The Minnesota deeds are legal documents that are used to properly transfer or convey real estate in Minnesota. Depending on your need, there are different types of deeds in Minnesota, including a general warranty deed, a quit claim and a special warranty deed. The warranty deeds include either a complete or a limited “guarantee” from the seller or grantor that the property is clear of title issues. Whether or not there is a guarantee, it is prudent to have a title or property search completed. This allows the buyer to have peace of mind as to what he or she owns upon purchase.
Checklist – Use to ensure that all documents are completed by the preparer for filing.
eCRV – Known as the “Certificate of Real Estate Value”, is for all properties worth equal or more than $1,000. It can be or you can use the physical form (See Sample) which may be obtained at your local Recorder’s office.
Recording – All deeds must be filed with the in the area of the property’s location.
Signing () – All deeds are to be signed by the Grantor(s) along with a Notary Public present.
Well Disclosure Certificate – If the property has a well then the Well Disclosure Certificate must be attached to the deed (or ).
General Warranty – This type of deed transferring property from a seller to a buyer, comes with a guarantee that there are no title “defects” or barriers to the grantee owning the entire property outright with no claims from others.
Quit Claim – Used to transfer property with no warranty. In other words, grantor transfers to grantee, only that interest which they own in the property, which may be no interest, partial interest or full interest.
Special Warranty – This type of deed comes with a partial guarantee, namely that the grantor guarantees that there are no title issues while he owned the property, but the grantor does not guarantee anything that might arise from previous transfers.
Minnesota Property Search
Performing a property search prior to closing on a property is a prudent thing to do. A thorough property search, also known as a title search, may uncover hidden defects in title, such as a granted easement 20 years ago, or an undischarged mortgage that should be resolved before closing. In Minnesota, you can go to the county registrar of deeds/ recorder to do a title search. Some counties, such as Hennepin County, provide online search capabilities. The following is an example of how to get started on a title search in Hennepin County:
Step 1 – First go the the registrar of titles in the county in which the property is located. In this case, :
Step 2 – Then, click on “property information search”:
Step 3 – Click on “” on the left hand column.
Step 4 – You will then need to subscribe as follows:
- Complete the agreement (PDF) — for help, see the agreement instructions (PDF)
- Sign and date two copies
- Complete the contact form (PDF)
- Submit the completed agreement and contact form to:
Hennepin County Recorder/Registrar of Titles
Attn: RecordEASE Web Customer Service
A-500 Government Center
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
The Registrar will then provide you with user name and password to access the site.