Bargain and Sale vs. Quitclaim Deeds: A Concise Guide

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Are you looking to buy a home though a bargain and sale deed? Perhaps you’re buying after a foreclosure, or from an estate or a court-ordered sale. If so, the entity granting the deed to you might lack knowledge of the property’s history. Basically, the deed means a buyer is expected to accept the house as-is.

How does this differ from a quitclaim deed? What rights and protections does the bargain and sale deed give you, the new owner? Let’s take a look.

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House Gift: Transferring Your Arizona or Florida Home Through a Gift Deed

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Using a gift deed, you can transfer your home to a new owner. The transfer of a gift deed occurs among friends and relatives, or between donors and charities. The giver of the gift deed, formally known as a grantor or donor, conveys the home to the recipient or donee while the donor is alive.

The special hallmark of the gift deed is its transfer of real property between people with no consideration. Only use it if no money and nothing of value is given for the home. (Careful, though: to the IRS, a house sold for a dollar is still a gift.)

Here, we shine a spotlight on the gift deed from some specific angles:

  • We’ll zoom in on two places where many of our clients and readers love to give: Arizona and Florida.
  • We’ll discuss the tax implications of your gift deed.
  • We’ll outline the alternative ways you can give your home away or transfer its inherent value to your loved ones.

So, if you’re feeling generous, read on!

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Defending a Quitclaim Deed

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The quitclaim is famous for being the simplest way to give up an interest in real estate. Unlike a warranty deed, the quitclaim grants whatever interest a person has to the other person, but offers no assurances that the title is clear.

Once a quitclaim is signed and recorded, can the deed be challenged in court? Yes, it can. Recording your deed only provides notice of your ownership claim to the public. It does not guarantee ownership.

Because quitclaims make no guarantees about the property’s title or condition, a court that hears a challenge to your deed will simply be examining the quitclaim to find out if the transfer was legally correct. So, if you received an interest through a quitclaim deed, you’ll want to be able to show that the grantor properly conveyed the deed to you. In this article, we take a look at why you might hold a quitclaim deed in the first place, and how to hold onto your property if that deed is challenged.

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The Seller-Financed Home Sale: Weighing the Risks and Rewards

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Some sellers offer the option of a seller-financed deal to home shoppers. Seller financing can be very attractive when a hopeful buyer can’t obtain a loan approval. After 2020, we could see an uptick in such situations, as a good number of sellers and buyers try to restore their pandemic-battered finances and seek alternative ways to borrow. Indeed, seller financing has long helped make homebuying a more flexible prospect for self-employed people and others who might not fit the profile preferred by loan underwriters. Bonus: no private mortgage insurance (PMI).

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Foreign Nationals Buying U.S. Real Estate: How It Works & Latest Quirks

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Many international buyers — often from Canada, China, Mexico, India or Great Britain — buy U.S. real property to offset the risk of their country’s currency devaluation, or simply to diversify their assets. If you’re a buyer from outside the United States, or a seller making an international sale, advance knowledge can help you navigate a few quirks in the process.

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Buying a House to Save Money? It’s a Tried and True Method.

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For generations, real estate has been at the core of wealth for people, families, and organizations. Today, a home is the most valuable asset owned by most people in the U.S. middle class. It’s the largest investment and a central retirement asset for most of the population.

Of course, a home should be a safe, comfortable space to enjoy life. At the same time, buying a home in a popular area can help the buyer attain a more comfortable financial life. Here, we explain how. 

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I Can’t Pay My Mortgage Any More. What’s Next?

”In these uncertain times…”

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Difficulties arise in life, sometimes out of the blue. Mortgage obligations that suited us just fine at first can become unmanageable when circumstances swerve out of control. At that point, a homeowner might approach the mortgage lender and ask for a few months of forbearance. Or perhaps it’s possible to work out a repayment plan, or get a loan modification. Sometimes, the homeowner’s financial stress is too serious for any of those options to apply.

Consider that the homeowner must resolve two obligations on the mortgage loan: the lien, and the promissory note, which is the promise of repayment. If an owner cannot keep that promise, the lender is allowed to recover and sell the house.

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Transferring a Deed Without a Lawyer? Here’s What You Should Know

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A deed, of course, is a legal document representing property ownership. But you might be wondering if an owner can transfer a deed to another person without a real estate lawyer. The answer is yes. Parties to a transaction are always free to prepare their own deeds. If you do so, be sure your deed measures up to your state’s legal regulations, to help avert any legal challenge to the deed later.

Some deeds require more expertise than others. A quitclaim deed, for example, is far simpler than a warranty deed. Let’s take a closer look.

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Sustainability: A Brief Guide to Green Homes

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Walkable neighborhoods, green buildings, energy efficiency, low-carbon living… they’re all going mainstream now. Sustainable real estate is no longer a mere preference or buzzword. It has evolved into a basic need, addressing climate-related sea level rise and flooding in cities such as Washington D.C. We know the tide is turning when investors screen properties for sustainability.

What does this mean for individual homeowners? In increasing numbers, we’re integrating our environmental concerns into our lives at home. Here, we explore what today’s buyers and owners might want to know.

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