Oregon Deed Forms

An Oregon deed is a legally binding form used to transfer interests in real estate from one person to another. The seller of the property is typically referred to as the grantor and the buyer of the property is typically referred to as the grantee.  Deeds must have the names of the grantor and grantee, the consideration paid for the property and other statutory language before it is accepted for recording at the county clerk’s office. Prior to closing, it may be prudent to have a property search completed on the title of the property so that the buyer has a full understanding of what rights he or she will have in the property.

LawsChapter 93 (Conveyancing and Recording)

Recording – A deed should be filed at the Recorder’s Office in the County where the property is located (See List of County Offices).

Required Disclosure (ORS 93.040) – This Statement must be written in all deeds filed in the State of Oregon.

Signing (§ 93.410) – All deeds that are to be signed in Oregon are to be authorized in the presence of a Notary Public.

Deed Types

General Warranty – Document is meant to guarantee the conveyance of a clear title as well as the grantor’s authority and right to sell the property. If any title issues or illegalities arise, the grantor will be liable to the grantee for any damages.

Quit Claim – The opposite of a warranty deed in that there is no guarantee from the grantor as to his or authority to sell or as to the clarity of the title. These are used in specific situations where a guarantee is not necessary.

Special Warranty – Like a warranty deed because it comes with a guarantee from the grantor to the grantee, however, this type of warranty deed is limited in its scope to the grantor’s ownership of the property. In other words, any issues that arise with the title that occurred as a result of previous owners to the grantor are not guaranteed by the grantor.

Oregon Property Search

When completing a deed it is best to have the correct information for the recording. To get the most accurate details it is best to perform a search of the property by going to your local Assessor or County Recorder’s Office which most can be found online.

Step 1 – Go to This Webpage and select the County where the real estate is located.

Step 2 – For this example we will use Harner County, when you have the selection of links be sure to click the one that will show the Recorder’s information.

Step 3 – On the Harner County Property Search Page you will be able to conduct a search by Document Type, the Grantor’s Name, or Block and Lot (Location).

Step 4 – After entering your query you will be presented with all matching properties like in the image below.

Simply click on the blue document number and you will be re-directed to all the information about the property.