Deeds and Real Property Transfer in California
Transferring Real Property: There are many different types of documents that affect the transfer of real property. The following are brief descriptions of some of the more common transfer documents:
- The grantor states that the property has not been sold to anybody else.
- The grantor states that the property is not burdened by any encumbrances apart from those the seller has already told the buyer about.
- The grantor will warrant and defend title against the claims of all persons. This means the grantor is guaranteeing the grantee that title is free of any defects that may affect the title, even if the defect was caused by a prior owner.
These are just some of the more common ways to acquire, hold and dispose of real estate in California. It is provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal, financial or tax advice. Since there are significant legal and tax implications depending on how you choose to hold title to your real property, you should consult with an attorney before deciding how you will hold the title to California real estate.
Taking Title to Real Estate
In addition to selecting the type of real property transfer deed, a decision will also have to be made about how title to the property will be taken. There are several different ways to take title to real property which are discussed further here.