What is the Statement of Information?

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What is the Statement of Information and Why is it Needed?

According to the California Residential Purchase Agreement released on April 28,2010, all Sellers of a Residential Property shall provide the escrow holder completed Statements of Information within seven days after acceptance of contract.

Understanding Statements of Information

What’s in a name? When a title company seeks to uncover matters affecting title to real property, the answer is, “Quite a bit.”

A Statement of Information, or SI, provides title companies with the information they need to distinguish the buyers and sellers of real property from others with similar names.  After identifying the true buyers and sellers, title companies may disregard the judgments, liens or other matters on the publics records under similar names.

To help you better understand this sensitive subject, the CLTA (California Land Title Association) has answered some of the questions most commonly asked about Statements of Information.

What is a Statement of Information?

A Statement of Information is a form routinely requested from the buyer, seller and borrower in a transaction where title insurance is sought.  The completed form provides the title company with information needed to adequately examine documents so as to disregard matters which do not affect the property to be insured, matters which actually apply to some other person.

What Does a Statement of Information Do?

Every day documents affecting real property – liens, court decrees, bankruptcies – are recorded.  Whenever a title company uncovers a recorded document in which the name is the same or similar to that of the buyer, seller or borrower in a title transaction , the title company must ask, “Does this document affect the parties we are insuring?” Because if it does,  it affects title to the property and would, therefore, be listed as an exception from coverage under the title policy.

A properly completed Statement of Information will allow the title company to differentiate between parties with the same or similar names when searching documents recorded by name.  this protects all parties involved and allows the title company to competently carry out its duties without unnecessary delay.