How to Obtain a Vesting Deed for a Property

By Kelly Bowlin
Recorded vesting deeds are a matter of public record.

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Vesting deeds show how a person or entity are on title on a piece of property. The deeds must be recorded at the county recorder to be enforceable. All documents recorded at the recorder are part of the public domain and can be viewed by the public. Some forms can be ordered on line at no-charge; however, certified copies will have a fee that varies by county.

Contact your real estate agent and ask for a property profile on the property you are interested in. The property profile shows who is currently on title and when the vesting deed was recorded. You can request a copy of the actual vesting deed by going to the county recorder where the property is located or by contacting a title company who can email you a copy within a few days.

Prepare your request by listing the complete address of the property you are checking as well as the legal address if possible. Your real estate agent should be able to provide you with the legal address. This is the lot, book, map and page number of the specific property.

Pay any fee required by the county recorder. Most recorders will provide a copy of any public record at no charge. If you want a certified copy, the recorders will charge a fee for this. This cost varies by county. Most recorders can look up and copy the vesting deed while you're waiting.

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I graduated with a degree in Finance from Cal Poly Pomona and have held an active Brokers License for over 30 years. I also owned an accounting and tax practice for ten years. I'm an expert in all matter relating to mortgages, accounting, small businesses and taxation, and investing.

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