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How To Record A Florida Quit Claim Deed

Florida Quitclaim Deed Filing - Easy to Follow Steps

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Learning how to record a Florida quit claim deed is like anything else. It is easy once you do it a few times. Here are some key points to remember:

  • Properly execute your Deedmonkey Florida quit claim deed form.
  • Pay the transfer tax using the Deedmonkey Florida resource guide links to the appropriate clerk of court.
  • Send your properly executed Florida quit claim deed form to the proper Florida county clerk of court for recording along with the recording fee, any documentary transfer tax (the stamp tax).
  • Confirm that your Florida quit claim deed form was properly recorded.

Get to Know Your County's Clerk and Recorder's Office

Most Florida counties have a clerk and recorder’s office - the county clerk of courts. That is where Florida quit claim deeds are typically filed. The procedures for recording a Florida quit claim deed differ from one Florida county to the next. It is a good idea to use the Deedmonkey resource links to find the exact information for each Florida county and then call the Florida county to verify the procedure (you can access the resource guide once you purchase the Florida quit claim deed form).

The clerk of courts can tell you how to record a Florida quit claim deed form, the proper recording fee and whether a documentary transfer tax is due. However, the Florida county clerk of courts cannot tell you how to draft the quit claim deed. So, please be polite and don’t ask that question.

As a side note, do your homework before calling the clerk of courts. In our experience, the clerk's staff are MUCH more helpful if you start the conversation with, "I have reviewed your website for information on how to record a Florida quit claim deed, and I have a few questions ... ."

Mail the properly executed Florida quit claim deed form to the correct Florida county along with the recording fee, the documentary transfer tax, payment of any transfer tax and a self addressed stamped envelope for return of your recorded Florida quit claim deed.

Florida Quit Claim Deed Mistakes

Many people have trouble filing their Florida quit claim deed and commit the following errors:

  • Sending their Florida quit claim deed form to the wrong county
  • Forgetting to include a check for the recording fee of their quit claim deed
  • Forgetting to include a check for the state documentary transfer tax that applies to Florida quit claim deeds
  • Not making the check payable to the correct payee
  • Even something as simple as forgetting to sign the check can get the filing of your Florida quit claim deed off track

Florida Quit Claim Deed Filing Confirmation

This why it is very important to confirm your Florida quit claim deed form was properly recorded by examining the recording stamp and reception number. Just because you mail your Florida quit claim deed to the clerk does NOT mean that the Florida quit claim deed was actually recorded.

The Deedmonkey resource guide contains links to many Florida counties and in particular the clerk's office for many Florida counties. Most of these county websites have a county-specific checklist for you to use and follow.

We suggest you ALWAYS check the Deedmonkey resource guide, locate the Florida county links and follow the instructions for that county. When in doubt, give the clerk a call.

Florida Quitclaim Deed Form Gotchas - Transfer Fees May Vary!

Besides a Florida transfer tax and Florida county recording fees, other entities may impose a fee on the transfer of Florida real property by Florida quit claim deed. Here are just some examples to consider:

  • Florida real estate in a beach resort may be subject to a transfer fee levied by the resort.
  • Florida timeshare associations almost always has a fee imposed by the timeshare association on any transfer of real estate by Florida quit claim deed.
  • A master homeowners’ association may impose a transfer fee pursuant to the recorded association documents.

While these fees may not be imposed or monitored by the county clerk of courts, failure to pay these fees can cause some problems for both the grantor (the person transferring the real property by Florida quit claim deed form) and the grantee (the person(s) receiving the real property by Florida quit claim deed.

So, there you go! We hope this helps you get your Florida quit claim deed recorded in the proper county.

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