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Texas Deed Forms – General Warranty, Quit Claim, & Special Warranty

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The Texas deeds are forms that provide the transfer of real estate from one party (the Grantor) to another (the Grantee). The transfer is completed by filling-in one of the deed types whilst entering the names of the parties, the consideration (or “purchase price), and the legal description. Once the form is completed it should be signed in the presence of a notary public and from there it can be submitted for filing at a Recording Office located with the County Clerk. There is usually a fee associated so it is recommended to bring a blank check or contact the Recorder’s office to request the amount of the fee.

LawsTitle 2 (Conveyances) Chapter 5

Recording – File at the Register of Deeds in the County Clerk’s Office where the property is located.

Required Language (Section 11.008 (c)) – In uppercase letters and at least 12-point boldfaced font the following must be on all deeds filed in Texas:

NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIALITY RIGHTS: IF YOU ARE A NATURAL PERSON, YOU MAY REMOVE OR STRIKE ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FROM ANY INSTRUMENT THAT TRANSFERS AN INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY BEFORE IT IS FILED FOR RECORD IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS: YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE NUMBER.

Signing (Section 11.002(c)) – All deeds are to be authorized with the Grantor(s) in the presence of a notary public.

Deed Types

General Warranty – The safest and most convenient way to transfer property as it guarantees title not just from the previous owner but from all previous owners so that the title that is given to the new owner (Grantee) is secure.

Quit Claim – Only transfers the ownership the Grantor has in the property to the new owner. Although, this does not guarantee that the Grantor has ownership in the property (according to Diversified, Inc. v. Hall) which makes this type of deed of the highest risk.

Special Warranty – Provides limited protection to the new owner as to the security of the title. It is not as secure as the General Warranty but will provide such protections on a limited and specific basis.

Texas Property Search

Step 1 – In order to fill-in the Legal Property Description area on a deed it is required to find the real estate as listed with the County Records. To do this you can start your search on This Webpage and click on the County where the property is located.

texas-property-search-homepage

Step 2For this Sample Search we will be using the county of Brewster.

After selecting your county, if the online property data is available it will be shown as a “Go to Data Online” link. Click this and you will be re-directed to the County’s Website.

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Step 3 – The County will usually provide at least 2 ways to search for the property, by Owner’s Name or Address. Select the option that will narrow the search to the least amount of results and press the ‘Search’ button.

brewster-county-property-search-database

Step 4 – After the search has been completed you can select the property that you are seeking to find.

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Step 5 – Now you have completed your search and can view all the property details listed with the County. You can use the details located on this page to enter into the deed to describe the property.

sample-legal-description-property-in-texas


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