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Texas Recorder Information

Real property records are maintained by the County Clerk in the county where the property is located. Recording a deed provides constructive notice of the transfer to everyone.

A conveyance of real property or an interest in real property or a mortgage or deed of trust is void to a creditor or a subsequent purchaser for a valuable consideration without such official public notice, which includes acknowledgment and recording.

The recording act in Texas is a race notice act. Under this statute, a later buyer who pays fair value for real property, does not have notice of any earlier conflicting interests, and records first, wins and will have priority over any later recordings.

An unrecorded instrument binds only the parties to the instrument, the parties' heirs, and subsequent purchasers who do not pay a valuable consideration or who have notice of the instrument.