What is the difference between a General Warranty Deed and a Deed of Trust?

Asked on December 7, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Good question. A general warranty deed is the best deed that a person can receive when getting real property into his or her name. This type of deed warrants that the grantor has the ownership of the property being transferred.

A deed of trust is a document used to evidence a loan and actually is recorded on a piece of property as security for the loan. A trust deed is similar to a mortgage. A trust deed does not convey legal title to real property like a warranty deed does.


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