How to Complete a Quitclaim Deed

By Amanda Maddox

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A quit claim deed is used to transfer one party’s rights to a real property, such as a home or land, to another party. No warranty is made of the property in a quit claim deed. In general a quit claim deed is used to change the owner on the title of property. Commonly quit claim deeds are used between family members or divorcees to transfer ownership. Other reasons to complete a quit claim deed include correcting the spelling on a previous deed, changing tenancy between owners or transferring the ownership of property into a trust.

Gather the information on the real property that will be contained in the quit claim deed. This includes a property location, legal description and any additional identifying information. The local courthouse will have a copy of the original deed with the information.

Begin the quit claim deed by making a statement such as “This Quit Claim Deed is executed on this day.” Follow the statement with the actual date of the transaction.

Type the word “by” and the name of the grantor, or the person who is the current owner of the property. Then type the address of the grantor's residence. Follow that sentence with the word “to” and type the grantee’s name, or person receiving the property. Include the grantee’s residential address following his name.

Start the next paragraph with the considerations offered for the property. This is the amount the grantee pays for the real property. An example of consideration is “ten-dollars and other considerations.”

Put the property location and description on the quit claim deed. This is important and should be completed entirely. In a real estate transaction, include the legal description, the lot/block number and any other information included on the original legal description.

Include a signature line for each party listed as the grantor and grantee. After the signature line, add a date line for each person who signs the quit claim deed.

Add a notary acknowledgment block section. This is where the notary will sign the quit claim deed to make it a legal document. It should state the notary’s name, the date of the transaction, the expiration of the notary’s stamp and have a signature line. Have the notary stamp the quit claim deed after she signs it.

About the Author

Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.