How to Record a Quitclaim Deed

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A quitclaim deed is a legal document that transfers interest in real property from one party to another. This type of deed does not guarantee the title to the property, nor that the interest in the property is free of encumbrances. A quitclaim deed simply states that the portion of the property that grantor specifically owns transfers to the grantee. Consequently, families often use this type of deed to transfer a title after death and to add or remove the name of a spouse. You must report quitclaim deeds with the appropriate county office.

Find out the rules in your state for where you must record the quitclaim deed. In most states, the deed should be recorded in the county where the property is located.

Obtain the quitclaim deed form from the appropriate county office. The forms may also be available online. In either case, they may require a fee. Some states offer formatting guidelines rather than publishing a form, allowing grantors to type the deed themselves.

Complete the form. At the very least, this will require the name and contact information of the grantor and grantee, as well as a description of the property.

Sign and notarize the form. Most states require signatures from both grantor and grantee, as well as notarization. Some states require witnesses of the signatures in addition to a notary public.

Deliver a copy of the quitclaim deed to the grantee.

Convey the original quitclaim deed and any applicable fees to the county recorder's office by hand or mail. Mendocino County, California, for example, requires a recording fee of $13 for the first page and $3 for every additional quitclaim deed page.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure you understand your county's rules and regulations before starting the process.

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