How to Transfer a Land Title in Bexar County, Texas

By Kelly Gear
Deeds are necessary to transfer land title.

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Property deeds are the documents used when property is transferred from one owner to another. Depending on the conditions of the transfer, there are six types of deeds used to legally design and execute a transfer -- a quit claim deed, general warranty deed, special warranty deed, beneficiary deed, deed of trust and deed of release. Each deed comes with it's own unique conditions and specifics. The most common types of deeds used are warranty deeds and quit claim deeds. Certain guidelines must be followed when transferring a property deed in Bexar County, Texas.

Visit the Bexar County, Texas recorder's office and perform a title search. Review the property records for lien, mortgages, back taxes and errors. Determine whether the title has been accurately recorded after the previous sale. The title has to be free and clear and list the legal name of the owner (also known as the grantor of the deed transfer).

Determine the specifics and conditions of the deed and hire an attorney to create a deed and transfer the title to the new owner. A licensed attorney must create the deed. It is in the grantor's best interest to have an attorney that is skilled in real estate law to design and execute the deed. An attorney is able to identify the type of deed required and create warrants that define the type of deed being executed. A general warranty states that a grantor is the legal owner and that there are no outstanding liens on the property. A special warranty deed only insures property claims made during the time of grantor's possession of the title. All title liability, covenants, obligations and conditions, should be clearly outlined in the deed.

Sign and execute the deed. The deed must be signed by the grantor, witnessed and notarized by a certified public notary, licensed in the state of Texas. The attorney will deliver the grantee the deed. The deed may be submitted to the Bexar County Registery of Deeds office to be recorded. Once the deed is registered the right of ownership is transferred to the grantee and the new owner has right of possession. Verify that the deed has been properly recorded by reviewing the records after the transfer has been executed.

About the Author

Based in St. Louis, Mo., Kelly Gear has been writing professionally for various websites since 2008. Gear has published informational articles on a wide variety of topics relating to business, finance, beauty, fashion, fitness, family and more. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Harris-Stowe State University.