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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Understanding Trustee Deeds
Trustee’s deeds convey real estate out of a trust. Depending on the circumstances, they may or may not include warranty to the title. They are also used in some foreclosure situations (generally without warranty). In addition to meeting the state a...

Which Deed Should I Use to Transfer Ownership of My Property?
About 64% of American households own their home, and millions more own properties they plan to develop, office buildings, inheritances in the form of real property, and land they may never use. The average person moves 11 times in his or her lifetime...

Transferring Multiple Properties with one Real Estate Deed
Can one real estate deed transfer multiple parcels of land? The short answer is yes, a single deed can transfer several parcels of real estate. Simply include the legal description and any other identifying information required for each property....

What is a Trust Deed?
A trust deed — better known as a deed of trust — at first blush might seem like a confusing legal instrument. It is similar to a mortgage, protecting the lender's rights while allowing the borrower to remain in the property, but confers different...

Who Are Those Heirs and Why Are They Laughing?
Most of us have heard stories about people receiving a surprise inheritance from a distant relative. How does such a thing happen? Well, it all starts in probate. Probate proceedings are designed to settle claims relating to a deceased person’s ...

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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
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