General Warranty Deed for Virginia


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STATE OF _____________
COUNTY OF _____________

THIS DEED is made this day of _____________ by and between the "Grantor,"

AND the "Grantee,"

FOR VALUABLE CONSIDERATION of the sum of one dollar ($1.00), the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Grantor hereby conveys, sells, and grants to Grantee and Grantee's heirs and assigns forever, all of Grantor's rights, titles, interests, and claims in or to the following described real estate (the "Property"), together with all hereditaments and appurtenances belonging thereto, located in _____________ county, _____________, free of encumbrances or other restrictions except as may be specifically set forth herein:

Grantor hereby covenants as follows: that Grantor is lawfully seized of the Property in fee simple, that Grantor has good title to sell the Property, that Grantor and Grantor's successors and assigns will warrant and forever defend Grantee and Grantee's heirs and assigns against all lawful claims on title to the Property, and that the Property is free from all encumbrances and other restrictions unless otherwise stated below.



Grantor signed, sealed, and delivered this general warranty deed to Grantee on ________________ (date).

Instructions for Your General Warranty Deed

General warranty deeds are useful for transferring title to a buyer in a real estate transaction. As opposed to quit claim deeds, which make no warranties, general warranty deeds make warranties to the buyer as to the status of the title. Basically, the seller, called the Grantor in the deed, is promising to the buyer, or Grantee, that the seller has proper title to the property and that no one will make a claim against the title later on.

Every deed should be recorded with the appropriate local office, usually called the County Recorder's Office or County Clerk's Office. As every county has its own specific filing requirements, we recommend contacting your local office to see if it requires any supplemental forms, whether it has any special requirements you need to complete, and also if you need help writing a proper legal description.

Final Steps

  • Leave all margins blank. Our general warranty deed sets the margin default sizes at one inch, except for the top of the first page, which is three inches to give extra space for official use only. Your local office will inform you whether you need to vary these sizes somewhat.
  • Do not staple multiple pages together unless your local office specifically permits it.
  • All signatures on the document must be originals—not copied, printed, or stamped.
  • If the seller is conveying any part of the marital homestead, both spouses must sign.
  • In most states, your general warranty deed will be considered effective and executed once it has been both signed by the Grantor(s) and also delivered and accepted by the Grantee. Note: the Grantee normally does not need to sign; however, in a few counties across the nation, the Grantee is also required to sign. Be sure to ask your local office if you think this might apply to you or you can simply have the Grantee sign it below the Grantor's signature anyway just to be safe. Although recording is not always required, it is highly recommended that you do record as soon as possible, because it will protect you from potential adverse claims to your title by other parties. Every person listed in the deed should receive a copy of the deed and the original should be recorded.
Please note that the language you see here changes depending on your answers to the document questionnaire.

General Warranty Deed

Using a general warranty deed is the most common way to transfer ownership of real estate to a buyer. Unlike quit claim deeds, which make no warranties of any kind, general warranty deeds guarantee that the seller has clear title and the right to sell the property.

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This guide provides an explanation of the key terms and considerations when creating a general warranty deed. Here we elaborate on the step-by-step guidance we provide you when answering our document questionnaire.

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Review the basic steps you will need to follow before and after completing a general warranty deed. This includes what information you will need to collect, how to sign and witness your agreement, and how to file the deed in the public records.

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