Buying a property will be the single biggest investment of your life. 

We recommend you seriously consider taking out a Title Insurance policy when you purchase property.

Title Insurance is inexpensive investment. The premium is a one-off low cost payment which protects a purchaser for the life of ownership, against claims for various unknown and known risks that threaten ownership and use (including structures) of the property until its resale.

Click here to learn about 'known risks' and 'unknown risks'

‘Unknown risks’ are risks that are not identified during the conveyancing transaction or before settlement. Problems may arise during property ownership and cause financial loss to the owner. Usually, such risks cannot be easily identified, even with the full range of inspections and reports.

‘Known risks’ are any risks disclosed by the vendor or otherwise discovered by the purchaser prior to settlement (e.g. building works completed without council approval, a building encroaching onto or from the land being purchased, or an extension having been built on a utility easement).

If there are no known risks evident a policy will be issued for ‘clean title’.

Under the traditional conveyancing process in South Australia, where a defect in title is discovered, a purchaser has a number of options

  • if the contract has not been signed by all parties or the purchaser has not lost the right to cool off, the purchaser may choose not to proceed i.e. cool off or may try to negotiate a reduction in the purchase price
  • if the contract has been concluded and any right to cool off has passed, the purchaser may have a right to rescind (in limited circumstances) or to claim compensation

Title Insurance provides another option for the purchaser – who can take out title insurance in respect of a known title defect.

This provides a quick and inexpensive route out of time-consuming legal problems without the need to prove negligence. It will cover the costs of defending the title should problems ever arise and provide compensation if the title cannot be defended.

What isn’t covered by Title Insurance?

It doesn’t replace a competent Conveyancer – although it will cover various negligent mistakes made by a conveyancer.

Title Insurance does not cover pest and building inspections – it is specifically designed to cover title defects and ownership issues.

In addition, Title Insurance cannot deal with non-title matters such as contamination – and the policy wording needs to be carefully read to understand the terms, conditions and exclusions – which may vary from title insurer to title insurer.

I already own my home, can I still take out Title Insurance?

Yes – Title Insurance is available for a property which is already owned. You receive the same types of protection against fraud and forgery and ownership rights.

AICSA Partner –  First Title

A Title Insurance policy is valid whilst the person owns the insured property.

It is important to read the policy document provided by the insurer to fully understand what your policy cover provides.

Our partner First Title can assist you with your title insurance needs.

For further information or assistance relating to First Title products please contact Fiona Schwab, Business Development Manager:

Mobile: 0404 824 900

Email: fschwab@firsttitle.com.au

Customer Service at First Title: 1300 362 178 

Email: customerservice@firsttitle.com.au

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