Title insurance is a unique insurance policy that protects your ownership in real property—in most cases, your home. Unlike other policies, title insurance is a one-time fee policy which protects the owner from past errors related to ownership history. Title coverage is based on the careful research of past ownership records and is designed to address any overlooked or outstanding issues prior to your taking possession of your property.
There is a push by some groups calling for comprehensive reform to the title insurance industry in Texas, similar to states like California, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
What does this mean for the real estate industry?
Texas property owners benefit greatly from having a stable and reliable title insurance industry with competitive rates, which, in fact, have dropped 15% over the last decade. Texas offers one of the most transparent and complete sets of coverage in the nation, with consistent rates applied evenly to all purchasers, residential and commercial alike.
The Texas REALTOR® position
The Texas Association of REALTORS® supports the current title insurance consumer protections which ensure competitive rates and comprehensive coverages.
A few bills may be filed relating to comprehensive reform of the title insurance industry. Just as in past legislative sessions, the Texas Legislature more than likely will not upend the stable title insurance market.
The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is charged with oversight of title insurance. When you purchase a title policy in Texas, you should know that the rates, terms, and coverages are set by the TDI and all title professionals are legally bound to those requirements. Since title professionals do not compete on price or product, they instead compete on the quality of service provided.