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Not Closing with a Title Company: Is it worth the risk?

Daredevils, those who like to live dangerously, need not apply for title insurance. Just kidding!
In our professional opinion (and rational mind), every property buyer should work with a title company so they can reap the many benefits of an insured closing.

Benefit #1: Security.
A title company protects the buyer and lender from liens and other title defects that could be recorded against the property in the “gap” period: The period between the date of the last courthouse record search through the recording date of the new deed and/or mortgage. Those who don’t close with a title company are always left vulnerable.

Benefit #2: All I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.
Title companies are thorough. They ensure that all existing mortgages and other liens are paid off immediately after closing pursuant to written payoff instructions. Nothing is overlooked.

Benefit #3: No unwelcomed surprises.
A title company corrects all other defects in title prior to closing the transaction, such as errors in the legal descriptions or names of the parties, and resolves all issues related to legal proceedings that might affect the property. You can sleep tight at night knowing nothing will come back to haunt you.

Benefit #4: Stacks of paperwork…not your problem.
Title companies know their stuff. They guarantee the new deed, mortgage and other documents related to your transaction are in recordable form and then properly recorded. Your title company will take care of it all.

Benefit #5: Did we mention that they’re thorough?
Title companies are meticulous. They provide, pursuant to federal law, an itemized listing of all receipts and disbursements resulting from the sale.

So, is it worth not closing with a title company? Is it worth passing up all of these benefits?

Working with a trusted title company certainly has its perks. Wouldn’t you say?

Metropolitan Title Company is proud to be Indiana’s Title Company. We’re the cream of the crop. Here are a few things that set us apart (and that you and your clients will enjoy and benefit from too):

  • We are the most experienced title company in Indiana working with Hoosier real estate professionals and families since 1857.
  • Our transparency is second to none, and our rates are fair.
  • We value our clients’ time and promise to respond within
    24-hours as well as offer flexible closing times.
  • Our title insurance technology is mobile, providing clients
    easy, on-the-go access.

We’ve got 12 locations. Pick one nearest you and call us up!

Kosciusko County’s Newest Neighbors


MISHAWAKA, INDIANA (January 3, 2017) – In an announcement made this week, Metropolitan Title Company will expand its service area coverage to Kosciusko County through the acquisition of Bodkin Abstract Company. Metropolitan Title Company, based in Mishawaka, Indiana, offers property transaction services and title insurance across northern Indiana, now with 14 service locations in 11 counties.

Bob Sanders, President of Bodkin Abstract, will remain with the company though its name will formally change to Metropolitan Title Company in the near future.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Bob and Bodkin Abstract,” said David Smessaert of Metropolitan Title. “They have an impeccable reputation among real estate professionals throughout Warsaw and Kosciusko County. At the same time, they’re community-minded and take special care of anyone purchasing property. It’s the same way we’ve approached this business for 150 years. Indiana residents know they can trust our advice and our services.”

Smessaert said the change will not impact any of Bodkin Abstract’s current clients. The company’s employees will remain on staff.

“Bodkin Abstract Company has provided property transaction services in Kosciusko County for 83 years,” Smessaert said. “This partnership enhances the level of services benefiting residents and real estate professionals in our community.”