How to Get a Deed on Property in Texas

By Teo Spengler - Updated March 30, 2017

Obtain Texas land records including deeds from the county clerk in the Texas county in which the property is located. You can search online for a deed in some counties, or else request the deed from the clerk in person, by mail, phone, fax or email.

Texas Property Deeds

A deed is a document that establishes legal and equitable title to real property. When you buy a house in Texas, you get a few very important documents, including a warranty deed and a document called deed of trust.

The warranty deed transfers ownership of the property from the seller to you. The deed of trust is a part of the loan documents. Its purpose is to provide security for your purchase loan to the bank or other lender.

Types of Deeds in Texas

Two types of warranty deeds are commonly used in Texas. One is a general warranty deed and the other a special warranty deed.

A general warranty deed expressly guarantees title and makes the person selling the property fully legally responsible for any property defects, even if they were created prior to his ownership. This deed is normally used in all residential real estate transactions.

A special warranty deed is used in commercial real estate deals. By using this deed, the seller guarantees title only from the time he owned the property, but not before.

Texas County Clerks

In Texas, a conveyance of property must be in writing in order for the parties to enforce the deal. In order for the conveyance to be binding on third parties, the deed must be recorded with the county clerk in the county in which the property is located.

As part of a normal residential real estate purchase, you (as the buyer) receive copies of the warranty deed, as well as the deed of trust. If you lose those documents, however, you may be wondering "How do I get a deed to my property?" You'll find your deeds at the county clerk's office.

Procedure for Getting a Texas Deed

Obtaining your deed is much easier than you might imagine. Go to the public records website Texas Land Records and Deeds Directory on the internet.

All Texas counties are listed alphabetically, so first locate the relevant county. If an online search is available in that county, a search button displays on the left side. On the right side is the contact information of the clerk's office.

If an online search is not available, you can obtain deeds by visiting the county clerk's office in person during business hours. Alternatively, request records by written letter, phone, fax or email.

About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.

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