Updated on August 25th, 2022
A Washington general warranty deed records the conveyance of real estate between two (2) parties (the grantor and grantee) with covenants warranting a perfect title and the grantor’s ownership thereof. A general warranty deed is the option usually chosen in real estate purchases as it provides the buyer with as much protection as possible, eliminating the possibility of an encumbered title. The discovery of title issues after the deed’s execution is considered a breach of the deed’s warranty, and the grantor will be legally obligated to resolve the encumbrance.
The completed and notarized deed will contain will contain the amount paid for the property, and the legal description thereof. The document will be indexed in the public land records after being filed in the county recorder’s office.
- Statutes: § 64.04.030
- Formatting: §§ 65.04.045, 64.32.120, 65.04.048
- Signing Requirements (§ 64.03.020): Notary Public
- Where to Record (§ 65.08.070): County Recorder’s Office (Court Directory)
- Recording Fees (King County Recorder’s Office): $203.50 for the first page + $1 for each additional page
- Cover Sheet (§ 65.04.047): The information required by § 65.04.045 must be on a cover sheet attached to the deed unless already provided on the first page. A county-specific cover sheet supplied by the recorder’s office may be required (e.g., Pierce County).
- Property Disclosure Statement (§ 64.06.020 & § 64.06.030): To be provided to the buyer within five (5) days of signing a purchase contract, unless the buyer waives the disclosure.