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How to avoid easement issues

How to avoid easement issues

There’s nothing like buying a home, moving in, making it your own and then learning that what you thought was your driveway is actually an access way for your neighbors. Easements allowing ingress, egress and other rights to your property from outsiders can be complex—and sometimes even unknown until after you buy the property.  …

Meet Our Team: Lori Duerkop

Meet Our Team: Lori Duerkop

Lori is the Senior Closing Specialist at the Onalaska office. She has extensive experience in closings and title insurance, having worked in the real estate industry for more than 20 years.   She began her career in the financial industry where she served in a number of roles, including mortgage processor in the secondary market…

Different types of title policy insurance

Different types of title policy insurance

Unlike other types of insurance, there aren’t a lot of difficult choices to make when it comes to selecting title policy insurance.   Most consumers are accustomed to selecting from liability and personal coverage for auto insurance to a variety of other packages for life insurance, home insurance, health care insurance and more. In addition,…

Hunting rights often attached to Wisconsin properties

Hunting rights often attached to Wisconsin properties

Without doubt, the upper Mississippi River Valley is home to a lot of hunters. From turkeys to deer and bears to waterfowl, it’s a sportsman’s paradise. But what is their bliss may become your woe if you’re not careful.   Real property ownership in our neck of the woods dates back 150 years. That’s six…

Q&A: Do I need title insurance if I’m refinancing?

Q&A: Do I need title insurance if I’m refinancing?

The answer is yes and no. Yes to the lender’s policy; no to the owner’s policy.   If you obtained title insurance when you purchased your home, that owner’s policy remains in effect for as long as you or your heirs own the home, regardless of any loans you have on the property. The owner’s…

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