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  • Recorder of deeds

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    Portrait of Frederick Douglass in the D.C. Recorder of Deeds Building. Frederick Douglass was the first recorder of deeds for the District of ColumbiaRecorder of deeds is a government office tasked with maintaining public records and documents, especially records relating to real estate ownership that provide persons other than the owner of a property with real rights over that property.

  • Deed of trust (real estate)

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    In real estate in the United States, a deed of trust or trust deed is a deed wherein equitable title in real property is transferred to a trustee, which holds it as security for a loan (debt) between a borrower and lender. The legal title remains with the borrower. The borrower is referred to as the trustor, while the lender is referred to as the beneficiary.

  • Deed

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    A deed (anciently "an evidence") is any legal instrument in writing which passes, affirms or confirms an interest, right, or property and that is signed, attested, delivered, and in some jurisdictions, sealed. It is commonly associated with transferring (conveyancing) title to property. The deed has a greater presumption of validity and is less rebuttable than an instrument signed by the party to the deed. A deed can be unilateral or bilateral. Deeds include conveyances, commissions, licenses, patents, diplomas, and conditionally powers of attorney if executed as deeds. The deed is the modern descendant of the medieval charter, and delivery is thought to symbolically replace the ancient ceremony of livery of seisin. The traditional phrase signed, sealed and delivered refers to the practice of seals; however, attesting witnesses have replaced seals to some extent. Agreements under seal are also called contracts by deed or specialty; in the United States, a specialty is enforceable without consideration.

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