Maine Deed Forms

A Maine deed form is utilized to pass on real estate situated in Maine from one individual or entity to another. The individual who is selling or passing on the land is known as the grantor and the individual who is procuring or buying the land is known as a grantee. The name of the grantor and grantee and also the amount paid for the property must be included in the deed. Furthermore, the property’s legal description is needed.

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Maine Deed Forms

It doesn’t end there. Before a deed can be executed, it must be witnessed and signed by a notary public alongside the grantor and grantee. It’s only after proper execution that the deed can be signed submitted and documented with the registry of deeds. Furthermore, before the title passes, it is essential that a title search is carried out successfully. An analysis of the transfer history of the property is done to determine if anyone else may have an interest in it.

Laws – Chapter 711-A (Real Estate Transfers) 

Land Transfer Tax (§ 4641) – Deeds are required to be recorded either online or with a printable form. 

Recording – The Registry of Deeds in the county where the property is situated is where the deed should be recorded in. 

Signing – Title 33, § 203 – All deeds are required to be endorsed by a legal (notary) official, notary public, or official of the court

Deed Types 

General Warranty This kind of deed gives a guarantee from the grantor to the grantee that there are no other interests in the property and in case there are, the grantor would take full responsibility and defend the grantee against them. 

Quitclaim This kind of deed gives no guarantee. The purchaser is buying any property interest the grantor has in which could go from a full interest to no interest. 

Special Warranty This sort of deed is utilized when the grantor just needs to ensure what happened while the individual in question (grantor) owns the property – not what occurred previously. It is a restricted guarantee.

Maine Property Search 

To understand what is being bought, a grantee takes part in an ownership search to discover whether there are any pending disputes regarding the property. These undisclosed interests could be unpaid loans or a concession of an easement or another award of interest. 

In Maine, every district has a registry where deeds are registered. You can either go face to face or look on the site. The following are stages you can use to start a search on the title on a property:

Stage 1 – Firstly you should go to the Maine Registers of Deeds Association website where there are different links to the various counties. 

Stage 2 –  The county in which the property you are buying is situated should then be clicked. For this reason, we will utilize "Penobscot County". 

Stage 3 – After you click on “Search Registry Records” you will be brought to the county website. 

Stage 4 – The name of the individual that is selling the property is required. You need to look for their name under "grantee" records since you need to begin by returning to the exchange made when the grantor purchased the property. When you enter the name of the grantor, you can likewise include the name of the town to make it easier to find. Then, at that point, click "search records" and you will be redirected to a list that shows the records. 

Stage 5 – Click on the record that represents your property and you will have the choice of printing out the report. You will then, at that point, likewise know the past grantor, so you can carry out similar research on the past grantor.

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