Rounsavall Title Group, LLC


4360 Brownsboro Road, Suite 102
Louisville, Kentucky 40207

What do I need to bring with me to the Closing?

1. Two forms of Identification: Whether you are a buyer or a seller, always bring at least two (2) forms of identification to a closing, one of which should always be a valid (unexpired) driver’s license or another form of official governmental ID.

2. Any and all original Powers-of-Attorney:  If you are signing as power of attorney on someone else’s behalf, make sure you bring the original of the power of attorney to the closing, if that document has not already been recorded with the county clerk’s office. The original must be put to record, along with the deed and any other original documents that will be recorded, to make the transaction proper.

(Please note: Any powers of attorney used at a closing must be pre-approved by a representative of Rounsavall Title Group prior to the closing!).

3. Your money due for the closing.

If the closing is taking place in Kentucky:

  • For any amount up to $500.00, we will accept a personal check.
  • For any amount in excess of $500.00, you will need to bring either a certified or cashier’s check to the closing (it would also be acceptable to wire the funds to our office prior to the closing … we can provide wiring instructions to your banker to assist you with this process). The check can either be made payable to yourself (and then endorsed over at the closing), or you can make it payable directly to “Rounsavall Title Group, LLC”.

If the closing is taking place in Indiana:

  • For any amount up to $500.00, we will accept a personal check.
  • For any amount in excess of $500.00, but less than $10,000.00, you will need to bring either a certified or cashier’s check to the closing pursuant to the same terms as above (these funds are considered “good funds” under state law).
  • For any amounts that a party must bring to a closing that is equal to or in excess of $10,000.00, pursuant to Indiana’s Good Funds Law (IC 27-7-3.7-1 through 27-7-3.7-10), the party must deliver those funds via bank wire directly into our company’s escrow account prior to the closing.

4. Your checkbook.

5. Invoices: If you are represented by a real estate agent, they will often bring these items for you, such as invoices for termite inspections, repairs, etc. that need to be paid at closing.

What is Title Insurance?

When you purchase or refinance a parcel of property, title insurance protects insured parties, whether it is the lender or the real estate owner, against any loss or damage they might experience because of prior liens, encumbrances or defects with regards to the title of that property. As an agent of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, a trusted provider of title insurance coverage nationally for over 120 years, Rounsavall Title Group primarily writes two types of title insurance policies: lender’s title insurance, which protects solely the lender, and owner’s title insurance, which protects the individual purchaser of the property.

Title insurance differs from other types of insurance, such as auto, life, or health, in two primary ways: (a) those types of policies protect you against potential future events, and (b) those policies are paid for with regularly scheduled premiums that must be continually paid or the coverage they provide you could lapse. A title insurance policy, however, insures against events that have already occurred as they relate to the real property and every single person or entity who has ever owned it, all for a one-time premium paid for at the closing. These “events” might include other people who might claim an ownership interest to the property, improperly recorded documents, fraud, forgery, liens, encroachments or easements.

A few factors can affect the cost of the premium of a title insurance policy. These factors can include the purchase price being paid for the property, its location, as well as the amount as the amount of money you are borrowing (if any) to purchase the property. Also, should you elect to refinance your property, you might be eligible for a “reissue” rate on your next lender’s title insurance policy, which would entitle you to a substantial discount on the premium you would have to pay for that next policy.

In today’s marketplace, every mortgage lender requires that a borrower purchase a lender’s title insurance policy at closing when they are borrowing money to purchase or refinance a home. That is how important banks and mortgage lenders have determined that the protection this type of insurance provides them. However, it is important to note again that this lender's policy only protects the lender, and does not afford any protection whatsoever to the home owner. So in the event of a title defect, an uninsured home owner would be completely unprotected. This could ultimately lead to that home owner losing any or all of the equity they have established in their home. But a home owner with a valid owner’s title insurance policy would have financial protection against these covered defects, just like the lender would be, and the insurance company will pay for the home owner’s defense against the claim, and satisfy any valid claims.

As such, we strongly recommend that every home owner obtain an owner's title insurance policy in order to be fully protected in the event of a claim. Should you have any questions regarding owner’s title insurance or the coverage it can provide you and your family, please feel free to contact us for more information.