A deed is a legal instrument used to convey real property. There are three main deeds in Florida, or three methods of transferring property. They vary depending on the guarantee that is offered by the seller, the type of property, or reason for transfer.
1) General Warranty Deed
- Most complete form of ownership, or highest level of protection to buyer
- Guarantee that grantor (seller) has legal title
2) Special Warranty Deed
- Provides limited warranty of title
- Seller guarantees he/she has not adversely affected the title to the property during their ownership period
- Common for transactions with trustees, or personal representatives, & foreclosures
3) Quitclaim Deed
- No warranties or guarantees from seller
- Most risky form of ownership
- Conveys the interests of the grantor (seller) but grantor does not represent he/she has any rights to convey
- Common to transfer property among family members or when dealing with a divorce
- Common to clear defects in title
In most real estate transactions, we recommend obtaining a general warranty deed in congruence with a title insurance policy to ensure you have complete equity, or ownership in your new property & proper protection for any unexpected encumbrances. However, every case is different and you should discuss your options with a Florida Real Estate Attorney.
Stay tuned for our next blog on – which Deed is right for you!
As many of you know, the process of purchasing a new home, or commercial property involves quite a few important documents that you need to be familiar with. Title and Deed documents are given to you by your attorney. Usually, these documents are also accessible online via your county’s property appraiser’s website FOR FREE. In instances where you have purchased a new property, you may receive a letters in the mail that might look like an official county or state document which states that you will need to take additional steps to finalize documentation, or that you will need to order vital documentation that shows ownership of your property.
This mailing will have your name, parcel number, and property address on it. What Record Transfer Services is doing might not be illegal; however, these services are usually already performed either before or at closing by a title company or real estate attorney. A title search is usually performed by a title company or an attorney, who researches the vested owner, the liens or other judgments on the property, the loans on the property and the property taxes due before the closing is done. If duplicates are needed or documents are misplaced from your records, these documents can usually be found via your county property appraiser’s website or you may contact your real estate attorney.
Given that the letter includes a deadline for which to request for these documents, it appears to be an official document, however, make special note of the disclaimer in fine print at the bottom of the letter: “This product or service has not been approved, or endorsed by any government…” Generally, if you receive a solicitation asking for more money after your closing, it is not necessary and is rarely legitimate. If you are not sure or you would like more information, contact your Florida Real Estate attorney or title company as soon as possible.