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Changing Deed Ownership in California

I own a home with my 4 siblings. We'd like to take one name off of the deed. We live in the state of California and the mortgage is paid off. How do we do this?

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smith.sussane | Joined: September 18, 2008 09:57 pm | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi Nay!

Welcome to Forums!

You can ask the person to sign a quitclaim deed and give away all his/her interests in the property. You can notarize the deed in the county recorder's office for safety.

Feel free to ask if you have further queries.

Sussane

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My brother buys a property only in his name when he gets the deed he wants to change the deed to add two other persons to the deed. Will this have ramifications from internal revenue service and added fees?

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adonis | Joined: October 22, 2005 05:04 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Welcome aliciacarmenp!

Your brother can add two more people to the deed of the property. But there will be transfer fees and stamp docs. If property ownership changes, then there are chances that the property taxes will reassessed.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

my husband died ayear ago. i want to remove his name from the mortgage title

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jerry | Joined: October 17, 2005 03:24 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi aliyeva,

Is the title solely in your name? If yes, then you can simply [url=http://www.mortgagefit.com/refinance.html]refinance[/url] the mortgage in your name to get your deceased husband's name off the it. If the answer is no, then you need to change the title to your name by filing the death certificate with the county recorder's office. Once it is done you can refinance or you can also request the lender to take his name off the loan.

Thanks,

Jerry

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My father and father-in-law own a house together and want to add us to the deed (in california). What forms do they need to fill out.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Mom is giving me the house ... where do I go to get her name off the deed?

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adonis | Joined: October 22, 2005 05:04 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Welcome,

To Tracy,

Your father and father in law can fill out a quitclaim deed in order to add your name to the property deed. Once the quit claim deed is filled out, it needs to be notarized and recorded at the county recorder's office.

To Marcia,

Your mother will have to sign a quitclaim deed in your name in order to transfer the property to you. Once she signs the deed, you should notarize it and record it. Once you record the deed, your mother's name will be taken off the deed.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My wife and I own a house in California as joint tenants. How do we go about adding the phrase "with right of survivorship to the grant deed?

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jameshogg | Joined: December 20, 2005 02:58 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi Cymrudyn,

You will have to sign a new grant deed which would include the term "with right to survivorship". You can contact an attorney and he will be able to draft the new deed for you according to your requirements.

Thanks

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My father in law owns his home f &C. His deceased wife is on the deed. 6 yrs. ago he remarried. He did not place the new wife on the deed and she just left him and they are separated. Can he drop his deceased wife's name from the deed and add one of his daughters to it ?

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adonis | Joined: October 22, 2005 05:04 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Welcome Darrel,

Your father-in-law can file an affidavit of heirship at the county recorder's office and transfer the property in his name. Then, he can sign a quit claim deed and add his daughter to the property deed.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My sister added me to the deed on her new house. I am married and California is a property state, so does this automatically make my wife part-owner? Does it automatically include my wife on the deed? In case of divorce, does my wife have any right to my & my sister's house?

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

As it's a community property state, your husband will have rights to the property if your name is added to the property deed.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My husband died three months ago and he had a property, how can i change the property deed to my name? We were legally married and we have a dougther.
the property was in california.

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jameshogg | Joined: December 20, 2005 02:58 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi lucitta,

You can contact the county recorder's office and file an affidavit of heirship at the county clerk's office. This will make you the sole owner of the property.

Thanks

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My mother died in Febuary 2010. I am married with three children. My sister is keeping the cash and the house my parents bought her. I need to change the title to my name and I want to add the name of my son (19 years old). If I die I want my Son to have the house. I have called different title companies and they said they can no longer do this type of Title change. Who do I go to for help or can I do this myself?
I don't have to pay inheritance tax - correct?

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smith.sussane | Joined: September 18, 2008 09:57 pm | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi Paradie!

Welcome to forums!

If the property is in your mother's name, then you will have to transfer it in your name by filing an affidavit of heirship at the county recorder's office. Once the property is transferred in your name, then you should sign a quitclaim deed and add your son to the property.

Feel free to ask if you've further queries.

Sussane

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My mother-in-law recently passed away leaving her home to her three adult children equally. The house is completely paid off. We are purchasing the house from my husband's brother and sister privately. There will be no mortgage on the home at all. How do we go about having my mother-in-law's name removed from the title to the home and having our names put on?

Thanks!

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jameshogg | Joined: December 20, 2005 02:58 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi CrazyBasketLady,

All the heirs will have to file an affidavit of heirship at the county recorder's office in order to remove their mother's name from the property deed. Once her name is removed from the deed, then the other heirs can sign a warranty deed and transfer the property to you and your husband.

Thanks

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

My fiance and I bought a home 5 years ago. I am currently on title with him though not on the loan. He just re-fied and I had to do a quitclaim only to him to satisfy VA. It will record in his name only in a few days. We want to put me back on deed as it was originally. What is the verbage I use in the forms that assessor's office told me I need? I do know that he has to get his signature notorized and then go get it recorded.

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adonis | Joined: October 22, 2005 05:04 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi Gayle,

Your fiance needs to sign a quitclaim deed in order to add your name back to the property title. You can contact an attorney and he will help you draft the deed and add your name back to the deed.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hello, my husband and I own a home in CA. The deed is joint tenants and states its community property...we would like to change the deed to only state my husbands name. How do I go about doing that? what is the procedure? what documents need to be filled out and recorded? thank you

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adonis | Joined: October 22, 2005 05:04 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Welcome jenna,

You can sign a quitclaim deed and transfer your share of the property to your husband. I think even an inter-spousal transfer deed will be a good option for you. You should contact a California based attorney and take his opinion in this regard.

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Anonymous | Joined: June 8, 2004 01:06 am | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

1997 I had no credit and my brother said he would allow his name on the deed and I would live there and make all payments which I did. Without my knowledge he refinanced 2 times taking 107,000.00 in equity out of my house. when I was down at Stanford medical hospital he set up 3rd refi and charged me 8% of new loan amount to take his name off deed and let mine be put on with my two daughter"s. They where put on so we could qualify for new lloan amount and pay him his 28,000 dollars. My question is since I made all tax and mortgage payments and our verbal agreement was this would be my house, is there anything I can do to get this money back fom him? I just recently found out what he did to me. I am broken hearted he would do this to me. The mortgage in 97 was 118k and 800 monmthly, it jumped after first refi which I didnt know about- up to 175k and 1200 monthly, then again 230k refi and 1480 payments and this last time while I was in Standford having brain tumor surgery he refied for 325k and 3180 monthly payments just so he could get another 30k from me... we have made these payments since 2007 but I'm now in forclosure status and my friend looked into my houses past and found out all of this BS. this is a stupid story from a stupid person who allowed it to happen-what can I do?
joe

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smith.sussane | Joined: September 18, 2008 09:57 pm | Posts: 0 | Location: New Jersey | 00 Dollars($)

Hi joe!

Welcome to forums!

Verbal agreements don't matter. The person whose name is on the property deed will be considered as the owner of the property. You should try and get the property transferred in your name. It will be better if you could contact a real estate attorney and he will further help you in this regard.

Feel free to ask if you’ve further queries.

Sussane

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