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A deed is a written document that transfers ownership of land or other real estate from the owner, also known as the grantor, to the buyer, or grantee.

The form a deed takes varies from place to place, but the overall structure and the provisions it contains are the same. The description of the property being transferred is always included.

When you use a mortgage to purchase the property that's being transferred by deed, you may receive the deed at the time of purchase, with the lender holding a lien on the property. Or the deed may belong to the lender until you have paid off the mortgage.

In either case, a deed's creation must be witnessed and should be recorded with the appropriate local authority to ensure its validity.


A written document properly signed,acknowledged,and delivered,and bearing a description of specific property and words of conveyance for that property.

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An important milestone was reached in terms of the debt-land swap with domestic creditors with the recent transfer of land to the land asset management company.
Implementation of investment project in the SeiMangkei special economic zone in North Sumatra has been delayed as regulation had not been issued on the transfer of land ownership.
Now known as St John's School and Sixth Form College, a Catholic Academy, it has also played a role in laying new ground for the transfer of land from local authorities when schools convert.
The transfer of land by the Walvis Bay municipality to the Namibia Angola Housing Initiative (NAAHI) for the development of the N$500 million Walvis Bay International Industrial Park, is said to be at an advanced stage.
Talking to Daily Times, Bukhari said transfer of land by the land mafia in connivance with patwaries would be controlled.
PESHAWAR, June 24 -- The Board of Directors of Forest Development Corporation (FDC) in a special meeting held on Wednesday extensively discussed the transfer of land and building of FDC to Malakand University at Shringal Dir and transfer of Haripur Rosin and Turpentine Factory to Hazara University and demanded of the government to pay reasonable amount as per the market price to FDC as soon as possible so as to protect the rights of FDC and its employees and remove their apprehensions in this regard.
Because of a dispute with the Pakistan government over the legal transfer of land and property titles, etisalat has been holding back payment of about $800 million of the $2.
opposition to global treaties that prohibit the use and transfer of land mines and cluster munitions.
India imposed federal rule after the state government fell over a controversial transfer of land to a Hindu shrine trust that sparked days of rioting in the Muslim-dominated region.
At the same meeting, councillors will be asked to approve the transfer of land to the new foundation being set up by West Kirby Grammar School for Girls to that school's governing body from September 1, 2009.
A transfer of land to the Lowell School District for the school district's use.
The Berlin City Council has put on hold the transfer of land from the city to Jericho Mountain State Park, a new ATV park, saying the state attorney general's office has reworked the proposed deed.

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