Perhaps. It is difficult to generalize because market conditions vary state by state, and sometimes within states.
I would certainly shop in states that do not regulate title insurance rates: Alabama, District of Columbia,
Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
You would be wasting your time shopping in Texas and New Mexico, because these state set the prices for all carriers. Florida also sets title insurance premiums but not other title-related charges, which can vary.
In the remaining states, the situation is murky and it may or may not pay to shop. Insurance premiums are the same for all carriers in "rating bureau states": Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and Delaware. These states authorize title insurers to file for approval of a single rate schedule for all carriers through a cooperative entity. Yet in some there may be flexibility in title-related charges. More promising are "file and use" states—all those not mentioned above— that permit premiums to vary between insurers.
It is a good idea to ask an informed but disinterested person whether it pays to shop in the area where the property is located. Just keep in mind that those likely to be the best informed are also likely to have an interest in directing your business in the direction that is most advantageous to them.
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