ALTA Plain Language Commitment 2006
The Title Insurance Commitment is a legal contract between you and the Company. It is issued to show the basis on which we will issue a Title Insurance Policy to you. The Policy will insure you against certain risks to the land title, subject to the limitations shown in the Policy.
The Company will give you a sample of the Policy form, if you ask.
The Policy contains an arbitration clause. All arbitrable matters when the Amount of Insurance is $2,000,000 or less shall be arbitrated at the option of either the Company or you as the exclusive remedy of the parties. You may review a copy of the arbitration rules at <http://www.alta.org/>.
The Commitment is based on the land title as of the Commitment Date. Any changes in the land title or the transaction may affect the Commitment and the Policy.
The Commitment is subject to its Requirements, Exceptions and Conditions.
THIS INFORMATION IS NOT PART OF THE TITLE INSURANCE COMMITMENT. YOU SHOULD READ THE COMMITMENT VERY CAREFULLY.
If you have any questions about the Commitment, contact _________________________________________________________.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
AGREEMENT TO ISSUE POLICY
1. Commitment Date
2. Policies to be Issued, Amounts and Proposed Insureds
3. Interest in the Land and Owner
4. Description of the Land
SCHEDULE B-I -- REQUIREMENTS
SCHEDULE B-II -- EXCEPTIONS
TITLE INSURANCE COMMITMENT
STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY
AGREEMENT TO ISSUE POLICY
We agree to issue policy to you according to the terms of the Commitment. When we show the policy amount and your name as the proposed insured in Schedule A, this Commitment becomes effective as of the Commitment Date shown in Schedule A.
If the Requirements shown in this Commitment have not been met within ________________ insert time period ________________ after the Commitment Date, our obligation under this Commitment will end. Also, our obligation under this Commitment will end when the Policy is issued and then our obligation to you will be under the Policy.
Our obligation under this Commitment is limited by the following:
The Provisions in Schedule A.
The Requirements in Schedule B-I.
The Exceptions in Schedule B-II.
The Conditions on Page ______.
This Commitment is not valid without SCHEDULE A and Sections I and II of SCHEDULE B.
(The countersignature clause is optional.)
1. Commitment Date:
2. Policy (or Policies) to be issued:
a. Owner's Policy Policy Amount $________
b. Loan Policy Policy Amount $________
c. Proposed Insured: Policy Amount $________
3. _______________ interest in the land described in this Commitment is owned, at the Commitment Date, by _____________________.
4. The land referred to in the Commitment is described as follows:
SCHEDULE B - SECTION I
The following requirements must be met:
a. Pay the agreed amounts for the interest in the land and/or the mortgage to be insured.
b. Pay us the premiums, fees and charges for the policy.
c. Documents satisfactory to us creating the interest in the land and/or the mortgage to be insured must be signed, delivered and recorded.
(A period may be added to the above or a colon may be added and specific documents typed in.)
d. You must tell us in writing the name of anyone not referred to in this Commitment who will get an interest in the land or who will make a loan on the land. We may then make additional requirements or exceptions.
(Additional requirements may be listed here.)
SCHEDULE B - SECTION II
Any policy we issue will have the following exceptions unless they are taken care of to our satisfaction.
(a) "Mortgage" means mortgage, deed of trust or other security instrument. (b) "Public Records" means title records that give constructive notice of matters affecting your title according to the state statutes where your land is located.
2. LATER DEFECTS
The Exceptions in Schedule B - Section II may be amended to show any defects, liens or encumbrances that appear for the first time in the public records or are created or attach between the Commitment Date and the date on which all of the Requirements (a) and (c) of Schedule B - Section I are met. We shall have no liability to you because of this amendment.
3. EXISTING DEFECTS
If any defects, liens or encumbrances existing at Commitment Date are not shown in Schedule B, we may amend Schedule B to show them. If we do amend Schedule B to show these defects, liens or encumbrances, we shall be liable to you according to Paragraph 4 below unless you knew of this information and did not tell us about it in writing.
4. LIMITATION OF OUR LIABILITY
Our only obligation is to issue to you the Policy referred to in this Commitment, when you have met its Requirements. If we have any liability to you for any loss you incur because of an error in this Commitment, our liability will be limited to your actual loss caused by your relying on this Commitment when you acted in good faith to:
Comply with the Requirements shown in Schedule B - Section I
Eliminate with our written consent any Exceptions shown in Schedule B - Section II.
We shall not be liable for more than the Policy Amount shown in Schedule A of this Commitment and our liability is subject to the terms of the Policy form to be issued to you.
5. CLAIMS MUST BE BASED ON THIS COMMITMENT
Any claim, whether or not based on negligence, which you may have against us concerning the title to the land must be based on this Commitment and is subject to its terms.
For issuing guidelines on this form, see Guidelines