Real Estate Power of Attorney Form

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A real estate power of attorney form is used to select an agent to manage, acquire, mortgage (refinance), convey, or sell a property. The form may be used in a durable manner. This means the powers given in the form will remain valid if the principal should become incapacitated.

Signing Requirements – Find the requirements for your State.

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What is Real Estate Power of Attorney?

A real estate power of attorney is a document that allows someone else to handle property decisions on their behalf. This includes selling, buying, leasing, and managing property for the principal’s best interest. After the form is completed and signed, it is can be used immediately.

Agent

The agent can be any person selected by the principal. They do not have to be a property manager or an attorney.

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Signing Requirements

State Signing Requirements Statute
 Alabama Notary Public

Ala.Code 1975 § 26-1A-105

 Alaska Notary Public

AS § 13.26.600

 Arizona

One (1) Witness and Notary Public

A.R.S. § 14-5501

 Arkansas

Notary Public

A.C.A. § 18-12-501

A.C.A. § 28-68-105

 California

Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public*

Prob. Code § 4121

Gov. Code § 27287

 Colorado

Notary Public

C.R.S.A. § 38-30-124

C.R.S.A. § 15-14-705

 Connecticut

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

C.G.S.A. § 47-5

C.G.S.A. § 1-350d

 Delaware

One (1) Witnesses and Notary Public

12 Del. C. § 49A-105

 Florida

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

F.S.A. § 709.2105

F.S.A. § 689.111

 Georgia

One (1) Witnesses and Notary Public

Ga. Code Ann., § 10-6B-5

 Hawaii

Notary Public

HRS § 551E-3

 Idaho Notary Public

I.C. § 15-12-105

 Illinois

One (1) Witness and Notary Public

765 ILCS 5/20

755 ILCS 45/3-3

 Indiana

Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public*

IC 30-5-4-1

IC 32-21-1-14

 Iowa

Notary Public

I.C.A. § 633B.105

 Kansas

Notary Public

K.S.A. 58-2209

K.S.A. 58-652

 Kentucky

Notary Public

KRS § 457.050

 Louisiana

Principal Only*

La. Civ. Code art. 2993

 Maine

Notary Public

18-C M.R.S.A. § 5-905

33 M.R.S.A. § 203

 Maryland

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

MD Code, Real Property, § 4-107

MD Code, Estates and Trusts, § 17-110

 Massachusetts

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

M.G.L.A. 183 § 32

M.G.L.A. 190B § 5-103

 Michigan

Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public*

M.C.L.A. 700-5501

M.C.L.A. 565.36

 Minnesota

Notary Public

M.S.A. § 523.01

M.S.A. § 507.24

 Mississippi Principal Only*

Miss. Code Ann. § 87-3-3

Miss. Code Ann. § 87-3-1

 Missouri

Notary Public

V.A.M.S. 442.360

V.A.M.S. 442.150

 Montana Notary Public

MCA 72-31-305

 Nebraska Notary Public

Neb. Rev. St. § 30-4005

 Nevada Notary Public

N.R.S. 162A.220

N.R.S. 247.120

 New Hampshire Notary Public

N.H. Rev. Stat. § 477:9

N.H. Rev. Stat. § 564-E:105

 New Jersey Notary Public

N.J.S.A. 46:14-2.1

N.J.S.A. 46:2B-8.9

 New Mexico Notary Public

N. M. S. A. 1978, § 47-1-7

N. M. S. A. 1978, § 45-5B-105

 New York Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

G.O.B. Law § 5-1501B

 North Carolina Notary Public

N.C.G.S.A. § 32C-3-303

N.C.G.S.A. § 32C-1-105

 North Dakota Principal Only*

NDCC, 30.1-30-01

NDCC, 47-19-03

 Ohio

Notary Public

R.C. § 1337.25

R.C. § 1337.04

 Oklahoma Notary Public

H.B. No. 2548 (Section 5)

16 Okl. St. Ann. § 20

 Oregon Principal Only*

O.R.S. § 93.670

 Pennsylvania

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

20 Pa. C.S.A. § 5601

20 Pa. C.S.A. § 5603

 Rhode Island Notary Public

Gen. Laws 1956, § 18-16-2

Gen. Laws 1956, § 34-11-34

 South Carolina

Two (2) Witnesses and Notary Public

S.C. Code § 62-8-105

S.C. Code § 30-5-30

 South Dakota Notary Public

SDCL § 44-8-2

SDCL § 59-12-4

 Tennessee Principal Only*

T. C. A. § 66-22-101

 Texas Notary Public

V.T.C.A., Estates Code § 751.0021

 Utah Notary Public

U.C.A. 1953 § 75-9-105

 Vermont

One (1) Witnesses and Notary Public

27 V.S.A. § 305

14 V.S.A. § 3503

 Virginia Notary Public

VA Code Ann. § 64.2-1603

 Washington

Two (2) Witnesses or Notary Public*

RCWA 11.125.050

RCWA 65.08.070

Washington D.C.

West Virginia Notary Public

W. Va. Code, § 39B-1-105

W. Va. Code, § 37-11-2

 Wisconsin Notary Public

W.S.A. 244.05

W.S.A. 706.05

 Wyoming Notary Public

W.S.1977 § 3-9-105

*Notary recommended if the attorney-in-fact intends to record any real estate instrument, such as a deed, on behalf of the principal with a local court or registry.

How to Use (3 Steps)

Step 1 – Select Real Estate Powers

A real estate power of attorney can be used to give powers for single or multiple real estate transactions. It is also very useful when needing someone to manage your property. This could include signing lease agreements, buying or selling property, evicting tenants, etc. As an example, a property owner could hire a property management company to rent out the property and keep up with the day-to-day maintenance.

Step 2 – Setting the Terms

Typically, if your intention is for a single transaction, you would select a start and end date. If the agent is managing the premises, then the principal would maybe want the term to be indefinite.

In addition, if the principal is seeking to have the agent keep their role if the principal should be incapacitated or not able to use cognitive functions, they can select the form to be “durable”.

Step 3 – Signing the POA

Once complete, your real estate power of attorney must be signed by both yourself and the agent. It depends on the signing requirements in the State.

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