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Deeds vs. Titles: The Two Are Not Interchangeable – What is the Difference Between These Two Real Estate Terms?

Titles and Deeds and Why Using a Real Estate Attorney is so Important

Titles and deeds are fundamental concepts in the real estate law. Transferring real property by means of a deed is the most common way to transfer title to real property. Deeds and titles are terms often used interchangeably by many. However, there is a significant difference between these two real estate terms that all prospective homebuyers and sellers should understand.

Whether you are the buyer or seller, when it comes to transferring title, Richard S. Weinstein is an experienced real estate attorney who can help guide you through the real estate process, regardless of which side of the real estate transaction you are on.  With years of experience in the real estate industry and knowing the ins and outs of the title transfer process, he will make sure your interests are protected.

What is a Title?

In real estate law, a title is not a physical document. It is a legal concept indicating who has ownership rights to a property. Thus, when it comes to the title to real property, it differs from the Certificate of Title which evidences ownership of an automobile.

What is a Deed?

A deed is a physical and legal document used to convey ownership rights to real property. This physical document must be executed with the correct legal formalities to be effective and is recorded in public records to protect the interest of the buyer. When you purchase a property, you will receive a recorded deed which is the best evidence you own the property.


How Homebuyers Get the Deed and Take Title to a Property

To legally own a property, you must receive delivery of the deed to take title. Attorney Richard S. Weinstein will conduct a thorough title search of the title to ensure it is clear and there are no liens against it. If the title is clear, the seller has the legal right to transfer marketable title to the property and deed the property to the buyer.

When attorney RichardS. Weinstein handles your closing, you are assured that all the required measures have been taken and that the recorded deed is sufficient to prove that the buyer holds good title. He will make sure the deed is recorded with in the public records of the county in which the property is located.

Real Estate Attorney

With over 50 years experience as an attorney, Richard S. Weinstein assists clients with the important financial situations in their lives. Whether you are dealing with bankruptcy, real estate (both commercial and residential, including short sales, foreclosures, and title insurance), estate planning, probate, business formations, or sales or mergers, Richard S. Weinstein is the attorney with the education, experience, and knowledge you need!  Call us at (561) 745-3040 or visit his website at


Law Office of Richard S. Weinstein, P.A.

250 S. Central Blvd. #101

Jupiter, FL 33458

Phone: (561) 745-3040


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