Real Estate Deeds

Michigan Grant Deed

A grant deed is a type of real estate deed that can be used in Michigan to transfer ownership of real property from a grantor to a grantee. In a grant deed, the grantor warrants that he or she is in legal possession of the title being transferred and has good right to convey the property. A grant deed must be created by a deed in writing.

In order to be acceptable and sufficient, a grant deed should be dated, signed by the grantor, and acknowledged. Michigan follows the uniform recognition of acknowledgments act, which means that if executed and acknowledged out of state and according to the laws of such state, a grant deed can be recorded in Michigan. Acknowledgements within the state can be taken before a judge, clerk of a court of record, or a notary public. The officer taking acknowledgments should endorse a certificate of acknowledgment on the deed, or have one attached to the instrument (565.8).

An unrecorded grant deed will be void as against a subsequent purchaser in good faith and for a valuable consideration of the same real estate or portion thereof, whose conveyance is first duly recorded. If the first recorded conveyance is in the form of or contains the terms of a quitclaim deed and release, this does not affect the question of good faith of the subsequent purchaser, and is not of itself notice to him or her of any unrecorded conveyance of the same real estate or portion thereof (565.29). Michigan Grant Deed Forms Have Been Updated as Recently as Tuesday May 22, 2018