What is a Real Estate Deed?

A deed is a legal instrument (document), almost always in writing, that passes an interest in real estate from one person to another person. Other frequently asked questions about real estate deeds.
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E-Recording, or electronic document recording, is the process of transmitting real property documents electronically to the local government entity charged with recording and maintaining public records. The process is similar to traditional recording methods except that documents are submitted within minutes without ever leaving your house or office, and recorded documents are returned electronically immediately after recording.
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A recorder, sometimes called the registrar of deeds or clerk of courts, is a government official responsible for maintaining public records and documents, especially records relating to real estate ownership such as real estate deeds and mortgages. Find your local recorder.
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Arkansas Probate and Inheriting Real Property
Probate is the court process of estate administration by which property is devised by will or distributed through laws of intestacy to the decedent’s rightful heirs. The estate administration process varies from case to case, depending on such fact...

Real Property and Probate in Alaska
What happens to an Alaskan’s home after death? The answer depends largely on how the decedent vested title and whether he or she took advantage of any estate planning tools available in Alaska. When real property is held by spouses as tenants b...

Conveyances by Living Trusts in Alaska
A trustee’s deed transfers real property from a living trust. Living trusts are estate planning vehicles created by a settlor during his lifetime. The trust allows the settlor to establish his intentions for how his assets will be distributed u...

Michigan Transfer Tax Exemptions for Real Property Transfers
207.526 Written instruments and transfers of property exempt from tax. Sec. 6. The following written instruments and transfers of property are exempt from the tax imposed by this act: (a) A written instrument in which the value of the consider...

Transferring Real Property from a Living Trust in Alabama
In a trust arrangement, a settlor transfers property to another person (the trustee) for the benefit of a third (the beneficiary). Because the trust is not a person, title to any real property transferred to the trust should be vested in the name...

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Real Estate Deed History
In the United States, land ownership began with land grants from England that formed the basis for the 13 original colonies. After the American Revolutionary War, new federal government owned the land in the 13 colonies. Learn More
History of real estate deeds in the united states