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Florida’s Current Regulatory Framework Creates Challenges for State’s Title Insurance Regulation, Report No. 08-53, September 2008
 
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  • Title insurance provides assurance to both property owners and lenders that a buyer receives clear title to property.  It differs from most types of insurance in that title insurers seek to identify and eliminate risk prior to issuing a policy.
  • Florida’s regulation of title insurance is guided by state law, administrative rules, and judicial decisions. Until January 2003, the Department of Insurance regulated Florida’s title insurance industry.  As part of the 2002 Cabinet reorganization, the Legislature gave the Department of Financial Services responsibility to regulate title insurance agents and agencies.  The Legislature assigned the Office of Insurance Regulation responsibility for regulating title insurance companies.  Divided oversight of the title insurance industry creates challenges related to standards for agent licensing and oversight, rate setting, and payment of the title insurance premium tax.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Office of Insurance Regulation
Department of Financial Services
Financial Services Commission

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