California General Warranty Deed Form

The California general warranty deed is a legal document that shall allow a Grantor (seller) to transfer ownership or the title of a parcel of real estate to a Grantee (buyer). The document shall guarantee, that the Grantor legally owns the property and is selling the property in good faith and that there are no lien’s of encumbrances.

As well, use of this document, provides a promise on behalf of the Grantor, that they will defend the Grantee against any claim of ownership from outside parties, should they arise. This is the best possible protection that a Grantee may receive in any real property transaction and should always be requested as part of the sale. All signatories must sign this document in the service of a notary public.

How to Write

Step 1 – The Parties –

  • Enter the name(s) of the Grantor(s) (sellers)
  • Street address
  • City
  • State
  • Check the box indicating marital status
  • Amount paid to the Grantor by Grantee and in receipt
  • AND
  • Enter the name(s) of the Grantee(s) (buyers)
  • Street address
  • City
  • State
  • Check the box indicating status

Step 2 – Property Information –

  • Enter the street address of the property
  • City
  • State
  • Enter the land parcel number
  • Provide the name of the registry with the original description
  • Book and Page
  • Enter the property’s legal description
  • Enter the square footage of the land
  • Provide information regarding any easements and/or restrictions that run with the land

Step 3 – Signatures – To be submitted before a licensed notary:

  • Both parties must read and agree to the statement
  • Provide the Book and Page location of the most recent previous deed
  • Date the signatures in dd/m/yy format
  • Submit the Grantor(s) signature(s)
  • Printed names
  • Date of signature(s)
  • AND
  • Grantee(s) signature(s)
  • Printed names
  • Date signatures in mm/dd/yyyy format

Step 4 – Notarization of Document –

  • The notary shall witness the signatures of all signatories. The notary shall then complete the remainder of the document and affix the official state seal