The Arizona deed forms are used to convey real property from one person (grantor) to another (grantee). There are different deed forms depending on the type of transfer required. Some deeds have a form of warranty on the title whereby a seller (grantor) provides a guarantee as to the soundness of the title. A quit claim deed does not provide any warranty or guarantee of title. Deeds must be signed in the presence of a notary and recorded with the county recorder’s office in the county in which the property is located.
Recording () – All deeds must be filed with the .
Signing () – All deeds must be signed in the presence of a notary public.
Types of Deeds
General Warranty – Conveys property from a seller to a buyer with a warranty of title. This means that the seller warrants that he or she has good title to transfer to the buyer. If there are any exceptions, they are provided in the deed.
Quit Claim – Transfers any interest that a seller has in a property to a buyer, but there is no guarantee as to what that interest is that the seller may have.
Special Warranty – Provides transfer of interest held by the seller in the property and does not warrant against any previous claims.
Trust Deed – When there is a mortgage on the property to secure the rights of the bank to the property in the event of non-payment of the mortgage.
Arizona Property Search
Before closing on the sale of a property, a purchaser will want to make sure the title to the property is clear and there are no others who can claim an interest in the property. Therefore, the purchaser will have to do a title search. A title search in Arizona must be done by going to the recorder in the county in which the property is located. Some counties have parcel information online, while others require you to physically go to the office.
Step 1 – Go to and locate the county in which the property is located.
Step 2 – Click on the county website and look for the “recorder” information. Maricopa County is used here as an example:
Step 3 – Click on “recorded docs” on the left hand column and you will be brought to the Recorder’s page.
Step 4 – Enter in the information that you have for the property, whether it be the name of the seller or the recording number.