide footprint, and better service for its clients through additional brick and mortar offices with local
knowledge and expertise, while the new FAN agent partners gain access to vast resources and a robust menu of products and services.

“We are incredibly excited to announce the formation of this strategic partnership with SETCO Services, LLC, which is a first of this kind for us. It represents a new approach to true partnership amongst independent agents in Florida,” says Aaron M. Davis, CEO of the Florida Agency Network. “We are able to significantly expand our territory through additional brick and mortar locations while keeping that ‘boots on the ground’ local knowledge to better serve our client base. At the same time, both of our companies share the same vision and commitment to industry compliance through the completion of our SOC 1 and SOC 2 certifications. We plan to focus our combined energies and expertise on serving a broader range of customers and delivering more efficient solutions across the state.”

SETCO Services, LLC will utilize the back-office solutions provided by FAN. Centralizing the non-core title services will allow SETCO Services, LLC to better focus on providing exceptional service for every real estate professional while maintaining top-notch security and protection of NPPI via FAN’s compliance controls.

“The relationship with Florida Agency Network will allow SETCO to offer more diverse yet streamlined services which will only further improve the customer service to our clientele,” says George T. Brannon, Jr., Chief Operating Officer of SETCO Services, LLC. “The Leadership and goals of our companies are like-minded and this opportunity will provide all organizations partnered with Florida Agency Network to grow more efficiently and effectively in the markets they choose to lead.”

FAN’s tight security controls consist of SSAE 16 SOC 1 and SOC 2, ALTA Best Practices Certification (pillars 1-7 via 3rd Party), and support through its I.T. affiliate, Premier Data Services (PDS). PDS is a Managed Service Provider that offers solutions for unmet needs within the real estate and settlement services industry.


FAN CEO, Aaron M. Davis, to Speak at 2016 NS3 Summit

The National Settlement Services Summit offers a destination for industry leaders to come together for “unrivaled networking and learning.” This year’s theme is Knowledge In Action and will offer educational breakout sessions with keynote speakers who are highly regarded within the Settlement Services Industry. One of which will be our very own Aaron M. Davis, CEO/President of Florida Agency Network.

Davis will be speaking in the Breakout Session “Business NOT As Usual” on Tuesday, June 7 from 9:40 am – 10:40 am. Davis, along side Cynthia McGovern, Founder of Orange Leaf Consulting, will discuss life in a post-TRID world and how to embrace the changes to elevate business results.

To register for NS3, visit www.tinyurl.com/NS3Registration. You can save $30 when you use the Coupon Code: SPEAKER.

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Understanding Your Loan: Cash And Transaction Summaries

Page 3 of your Closing Disclosure will compare cash requirements from your Loan Estimate to your actual final charges. If “Did this change?” is “YES” notes for changed sections should be provided.

The bottom line final “Cash to Close” is the money you will need in-hand in three business days.

If your transaction has a Seller the summary table will show a line by line comparison of Borrower to Seller transaction details.

If there is no Seller you may see a Payoffs and Payments table instead.

Review the summary tables to understand the transaction and your financial commitments at loan consummation.

Understanding Your Loan: Closing Cost Details

Page 2 of your Closing Disclosure details specific closing costs.

Section A includes: Origination charges collected by the lender Origination fees paid to brokers, loan officers or other parties and Discount Points – prepaid interest. These figures should match your original Loan Estimate.

Section B covers services for which you could NOT shop. The total of these should be within 10% of the total from your Loan Estimate.

Section C covers services you could shop. If you chose providers from the lender’s written list, costs should be within 10% of Loan Estimate. The set of services you can shop may vary on different loans.

The Recording Fees in Section E should be within 10%; other costs in E, plus F, G and H, may vary from your Loan Estimate without tolerance limits.

This page will also break out the costs YOU will pay, before or at closing; the costs the Seller will pay, any costs paid by others and any credits from your Lender.

Understanding Your Loan: Closing Disclosure Page 1

The first page of your Closing Disclosure documents:

  • The Loan Amount – the total you will actually borrow
  • The Interest Rate – which does NOT include the fees factored into the APR on Page 5

If this loan has a penalty for pre-payment or includes a balloon payment Page 1 will summarize the terms.

Projected Payments will show the chief cost components – Principal & Interest, Mortgage Insurance and estimates of your Escrow Payments over the life of the loan. You may see different columns for different periods if changes in terms such as mortgage insurance change payment totals.

Closing Costs summarizes your loan closing expenses, and Cash To Close adds the additional amounts due to give you the cash balance you will need in 3 business days.

Click here to get more information on page 2 of the Closing Disclosure.

Your Rights And Rules For Closing Disclosures

The Closing Disclosure documents the actual terms of your loan transaction. You should receive it no later than 3 business days before consummation. It must be in writing – paper or digital.

If the loan terms or costs change prior to consummation, your lender must provide a corrected disclosure AND an additional 3-business-day waiting period until loan consummation.

Waiving the 3-day waiting period is only permitted in certain circumstances, and only when the waiting period would cause a bona fide personal financial emergency.

Understanding Loan Estimate Comparisons

Page 3 of your Loan Estimate includes measures to help you compare loans.

“In X Years” shows the total amount you will have paid in that time, and the dollar amount applied to your loan principal. The ratio between total paid and principal reduced may change over time.

The APR shows interest PLUS fees as an annual ratio – APR is the actual percentage this loan costs per year.

The TIP figure relates the interest you will pay over the life of the loan to the loan amount. For example – a TIP value of 25% on a $100,000 loan means you will pay $125,000 – $100K principal plus $25K interest – over the life of the loan.