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How to transfer a residential property deed

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Real Estate Law

Transferring the deed for a residential property is a fundamental real estate transaction. Simply put, it signifies a change in ownership from one individual to another.

Whether selling, inheriting or gifting a home, knowing how to transfer a deed makes the process more straightforward.

Understanding types of deeds

To begin, one must recognize the different classes of deeds. The most common are warranty deeds and quitclaim deeds. A warranty deed guarantees the property is free of any possible claims or liens, providing buyers with legal reassurance. A quitclaim deed transfers ownership without any guarantees about the property’s title, making it most frequent in deals between family members.

Gathering necessary information

Collect data about the residence. Be sure you have a robust description of the property, not just the address. Also, reconfirm the current owner’s name as it appears on the deed, plus the new owner’s legal name. Enlisting professional guidance is one way of ensuring these things happen.

Completing the deed form

Next, fill out the appropriate deed form. These are usually available online or at local office supply stores. Be sure to choose the correct one depending on the sort of transfer, and fill it out accurately. Double-check that you answer all the required fields.

Signing the deed

For the deed transfer to be valid, the current owner must sign it in the presence of a notary public. Find one by searching online or asking people who might know. The notary public verifies the signer’s identity and guarantees that the signature is genuine.

Recording the deed

Finally, file the document with the local county recorder or land registry office. This officially completes the transfer and updates the public record. There may be a recording fee, which varies by location.

When handing a piece of real estate from one person to another, you want everything to be as smooth and effortless as possible. Success in this respect will reflect well on your abilities and make everyone happy.