What is a deed?

A deed is an instrument by which a buyer obtains title to a piece of property being sold. A deed comes in many forms. The most common form of passing title is called a warranty deed. 

The seller warrants that he has a good and clear title and guarantees that his predecessors have no interest in the title. Another form commonly used is the quit claim deed. This is used to obtain a release from a person who is believed to have some interest or claim to the property. By this form of deed, the grantor “quits” any claim the grantor may have.

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1. What is a deed?
2. Does a deed have to be recorded?
3. What if I lose my deed?
4. How do I find the deed to my property?
5. May I make my own deed?