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 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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Personal Representative’s Deeds in Indiana
When we die, another person becomes responsible for managing the assets we leave behind. If we die testate (with a will), this person is called an executor. If we die intestate (without a will), or other specific situations occur, the court supervisi...

Understanding the Minnesota Affidavit of Trustee
The affidavit of trustee for real property transactions is codified at Minn. Stat. § 501C.1014. It contains sworn statements made by a trustee regarding the trust which they are representing and their authority to enter into the transaction affectin...

Massachusetts Trusts, Trustee’s Deeds, and Trustee Certificates
A trust is a legally binding arrangement whereby a settlor transfers title to another person, the trustee, for the benefit of a third, the beneficiary. Trusts in Massachusetts are governed by the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, codified at G.L.c. 2...

Estate Planning and Your Vacation Property
It’s exciting to buy vacation or retirement property, especially if it means there is somewhere fun to visit when it’s cold or otherwise miserable at home. We dream of family and friends gathering at a beach house or cabin, and maybe even passing...

Conveying Real Property from a Living Trust in Louisiana
Under R.S. 9:1732, trusts under the Louisiana Trust Code are either testamentary (to take effect upon the settlor’s death) or inter vivos (to take effect upon the trust instrument’s execution). Find the laws governing trusts and trust administrat...

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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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