Real Estate Deeds

New Hampshire Grant Deed

Real estate in New Hampshire can be conveyed by a deed in writing. The most commonly used forms in this state are the quitclaim deed and the warranty deed; however, this does not prohibit the use of the grant deed. New Hampshire statutes do not offer a statutory form for a grant deed. When the word "grant" is used in a conveyance of real estate, this will be a sufficient word of conveyance and will not imply any covenants (477-24). In a grant deed, the grantor warrants that he has legal possession of the title being transferred and that the premises are free from all encumbrances, except for any already stated in the deed. A conveyance of real property in this state will pass all the easements, appurtenances, privileges, and rights belonging to the granted estate, unless a different intention is expressed (477-26).

A grant deed or other conveyance of real estate should be signed and acknowledged by the grantor before a justice, notary public, or commissioner in order to be recorded (477-3). The deed will not be valid against any person except the grantor and his heirs unless it is acknowledged and recorded (477-7). Acknowledgments can be taken in New Hampshire or in another state. A certificate of acknowledgment taken by any authorized officer will be valid if it is in the form required by law for an acknowledgment taken within the state (477-5). If a grant deed has not been acknowledged by the grantor but is in other respects duly executed, it may be recorded, and for 60 days thereafter it will be effectual as if duly acknowledged (477-10).

Every conveyance affecting title to real estate in New Hampshire, including a grant deed, should be recorded at the office of the register of deeds in the county or counties in which the real estate is located. A grant deed will not be effective against bona fide purchasers for value until it is recorded as required (477-3a). If a person in this state has an unrecorded deed or evidence of title to real estate in his or her possession and has neglected or refuses to record it, thirty days after being requested in writing by a person having an interest in the estate, any justice, upon complaint thereof, can issue a warrant and cause such person to be brought before him for examination. If sufficient cause for neglect or refusal is not shown, the justice can order the deed or evidence of title to be recorded and commit the person to jail until such order is performed and payment of the cost is made (477-14). New Hampshire Grant Deed Forms Have Been Updated as Recently as Friday May 18, 2018