This is the first of two lessons on title insurance. Title insurance is a critical component of modern real estate transactions. Anyone buying, selling or owning any interest in real estate, or any lawyer advising or representing such person, needs to know about title insurance. Unfortunately, it's a lot more complicated that the general public believes. This first lesson teaches the basic concepts of title insurance. The next lesson, Title Insurance Coverage, reveals how to determine what title problems are actually covered by a particular policy.