How to Transfer a Home Ownership Deed

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How to Transfer a Home Ownership Deed
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When it comes to buying and selling a home, one of the most important aspects of selling a home is to properly transfer the home deed to the buyer. If the home is not properly transferred to the homebuyer, you can still be held liable for the home, including all of its property taxes. Some home sellers choose to transfer the home deed through an attorney, but attorney fees can be expensive. You can transfer a home's deed with just the property's deed, itself---without an attorney or other documents.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • The home deed
  • A notary public

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    Take the home deed and meet the buyer at a local notary public office.

  2. 2

    Sign the deed and transfer it over to the buyer in front of the notary public. Then have the notary public sign and stamp the house deed in front of you and the buyer.

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    Take the signed, notarised deed to the courthouse in the county where the home exists and record the home deed with the register of deeds to finalise the transfer of home ownership. This can be done by the seller or buyer.

  4. 4

    Call the register of deeds to confirm that the buyer has recorded the deed. Once the deed has been recorded with the register of deeds in your county, you are no longer liable for the home.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also go with the homebuyer to record the deed with the register.
  • Once the home deed has been signed, notarised and registered, you will no longer be liable for the home.

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