How to Register a Deed of Property

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When registering a deed of property, it is vital that you take the proper steps to protect what is probably your biggest investment and most important asset, especially if the property is the house where you live. Hiring an attorney is critical. The attorney will ensure that your deed includes the proper description of the property you bargained for, that title is in the names you desire and that no liens affect the value of the property.

Hire a real estate attorney to register your deed.

Have your attorney ensure that the property description contained in your deed is exactly the property you bargained for, the property is titled in the names you desire and the title is searched to guarantee that no liens or encumbrances exist against your property.

Travel to the clerk's office of the circuit court in the city or the county where the property is located. This is where you will register your deed.

Advise the clerk how much money you paid for the property. Your fee for registering the deed will be based on this amount. Write a check in this amount, payable to the clerk.

Present your deed and your check to the clerk. The clerk will then cause your deed to be registered in the city or county land records, indexed by a book and page number and available to the public.

Warnings

  • Your attorney must check your property for judgments or liens right up to the moment your deed is registered. Encumbrances filed against the previous owners will attach to the property if filed in the city or county land records before your deed is registered. If these are filed after you register your deed, they will not attach and are not your problem.

Tips

  • Your attorney can hire a surveyor to accurately map your property description for the deed if needed, especially if your property is out in the country and not in a city subdivision or development.

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