Deed of Trust

A "Deed of Trust" is a legal instrument that grants a Lender a Security Interest in real estate.  The Security Interest creates a lien on the property on behalf of the Lender and gives the Lender the right to foreclose on the property should the Grantor of the Deed of Trust fail to satisfy the terms of the loan.  A Deed of Trust and a Mortgage are similar in the rights they grant the Lender.

Deed of Release

A Deed of Release (also known as a Deed of Reconveyance) is a legal instrument executed by a lien holder (Lender) to release a lien on real property. A Lender holding a lien on real property in the form of a Mortgage or Deed of Trust must execute a Deed of Release once the Lender has been paid in full by the Grantor of the Deed of Trust. In most states, Lenders are required to execute a Deed of Release within a certain time period after the loan is paid off.


General Warranty Deed

When a Grantor executes a "Special Deed" or "Special Warranty Deed," he or she is only warranting that they own the property and that no title defects arose during the time they owned the property. A Special Warranty Deed provides more protection than a quit claim deed, but less than a General Warranty Deed. A General Warranty Deed warrants title to the property from the beginning of time.

Why Use a Special Warranty Deed?
Special Warranty Deeds are most often used in Commercial Real Estate Transactions.  This is so because often the owner of Commercial Real Estate is less intimately connected to the property and less willing to warrant against things that happened before they become owner of the property.
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