A special warranty deed from Washington allows for the transfer of real property ownership with a few guarantees.

The new property holder will get title to the property with no obligation for the time of the grantor’s ownership, but this does not extend to previous owners.

Therefore, if there are any claims from before the grantor’s ownership period, the responsibility falls on the new owner, or grantee.

Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on what to fill in each blank space in the document:

Step 1: Preparer’s Details 

Here, enter the name and complete address, including the state and zip code, of the individual or company who prepared the document. 

This is where you indicate who prepared the document.

The importance of this step is to establish accountability and a point of reference if there are any questions about the content of the document.

For example, if “John Doe Legal Services, 1234 Main St, Seattle, WA, 98101” prepared the document, any clarifications can be sought from them.

Step 2: Receiver’s Details 

Fill in the name and complete address, including the state and zip code, where the document should be returned after recording.

This information is critical to ensure that the recorded deed is returned to the correct address.

Without this, the processed document might not reach the appropriate parties. For instance, the document may need to be returned to the Grantor or their attorney’s address.

Step 3: Grantor’s Details 

Fill in the name and complete address, including the county and state, of the current owner (Grantor) of the property.

The Grantor is the current owner of the property and their information needs to be accurate to establish the legitimacy of the transfer.

If “Jane Smith” is the Grantor, her current address, and specifically her county and state, would be listed.

Step 4: Sum of

After “in consideration of the sum of” write the full purchase amount in words followed by the numerical amount in brackets.

This is the consideration or the payment that is being made for the property.

It’s important as it validates the transaction in exchange for the transfer of the property.

For example, if the property is sold for “$250,000”, it should be written as “two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000)”.

Step 5: Grantee’s Details 

Fill in the name and complete address, including the county and state, of the new owner (Grantee). The new owner, or Grantee, must be clearly identified to establish who is receiving the property.

If “John Doe” is the new owner, his current address, and specifically his county and state, would be listed.

Step 6: Description of the property 

Describe the property in the space provided.

This should include all essential details like the property’s physical address, lot number, block number, city, and any other details necessary to identify the property.

If the description is too long or complex, it can be attached as “Exhibit A”. The property description is vital to clearly identify what property is being transferred.

For example “Lot 3, Block 2 of Hill Valley, according to the plat recorded in Volume 12 of Plats, Page 34, records of King County, Washington.”

Step 7: Grantor’s Details 

In the space reserved for “Grantor’s Signature” and “Grantor’s Name”, the current owner of the property (Grantor) should sign their name and print their name, respectively.

This should be done twice if there is more than one Grantor. The Grantor’s signature is key to confirm that they agree to the terms of the deed.

If the property is owned by “Jane Smith and Bob Smith,” both would need to sign the document, indicating their agreement to transfer the property.

Step 8: Grantor’s Address

The Grantor should then provide their address including the city, state, and zip code.

The Grantor’s address is needed for complete identification and to avoid any confusion, especially if there are other people with the same name.

If the Grantor “Jane Smith” lives at “123 Maple St, Seattle, WA, 98101”, this address would be listed to distinguish her from any other “Jane Smith.”

Step 9: Notarization 

The Notary Public  should sign and date the document, and provide the expiration date of their notary commission.

Conclusion

Equipped with the comprehensive information provided in this article, even first-time home buyers can fill out a legally compliant Washington special warranty deed.