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How to transfer a deed of property

Updated March 23, 2017

A deed is a document that demonstrates ownership for a piece of property, usually land or a house. These deeds may be transferred from person to person. Deed ownership can be transferred through the means of a warranty deed, which certifies the transfer of property and guarantees that the property has no liens or other mixed-ownership issues. Deeds may also be transferred from person to person by means of a quitclaim deed if the property was formerly jointly owned and must be transferred to an individual owner, such as what often happens during a divorce.

Draft a quitclaim deed. You may use one of the samples as a base in the resources section for clearer instructions on how to do so. Alternatively, you may request that a lawyer draft the document for you. If the deed is being transferred due to a divorce, the divorce decree may specify the method by which the property shall be transferred. The document will usually be between one to two pages in length and include the street address of the property, the names and contact information of the interested parties and any payments being made in return for the property transfer.

Have the granter (the person transferring the property to the new owner) and the grantee (the receiver) sign the quitclaim deed. In the majority of states, there are no further requirements to complete the transfer of property. In Vermont, South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Georgia and Arkansas, you must also take the quitclaim deed to be signed by a notary at the appropriate local government office. Such offices are usually called the county clerk's office, land registry office or register of deeds.

Contact all other parties interested in the deed such as mortgage companies and joint owners to inform them of the property transfer.

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