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General Warranty Deed

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.
When to use a general warranty deed
  • Checkmark Transfer property ownership rights to a buyer.
  • Checkmark Assure a buyer as to the status of the property title.
  • Checkmark Formally state the seller's right to sell the property.

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Reliably transfer ownership of a property with a general warranty deed that contains guarantees as to the seller's rights over the property.

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How to get a general warranty deed in 4 steps

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Find the Property's Legal Description

You should be able to obtain the legal description of your property from the County Register or Recorder (often online). The legal description of your property may also be found on your land title, tax assessment information, or in your mortgage agreement.

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Decide on a Price

In order for a contract to be enforceable, each party must give something of value. If the buyer (i.e. the grantee) is receiving a property for free, the deed will say that the seller (i.e. the grantor) received $1.00. In contract law, this is known as giving "nominal consideration."

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Sign Your General Warranty Deed

You will be asked whether the buyer or buyers are receiving title as sole owners or co-owners. You should select "Sole owner" only if only one person will have ownership of the property after the deed is signed.

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File Your General Warranty Deed

Although it's not always required, filing your general warranty deed is highly recommended. By recording your completed deed as soon as possible, you gain legal protection from potential adverse claims by other parties.

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General warranty deeds are useful for quickly and easily transferring title to real estate to a new owner. As opposed to quit claim deeds, which make no warranties, general warranty deeds make warranties to the buyer as to the status of the property title. Review the following instructions for additional help completing your deed.

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