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California Deed Forms

Updated on October 26th, 2022

A California deed is a document used to legally transfer property from one party to another. California recognizes several classes of deed forms that may be used in various scenarios, providing the grantee (property buyer) with varying degrees of protection against encumbrances. The deed type selected will depend primarily on the nature of the grantor and grantee relationship.

Each deed must be notarized and formatted to the state’s specifications in order to be considered valid by the County Recorder’s Office; therefore, they should be carefully reviewed by all parties before their execution.


Types (6)

Deed of Reconveyance – This document is used to return the property title to a borrower when they have repaid their deed of trust in full.

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Deed of Trust – This deed is used when a third party provides a borrower financing for a property, and the property’s title is transferred to a trustee until the lender is repaid.

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Grant Deed – A property transfer instrument wherein the grantor assures there are no issues with the property title during their ownership but makes no guarantees of any issues prior owners may have had.

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Interspousal Transfer Deed – Allows married parties to convey property interest from one spouse to another.

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Quit Claim Deed – A grantor transfers whatever interest they have in the property to a grantee without guaranteeing valid ownership or a clean title.

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Revocable Transfer on Death Deed – This allows a property owner to name a beneficiary to which the property in question will be transferred when they die.

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