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Updated April 12, 2024

A New Mexico deed is used to legally convey real estate between parties in New Mexico. In order to transfer property, with a deed, you will need the names of the seller, or grantor, the names of the buyer, or grantee, the legal description of the property and an acknowledgment by a notary public. The legal description of the property is found in the previous deed transferring the property – it is not the street address. It is what was used to describe the property when it was first sold or divided. Once the deed is signed and notarized, it must be brought to the local county clerk for recording.

Laws – Chapter 47 (Property Law), Article 1 – Conveyances and General Provisions

Recording (N. M. S. A. 1978, § 14-9-1) – All deeds must be recorded at the County Clerk’s Office in the jurisdiction of where the property is located.[1]

Signing (N. M. S. A. 1978, § 47-1-44) – All deeds that are to be processed in the State of New Mexico must be signed with a Notary Public present at the time of authorization by the Grantor(s).[2]

Deed Types (4)

General Warranty – This type of deed is used to convey property with a guarantee that the grantor has lawful title to the property.

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Quit Claim – This form also transfers property, but it does not come with a warranty.

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Special Warranty – This type comes with a warranty that is limited to the grantor’s ownership of the property.

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Transfer on Death – This type of deed allows a person to transfer real property to a beneficiary.

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New Mexico Property Search (5 steps)

A property search, or title search is performed by the buyer in order to find out the transaction history of the property and to find any hidden transfers of interest or other encumbrances. In New Mexico, you have to go to the County Clerk in the county where the property is located in order to perform a title search.

The following is a brief description of what you will need to do:

Step 1

Go to the county clerk’s office in the county in which the property is located and ask for the land records department.

Step 2

Make sure you have the grantor’s name. You will want to ask how they have their records setup.

Step 3

Using the grantor’s name, look for the deed that transferred the property to the grantor as grantee. You will then have the name of that grantor. Using that grantor’s name, search for the deed that transferred the property to him as grantee. You will want to make copies of each deed going back at most, 50 years.

Step 4

Once you have gone back 50 years, you will want to come forward to the present, using each grantor’s name. In this manner, you should see all conveyances of the property. You should also be able to see if there are any undischarged mortgages and the like. You will want to check the descriptions of the property in each deed to make sure the property wasn’t divided.

Step 5

Find out from the county clerk where they keep the liens documents. You will also want to make sure there aren’t any liens on the property. This is sometimes filed with the land records and not separately.

Example Search (Bernalillo County)

Step 1

Go to the Assessor Property Record Search Portal and have either the Property Address or the Parcel ID.

bernalillo county property search page

Step 2

On the next page select from the list of matching properties.

bernalillo county property matching searches

Step 3

After selecting the property that you queried you will be able to view any and all real estate information necessary in order to complete your deed such as the Parcel ID & Legal Description.

search ownership data and legal description


  1. N. M. S. A. 1978, § 14-9-1
  2. N. M. S. A. 1978, § 47-1-44