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District Of Columbia Grant Deed

Through the use of a deed or will in writing, a grantor may create or dispose of any interest in or claim to real estate in the District of Columbia, whether it is for present or future possession and enjoyment, and whether it is vested or contingent ( 42-301). The District of Columbia Code, 42-601, provides statutory forms for conveyances of real property, which are sufficient for their respective purposes. Any covenant, restriction, limitation, or provision allowed by law can be added, attached to, or introduced in the forms provided. Other forms conforming to the statutory rules will be sufficient for a conveyance of real property in the District.

A grant deed contains some of the usual covenants of title, but does not offer as much protection as a warranty deed. In a grant deed, the grantor warrants that he has not previously conveyed the estate being granted, has not encumbered the property except as may be stated in the deed, and will convey after-acquired title, unless the deed states otherwise.

Upon presenting a grant deed to the Recorder of Deeds for recordation, the grantor must sign the deed and have his or her signature acknowledged by an officer who is authorized to perform notarial acts in the District of Columbia. The following persons can perform notarial acts in the District: a notary public of the District; a judge, clerk, or deputy clerk of any court of the District; or any other person authorized to perform a notarial act in the District ( 42-143). Notary acts performed in another state by a person authorized to do so will have the same effect under the laws of D.C. ( 42-144). According to the D.C. statutes, a "notarial act" is defined as taking an acknowledgement, administering an oath or affirmation, taking verification upon oath or administration, witnessing or attesting a signature, or any other similar act authorized by law ( 42-141). Notarial acts should be evidenced by a certificate that has been signed and dated by the notarial officer performing the act ( 42-147).

A grant deed conveying real property or interest therein in the District that is executed and acknowledged and certified as provided, and delivered to the person in whose favor the deed is executed, will be held to take effect from the date the deed was delivered. However, as to creditors and subsequent bona fide purchasers and mortgagees without notice of the deed, and others interested in said property, the grant deed will only take effect from the time of its delivery to the Recorder of Deeds for recordation ( 42-401). When two or more deeds pertaining to the same property are made to bona fide purchasers for value without notice, the deed or deeds that are first recorded according to law will be given priority ( 42-406).

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Amber H. said: after typing in the information, the printing is not in alignment - looks disorganized on the page and hard to read

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A. S. said: First, I am glad that you gave a blank copy, an example copy, and a 'guide'. It made it much easier to do. Overall I was very happy with your products and organization... however, things got pretty confusing and I have a pretty 'serious' law background in Real Estate and Civil law. With that said, I spent about 10+ hours getting my work done, using the Deed of Trust and Promissory note from you and there were a few problems: First, it would be FANTASTIC if you actually aligned your guide to actually match the Deed or Promissory Note. What I mean is that if the Deed says 'section (E)' then your guide shouldn't be 'randomly' numbered as 1,2,3, for advice/instructions, but should EXACTLY match 'section (E)'. Some places you have to 'hunt' for what you are looking for, and if you did it based on my suggestion, you wouldn't need to 'hunt' and it would avoid confusion. 2nd: This one really 'hurt'... you had something called the 'Deed of Trust Master Form' yet you had basically no information on what it was or how to use it. The only information you had was a small section at the top of the 'Short Form Deed of Trust Guide'. Holy Cow, was that 'section' super confusing. I still don't know if I did it correctly, but your guide says only put a return address on it and leave the rest of the 16 or so page Deed of Trust beneath it blank... and then include your 'Deed of Trust' (I had to assume the short form deed that I had just created) as part of it. I had to assume that I had to print off the entire 17 page or so title page and blank deed. I also had to assume that the promissory note was supposed to be EXHIBIT A or B on the Short Form Deed. It would be great if someone would take a serious look at that short section in your 'Short Form Deed of Trust Guide' and realize that those of us using your products are seriously turning this into a county clerk to file and that most of us, probably already have a property that has an existing Deed... or at least can find one in the county records if necessary... and make sure that you make a distinction between the Deed for the property that already exists, versus the Deed of Trust and Promissory note that we are trying to file. Thanks.

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