How to Transfer Land Ownership

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Things You'll Need

  • Deed forms

  • The grantee

  • Yourself (grantor)

When it comes to selling your house or a piece of land to another person, several questions may arise. The process is not all that difficult, but the individual must ensure that he has all documents in order so he can quickly transfer land ownership. The process of transferring a piece of property includes yourself (the grantor), the buyer (the grantee, a notary public, and possibly an attorney.


Step 1

Gather all the necessary paperwork, including your current deed papers for the land and any mortgage papers you may have.

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Step 2

Decide which type of deed you, the grantor, will be transferring to the other individual, the grantee. Several types of deeds include the grant deed, a warranty deed, quitclaim deed, and a gift deed. The quitclaim and grant deed are the two most common that individuals use.


Step 3

Go to an attorney with the grantee and bring all the necessary paperwork. Your attorney will draw up the actual deed document. Most attorneys are registered as a notary publics and can notarize the deed forms that you sign, but if the attorney is not registered as a notary, you must find one.


Step 4

Take the deed form that your attorney prepared and make an appointment with a notary public in order for them to witness your signature as well as the signature of the grantee. (Note: A notary public can be found in banks or in local phone books.)

Step 5

Have the land ownership deed officially "recorded" in the county where the land resides by taking the deed to the County Recorder's Office and requesting that it be recorded. County Recorders' offices are oftentimes located near or inside a court house, and can be found in your local phonebook.


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