To transfer ownership of the property you’re buying, you and the seller will both need to sign a document called a deed.
The deed must be notarized and filed with the county in which the property is located. A deed is a legal document that transfers ownership. Anyone searching public land records can see your ownership of the property and the details of the purchase.
SFGate.com says you should think of the deed like a purchase receipt. The document includes a detailed description of the property that you purchased as well as information about the seller and the buyer. All sellers and buyers need to sign the deed. There is also language on the deed that allows the transfer of ownership to take place.
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