Advisability of Title Insurance Disclosure


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Disclosure Description:

Required when no title insurance is to be issued.
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In an escrow for a sale (or exchange) of real property where no title insurance is to be issued, the buyer (or both parties to an exchange) must receive and sign/acknowledge the following notice as a separate document in the escrow:

“IMPORTANT: IN A PURCHASE OR EXCHANGE OF REAL PROPERTY, IT MAY BE ADVISABLE TO OBTAIN TITLE INSURANCE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CLOSE OF ESCROW SINCE THERE MAY BE PRIOR RECORDED LIENS AND ENCUMBRANCES WHICH AFFECT YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY BEING ACQUIRED. A NEW POLICY OF TITLE INSURANCE SHOULD BE OBTAINED IN ORDER TO INSURE YOUR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY THAT YOU ARE ACQUIRING.”

NOTE: While the statute does not expressly assign the duty, it is reasonable to assume that delivery of the notice is an obligation of the escrow holder. A real estate broker conducting an escrow pursuant to the exemption set forth in Financial Code Section 17006(a)(4) would, therefore, be responsible for delivery of the notice.

Sources:
CAL. CIV. § 1057.6
State of California Department of Real Estate "Disclosures in Real Property Transactions" 6th Edition




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