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A general warranty deed is a legal document that transfers real estate ownership from one party to another and guarantees that the transferor/seller holds a clear title, free from liens and all other encumbrances.

Out of all of the deed types, a general warranty deed provides the highest level of protection to the buyer. It guarantees there are no outstanding title issues and that, if there are, the buyer would be protected from personal liability. These guarantees don’t just apply to the current owner, but all previous owners of the property as well.

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What is a General Warranty Deed?

general warranty deed is a document used for finalizing the sale of residential or commercial property. Once it has been completed and recorded, the seller (grantor) will have officially transferred their ownership interest to the buyer (grantee).

General Warranty vs. Special Warranty

While both general and special warranty deeds share many similarities, a general warranty deed covers a far greater time period with regard to its title assurances.

With a general warranty deed, the grantee (buyer) receives a contractual promise that the property is free of any issues, dating all the way back to the very first owner of the property.

With a special warranty deed, the buyer only receives affirmation that the title is free and clear of issues from the current seller (grantor). In other words, the deed does not provide assurances for any previous owners.

Both deed types provide significantly more protection for the buyer than a quitclaim deed, which provides no guarantees whatsoever.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does a general warranty deed need to be notarized?

Yes, every state requires that deeds be notarized, or provides notarization as an alternative to having one (1) or more witnesses attest the deed.