What You Need to Know When Doing a Quit Claim Deed – Florida

Key Takeaways about Florida Quitclaim Deeds

  • A quitclaim deed transfers ownership without any warranties about the property’s title. The recipient (grantee) assumes any existing liens or problems. 
  • Follow specific requirements – accurate names, property description, signatures, notarization, and witness signatures. Use an approved form or consult a lawyer to ensure validity.
  • Quitclaim deeds can be risky. Consider consulting a real estate attorney to avoid complications and ensure the transfer goes smoothly.

Table of Contents

What is a Quit Claim Deed?

Why is it important to know how to do a quit claim deed in Florida?  I’m going to share this information with you and when we finish, you’ll have knowledge that will help you make more money and less errors. After all, sometimes, not having knowledge can bite deeply into your assets. A quit claim deed is a perfect way to protect yourself when you are a party issuing the quit claim deed.

Many investors and non-investors are confused and misunderstand this phraseology, and they say “quick” claim deed.  I’ll tell you there is nothing about this process that is quick or fast.  The correct word is QUIT, which means stop or pause, and in real estate, it means grantor release.

I’m not an attorney, a CPA, or a real estate broker.  I am a prepared entrepreneur and experienced tax lien certificate and tax deed investor.  

For clarity, I would like you to read the following statement from a book I wrote in 2004. 

Quit claim deed – a deed operating as a release intended to pass title, interest, or claim which the grantor may have in the property but not containing any warranty of a valid interest or title in the property.”

Another way of putting it, as cited in Investopedia: “A quitclaim deed releases a person’s interest in a property without stating the nature of the person’s interest or rights and with no warranties of that person’s interest or rights in the property. A quitclaim deed neither states nor guarantees that the person relinquishing their claim to the property had valid ownership, but it does prevent that person (the grantor) from later claiming they have an interest in the property.”

An example of a quit claim deed is when a marriage is dissolved, and assets must be divided.  One spouse will quit claim to the other spouse. 

For example, the home where they are raising children is a special place not only for the family but for the growing children. They are attending schools. And this is where all their friends and social life revolves. Everything about their life revolves around their home. And it would be a major disturbance to break up a family unit and require everyone to move to a new location.  

With this in mind, one spouse will quit claim their interest in the property to the other spouse. For example, the husband could quit claim his interest to the wife.  In simple terms, he is giving up any interest in the property.  

This is a simple process, and a quit claim deed could be produced by a local attorney or on many of the legal websites on the internet, or you could hire an attorney to do the process. Once again, I’m not giving legal advice. I’m trying to make you aware of the power of quit claim deeds.  

A Word of Caution on Florida Quitclaim Deed

unnamed 1

The challenge I found with the quit claim deed is as follows:  Most people don’t understand what is happening when transferring property ownership.  Simply stated, when you quit claim you are giving up any interest you have or you thought you may have had in the property.  

The biggest benefit of this lesson I’m giving you right now is that I’m going to share with you what most real estate investors do not understand. And this will save you from making errors.  

Investors need to be prepared.  I’ve learned more from my mistakes than I’ve learned from always doing things correctly. There is nothing profound about mistakes. So, let’s try to avoid them.  

A quit claim deed is a legal document, so it’s wise to discuss these matters with an attorney. 

Today I caution my tax deed investors and ask them to pay close attention to the type of deed they receive from others, especially from a local county government.  

For example, most counties will transfer property after the tax defaulted auction. And more than likely, they will use a treasurer’s deed. Maybe a quit claim deed. Maybe a sheriff’s deed. 

It’s wise to read the deed. On the deed, it will be printed, and more than likely, you wouldn’t notice this, but more than any other kind of deed, no matter what the name, it probably says this is a quit claim deed.  

If you received a quit claim deed, which I think you will, the county has just transferred a property to you. And the county has disclaimed any responsibility for the property condition. And for the title issues, which might be a survey, or it might be challenges like other defaulted taxes. 

There is the possibility of federal liens you don’t know about. Notice I said the county has disclaimed all responsibilities – Ouch!  Please don’t ask me how I learned that.

Buyer Beware

Buyer beware! The county official may not have any idea about the process of title transfer or other delinquent mortgages.  That doesn’t mean they have done things correctly.  However, they have disclaimed all responsibilities.  What’s my point?  

The point of this part of the lesson on how to do a Florida quit claim deed is you may be required to quiet the title, which is a legal process conducted by a trained and experienced (those are 2 important words) attorney.    

In your real estate investment journey, how to do a quit claim deed according to Florida law doesn’t need to be complicated.  There are some potential risks, however, so I encourage you to consult a professional for advice as you proceed.

I have a free gift for you, a 1-hour, streaming-video mini course that will teach you the secrets of one of the safest highyielding investments available and how to generate cash flow in real estate.

If you’ve decided it’s time to take charge of your financial future, then this Free Course is the best way to get yourself started on the road to success!

Ted Thomas

Ted Thomas is America’s Leading Authority on Tax Lien Certificates and Tax Deed Auctions, as well as a publisher and author of more than 30 books. His guidebooks on Real Estate have sold in four corners of the world. He has been teaching people just like you for over 30 years how to buy houses in good neighborhoods for pennies on the dollar. He teaches how to create wealth with minimum risk and easy-to-learn methods.

The Ted Thomas Difference:

  • Ted is recognized as America’s Tax Lien Certificate & Tax Deed Authority and has been helping people with investing in tax defaulted properties for over 30 years.
  • Ted has built a team of certified coaches that have 70 combined years of auction experience and are available to his students by phone to guide and mentor you to avoid getting overwhelmed or worse, losing money
  • Ted has ironclad PROOF that what he is teaching you does work. With hundreds of successful students providing testimonials and a 4.9 Google rating which is unheard of in this industry.
  • Ted and his staff don’t hide behind a website; they can be reached during office hours at 321-449-9940.

Virtual Workshop

Retire Rich From Home

Book your seat today.