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Warranty Deed

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Do I need to submit a cover sheet with the deed?Some circuit courts in Virginia require cover sheets, while others do not.

Click here to determine whether the circuit court where you will be filing the deed requires a cover sheet.

Next, select the circuit court. If your circuit court requires a cover sheet then a "VLRCS link" will appear, which will take you to the Virginia Land Record Cover Sheet - Generator©.

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Recordation tax exemption pursuant to Code of Virginia section ___________________
Grantee Name: ___________________
                             Grantee Address: ___________________

PIN or Property Identification Number/Tax Map Number: ___________________
Deed Prepared By: ___________________
Address: ___________________
After Recording, Mail to:

Warranty Deed

This Warranty Deed, made this ________ day of ________________, ________, by and between ___________________, not married, of ___________________, (the "Grantor"), and ___________________, not married, of ___________________, (the "Grantee")

WITNESSETH, that in consideration of the sum of $___________ the Grantor does hereby remise and release, with general warranty covenants, unto the Grantee, as the sole tenant, in fee simple, all that piece or parcel of land, together with the improvements, rights, privileges and appurtenances to the same, situated in the County of ___________________, Commonwealth of Virginia, described as follows:


The Grantor attests for the Grantee and the Grantee's heirs and assigns that at and until the ensealing of these presents, the Grantor is well seized of the above described premises, as a good and indefeasible estate in fee simple.

The Grantor covenants that the Grantor will warrant generally the property hereby conveyed, and that the Grantor will execute such further assurances of said land as may be required.

WITNESS the hand and seal the day and year first hereinbefore written.

Signed in the presence of:





Grantor Acknowledgement


COUNTY OF ____________________

I ____________________________, a Notary Public in and for the said County and State, hereby certify that ___________________, having signed this Warranty Deed, and being known to me (or whose identity has been proven on the basis of satisfactory evidence), acknowledged before me on this day that, being informed of the contents of the conveyance, the Grantor has executed this Warranty Deed voluntarily and with lawful authority.

Given under my hand and seal, this ________ day of ________________, ________.

Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Virginia

County of _________________________

My commission expires: __________________________

Last Updated September 16, 2022

What is a Warranty Deed?

A Warranty Deed is a document that transfers property interest from one person to another while guaranteeing freedom from defects or encumbrances

In other words, the deed assures that the property has no liens or legal claims against it (meaning creditors aren’t using it as collateral for an outstanding debt, and no third parties have the right to occupy the property). 

As such, a Warranty Deed facilitates transparency when selling or transferring an interest in a property—which is a major benefit to anyone receiving a land title.

Who are the parties in a Warranty Deed?

A Warranty Deed involves at least two parties: 

  • The grantor (currently on the property title), who transfers their interest in the property
  • The grantee, who receives a title interest in the property

Keep in mind that there may be more than one grantor or grantee. Moreover, a person can be both a grantor and a grantee. For example, this may be the case when a person marries and wants to add their spouse’s name to the title of their home

What are the two types of Warranty Deeds?

LawDepot’s Warranty Deed template allows you to choose between two different kinds of warranties:

  • In a Special Warranty Deed, the grantor gives their word that they don’t know of any defects or encumbrances on the property during their time as owner. However, they can’t speak to anything that might have occurred prior to their ownership. This is also known as a limited warranty.
  • In a General Warranty Deed, the grantor guarantees that the title is completely clear (other than anything stated in the deed). This addresses the entire history of the property and is also known as a full warranty. If the title is defective, the grantor can be held liable.

When should I use a Warranty Deed?

If you’re buying property, you can request a Warranty Deed to confirm that you’ll have full ownership rights to the property. This is especially helpful when you are unrelated to the seller and unfamiliar with the property

If you’re selling or transferring a property title, a Warranty Deed can help you prove a clear title. For example, some organizations might require evidence of a clear title before lending a mortgage or issuing title insurance.

What’s the difference between a Warranty Deed and other title deeds?

Quitclaim Deed

A Quitclaim Deed transfers a title without the guarantee that a Warranty Deed provides. In this case, the buyer could risk facing legal challenges to the property in question. 

Deed of Trust

While a Warranty Deed transfers a property title from a seller to a buyer, a Deed of Trust transfers the title to a neutral trustee. The trustee is a neutral third party that holds the title until the party buying the property pays off their loan. That being said, the Deed of Trust helps the buyer secure a loan.

How to write a Warranty Deed

Use LawDepot’s Warranty Deed template to create the document you need.

1. Describe the property

Specify whether the property is residential, commercial, or undeveloped land. Include the property’s location (state and county), the legal property description, and the price.

2. Select a warranty type

Specify whether you’re giving a full or limited warranty.

3. Describe the parties in the agreement

Describe the grantor(s) and grantee(s) by giving their full names and addresses: 

  • For individuals, you may also specify marital status. 
  • For corporations, include the agent’s name and the state of incorporation.
  • For trusts, include its formation date and the appointed trustee.

4. Consider adding reservations

In some cases, the grantor may want to retain a slight interest in the property. In this case, they might add a reservation to the Warranty Deed that describes an exception to the title transfer. 

For example, imagine a grantor adds “an easement for transportation purposes in favor of the grantor.” In other words, the easement gives the grantor permission to access the property for transportation purposes, even when they don’t have possession. This might be necessary if there’s a road that crosses part of the property.

5. Add final details

State who receives tax notices once the transfer is complete. 

You should also include the date and location of where the document will be signed.

Do I need to notarize my Warranty Deed?

Yes, almost every state’s laws require you to notarize a Warranty Deed for it to be valid and enforceable.

As such, LawDepot’s Warranty Deed template includes a section for a notary public to acknowledge the parties’ signatures. Notarization helps prove the authenticity of your signatures and the parties’ intent to enter a contract.

Related Documents:

  • Quitclaim Deed: Use this document to transfer a property title without guaranteeing whether it’s clear and free.
  • Mortgage Agreement: Not using a traditional money lender? Create a Mortgage Agreement between a private lender and borrower.
  • Real Estate Purchase Agreement: A property sales contract often used for private sales.
  • Promissory Note: A Promissory Note documents a loan between two parties.
  • Deed of Trust: Borrowers can use this deed to transfer a property title to a trustee, who holds it as security until the borrower repays their debt.
  • Mortgage Satisfaction Agreement: Issue a statement that lets a borrower know the terms of their Mortgage Agreement have been met.
  • Contract for Deed: A property sales contract with an emphasis on seller financing.
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