Cost of Title Insurance

The cost of a title insurance policy relative to the cost of a property transaction is about one-half to one percent of the purchase price. The premium is based on the purchase price of the property, generally determined by the value of the land plus any improvements.

Who Pays

Title insurance industry practices vary due to differences in state laws and local real estate customs. Who pays for the owner’s policy varies from state to state. On the East Coast, the buyer typically pays. The seller normally pays on the West Coast. A discount may be available when both the owner’s and loan policy are purchased simultaneously. Ask your title company who pays in your area and if a discount is available.

It’s also important to note that the cost for title insurance may include other services provided by the title company such as the title search or conducting the closing. When comparing one rate to another, be sure to get detailed information on what is included in that rate, so you are comparing equally.


Title insurance rates are regulated by state insurance departments. In addition, title insurance and real estate closing practices are regulated by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

State regulators in some states, including Florida, New Mexico and Texas, require all companies to charge the same rate for title insurance. Other states such as New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio and Delaware also have uniform rates. When shopping in these states, you will receive similar rates for title insurance from each company.

Shop Around

There are many factors to consider when selecting a title insurance company, such as local expertise, service standards, market conduct and commitment to the community. Be sure to shop around and ask questions to make sure you’re comfortable with your title company and that you know what’s included in the cost.

Many consumers rely on their real estate agent or mortgage lender for a recommendation for a title company, however, it important that all homebuyers remember that they have the right to shop for title insurance and to choose their own title agent or company.

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