NJRB 3-08 Plain Language Commitment 2006

American Land Title Association NJRB 3-08 Plain Language Commitment2006
  Adopted 2/15/07

ALTA Plain Language Commitment Form

INFORMATION

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

Page

AGREEMENT TO ISSUE POLICY

SCHEDULE A

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

CONDITIONS

TITLE INSURANCE COMMITMENT

BY

BLANK TITLE INSURANCE 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.)

SCHEDULE A

1. Commitment Date:

2. Policy (or Policies) to be issued:

a. Owner's Policy Policy Amount $________

Proposed Insured:

b. Loan Policy Policy Amount $________

Proposed Insured:

c. Proposed Insured: Policy Amount $________

3 _______________ interest in the land described in this Commitment is owned, at the Commitment Date, by _____________________.

3.The land referred to in the Commitment is described as follows:

SCHEDULE B - SECTION I

REQUIREMENTS

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.

e. In the event that the proceeds of the loan to be secured by the mortgage to be insured are not to be fully disbursed at Closing, the Company must be notified and this Commitment will then be modified accordingly.

(Additional requirements may be listed here.)

SCHEDULE B - SECTION II

EXCEPTIONS

Any policy we issue will have the following exceptions unless they are taken care of to our satisfaction.

1. Notwithstanding any provision of the policy to the contrary, the following matters are expressly excluded from the coverage of the policy, and the Company will not pay loss or damage, costs, attorney’s fees or expenses that arise by reason of any encroachment, encumbrance, violation, variation, or adverse circumstance affecting the Title that would be disclosed by an accurate and complete land survey of the land. [PERMIT RENUMBERING on all exceptions]

CONDITIONS

1. DEFINITIONS

(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.

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

3.

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

or

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.