One way to complete a quick deed transfer in real estate is with a quitclaim deed. A quitclaim deed is one of the fastest and easiest ways to transfer ownership of a property from one person to another. Some of the common circumstances in which a quick deed transfer is required and in which a quitclaim deed can be used include divorces, marriage, sales or when the property is being transferred into a trust. The quitclaim deed is a legal document that you can prepare and record on your own or hire a real estate attorney to draw up and file for you.
Obtain a quitclaim deed template or document. You can download a blank quitclaim deed form from the clerk’s office in the county in which the property is located, purchase a blank copy from an office supply store or obtain it from an attorney or paralegal in your area.
Fill in the current owner’s name and the new owner’s name. On the blank lines and where indicated, complete the full legal name of the old and new owners of the property.
Complete the property address. The next blank line is the property for which you are transferring ownership. Write out the full address for the property on this line.
Sign the quitclaim deed in front of a notary. In some states both the grantor, the current owner, and the grantee, the new owner, must sign the deed. In other states only the grantor has to sign the deed. If you are not sure of your state laws, then you both should sign and date the deed. You should sign and date the deed in front of a notary so that the document can be notarized.
File the deed with the county courthouse. Make a copy of the deed for your records. Take the original copy of the deed to the county courthouse. Pay the filing fee. File the deed so that it becomes part of the public records.
Even if you do not file the deed immediately, or if the processing time for deeds is delayed, the ownership of the property transfers as soon as the quitclaim deed is signed. It does not have to be filed or recorded to be in effect.
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- Even if you do not file the deed immediately, or if the processing time for deeds is delayed, the ownership of the property transfers as soon as the quitclaim deed is signed. It does not have to be filed or recorded to be in effect.
Kristie Lorette started writing professionally in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and multinational business from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her work has appeared online at Bill Savings, Money Smart Life and Mortgage Loan.