Purchasing or refinancing a property can be a long and sometimes difficult process for the consumer. Cumberland Title knows you’ve worked hard for your client to get them through the paperwork and headaches. So we’ll take it from here. We’ll work hard to ensure the closing is timely and correct.
Cumberland Title receives the request for service – the “go ahead” – and we begin by searching the title, which takes about a week. We then prepare the commitment and send it to the bank/broker. Once they give us the “clear to close,” the settlement statement will be created and approved, and the closing can be scheduled. From beginning to end, the process could range from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the complexities of that particular transaction. Remember, Cumberland Title represents the lender in this process, but we will of course answer questions you might have and aid in resolving disputes that may arise during the closing process.
In order to help answer any questions that may arise, here are a few commonly encountered terms:
Title A title is evidence that a person has to the ownership and possession of land. There are many ways to hold title in Maine – be sure to contact us with questions regarding this.
Title Search A title search is a means of determining that the person who is selling the property has the right to sell it, and that the buyer is getting all the rights to the property that they are paying for. Cumberland Title reviews the title in the Registry of Deeds and Probate. No search is 100% dependable, and that’s where title insurance comes in.
Title Insurance A title insurance policy assures the buyer that they have purchased a valid title. Title insurance provides protection against judgments or liens against the seller or previous owners. The title insurance company will, at its own expense, defend the title and will pay losses within the coverage of the policy if they occur. The cost of title insurance will depend on the purchase price of the property.
Deed A document that specifies that the seller guarantees that they hold clear title to a property and have the right to sell it to the buyer.
Mortgage Survey Plan/Plot Plan This is a rough sketch of the land and building to be mortgaged in order to determine any violations in zoning or encroachments on neighboring properties. It is usually done for sale transactions.
Closing Fees include a variety of items, as a title company fulfills multiple duties. These will be discussed in detail at the closing, but in general this fee includes: