Special Warranty Deed for Virginia


(Above reserved for official use only)


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 with special warranty against all who claim by, through, or under the Grantor, but against none other, 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 created or suffered by the Grantor except may be as specifically set forth herein:

This Deed conveys after-acquired title. Grantor warrants that Grantor has not done or suffered anything to encumber the property.



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

Instructions for Your Special Warranty Deed

Special warranty deeds (known as limited warranty deeds in some states) are useful for transferring title to a buyer in a real estate transaction. As opposed to quit claim deeds, which make no warranties, special 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 warrants the title against defects in clear title that may have arisen during the Grantor's ownership of the property but not against any defects that may have arisen prior to the Grantor's ownership.

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 special 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 special 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.

Special Warranty Deed

Use a special warranty deed to transfer ownership of real estate between parties. Unlike a quit claim deed, which includes no guarantees, a special warranty deed assures the purchaser that no liens or other title restrictions arose while the seller's owned the property. This guarantee helps reassure purchasers that they are making a smart and safe investment.

LegalNature provides step-by-step guidance for quickly completing your deed. After providing basic transaction information, your deed will be specifically tailored to ensure acceptance by your local County Clerk’s Office.

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