Quit Claim Deed: Adding a Person to the Title of a Property
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Fri May 7, 2010, 7:40am

Quit Claim Deed: Adding a Person to the Title of a Property

Using a quit claim deed to add someone to the title of real estate is a fairly simple and straight forward process. The part of the process that confuses people is the idea that you can not actually add someone to the title. What you are really doing is giving your rights to the property to someone else. The person giving their rights with a quit claim deed is called the grantor, the person receiving the rights is called the grantee. If you are the owner of the real estate and you want to add some, like a spouse or family member, you could use a quit claim deed to give you rights and interest in the real estate.


Here's how it works:

Sally owns a house by herself; she is the only person on the title. Sally gets married and wants to add her husband, Tom, to the title. Using a quit claim deed, Sally would be the grantor. She would be giving here interest in the property away. The grantee would Sally and Tom. In doing this Sally would effectively be giving the property to herself AND her husband. As you can see, when using a quit claim deed you are not actually ADDING someone to the title you are really giving your interest in the property to yourself AND someone else.


The quit claim deed is then recorded at the land records office in the county where your property is located. The Office is called the County Recorder's Office, County Clerk's Office, Register of Deeds, and Land Registry Office depending upon the state where you own the property.
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Article Comments
Willamette Said: Good information about quit claim deeds! It always confused me that I couldn't add to the title, this explanation really makes sense!
On Fri May 7, 2010, 7:44am

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