The California grant deed is used to convey property from a seller (also known as a ‘grantor’) to a buyer (also known as the ‘grantee’). Similar to a warranty deed, the grantor asserts that he or she has clear title to the property (fee simple) and is transferring his or her interest to the buyer. This is the most popular form of deed used in California. Even though there is some guarantee from the seller, you, as the buyer, will want to make sure to complete a title search in order to ascertain whether the seller has clear title to pass on.
Instructions – Requirements and instructions for recording your deed.
Preliminary Change of Ownership (Form BOE-502-A) – Required to be filed with the deed ().
Recording () – Must be filed with the Recorder located in the jurisdiction of the property.
Signing () – This form must be signed in the presence of a Notary Public with the All-Purpose Acknowledgment.
Tax Assessor’s Parcel ID () – The property’s Parcel ID Number must be entered into the legal description of the deed.
How to Write
1 – Download The Correct Form
Select one of the three buttons below the image to access the California Grant Deed Form. You may download this form as a PDF, ODT, or Word document.
2 – Preparer Identity
The individual who has gathered the information on this document, physically entered it, and generally caused its submission to the County where the property is located. Typically, this is the individual granting the Deed to the Property in question
Document the Preparer’s Full Name on the first blank space (following the word “Name”)
Report the Preparer’s Address using the two blank lines following the word “Address”
Finally, report the State and Zip Code associated with the Preparer’s Address on the blank spaces labeled “State” and “Zip Code”
3 – Define The Recipient Of Future Paperwork
Locate the heading, “After Recording (with Tax Statements) to.” This area will define where future official document regarding this Deed, Property, and Taxes should be mailed.
The first required piece of information is the Name of the future Recipient. Document this person’s identity on the blank space labeled “Name”
The next space, “Address,” must have the Mailing Address where future paperwork must be sent. Make sure to enter the State and Zip Code in their respective spaces
4 – Reporting Property Ownership Facts
Several items must be reported to solidify the property being granted through this deed
Enter the Title Order Number, Assessor’s Parcel Number (both found on the deed), and Escrow Number on the blank spaces labeled “Title Order No.,” “Escrow No.,” and “APN.” These must be entered accurately.
5 – Report the Computed Transfer Tax
The first statement, below the heading “California Grant Deed,” requires the Documentary Transfer Tax reported on the blank space
If this figure was based on the Full Value of the property, then mark the first check box
If this figure was based on the Full value of items, encumbrances, etc. present at the time of sale on the property then mark the second check box
If this figure was computed for a property physically located in an unincorporated area, report the City where this property is
6 – Supplying the Required Language
The paragraph below the heading “State Of California” will provide the wording necessary to transfer the Deed this document concerns itself with but, will require the specific facts regarding the parties involved and the property. To begin, report the County where this property is on the blank line preceding the word “County”
The next two spaces (following the term “sum of”) require the Dollar Amount the Grantor has received in exchange for the issuing of this Deed. This amount will need to be written out on the first space, then provided numerically in the parentheses.
Identify the Grantor on the space after the words “…in hand paid to,” then report his or her status (i.e. plumber, husband, retired nurse etc.) on the next blank line
Locate the words “residing at,” then enter the Grantor’s Home Address in the area after this term
The next three spaces will follow the words “County of,” “City of,” and “State of” require the Grantor’s County, City, and State to be documented on them
The next blank space will mark the beginning of the Grantee information. Locate the term “…hereby grants to” and enter the Full Name of the individual receiving this Deed next to this term
The Residential Address of the Grantee must be entered on the next blank space which must then be followed with a report on the County and City where the Grantee resides recorded on the next two spaces
Report the State where the Grantee resides on the next three blank in the appropriate area.
The next blank space, following the phrase “…situated in” requires the Name of the County where the property is located reported
There will be two empty lines following the term “…to-wit.” These have been provided so that you may enter the Property’s Legal Description precisely as it appears on the Title. If there is not enough room you may attach this information as a separate document (make sure it is properly labeled and signed)
7 – Finalizing This Form
All the information provided on the next page should be read and understood by all parties involved. If the Grantor is in agreement with the information on this form, then each Grantor must provide his or her Signature, Printed Name, Street Address and City, State & Zip on the spaces provided. There will be enough room for two Grantors to provide these items. The Signature of this document occur in the presence of a Notary Public
8 – Notary Public
The last page of this form is strictly for the Notary Public to fill out. This party will verify the location and Signature Parties as well as the Date before supplying his or her credentials and seal
9 – Submission
Once this document is complete, submit it to the County Clerk or County Assessor serving the County where the Property is physically located. Many Counties will have their own filing procedure which must be satisfied, make sure to contact the County Recorder’s Office or Courthouse to find more information if you are unfamiliar with that County’s regulations