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Polk County Grant Deed Form Page 1

Grant Deed Form - Polk County

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included document last updated 3/11/2021


Polk County Grant Deed Guide Page 1

Grant Deed Guide - Polk County

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included document last updated 3/19/2021


Polk County Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document Page 1

Completed Example of the Grant Deed Document - Polk County

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included document last updated 3/11/2021


*The Following Iowa and Polk County supplemental forms are included as a courtesy with your order.


Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

Real Estate Transfer Declaration of Value

According to Iowa law, a Declaration of Value, stating the full consideration paid in certain non-exempt real estate conveyances, must be submitted to the county recorder at the time a deed, contract, instrument, or other writing is presented for recording. A version to be filled in online as well as a print version of the form are available. Both include instructions, but make sure to consult the Detailed Filing Instructions as well.


Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement

This form must be presented to the county recorder when the document to be recorded is filed. The recorder shall forward the original to the transferee when the recorded instrument is returned.


Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax

This tax table lists transfer tax rates by amount of consideration.


Iowa Homestead Exemption

Iowa Homestead Exemption

If you are an Iowa resident property owner and live in the property for 6 months or longer each year, you may qualify for a Homestead exemption. This can reduce your property taxes. Iowa Code chapter 425


Notary Certificates

Notary Certificates

The supplemental forms in this section can be used as loose certificates by notaries in the state.


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Areas covered by these Grant Deed Forms:

  • Polk County

Including:

  • Alleman
  • Altoona
  • Ankeny
  • Berwick
  • Bondurant
  • Clive
  • Des Moines
  • Elkhart
  • Grimes
  • Johnston
  • Mitchellville
  • Polk City
  • Runnells
  • Sheldahl
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines

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What is the Iowa Grant Deed?

A grant deed is a legal document used to transfer, or convey, rights in real property from a grantor (seller) to a grantee (buyer). It contains implied covenants that the grantor has not previously sold the real property interest now being conveyed, and that the property is being conveyed without any undisclosed liens or encumbrances. Grant deeds typically do not require the grantor to defend claims against the title.

A lawful deed includes the grantor's full name and marital status, as well as the grantee's full name, marital status, mailing address, and vesting. Vesting describes how the grantee holds title to the property. For Iowa residential property, the primary methods for holding title in co-ownership are tenancy in common and joint tenancy. A grant of ownership of real estate to two or more unmarried persons is presumed to create a tenancy in common, unless a joint tenancy is specifically created (Iowa Code 557.15). A transfer to a married couple vests as a joint tenancy, unless otherwise stated (Iowa Code 557.15(3)(a)).

As with any conveyance of real estate, a grant deed requires a complete legal description of the parcel. Recite the source of title to establish a clear chain of title, and detail any restrictions associated with the property. Finally, the deed must meet all state and local standards for recorded documents.

Deeds in Iowa must be signed by the grantor. The acknowledgment (notary) of the deed, whether made within the State of Iowa, outside the state, outside the United States, or under federal authority, should comply with the provisions of chapter 9b of the Iowa Statutes. Once acknowledged, file it in the recorder's office for the county where the property is located.

Include all relevant documents, affidavits, forms, and fees with the along with the deed for recording. For example, most deeds require a Real Estate Transfer Groundwater Hazard Statement (Iowa Code Section 558.69). The local recording office can help determine which supplemental documentation, if any, is necessary for the transaction.

This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Contact an attorney with any questions about grant deeds, or for other issues related to the transfer of real property in Iowa.

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