Document Images, also referred to as Document Copies, consist of digital copies of official recorded documents dealing with various real estate transactions, mortgage records and liens. Document copies may contain records found in property reports, yet they are fundamentally different from property reports – no data has been compiled to create a document copy.
Unlike property records, the online availability of recorded documents is somewhat limited. Our State/County Coverage page is updated continually and conveniently displays the current coverage areas. Not every property report will necessarily contain copies of documents associated with it.
Some Counties charge a flat fee per document copy, yet others charge per each page. We never charge per page, even though certain documents may contain many pages – we have a set fee regardless of the number of pages in the recorded document. Not only you no longer need to go to the local courthouse for document retrieval, you do not even need to know the instrument number, the recording date, or the case of file number in order to find a particular document. As with other products, at HomeInfoMax we have also automated that process – get Basic, Detailed, Title History, or any of Liens Reports and click on a button with a corresponding document number; that is all you need to do to instantly get deeds and other recorded document copies. All obtained documents can be printed, e-mailed, or downloaded.
The logic behind Document Images: to provide an online search and retrieval of deeds, titles and mortgages recorded on property. Various other recorded documents can be also obtained, such as foreclosure records, formal notices, affidavits, abstracts of judgements and liens filed against real estate or a person. Document Images are offered in all of our Subscription Plans, but cannot be searched directly – they are sold as supplemental purchases from already-obtained and supported property reports.
Types of Properties covered: residential, commercial, vacant land, industrial, agricultural, and all other types of Real Estate Properties.
Contents and extent of Document Images:
– from Basic Property Reports you can get deeds of the most recent title transfer and last sale record.
– from Detailed Property Reports you can get deeds of the most recent title transfer, last and one prior sale records.
– from Title History Reports you can get deeds of all available title transfers, sales records and original mortgage documents.
– from Voluntary Liens Reports you can get most offered types of deeds and documents recorded on a real estate property, including all document copies available in Title History Reports, plus mortgage assignments, releases, and pre-foreclosure and foreclosure related documents.
– from Involuntary Liens Reports you can get copies of liens recorded on property, plus judgements and personal lien records.
Copies of deeds are the most commonly searched and retrieved documents at HomeInfoMax.
TYPES OF DEEDS
Property Deed: a legal written instrument which is used to assign ownership of real property, to transfer title to the land and its improvements (such as a house) to another person or entity. In simpler terms, a deed is a legal document that represents ownership of the property. The deed is used to symbolically transfer real property, since it obviously cannot be transferred physically. A valid deed must contain no less than two elements: Granting Clause and Description of the Property.
Common Types of Deeds:
Quitclaim Deed (or Quit Claim Deed): an instrument of conveyance of real property that passes any title, claim, or interest that the grantor has in the premises, but does not make any representations as to the validity of such title. Quitclaim Deeds are common in most States.
Warranty Deed: type of deed that transfers property ownership from one person to another and in which the grantor promises that title is good and clear of any claims. Warranty Deeds used in all States, but are more common to Midwest and Eastern States.
General Warranty Deed: type of deed where the grantor guarantees that he or she holds clear title to a piece of real estate and has a right to sell it.
Limited Warranty Deed: type of deed that is more favorable for the seller by assuring the buyer that the seller has done nothing during the property ownership to create an encumbrance that is not clearly defined in the deed.
Special Warranty Deed: type of deed in which the seller warrants or guarantees the title only against defects arising during the period of his or her tenure or ownership.
Statutory Warranty Deed: an abbreviated version of a warranty deed in a form of property conveyance written in accordance with some State laws.
Corporate Warranty Deed: type of special warranty deed used when an incorporated business is one of the parties involved in the real estate transaction.
Grant Deed: type of deed used in some States for the sale or transfer of property ownership from one person or entity to another. Grant Deeds are common in California.
Individual Grant Deed: type of deed usually used in California when one spouse conveys property to another and wants to exempt the property from reappraisal under Section 63 of the Revenue and Tax Code.
Corporation Grant Deed: type of deed that transfers the ownership of real property from one organization to another organization or individual.
Bargain and Sale Deed: type of deed especially used by local governments, fiduciaries, and in foreclosure sales to transfer title for which the grantor implies to have or have had an interest in the property, but offers no warranties of title to the grantee. Bargain and Sale Deed are common in New York, Arizona, Nevada.
Fiduciary Deed: type of deed that transfers property ownership when the grantor is acting in official capacity as a trustee, guardian, conservator, or executor. Fiduciary Deeds are used in some States.
Deed of Trust (or Trust Deed): an agreement between a lender and a borrower to transfer legal title in the borrower's land to a neutral third party, a trustee, to secure the payment of a debt by the borrower. Trust Deeds are used in all States.
Special Purpose Types of Deeds:
Trustee's Deed: type of deed to be executed by a person serving as a trustee in their appointed capacity issued to a purchaser at auction, pursuant to foreclosure.
Substitution of Trustee: the naming of a successor trustee under a deed of trust.
Sheriff's Deed: type of deed that grants ownership rights in property bought at a sheriff's sale under court order to pay off a debt.
Deed on Decree: type of deed establishing the amount of a mortgage debt and ordering the property foreclosure to pay the debt. Deed on Decree is used in States that follow judicial foreclosure in order for a lender to sell mortgaged property.
Corrective Deed: type of deed that clears up an error in a previously issued deed.
Tax Deed: type of deed that grants property ownership to a government body following a sale necessitated by the non-payment of property taxes.
Executor's Administrator's Guardian's Deed: Executor's deed is to property written out by the executor of a will, either for selling a property or distributing it to heirs. Administrator's deed transfers real estate from an intestate person to his or her heirs. A guardian's deed is given to the guardian of a minor child or a mentally incompetent person.
Survivorship Deed: type of deed conveying title to real estate into the names of two or more persons as joint tenants with rights of survivorship.
Interspousal Transfer Grant Deed: type of deed that can be legally utilized to transfer property title in between lawfully married people.
Full Reconveyance: deed prepared by a mortgage holder when an obligation secured by a deed of trust or mortgage is paid back in full.
Deed-in-Lieu of Foreclosure: deed that transfers the title to a property back to a mortgage lender to satisfy a loan that is in default.
The actual sample copies of all types of deeds listed above can be reviewed
on Property Deed Copy Samples page.
The actual sample copies of mortgages, liens, judgements and other documents can be reviewed
on Recorded Document Copy Samples page.
Provided Data and Format: there are no compiled or gathered data elements – unlike traditional property records, Document Images are simply digital reproductions of actual recorded documents, and as such are generally considered being as reliable and accurate as the originals. All retrieved documents are presented in a PDF format, and to view them you must have a free version of Adobe Reader installed. If you are uncertain, you can click on the icon below to download and install the latest version of Adobe software.
How to get copies of deeds and documents:
Document retrieval option is offered in all subscription plans. You can get specific recorded documents from your obtained property reports. Our Plan Selection conveniently lists and describes all subscription choices; you can make your selection and continue with a secure enrollment from that page.