An Alaska special warranty deed is used to transfer property from a seller (grantor) to a buyer (grantee) with protection against defects resulting from the grantor’s ownership period. By conveying real estate under this type of deed, the grantor warrants that the property is free of any and all encumbrances (i.e., easements, liens, unpaid taxes) for the full span of time they owned the property. This type of warranty contrasts with that of a general warranty deed, which warrants against issues dating back to the property’s initial owner.
Grantees can check a grantor’s claim of a clear title by performing a title search. A title search is a process where an attorney or title company sifts through county records to search for outstanding claims and verify if the grantor is indeed the title’s rightful owner.
- Statutes: Chapter 34.15 (Conveyances)
- Formatting: § 40.17.030, “Preparing Documents” Guide
- Signing requirements (§ 34.15.150): Notary Public
- Where to record: District Recorder’s Office
- Recording fees (11 AAC 05.200, Alaska.gov “Recording Fees”): $20 for the first page + $5 for each additional page
- Property Disclosure Statement (AS 34.07.010 & 34.07.050): Informs the buyer that they are responsible for determining if a sex offender resides in the area, or if the property is subject to odors, fumes, or other undesirable matters caused by a nearby agricultural facility. Contains information on where resources for performing a sex offender search may be found.